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1832, Canterbury. Dans cette petite ville du Connecticut, l’institutrice Prudence Crandall s’occupe d’une école pour filles. Un jour, elle accueille dans sa classe une jeune noire, Sarah. La population blanche locale voit immédiatement cette « exception » comme une menace. Même si l’esclavage n’est plus pratiqué dans la plupart des États du Nord, l’Amérique blanche reste h 1832, Canterbury. Dans cette petite ville du Connecticut, l’institutrice Prudence Crandall s’occupe d’une école pour filles. Un jour, elle accueille dans sa classe une jeune noire, Sarah. La population blanche locale voit immédiatement cette « exception » comme une menace. Même si l’esclavage n’est plus pratiqué dans la plupart des États du Nord, l’Amérique blanche reste hantée par le spectre de Nat Turner : un an plus tôt, en Virginie, cet esclave noir qui savait lire et écrire a pris la tête d’une révolte sanglante. Pour les habitants de Canterbury, instruction rime désormais avec insurrection.


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1832, Canterbury. Dans cette petite ville du Connecticut, l’institutrice Prudence Crandall s’occupe d’une école pour filles. Un jour, elle accueille dans sa classe une jeune noire, Sarah. La population blanche locale voit immédiatement cette « exception » comme une menace. Même si l’esclavage n’est plus pratiqué dans la plupart des États du Nord, l’Amérique blanche reste h 1832, Canterbury. Dans cette petite ville du Connecticut, l’institutrice Prudence Crandall s’occupe d’une école pour filles. Un jour, elle accueille dans sa classe une jeune noire, Sarah. La population blanche locale voit immédiatement cette « exception » comme une menace. Même si l’esclavage n’est plus pratiqué dans la plupart des États du Nord, l’Amérique blanche reste hantée par le spectre de Nat Turner : un an plus tôt, en Virginie, cet esclave noir qui savait lire et écrire a pris la tête d’une révolte sanglante. Pour les habitants de Canterbury, instruction rime désormais avec insurrection.

