Refresh, Refresh

By Danica Novgorodoff. Adapted from the screenplay by James Ponsoldt.

color by Hilary Sycamore
assisted by Alex Campbell


First Second, September 2009

Grade Range: 9 and up, Age Range: 15 and up

ISBN: 978-1-59643-522-3, ISBN10: 1-59643-522-4,

Graphic Novels, 6 x 8 1/2 inches, 144 pages, full color throughout



Awards: YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens; Texas Maverick Graphic Novels List


Copyrighted material here with permission



Full-page illustrations, with color by Hilary Sycamore, depict a town with the military recruitment center as its hub, while smaller panels zero in on the teens' homes or step up the pacing in more suspenseful sequences.


The palette resembles the muted hues of military camouflage, which makes the red of the boys' boxing gloves and blood pop.


Children’s Review

Danica Novgorodoff:  I asked her to try a different color scheme for each season. Each of the boys has their own color scheme as well – both in their clothes and in their respective houses’ décor. Halfway through the process I asked Hilary if we could add pencil color texture to give it a more hand-made feel – and I was glad she didn’t freak out at the idea. She is great to work with.


–Comic Book Resources

The illustrations are realistic and reflect the intense emotions that dominate this gripping and moving tale.


Review in SLJ

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