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The City on the Other Side

The City on the Other Side

written by Mairghread Scott; illustrated by Robin Robinson

First Second


In The City on the Other Side, a young girl stumbles into a pitched war between two fairy kingdoms, and the fate of San Francisco itself hangs in the balance!

Sheltered within her high-society world, Isabel plays the part of a perfectly proper little girl—she’s quiet, well-behaved, and she keeps her dresses spotlessly clean. She’s certainly not the kind of girl who goes on adventures.

But that all changes when Isabel breaches an invisible barrier and steps into another world. She discovers a city not unlike her own, but magical and dangerous. Here, war rages between the fairies of the Seelie and Unseelie Courts. Only Isabel, with the help of a magical necklace and a few new friends, stands a chance of ending the war before it destroys the fairy world, and her own.

From Mairghread Scott and Robin Robinson comes a colorful fantasy graphic novel set in early twentieth century San Francisco.

Praise for The City on the Other Side

"[The City on the Other Side] is a story where there aren’t many good or bad creatures, but instead good or bad choices, making this adventure a fun story with a warm heart."—Booklist

"Featuring a diverse cast of humans (brown-skinned Isabel and her family seem to be Latinx) and fairies, Robinson's colorful, dynamic artwork crackles with spirited fun and portrays San Francisco and its fairy-realm equivalent in broad, evocative panels."—Kirkus

"This will be a sure hit among Avatar: The Last Airbender readers, and it could also serve as a first-time foray into GNs for faerie fans."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Swirling, Art Deco–flavored artwork by Robinson...offers a wealth of fairy splendor. Scott...crafts a story that operates smoothly and stays taut...There’s freshness in the nonwhite main roles—Isabel is Latina and Benjie is Filipino..."—Publishers Weekly


Reviews from Goodreads

written by Mairghread Scott; illustrated by Robin Robinson

Mairghread Scott is an animation and comicbook writer specializing in action-comedy. Her animation work spans such titles as Guardians of the Galaxy, Ultimate Spider-Man, Transformers: Robots in Disguise, and more. You can also read her work in comic book series such as: Marvel Universe Guardians of the Galaxy, Transformers: Till All Are One, Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Special, and her creator-owned work Toil and Trouble. She is the author of the graphic novel Science Comics: Robots & Drones, also from First Second.

Robin Robinson draws books for both kids and adults, and has always identified with the ghosts and fairies and monsters in stories. With a background in game art as well as picture book illustration and a lifelong love of comics and animation, she has found a way to artistically nerd out in all her favorite media. Robin tries to live every day like it’s Halloween. Robin illustrated a young readers' adaptation of L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and The City on the Other Side.

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