30 review for Blanc autour

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mitticus

    +Digital ARC gently provided by Netgalley and publishers in exchange for an honest review+ Such amazing people and history ; such floundering put story. The grace of graphic novels is that it is a way of spreading stories in a simple way, sometimes on topics as important as this, so, on that side, it serves its purpose by highlighting the school for black girls created in 1832 in Connecticut. Not to mention that it could be said that it was the first integration of a black student in a school for +Digital ARC gently provided by Netgalley and publishers in exchange for an honest review+ Such amazing people and history ; such floundering put story. The grace of graphic novels is that it is a way of spreading stories in a simple way, sometimes on topics as important as this, so, on that side, it serves its purpose by highlighting the school for black girls created in 1832 in Connecticut. Not to mention that it could be said that it was the first integration of a black student in a school for white girls. But the canvas here falls short to demonstrate the courage and importance of the people who lived it. For the short time that could be. It's difficult to understand the idea of "Free" without civil rights. What it did help me was to learn about a piece of history that made me want to do a little more research on Prudence Crandall, a Quaker-educated woman who opens a boarding school for girls in Canterbury, Connecticut ("The Canterbury Female Boarding School" in 1831-1834). When 20-year-old Sarah Harris asks to be her student to teach other black girls later, the trouble begins. The parents protest and withdraw the white girls, and so Prudence ends up turning it into a boarding school for black girls in the face of opposition from all over town, and specially from her neighbor Andrew T. Judson(*), a politician, who previously supported her with her school. Prudence ends up in jail, and they fight for the girls to continue in the school with laws and they manage to get a new law, but that is not enough because violence prevails. The twist that Lupano gives to his novel is to introduce a black boy who lives in the woods and who recites the story of Ned Turner, who starred in a bloody rebellion and created a kind of even greater paranoia towards blacks who could read and write and that knew something of the biblical scriptures. It is in how he presents this child that I have a problem, because he seems too close to that of the 'good savage' (he even says he calls himself Feral) with his proclamations against "white" education. And then he goes and puts that woman who lives in the forest (a witch?), And he puts feminism and the Goddess and all that story that I think he got a bit out of hand in wanting to put everything together with the education of the women and all the anti-patriarchal roll and against religion and traditional European education. It is too much together that you want to put here, diverting the focus from the main idea. So, no, I am not satisfied with how this story is told. The History is so much better. What I did like was how the girls interacted at school. The art? Interesting color and palette. -------------------------------------------------- La gracia de las novelas gráficas es que es una forma de difusión de historias en forma sencilla, a veces de temas tan importantes como éste, así que, por ese lado, sirve su propósito destacando a la escuela para señoritas negras creada en 1832 en Connecticut . Eso sin contar que podria decirse que fue la primera integración de una alumna negra en una escuela de niñas blancas. Pero el lienzo aquí se queda corto para demostrar la valentía y la importancia de la gente que lo vivió. Por el breve tiempo que pudo ser. Resulta dificil entender la idea de ser "libre" sin tener derechos civiles. En lo que me sirvió a mi fue para conocer una pieza de la historia que me hizo querer investigar un poco más acerca de Prudence Crandall, una mujer educada como cuaquera quien abre un internado para niñas en Canterbury, Conneticut ("The Canterbury Female Boarding School" en 1831). Cuando una joven negra, Sarah Harris de 20 años le pide ser su estudiante para enseñarle después a otras chicas negras es cuando empiezan los problemas. Los padres protestan y retiran las niñas blancas, y así Prudence termina convirtiendole en un internado para señoritas negras frente a la oposición de todo el pueblo, y especialmente de su vecino Andrew T. Judson , un politico, quien anteriormente la apoyaba con su escuela. Prudence termina en la carcel, y se lucha porque las chicas sigan en la escuela con leyes y logran sacar una ley nueva, pero eso no es suficiente pues la violencia prevalece. El giro que le da Lupano a su novela, es introducir a un niño negro que vive en los bosques y que recita la historia de Ned Turner, quien protagonizara una cruenta rebelion y creo una suerte de paranoia aun mayor hacia negros que supieran leer y escribir y que supieran algo de las escrituras bíblicas. Es en cómo presenta a este niño que tengo un problema, pues me parece demasiado cercano a eso del 'buen salvaje' (inclusive dice llamarse Feral) con sus proclamas en contra de la educación "blanca". Y después va y mete a esa mujer que vive en el bosque (¿una bruja?), y mete feminismo y la Diosa y todo ese cuento que creo que se le pasó un poco la mano en quere meter todo junto con la educación de las mujeres y todo el rollo antipatriarcal y contra la religión y la educación tradicional eurpeo. Es demasiada cosa junta que quiere meter aqui, desviando el foco de la idea principal. Así que, no, no me deja satisfecha como esta contado este cuento. La historia es mucho mejor. Por otra parte, me gutó como interactuaban las chicas en la escuela, a pesar de ser diferentes y como pensaban. ¿El arte? Interesante color y paleta. (*)Este politico perteneció al "American Colonization Society" que tenía la idea de enviar a los negros a Africa.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shirin Tondkar

    4.5 1832 in Canterbury, African Americans are FREE but have no civil rights. A small female boarding school was preparing to welcome its first black students. Twenty colored girls can board at Miss Crandall's school. A law designed to shut her school down, she went to jail for a few days when she refused to pay. She tried hard for their school to become legal. The parents are scared to send their kids to school but try changing their children's destiny. Sarah seeks the why and the how, and Eliza is 4.5 1832 in Canterbury, African Americans are FREE but have no civil rights. A small female boarding school was preparing to welcome its first black students. Twenty colored girls can board at Miss Crandall's school. A law designed to shut her school down, she went to jail for a few days when she refused to pay. She tried hard for their school to become legal. The parents are scared to send their kids to school but try changing their children's destiny. Sarah seeks the why and the how, and Eliza is the first student who arrived. In the meanwhile, slowly the school filled and people in town get more and more furious. I liked the colors and pictures. This was a beautiful, heartbreaking, and sort of funny story about how people can become blind and unkind to each other. Highly Recommended. Thanks to Netgalley, I have given an honest review of White All Around by Script by Wilfrid Lupano & art by Stéphane Fert.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alexander Peterhans

    Canterbury, Connecticut in the 1830s. Prudence Crandall runs a boarding school for girls - white girls, that is. When Crandall, herself white, starts accepting black students, the town collectively freaks out. This doesn't stop Crandall, more black students arrive, and the situation escalate. I had never heard of this story, and it is an interesting one. The book is nicely paced, and the illustrations are in the style of 1950s children's books, which is very charming. Not a story with a happy endi Canterbury, Connecticut in the 1830s. Prudence Crandall runs a boarding school for girls - white girls, that is. When Crandall, herself white, starts accepting black students, the town collectively freaks out. This doesn't stop Crandall, more black students arrive, and the situation escalate. I had never heard of this story, and it is an interesting one. The book is nicely paced, and the illustrations are in the style of 1950s children's books, which is very charming. Not a story with a happy ending, but worth reading. (Picked up a review copy through NetGalley)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Crunden

