Meesh the Bad Demon: The Secret of the Fang

Knopf. (Meesh the Bad Demon: Bk. 2). Jul. 2024. 304p. Tr $21.99. ISBN 9780593372913.
Gr 3-6–Having saved the underworld and become its Guardian, Meesh thought the hard work was done. Fate has different plans in this sequel to Meesh the Bad Demon. Meesh’s friend Chai and her family are forced out of their home by an evil that threatens the entirety of Ponderosa. When Meesh and Fairy Princess Nouna investigate, they discover a familiar foe. Lam creates a tale that will ring familiar to readers: a thriving community rejects a cultural group, turningthem into outcasts. With their children bullied and adults unable to find work, the fairy demons leave Plumeria City and make their own home elsewhere. But one fairy still wants revenge, and it falls to Meesh, with some help from her friends, to save the world again. Lam’s manga-inspired artwork is eye-catching and offers a range of distinct characters. The storytelling presents both sides of a difficult topic, inviting readers to examine issues of prejudice and its fallout. Meesh continues her heroine’s journey in this second installment of the series by embracing her gifts and learning that true power comes not from a talisman, but from within.
VERDICT Middle graders will be delighted with a second Meesh story. A recommended purchase for graphic novel collections.

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