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The black mage / written by Daniel Barnes ; illustrated and colored by D.J. Kirkland ; lettered by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou.

Available copies

  • 1 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Barnesville Public Library Y G BAR (Text) 33500013175344 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library Y G BAR (Text) 33500013175351 New Checked out 05/02/2020

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781620106525
  • ISBN: 9781620107072
  • ISBN: 1620106523
  • ISBN: 1620107074
  • Physical Description: 159 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Portland, OR : Oni Press, [2019]

Content descriptions

General Note:
"Layout assists by Tyson Hesse. Chapter 1-4 Flats by Bobby Fasel. Chapter 5 Flats by Alexandra Salas."
Summary, etc.:
"When St. Ivory Academy, a historically white wizarding school, opens its doors to its first-ever black student, everyone believes that the wizarding community is finally taking its first crucial steps toward inclusivity. Or is it? When Tom Token, the beneficiary of the school's 'Magical Minority Initiative', begins uncovering weird clues and receiving creepy texts on his phone, he and his friend, Lindsay, stumble into a conspiracy that dates all the way back to the American Civil War, and could cost Tom his very soul."--Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 October #2
    When Tom Token enrolls in the St. Ivory Academy of Spellcraft and Sorcery, he knows that he's their first ever student of color, but he doesn't realize that Headmaster Lynch—a wizard shamelessly garbed, along with other faculty, in KKK robes—has been oppressing Black people for centuries. With the help of sympathetic classmate Lindsay Whitethorn and the ghosts of magical freedom fighters Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass, Tom must fight to recover John Henry's powerful hammer and overthrow the school's racist administration. Clearly, Barnes is not going for subtlety here; almost every element seems designed to remind the reader that we live in a world of overt white supremacy. Unfortunately, this exploration doesn't delve much deeper than surface level, with more energy spent on fight scenes than world building or character development. Kirkland dazzles with a number of dynamic action sequences, drawing inspiration from Japanese manga and video games, and while this collaboration begins to make a strong statement with bold representation, little attempt is made to address the important questions they've raised. Grades 7-10. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: African Americans > Comic books, strips, etc.
Schools > Comic books, strips, etc.
Magic > Comic books, strips, etc.
Wizards > Comic books, strips, etc.
Inclusive education > Comic books, strips, etc.
Race relations > Comic books, strips, etc.
African Americans > Fiction.
Schools > Fiction.
Magic > Fiction.
Graphic novels.
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / Fantasy.
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Fantasy / Wizards & Witches.
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Prejudice & Racism.
African Americans.
Race relations.
Genre: Comic books, strips, etc.
Fantasy comics.
Graphic novels.
Graphic novels.
Fantasy comics.
Paranormal comics.

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