    Even in the land of the free, not all of America's children are welcome. Well. WELL. This is a gut wrenching graphic novel about historical racism. It's a familiar enough story to those who know American history - white men at odds with Black women educating themselves - but the story of the Prudence Crandall School is new to me: a young white woman goes against the town of Canterbury to open a school for only Black girls in the 1800s. The white residents of the village oppose her actions and tre Even in the land of the free, not all of America's children are welcome. Well. WELL. This is a gut wrenching graphic novel about historical racism. It's a familiar enough story to those who know American history - white men at odds with Black women educating themselves - but the story of the Prudence Crandall School is new to me: a young white woman goes against the town of Canterbury to open a school for only Black girls in the 1800s. The white residents of the village oppose her actions and treat both Ms Crandall and the children terribly, but the ladies are determined to learn and defy the ridiculous restrictions placed upon them. The artwork is simply stunning and vibrant and filled with warmth and colour. The women and girls that are the central focus of the story are wonderfully done. In addition to the lone lady teacher, and the girls aching to learn, you also encounter a woman living in the woods who has no love for the villagers, and a young boy who travels around regaling locals with tales of Nat Turner, a real life Black enslaved preacher who led a rebellion in 1831. This is definitely well worth a read for everyone, although I'm sure it'll leave you just as furious and frustrated as it left me. Equality is for everyone, and we need more girls and women like the ones herein. I really appreciate this novel for highlighting this true, heart-breaking story of injustice, racism, determination and feminism. ➵ thank you netgalley for the free arc in exchange for an honest review ♡

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Michelle

    This beautifully illustrated and smartly written graphic novel of historical fiction tells the story of a time before the Civil War when Black people were free, but not equal. They were free, but unable to go to school [especially if they were women]. They were free, but unable to protest or even talk about their own ideas and beliefs. It is the story of a school that admitted Black girls and ended up being burnt down because of it. People think that the North and life in the North for Black pe This beautifully illustrated and smartly written graphic novel of historical fiction tells the story of a time before the Civil War when Black people were free, but not equal. They were free, but unable to go to school [especially if they were women]. They were free, but unable to protest or even talk about their own ideas and beliefs. It is the story of a school that admitted Black girls and ended up being burnt down because of it. People think that the North and life in the North for Black people was the "land of plenty" and for some, history shows, it was. But for many, just because they were free didn't mean oppression ceased. It didn't mean that they still had to work for very little or for nothing [in some cases - not everyone in the North was an abolitionist, as this story shows]. It shows that many thought it was okay that the Black people were free, but wanted to make sure "they knew their place". And all of this is told in this short graphic novel. It tells the story succinctly and the pictures often tell more than the words. This book is very well done and everyone should be reading this piece of history in my opinion. What good is history, especially your own, if you don't read it and know it? Very well done. Thank you to NetGalley, Wilfrid Lupano, Stephane Fert and Europe Comics for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Camila Lobianco

    100% ★★★★★ I can't do this. I was supposed to do an objective review about this book, but all I can do is cry and wanted to do this now because what I'm feeling is too strong right now. For all of you that don't know, I don't cry that usually, I have this barrier between me and the books that make me can read and not bring too emotional experiences to my life, but, man, I cried like a kid. Feral, you have my heart and I think this is my favorite character of all times, but I can't explain why b 100% ★★★★★ I can't do this. I was supposed to do an objective review about this book, but all I can do is cry and wanted to do this now because what I'm feeling is too strong right now. For all of you that don't know, I don't cry that usually, I have this barrier between me and the books that make me can read and not bring too emotional experiences to my life, but, man, I cried like a kid. Feral, you have my heart and I think this is my favorite character of all times, but I can't explain why because I don't want to ruin people experience with this book. 150 pages of pure beauty. The art is pure beauty, the story and all characters. I can't do this the way I'm used to, because I wasn't waiting for this to impact me so hard, something that haven't happened for years. Just... this is the best thing I ever read by now, and I consider myself quite an old reader. Read this, guys, is really important. Thanks for that, NetGalley, you made my day such better!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Noria

    The drawing is exquisite and there’s an interesting take on the topic of History and education !

