2015 National Book Award Finalist, Young People's Literature

Noelle Stevenson

(HarperTeen/HarperCollins Children's Books)
ISBN: 978-0062278234

Nimona Noelle Stevenson, credit Leslie Ranne


This delightfully original graphic novel subverts the stereotypes and archetypes of fantasy. Nimona, shapeshifter extraordinaire, joins forces with Lord Blackheart in his battle against Sir Goldenloin, and science and technology clash in a medieval-like society.  At first, Blackheart does not welcome Nimona’s involvement, but they eventually reach a tentative understanding.  Illustration and text combine to create a vibrant world where heroes are not always brave, villains not always evil, and appearances can deceive.  


Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren't the heroes everyone thinks they are. But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona's powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. Andher unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.

About the Author

Noelle Stevenson has been nominated for a Harvey Award, and was awarded the Slate Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Webcomic in 2012 for Nimona. A graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, Noelle is the co-writer of Lumberjanes. She lives in Los Angeles.


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