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Sisters Lucy and GiGi don’t really get along. Things have been hard for both of them ever since they lost their father. Despite their differences, they both have a passion for fencing. When GiGi ruins Lucy’s first day at middle school, Lucy decides to settle things once and for all by challenging GiGi to a duel. What will happen when both girls start doubting themselves? Either way, a score must be settled. May the best fencer win!

Duel is a story about two sisters, fencing, and most importantly, family. I enjoy semi-autobiographical books such as this one; some of the events in the book are actually true experiences the author had. GiGi could have been more understanding to Lucy, but I still found her perspective somewhat relatable. I also found Lucy’s friend Sasha to be a little rude. Overall, both Lucy and GiGi had good character growth.

The digital watercolor used to color this book paired well with the traditional inks. I liked looking at the early sketches the illustrator shared at the end of the book. I would recommend Duel to young fencers or to anyone who has a sibling they can share this with.

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Author Jessixa Bagley, Aaron Bagley
Star Count 4/5
Format Trade
Page Count 320 pages
Publisher Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publish Date 07-Nov-2023
ISBN 9781534496545
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Issue January 2024
Category Sequential Art