  8. 5 out of 5

    TheNuisance1

    Thanks to NetGalley, I was able to get my hands on this graphic novel about pre-civil war America! I didn’t understand it at first because I never heard of the boarding school before (obviously cause I’m a dumb European duh..) but as soon as I kept reading it wasn’t so bad! However I found adding the witch into this was quite bizarre and puzzling like are we reading a story involving fantasy or a real life scenario that actually happened from the past here? lol As well the wee boy was cute in thi Thanks to NetGalley, I was able to get my hands on this graphic novel about pre-civil war America! I didn’t understand it at first because I never heard of the boarding school before (obviously cause I’m a dumb European duh..) but as soon as I kept reading it wasn’t so bad! However I found adding the witch into this was quite bizarre and puzzling like are we reading a story involving fantasy or a real life scenario that actually happened from the past here? lol As well the wee boy was cute in this like he seemed like a character who would put a smile on your face! I wish we could’ve seen more scenes of him and that he was the main character ;( Anyways it’s a alright graphic novel, I just wish tho it evolved into something more...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Haider

    This graphic novel is based on true events that happened in Cantebury, CT in the 1830's. This was the time shortly after the Nat Turner rebellion. Slavery was still legal in the south. While Black people were free in the north, they didn't have equal rights. A local white woman, Prudence Crandall ran a girl's boarding school. She made a decision to make the school exclusively for Black girls. This made most of the towns folks angry and they protested the existence of a school for Black girls. Cr This graphic novel is based on true events that happened in Cantebury, CT in the 1830's. This was the time shortly after the Nat Turner rebellion. Slavery was still legal in the south. While Black people were free in the north, they didn't have equal rights. A local white woman, Prudence Crandall ran a girl's boarding school. She made a decision to make the school exclusively for Black girls. This made most of the towns folks angry and they protested the existence of a school for Black girls. Crandall ended up going to court for her right to keep the school open. This was an interesting piece of New England history that I was not previously aware of. It is important to know the history of all races so we can better understand how we got to where we are. I highly recommend this one to history buffs or fans of realistic graphic novels. Thank you to the publisher for the review copy!

  10. 4 out of 5

    anud-be

    Many thanks to Netgalley and Europe Comics for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review. This comic tells the story of Ms. Crandall's school for girls of color. After Ms. Crandall's "a white woman" starts to accept black girls to her school "in a white town" the teacher and her students face the wrath of an ignorant hateful community. The amount of hate these women faced was appalling and thier strength was out of this world. The art was mesmerizing! Many thanks to Netgalley and Europe Comics for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review. This comic tells the story of Ms. Crandall's school for girls of color. After Ms. Crandall's "a white woman" starts to accept black girls to her school "in a white town" the teacher and her students face the wrath of an ignorant hateful community. The amount of hate these women faced was appalling and thier strength was out of this world. The art was mesmerizing!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ana

    3.5 stars *may change trigger warnings: racism, death, anti-blackness It must be pointed out first and foremost that this is a story about the black experience in America in the 1800s. That being said, the author, Wilfrid Lupano, is, as far as I can tell, white. I'm not a black reviewer, and so it is not my place to say if Lupano has the right to tell such a story. This foreword is a warning. This is not, from what I've seen, an own voices. I think the art for a graphic novel must, to some extent, 3.5 stars *may change trigger warnings: racism, death, anti-blackness It must be pointed out first and foremost that this is a story about the black experience in America in the 1800s. That being said, the author, Wilfrid Lupano, is, as far as I can tell, white. I'm not a black reviewer, and so it is not my place to say if Lupano has the right to tell such a story. This foreword is a warning. This is not, from what I've seen, an own voices. I think the art for a graphic novel must, to some extent, capture the story. For that, you must know the story first. White All Around is a historically-based graphic novel about a female boarding school in 1832 Canterbury, Connecticut. Its headmistress, Prudence Crandall, admits a young black girl named Sarah into the school as is met by immediate backlash. Obviously, she retaliates by making it a school for women of color only. So on, and so on. I really did love the art style for this. The color palettes change every scene from warm reds to a harsh purple or somber blues. It's very cartoony, but I think it's charming in that sense. I did appreciate the addition of historical photographs, biographies, and documents. A graphic novel can only capture so much of reality when that reality has been hidden or unknown. The ending pages provide the real-life people and scenarios the story portrays. It's a good way to tell their story. I never know how to review graphic novels. They look lovely, but they really only take me like an hour to read. It was quite alright. Thanks to Netgalley for providing an advanced reader's copy.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Chloë

