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Last Pick: Born to Run

Last Pick: Born to Run

Last Pick (Volume 2)

Jason Walz

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In Last Pick: Born to Run, the second volume of his graphic novel series, Jason Walz pairs vivid world-building and fast-paced adventure in a beautiful story of bravery, sacrifice, and sibling devotion.

Four years ago, aliens kidnapped most of mankind, leaving behind those they deemed unworthy—the “last picked.”

The future for Sam is bleak and unthinkable. A galaxy away from her twin brother, she is a pawn in the aliens’ bloody civil war. But with her new friend Mia, Sam has found a way to resist her captors and hold onto her humanity.

Back on Earth, Sam’s twin, Wyatt, is leading a resistance of his own. With a ragtag army of the old, the young, and the disabled, he has a plan to bring the fight to his alien captors. But to defeat the aliens, Wyatt may need to befriend one.

Praise for Last Pick: Born to Run

“A fun and inspiring story (with great art) about how the most overlooked people in society are often its biggest heroes. A must-read for any kid feeling left out.” —James Breakwell, author of Only Dead on the Inside and Bare Minimum Parenting

"Walz's art is cinematic in scope, shifting from adrenaline-inducing action scenes to evocative facial close-ups...An extraordinary sequel that is thrilling, inclusive, and unforgettable." —Kirkus, starred review

“With daring escapes and heroic actions, this installment ratchets up the action with constant threats and higher stakes, but Walz still takes time to deepen his characters . . . A great pick for kids who have outgrown Ben Hatke's Mighty Jack series.” —Booklist

Last Pick:

A Kirkus Reviews Best YA Science Fiction of 2018 Selection

"Will appeal to kids who’ve come to love cartoons that have many of the same messages, from Steven Universe to Gravity Falls." —Paste Magazine

“A masterful sci-fi tale with relatable characters, skillful worldbuilding, and cinematically designed illustrations.” —Kirkus Review, starred review

“Strong character development, atmospheric art, villainous aliens, snappy banter, cheerworthy protagonists, and well-executed suspense should give this lots of broad appeal.” —Booklist, starred review

“Messages about valuing all humans add meaningful layers to this fast-paced adventure featuring a cast of likable heroes and creepy, memorable aliens.” —Publishers Weekly

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“A fun and inspiring story (with great art) about how the most overlooked people in society are often its biggest heroes. A must-read for any kid feeling left out.” —James Breakwell, author of Only Dead on the Inside and Bare Minimum Parenting

"Walz's art is cinematic in scope, shifting from adrenaline-inducing action scenes to evocative facial close-ups...An extraordinary sequel that is thrilling, inclusive, and unforgettable." —Kirkus, starred review

“With daring escapes and heroic actions, this installment ratchets up the action with constant threats and higher stakes, but Walz still takes time to deepen his characters . . . A great pick for kids who have outgrown Ben Hatke's Mighty Jack series.” —Booklist

Last Pick:

A Kirkus Reviews Best YA Science Fiction of 2018 Selection

"Will appeal to kids who’ve come to love cartoons that have many of the same messages, from Steven Universe to Gravity Falls." —Paste Magazine

“A masterful sci-fi tale with relatable characters, skillful worldbuilding, and cinematically designed illustrations.” —Kirkus Review, starred review

“Strong character development, atmospheric art, villainous aliens, snappy banter, cheerworthy protagonists, and well-executed suspense should give this lots of broad appeal.” —Booklist, starred review

“Messages about valuing all humans add meaningful layers to this fast-paced adventure featuring a cast of likable heroes and creepy, memorable aliens.” —Publishers Weekly

“A strong pick for reluctant readers. Give to fans of Margaret Peterson Haddix’s 'Shadow Children' series or Mark Siegel’s '5 Worlds' books.” —School Library Journal

“With Last Pick, Jason Walz has created a beautifully crafted science fiction graphic novel that is heartfelt, filled with endearing characters, and all too timely.” —New York Times bestselling author Jeff Lemire

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Jason Walz

Jason Walz is a cartoonist and illustrator living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is the creator of the Eisner nominated graphic novel Homesick, the online comic anthology Crap Shoot, and several short story comics. His many years teaching in special education continue to shape his life and the stories he wants to tell.

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Emily LaShorne Walz

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