I received a free copy of this book, thanks to Lion Forge, Diamond Book Distributors and NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review. This does not affect my opinions on the book.
Marjorie Glatt feels like a ghost. A practical thirteen year old in charge of the family laundry business, her daily routine features unforgiving customers, unbearable P.E. classes, and the fastidious Mr. Saubertuck who is committed to destroying everything she’s worked for.
Wendell is a ghost. A boy who lost his life much too young, his daily routine features ineffective death therapy, a sheet-dependent identity, and a dangerous need to seek purpose in the forbidden human world. When their worlds collide, Marjorie is confronted by unexplainable disasters as Wendell transforms Glatt’s Laundry into his midnight playground, appearing as a mere sheet during the day. While Wendell attempts to create a new afterlife for himself, he unknowingly sabotages the life that Marjorie is struggling to maintain.
Sheets illustrates the determination of a young girl to fight, even when all parts of her world seem to be conspiring against her. It proves that second chances are possible whether life feels over or life is over. But above all, it is a story of the forgiveness and unlikely friendship that can only transpire inside a haunted laundromat.
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Tags: Graphic Novel, Juvenile Fiction, Family, Tween Fiction, Teen Fiction, Growing Up, Grief, Friendship
(This review was written some months ago.)
As fellow book blogger, Bentley, calls it, I needed a ‘palate cleanser’ for all the regular reading I’ve done recently. Reading a spew of serious books in succession gives reading fatigue. So, I went with a comic!
Sheets by Brenna Thummler is my first comic ARC and comic book I’ve read in a long while(my last one was probably an Archie comic, more than 5 years ago). This was a delight to read! The illustrations were oh-so-lovely and bright. And the characters so relatable. The beauty in comics is that despite its still images you feel like they are moving.
Sheets deals with budding friendship, loss of a loved one and life hurdles. Sometimes you feel like everything is crumbling down around you and you have no one to hold on to. Trouble always comes in threes…or fours, or fives, and you just.want.to.GIVE.UP.
That’s the story of Marjorie Glatt, a girl who gets all the responsibilities thrown at her when her mother dies and her father locks himself in his room all day while she has a little brother to look after and, not to mention, the daily upkeep of the laundromat, which is their only source of income. To add fuel to the fire, the slimeball, Mr.Saubertuck, is trying to sabotage their business!
With candid input from Wendell, a child-ghost, who speaks in the frank way kids are wont to do and bits of cute humor interspersed, Sheets is a heartwarming and adorable story that speaks to all ages in its simple, down-to-earth fashion.
Parental Guidance: 8+
Violence – Nah
Sex – Nope
Religion – None
Profanity – None
Should You Get This Book?:
- You’re looking for a light read
- You want a comic/story that makes you feel things
- You want a light-hearted story with depth
- You wish to broach the subject of loss to a child without scaring them