    White all around is a story set in the middle of the United States in the 1830s, Canterbury, Connecticut. It's about a female boarding school and the first integration of a black girl, named Sarah, into a white school. After headmistress Prudence Crandall is faced with enormous backlash, she does something remarkable: she makes it a school for women of colour only. This fictionalised historically-based graphic novel is set thirty years before the abolition of slavery in the US. Throughout the bo White all around is a story set in the middle of the United States in the 1830s, Canterbury, Connecticut. It's about a female boarding school and the first integration of a black girl, named Sarah, into a white school. After headmistress Prudence Crandall is faced with enormous backlash, she does something remarkable: she makes it a school for women of colour only. This fictionalised historically-based graphic novel is set thirty years before the abolition of slavery in the US. Throughout the book, the white people of the town try to do everything they can to stop these black girls from getting an education. The fact that it's based on actual historical events, that some of these people did exist, made it all the more heartbreaking. It shows the injustice and the ugliness these women had to live with every day. At the end you can find the story of the actual headmistress and their students, and what they went on to do after the end of the drawn story. It manages to do so with a stunning art style, with warm colours and interesting shapes. If I were to judge this book purely on the art, it would be the best I've ever read. I do however wish some of the subplots had been left out. I thought the part about Feral was interesting but wish they'd gone more in-depth about Nat Turner, who he is constantly citing. I disliked the part with the white witch, she didn't add anything to the story but instead made this story seem more magical. I wish they'd replaced her with an accurate portrayal of magic in black communities or maybe even cut her out completely. I'd also like to say that I am a white reviewer and thus can't judge if the authors have the right to write this story. I can't help but wish this story would've come from the black American community itself, instead of white french authors. I'm grateful that they're shining a light on this, but I just wish the profits would go to the community that has been through the horrors drawn. I'd like to thank Europe Comics for providing this copy via Netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mehsi

    I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review. A gorgeously drawn and well-written book about a school principal who decides to allow black girls to get an education. We see that the girls themselves are delighted to finally get a chance to study, we see them build friendships, have a good time... well as good as one can have given that the people from town are very much against coloured people making an appearance and getting an education. I was just disgusted by the townsp I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review. A gorgeously drawn and well-written book about a school principal who decides to allow black girls to get an education. We see that the girls themselves are delighted to finally get a chance to study, we see them build friendships, have a good time... well as good as one can have given that the people from town are very much against coloured people making an appearance and getting an education. I was just disgusted by the townspeople, what a horrible horrible people. Just because people have a different colour doesn't make them any less or bad... I wanted to flip some stuff while reading this book. The ending was both hopeful and heartbreaking. But sorry, I just wasn't interested in the little boy who ran around the woods. Couldn't care one iota about him. I am sorry, but I was wondering why that was added. (view spoiler)[ Though OK, he didn't deserve what came to him. :( (hide spoiler)] I love the extra information at the beginning of the end! I learned new things today, and I love that we see what happened to several characters who truly existed! The art was just GORGEOUS!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kübra Demir

    Thanks to Netgalley and Europe Comics for providing that beautiful and touching graphic novel in exchange for my honest review. It was just what I was looking for this month. Something real, captivating, and informative… It is basically about the mistress of a female boarding school in Canterbury, Connecticut, 1832 deciding to take in colored girls as students. I especially love the last pages which the readers can find the summary of the character’s biographies, bcz let’s be honest I have almost Thanks to Netgalley and Europe Comics for providing that beautiful and touching graphic novel in exchange for my honest review. It was just what I was looking for this month. Something real, captivating, and informative… It is basically about the mistress of a female boarding school in Canterbury, Connecticut, 1832 deciding to take in colored girls as students. I especially love the last pages which the readers can find the summary of the character’s biographies, bcz let’s be honest I have almost no idea about Black History or people who give form to it. And those being the retelling of real events made me feel so many different emotions. Like disgust at how humans can be so cruel and selfish. Also, the way of how the lyrical words (thanks to Montane Kane) came together with the gorgeous art style left me no choice other than to read it in one sitting. Highly recommended.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    This is a fictionalized, very fictionalized version of a school for black women in Connecticut before the American Civil War. While the main story line, about how the locals did not like the school is true, the other bits, with a witch of the woods, and the strange boy that quoted a book about Nate Tucker, is out of the imagination of this French writer. While the illustrations are nice, and the story, goes off the rails at a certain point, it is probably worth the read to just see how poorly the This is a fictionalized, very fictionalized version of a school for black women in Connecticut before the American Civil War. While the main story line, about how the locals did not like the school is true, the other bits, with a witch of the woods, and the strange boy that quoted a book about Nate Tucker, is out of the imagination of this French writer. While the illustrations are nice, and the story, goes off the rails at a certain point, it is probably worth the read to just see how poorly the young women were treated. But, after reading it, I didn't feel as though I got to the heart of the historical story. And, because the teacher was a Quaker, it was never made clear why she would be going to the local church, and having an issue about not being let in. Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Zaba Cita Novine

