5 Worlds: The Sand Warrior Pushes Boundaries

Book Review, Middle Grade
5 Worlds: The Sand Warrior by Mark Siegel, Alexis Siegle, Xan the Bouma, Matt Rockefeller, and Boya Sun. A new fantasy graphic novel for middle grade readers.

My nine-year-old daughter and I read 5 WORLDS: The Sand Warrior recently and really enjoyed it. Keep reading to learn more about the book and see what we thought.

And don’t you just love my toddler’s chubby hand in this photo? Babies are so yummy.

5 Worlds: The Sand Warrior by Mark Siegel, Alexis Siegle, Xan the Bouma, Matt Rockefeller, and Boya Sun. A new fantasy graphic novel for middle grade readers.This blog post contains affiliate links. If you click a link and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission. It doesn’t cost you anything extra, but it helps keep the blog running.

5 Worlds: The Sand Warrior by Mark Siegel and Alexis Siegle, illustrated by Matt Rockefeller, Xan the Bouma, and Boya Sun

Age Range: 8 – 12 years | Grade Level: 3 – 7 | Series: 5 Worlds (Book 1) | Hardcover: 256 pages | Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (May 2, 2017)


About the Book

The #1 New York Times bestselling creator of Amulet, Kazu Kibuishi, hails this first book in this groundbreaking sci-fi/fantasy adventure series as “a magical journey, as fun as it is beautiful!” Think Star Wars meets Avatar: The Last Airbender!

The Five Worlds are on the brink of extinction unless five ancient and mysterious beacons are lit. When war erupts, three unlikely heroes will discover there’s more to themselves—and more to their worlds—than meets the eye. . . .

• The clumsiest student at the Sand Dancer Academy, Oona Lee is a fighter with a destiny bigger than she could ever imagine.

• A boy from the poorest slums, An Tzu has a surprising gift and a knack for getting out of sticky situations.

• Star athlete Jax Amboy is beloved by an entire galaxy, but what good is that when he has no real friends?

When these three kids are forced to team up on an epic quest, it will take not one, not two, but 5 WORLDS to contain all the magic and adventure!

The Sand Warrior Interior

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Our Thoughts on 5 Worlds: The Sand Warrior

My oldest daughter, Miss K, is the graphic novel reader in our house. Since she’s such a big fan of Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi, I wasn’t surprised that she wanted to read The Sand Warrior. She read it twice before I could borrow it from her.

Miss K loved the story. We read an ARC, so it was mostly black and white, but the story was still wonderful. It’s a complex, sci-fi fantasy novel about a young sand dancer who discovers that five worlds are in danger of extinction. Together with some newly acquired allies, she sets out to save the worlds and all the people in them.

Miss K liked the sand dancing, but her favorite character is Jax Amboy. She likes his blue hair.

For my part, I love that The Sand Warrior pushes the definition of a middle-grade graphic novel to mean a layered plot with intricate world-building and believable characters. I’m happy to see graphic novels like this coming to the market for kids like my daughter who can’t get enough of them. Plus, the artwork is beautiful. I hope to see more books that push the boundaries of what a graphic novel for kids is supposed to look like.

Content: Some fantasy violence and perilous situations.

Source: Thank you to Penguin Random House for sending me an Advance Reader’s Copy.



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