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Fence : striking distance / an original novel by Sarah Rees Brennan ; based on the Fence comics created by C.S. Pacat and Johanna The Mad.

Brennan, Sarah Rees, (author.). Pacat, C. S. Adaptation of expression: Fence. (Added Author). Johanna the Mad, (illustrator.).
Series: Fence ; 1

Available copies

  • 1 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 0 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

2 current holds with 3 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Hawley Public Library Y BRE (Text) 33500013317342 New Checked out 01/30/2021
Moorhead Public Library Y BRE (Text) 33500013317359 New Checked out 01/26/2021
Godel Memorial-Warren Library ya BRE (Text) 35500006425381 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780316456678
  • ISBN: 0316456675
  • Physical Description: 356 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2020.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"[O]riginal series ... inspired by C.S. Pascat's ... Fence graphic novel series" -- back cover.
Summary, etc.:
"The boys of Kings Row are assigned a course of team building exercises to deepen their bonds. It takes a shoplifting scandal, a couple of moonlit forest strolls, and a whole lot of introspection for the team to realize they are stronger together than they could ever be apart"-- Provided by publisher.
Nicholas Cox, the illegitimate son of a retired fencing champion, dreams of getting the proper training he could never afford. After earning a place on the elite Kings Row fencing team, Nicholas must prove himself to his rival, Seiji Katayma, and navigate the clashes, friendships, and relationships between his teammates on the road to state championships. Coach Williams takes advantage of the boys' morale after a recent victory and assigns them a course of team building exercises to further deepen their bonds. As the team begins realize they are stronger together than they could ever be apart, will Nicholas have the chance to spar with his golden-boy half-brother? -- adapted from Amazon info
Target Audience Note:
Ages 14+. Little, Brown and Company.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 September #1
    Coach Williams has her hands full with the boys of the Kings Row fencing team. She knows aren't won with individuals, they're won with teams, but this team isn't clicking yet. Captain Harvard is so eager to think about everybody's needs that he's neglecting his own, while his best friend, Aiden, has broken more guys' hearts than Coach Williams can count. Then there are the freshmen: scholarship-student Nicholas, who has raw talent but no training, and his roommate Seiji, a top-ranked fencer who lacks social skills. While Nicholas and Seiji feel out a tentative friendship—one that involves pranks, well-meaning bros, and some very firm boundaries—Aiden struggles to hide his feelings for Harvard, whose friendship is the only constant in his life. Part sports story, part romance, this novelization of C. S. Pacat's comic series is a laugh-out-loud funny dive into camaraderie and identity, featuring a high-interest but little-seen sport. A satisfying but open ending will leave readers eager for the next installation in this worthy adaptation. Grades 8-11. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Sarah Rees Brennan is the No. 1 New York Times bestselling YA author of over a dozen books, both solo and co-written with authors including Kelly Link and Maureen Johnson. She was long-listed for the Carnegie for her first novel. She was born in Ireland by the sea and lives there now in the shadow of a cathedral, where she's working on--among other things--her series of tie-in novels with the hit Netflix show The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Her most recent standalone novel, In Other Lands, is a tale of love, friendship and wings starring the crankiest boy to ever stumble into a magic land and was a Lodestar Award and Mythopoeic Award finalist.

Johanna The Mad is a Mexican digital artist and illustrator currently working on the sports comic series Fence (nominated for a GLAAD award under the "Outstanding Comic Book" category).

Subject: Interpersonal relations > Fiction.
Boarding schools > Fiction.
Boarding school students > Fiction.
Illegitimate children > Fiction.
Schools > Fiction.
Fencing > Fiction.
Gays > Fiction.
Gay teenagers > Fiction.
Young adult fiction.
Interpersonal relations > Fiction.
Boarding schools > Fiction.
Schools > Fiction.
Fencing > Fiction.
Gays > Fiction.
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Sports & Recreation / General.
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Diversity & Multicultural.
Boarding schools
Interpersonal relations
Young adult fiction
Genre: Young adult fiction.
Sports fiction.

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