    I cried a little... First of, I want to hug this art. I want to live in it and in these colors and never come back. I want my life to be this art. It is the purest and most beautiful art I've seen! That forest goddess! 😍 The year is 1832 and Prudence Crandall teaches young girls in her boarding school. The society is not all that strong on educated women, but oh well... Until Prudence decides that she will start teaching only young ladies of color! This is a lovely and scary and uplifting story of I cried a little... First of, I want to hug this art. I want to live in it and in these colors and never come back. I want my life to be this art. It is the purest and most beautiful art I've seen! That forest goddess! 😍 The year is 1832 and Prudence Crandall teaches young girls in her boarding school. The society is not all that strong on educated women, but oh well... Until Prudence decides that she will start teaching only young ladies of color! This is a lovely and scary and uplifting story of that school, of what Prudence and the girls went through and what the school left them with. I loved it beyond words! A big thank you to Europe Comics and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jen/The Tolkien Gal/ジェニファー

    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm incredibly excited to delve into this. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm incredibly excited to delve into this.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Zoë

    ** I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ** CW: Slavery, racism, violence against POC, gun violence, mob violence, suggestion of sexual assault, mild nudity. White All Around is a graphic novel based on true events in American history... And a reminder of how much I still have to learn about my own country. This beautifully illustrated novel balances the dark reality of America for black people in the 1800s with hope, beauty, and humor. White All Around recount ** I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ** CW: Slavery, racism, violence against POC, gun violence, mob violence, suggestion of sexual assault, mild nudity. White All Around is a graphic novel based on true events in American history... And a reminder of how much I still have to learn about my own country. This beautifully illustrated novel balances the dark reality of America for black people in the 1800s with hope, beauty, and humor. White All Around recounts the history of the first black girls' school in Canterbury, Connecticut in the 1830s. Back then, black Americans could live "free" there, 30 years before the emancipation. Despite this, they essentially had no civil rights – even though they were not slaves, heinous crimes could be committed against them with no legal repercussion. In 1832, Nat Turner leads his famous, violent uprising against slave owners. A year later... Prudence Crandall uses her privilege and station to start an all girls' school for girls of color. In White All Around, it's young Sarah's deep desire to learn that inspires Prudence to start her new school. The rest of the story follows the struggles they go through to keep the school afloat and open, despite the community's condemnation and fresh memory of the Nat Turner incident. I was enraptured by this book in multiple ways. The illustrations are soft, muted, and slightly abstracted. It was reminiscent for me of Over the Garden Wall or, (as funny as this sounds), Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. The artistry is truly a treasure, and lightens up some of the dark content. For this reason alone, I think this would be a fantastic introduction for a younger audience to such a serious topic. While it does have whimsical, beautiful art and moments of joy, White All Around does not shy away from the truth of what these black girls had to go through just to get the education they had a right to get. The authors make it plain to see what the larger white community they lived in thought of their efforts. Another thing I appreciated – but also kind of wish they elaborated more on – was the aspect of the "white savior". While what Prudence did was incredibly brave and admirable, she was still a white woman in a position of power. How much could she really understand of her students' history and situation? As one character states, they're learning about white people and white history from a white person. I thought this was a really good thing for the authors to bring up, yet I wish they elaborated more on the topic. Finally, something I greatly appreciated about the book was the inclusion of an introduction and an afterword that gave some background on the story. As soon as I downloaded it, I was wondering if it was based off of a real story or not – this is immediately cleared up in the forward. The afterword also gives a sort of "epilogue" to the characters we read about, but concerning their real-life counterparts. I really appreciated that, and I loved seeing how some of the black girls grew up to be in positions of power and influence. Having these explanations right in the book, instead of having to Google them, was considerate of the authors. Overall, in a time where it's more important than ever to learn about black history, White All Around is a fantastic, accessible start. It's beautifully written and illustrated. It is tender and hopeful, yet doesn't shy away from the hard reality. It was a reminder for me personally how little I know about black history, and left me passionate to learn more. I would highly recommend this novel. Final Rating: 5 stars.

