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Refresh, Refresh

by Benjamin Percy, Danica Novgorodoff, James Ponsoldt

first second | September 29, 2009 | Trade Paperback

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Fathers, sons, and the war that comes between them. 
 
There''s nothing Josh, Cody, and Gordon want more than their fathers home safely from the war in Iraq -- unless it''s to get out of their dead-end town.  Refresh, Refresh is the story of three teenagers on the cusp of high school graduation and their struggle to make hard decisions with no role models to follow; to discover the possibilities for the future when all the doors are slamming in their faces; and to believe their fathers will come home alive so they can be boys again. 

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 144 pages, 3.34 × 2.39 × 0.19 in

Published: September 29, 2009

Publisher: first second

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1596435224

ISBN - 13: 9781596435223

Appropriate for ages: 15 - 15

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Refresh, Refresh

by Benjamin Percy, Danica Novgorodoff, James Ponsoldt

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 144 pages, 3.34 × 2.39 × 0.19 in

Published: September 29, 2009

Publisher: first second

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1596435224

ISBN - 13: 9781596435223

About the Book

Fathers, sons, and the war that comes between them. There's nothing Josh, Cody, and Gordon want more than their fathers home safely from the war in Iraq -- unless it's to get out of their dead-end town. Refresh, Refresh is the story of three teenagers on the cusp of high school graduation and their struggle to make hard decisions with no role models to follow; to discover the possibilities for the future when all the doors are slamming in their faces; and to believe their fathers will come home alive so they can be boys again.

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Fathers, sons, and the war that comes between them. 
 
There''s nothing Josh, Cody, and Gordon want more than their fathers home safely from the war in Iraq -- unless it''s to get out of their dead-end town.  Refresh, Refresh is the story of three teenagers on the cusp of high school graduation and their struggle to make hard decisions with no role models to follow; to discover the possibilities for the future when all the doors are slamming in their faces; and to believe their fathers will come home alive so they can be boys again. 

About the Author

Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Danica Novgorodoff is a writer, painter, photographer, and comics artist who now lives in New York City where she works as a graphic designer for First Second Books.  She has also worked as a horse trainer in Virginia, an assistant to photographer Sally Mann, and an artist review writer for galleries in Chelsea and SoHo.  In 2006 she won the Isotope Award for her mini-comic, A Late Freeze, which was later nominated for an Eisner award.  Her last book was the graphic novel Slow Storm, which was a New York Magazine Best Graphic Novel of 2008. 
 
Benjamin Percy''s story, Refresh, Refresh, was first published in the Paris Review and is included in Best American Short Stories 2006.
 
James Ponsoldt is a writer and director. His first feature film, Off the Black, premiered at Sundance in 2006. 

Editorial Reviews

"A resonant, slow-building tale of the boys—or men, in the eyes of the armed forces—left behind, and senselessly left fatherless, by war." -- Booklist   "Disturbing and intense . . . a thoughtful examination into these very contemporary characters’ psyches." -- Kirkus Reviews   Review in 9/1 Booklist Three small-town Oregon boys whose fathers are off fighting in Iraq relentlessly push each other to become men in this somber graphic novel. They brawl violently with each other in backyards, sneak into bars, and peer into the scopes of rifles pointed at more than just deer, all the while wondering desperately what to make of their empty email inboxes and the deafening silences coming from their fathers. While all of the boys’ stories are presented, the one whose future wavers between college and combat becomes the focal point. Novgorodoff’s artfully misshapen lines and grotesque facial expressions capture the uneasy quality of her story, the tumultuous nature of her characters’ psyches, and the explosive instability of their unfocused rage. But by far the most striking sequence comes near the end, where washed-out inks hint at the suffocating myopia of the Iraqi desert and also serve as a bleak metaphor for the boys’ emotional states. A resonant, slow-building tale of the boys—or men, in the eyes of the armed forces—left behind, and senselessly left fatherless, by war. Review in 9/15 Kirkus Reviews Three young
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