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Beetle & the Hollowbones / Aliza Layne ; coloring by Natalie Riess and Kristen Acampora.

Layne, Aliza, (author.). Reiss, Natalie, (colourist.). Acampora, Kristen, (colourist.).

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
Breckenridge Public Library J G LAY (Text) 33500013269709 New Checked out 11/12/2020
Hawley Public Library J G LAY (Text) 33500013269691 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781534441538
  • ISBN: 1534441530
  • ISBN: 9781534441545
  • ISBN: 1534441549
  • Physical Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 23 cm
  • Edition: First Atheneum Books for Young Readers hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2020]

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.:
Twelve-year-old goblin and witch-in-training Beetle enlists her former best friend, Kat Hollowbones, to help stop Kat's sorceress aunt from demolishing the mall where Beetle's friend Blob Ghost is trapped.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 8-12. Atheneum Books for Young Readers.
Grades 4-6. Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 June #1
    *Starred Review* Preteen goblin Beetle's potions studies can wait: she'd much rather hang out at the 'Allows Town mall with her best pal, Blob Ghost, a non-binary, jelly-like shape-shifter who communicates through their transformations. Beetle lives with Gran, the powerful Town Witch, but she thinks that the kind of magic passed down in their family isn't real magic. Stirring up all kinds of feelings, Beetle's former best friend, Kat Hollowbones, is back in 'Allows Town with her aunt Marla. When Marla's plans to return the town to its former glory threaten to harm Blob Ghost and exploit Kat's powerful talent for sorcery, Beetle summons the magical abilities Gran knew she possessed, and Gran's there to help. Layne, creator of the Demon Street weekly fantasy webcomic, grounds Beetle's bighearted adventure in earthly settings like the mall and Gran's cozy cottage, and she fills 'Allows Town with a gleeful array of fantastic creatures: no two are alike. Her vibrant, comical, and overall super-appealing art is a good match for sometimes-scary and high-octane scenes. Beetle's hero's journey has the adorably vulnerable Blob Ghost at its heart; many kids will also relate to the friendship-and-more story between Beetle and Kat. A high-spirited debut about learning to trust one's heart and instincts. Grades 3-7. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Aliza Layne is a cartoonist, illustrator, and storyteller. She is the creator of Demon Street, a long-form fantasy webcomic for all ages. Her Halloween costumes have elicited the phrases &;theatrical,&; &;don&;t you think you&;re going a little overboard,&; and &;oh, we remember you from last year.&; Beetle and the Hollowbones is her first graphic novel. Visit Aliza at

Subject: Witches > Juvenile fiction.
Goblins > Juvenile fiction.
Ghost stories.
Magic > Juvenile fiction.
Graphic novels.
Witches > Fiction.
Goblins > Fiction.
Ghosts > Fiction.
Magic > Fiction.
Genre: Graphic novels.
Graphic novels.

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