  19. 4 out of 5

    HalKid2

    NOTE: I received free access to this book through netgalley in exchange for writing an impartial review. Thank you Europe Comics. Publication Date: January 20, 2021. I've only read a handful of graphic novels -- I read WHITE ALL AROUND in just a few hours. It tells one of those little known but remarkably interesting true stories from US history, about the Prudence Crandall School in Connecticut in 1832 when the headmistress decided to admit students of color. Naturally, lots of trouble followed NOTE: I received free access to this book through netgalley in exchange for writing an impartial review. Thank you Europe Comics. Publication Date: January 20, 2021. I've only read a handful of graphic novels -- I read WHITE ALL AROUND in just a few hours. It tells one of those little known but remarkably interesting true stories from US history, about the Prudence Crandall School in Connecticut in 1832 when the headmistress decided to admit students of color. Naturally, lots of trouble followed -- overt racism, systemic racism, legal battles, and violence. Stephane Fert's illustrations are dramatic and complement the story well. I found however that the story itself had quite a few abrupt transitions. So much so that I wondered at times if some pages were missing. Perhaps because I was looking at a PDF version, the layout might have been different. But based on the little experience I have with other graphic novels, this one did not flow as smoothly as the others. Particularly interesting is the Afterword where author Wilfrid Lupano provides quite a bit of information about what became of many of the students at the school. Not surprisingly, many become prominent abolitionists. I do recommend the book -- especially because it requires so little investment of time and because the story is so worthwhile.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Chadwick

    I downloaded a copy of White All Around from #NetGalley, and I spent a sunny Friday morning reading it. I am a huge fan of Graphic Novels, and I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It recounts the life and school of Quaker teacher and abolitionist Prudence Crandall (who was already a hero of mine prior to reading). I enjoyed Stephane Fert's artwork and the glimpse of 19th Century New England with its colorful falls and cold blue winters. I enjoyed all of the characters in the story. My only criticism i I downloaded a copy of White All Around from #NetGalley, and I spent a sunny Friday morning reading it. I am a huge fan of Graphic Novels, and I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It recounts the life and school of Quaker teacher and abolitionist Prudence Crandall (who was already a hero of mine prior to reading). I enjoyed Stephane Fert's artwork and the glimpse of 19th Century New England with its colorful falls and cold blue winters. I enjoyed all of the characters in the story. My only criticism is I felt it was packed full of ideas and could easily have been a series of graphic novels (similar to The March trilogy) developing characters and plot leisurely over time. Both Lupano and Fert invite us to linger on the page and consider images or ideas - a trilogy would have truly allowed for that. I especially enjoyed the Afterward by Joanie DiMartino, the Prudence Crandall Museum's curator, which gives the reader a glimpse of Prudence and her students and the impact they had on American History and society. I would recommend pairing this with Kyle Baker's exceptional graphic novel on Nat Turner. An excellent book. Check it out!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Misa

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review. What can I say after reading this beautiful book is that it hurts, it really hurts to read about such an injustice, unhuman behavior and the ugliness of racism. I can't say that I liked the story because it's not about this when it comes to such books, no. This book is a reminder for those who forgot what was it like to live in such a world where you see awful things done to people and you can't do nothing and Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review. What can I say after reading this beautiful book is that it hurts, it really hurts to read about such an injustice, unhuman behavior and the ugliness of racism. I can't say that I liked the story because it's not about this when it comes to such books, no. This book is a reminder for those who forgot what was it like to live in such a world where you see awful things done to people and you can't do nothing and when you try to make a change like Prudence Crandall, you might end up being marginalized, attacked or hurt. Anyway, the illustrations were beautiful to look at and it made the story less dramatic to read. A different and interesting way to portray such difficult themes with colors and art. I have to say that I didn't like the title, I think that wasn't the best choice for the content of this book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Misa

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review. What can I say after reading this beautiful book is that it hurts, it really hurts to read about such an injustice, unhuman behavior and the ugliness of racism. I can't say that I liked the story because it's not about this when it comes to such books, no. This book is a reminder for those who forgot what was it like to live in such a world where you see awful things done to people and you can't do nothing and Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review. What can I say after reading this beautiful book is that it hurts, it really hurts to read about such an injustice, unhuman behavior and the ugliness of racism. I can't say that I liked the story because it's not about this when it comes to such books, no. This book is a reminder for those who forgot what was it like to live in such a world where you see awful things done to people and you can't do nothing and when you try to make a change like Prudence Crandall, you might end up being marginalized, attacked or hurt. Anyway, the illustrations were beautiful to look at and it made the story less dramatic to read. A different and interesting way to portray such difficult themes with colors and art.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Chelsey

