The Plain Janes by Cecil CastellucciThe Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci

The Plain Janes

byCecil Castellucci, Jim Rugg

Paperback | May 2, 2007

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Noted young adult novelist Cecil Castellucci and artistJim Rugg launch MINX with THE PLAIN JANES, a storyabout four girls named Jane who sit at the reject table at lunch.When transfer student Jane is forced to move from the confines of MetroCity to Suburbia, she thinks her life is over.But there in the lunch roomat the reject table she finds her tribe: three other girls named Jane. MainJane encourages them to form a secret art gang and paint the townP.L.A.I.N. -- People Loving Art In Neighborhoods.But can art attacksreally save the hell that is high school?
Title:The Plain JanesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 7.99 × 5.26 × 0.35 inPublished:May 2, 2007Publisher:DC ComicsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1401211151

ISBN - 13:9781401211158

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Live Laugh and Love through Art To start off, I do not read a lot of graphic novels. I haven't collected comics in over 20 years. The few graphic novels I have read in the last 5 years, I have either been asked to review, or liked the author's other works and gave them a try. With this one I was very hesitant; it was about a group of girls in high school, and yet I loved it. I enjoyed it so much I read it twice back to back and cannot wait to read the sequel Janes in Love. The story is set shortly after 9/11 and features a girl, Jane, who was near one of the blasts. Her whole life is turned upside down. He parents move her to a small town. Her mother is not getting better from the shock of 9/11; she is getting more frightened, and protective and a little paranoid. Jane was popular and in the 'in crowd' at her old school in the city. Here she decided to make conscious changes; she joins the outcast, a group of Plain Janes, who are: Jane - DramaticJane Jayne - BrainJayne Polly Jane - SportyJane Jane - MainJane Together they form a group called P.L.A.I.N. - People Loving Arts in neighborhoods. They perform some random acts to make people think and appreciate the world around them and the beauty we can see every day but not notice. The story is great. It has a message every high school student and maybe every adult could learn from. It is incredibly well written and Jim Rugg did an amazing job illustrating the story. I have a feeling this will become one of those books I read annually because there will be more I can get from it each time I read it.
Date published: 2010-05-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Definately not plain Jane survives a bomb attack, and then her over protective parens move her to a new town. Deciding to completely change her life, Jane begins hanging out with the rejects, the people who go their own way. Jane her new friends begin find an creative way to express their opinions. Fabulous read, even though it only took me 20 minutes
Date published: 2008-06-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Look at me - I read a graphic novel!! I'm not a graphic novel person really. I read Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi and loved it but normally don't pick them up. But Cecil Castellucci is a great teen author and when she was on the radio show Q recently I found out she is Canadian which I never knew before. So I knew I had to read The Plain Janes. It was quite awesome. Jane lives in Metro City when a 9/11 type event happens. John Doe is put into a coma and found near Jane. She finds his sketchpad and visits him in the hospital everyday. He is her inspiration to turn to art to find beauty in the world. Her mom freaks out and they move out of the city. In the new town Jane wants to be different then her old life and finds a group of misfits to sit with - and they are all called Jane. Jane proposes forming PLAIN - People Loving Art In Neighbourhoods - a guerilla art group secretly making art in public spaces. As the town slowly cracks down on the group, the other teenagers slowly begin to appreciate the art more and more. It is a really awesome story and the artwork in the book is awesome. This is part of a new series of cool graphic novels aimed at girls and I'm going to read more.
Date published: 2008-02-24