    The artwork in this was absolutely beautiful. The author did a wonderful job of fitting a lot of information into a short and concise graphic novel. I do wish the characters had been given a little more depth, but I also realize you can only fit so much into something this length. Nevertheless, it got me interested and I would love a novel-length version! The story was lovely and heartbreaking and a good snapshot of pre-Civil War America. I appreciated the info given at the beginning about Nat T The artwork in this was absolutely beautiful. The author did a wonderful job of fitting a lot of information into a short and concise graphic novel. I do wish the characters had been given a little more depth, but I also realize you can only fit so much into something this length. Nevertheless, it got me interested and I would love a novel-length version! The story was lovely and heartbreaking and a good snapshot of pre-Civil War America. I appreciated the info given at the beginning about Nat Turner and the information at the end about what happened to some of the characters after the school closed. Thank you NetGalley, author and publisher for the arc in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Russell

    Its absolutely appalling to me that the events in the graphic novel were based on true events. It is also horrific that this is the first time I am even learning about these events! It really opened my eyes, and has made me want to learn more. That is one thing I love about books -- they're not only entertaining, but they are educational as well. The illustrations were very well done. They're very colorful, but will say a few illustrations were a little more graphic than I had anticipated. Thank Its absolutely appalling to me that the events in the graphic novel were based on true events. It is also horrific that this is the first time I am even learning about these events! It really opened my eyes, and has made me want to learn more. That is one thing I love about books -- they're not only entertaining, but they are educational as well. The illustrations were very well done. They're very colorful, but will say a few illustrations were a little more graphic than I had anticipated. Thank you to Netgalley and Europe Comics for providing me with a free digital copy of this title in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Strange Fish

    I received a free E-ARC of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. CW: racism, gun violence, discrimination, violence The book is based on a true story of a school set up In Canterbury in 1832 for African American girls three decades before abolition. However it does contain a few fictional elements. I liked the story though it meandered at some points and at times had a few too I received a free E-ARC of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. CW: racism, gun violence, discrimination, violence The book is based on a true story of a school set up In Canterbury in 1832 for African American girls three decades before abolition. However it does contain a few fictional elements. I liked the story though it meandered at some points and at times had a few too many main characters. The art in this book is beautiful. The colors are gorgeous and it has some lovely full page showcases. This novel is carried by its art and though I received an e arc I think it would truly shine in print.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Thanks to Netgalley and Europe Publishing for giving me a free copy in exchange for an honest review. This is such an important (and true!) story that got to be told in such an amazing way. The artwork was the best I have ever seen in a graphic novel. The story was so important too. All I can really say is that you should go pick if you want to learn more about the injustices that black people have faced in America. I'm honestly speechless at the end of this it was so good. Thanks to Netgalley and Europe Publishing for giving me a free copy in exchange for an honest review. This is such an important (and true!) story that got to be told in such an amazing way. The artwork was the best I have ever seen in a graphic novel. The story was so important too. All I can really say is that you should go pick if you want to learn more about the injustices that black people have faced in America. I'm honestly speechless at the end of this it was so good.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Laura Blankenship

    I enjoyed reading this book, however the historical note at the end really drove home the story for me. I like knowing that the characters written about were actual people instead of figments of the author’s imagination. This book illustrates what it was like to be “free” without civil rights. I recieved a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Eloise

    I love seeing small stories that fit into History we don't know much about. This part of history was so impactful for a large community and allowed so much change to be born from it. It was great to learn about, but I also got attached to this group of young girls wanting to learn and simply live. I hope stories like this will continue to be brought to page and screen and minds. I do however think it important to note that this graphic novel was written and illustrated by two white Frenchmen. As much I love seeing small stories that fit into History we don't know much about. This part of history was so impactful for a large community and allowed so much change to be born from it. It was great to learn about, but I also got attached to this group of young girls wanting to learn and simply live. I hope stories like this will continue to be brought to page and screen and minds. I do however think it important to note that this graphic novel was written and illustrated by two white Frenchmen. As much as I appreciate anyone writing on topics that need more visibility, I do also believe it's important to make sure that white people, who already own most of the industry, do let black artists express themselves and tell their own history (and more), without being impacted by the casual everyday racism that does affect publishing. Black authors should be prioritised when reading about Black history, at least.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Beatriz Sousa

    Read on netgalley

  30. 5 out of 5

    Giovanna

    Not only was the artwork beautiful, but the graphic novel had the perfect balance of how much text to include to keep me interested in the story. The foreword and afterword were also great inclusions. They helped put the story into perspective that this was a true event in history. I highly recommend picking this one up!

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