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The Green Queen of Mean
The Green Queen of Mean
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Graphic Sparks

The Green Queen of Mean

The teacher, Mr. Slink, assigns an environmental project, and Halo Nightly pairs up with Flora, the school's resident treehugger. Their team has the assignment in the bag (reusable, of course). But when the evil Doozie Hiss ruins their chances for a good grade, Flora changes from happy hippie to eco-terror. With her superpowered candies, Halo faces off against the Green Queen of Mean!

PublisherStone Arch Books
BrandGraphic Sparks
Age Level8-10 Years
Reading LevelGrades 1-3
GenreFantasy & Science Fiction
Trim Size6 x 9
Page Count40



School Library Journal - Sarah Provence, Churchill Road Elementary School, McLean, VA

"Look out litterbugs! When friend-to-the-planet Flora is paired with classmate Halo, things look good for her science report on pollution. Unfortunately, when Halo eats a little of her superhero candy and flies out for a breath of air after finishing the project, Doozie Hiss steps in to sabotage their work. Little does she know that Flora has a secret identity and the power to avenge any nongreen attitudes. The Green Queen of Mean is a fun graphic novel with an earth-friendly message. Simple dialogue is matched with clear illustrative panels for younger audiences who might be new to the format. At times the plot gets a little muddled in what could be an antibullying message, but most readers will enjoy it. An additional title for libraries looking for a graphic novel with an ecological theme." - School Library Journal

May 1, 2010

Vegbooks - Carolyn M. Mullin

"Average students are turned into superheroes (or villains) with a simple pop of candied goodness. Available in ¡Tierra!, ¡Fuego!, ¡Aire!, and ¡Agua! varieties, these morsels harness the power of the Spanish-worded element (earth, fire, air, and water) and are used to solve schoolyard brawls in the Goth town of Midnight. While Halo Nightly normally steals the show in this young readers’ version of a graphic novel, it’s Flora Fawn in The Green Queen of Mean who features prominently – and not always in the best light. Flora is a seemingly good-natured, well-intentioned environmentalist who dines organically (no sugar, no fat, no chemicals), but she gets a bit riled up when it comes to litterbugs…and it shows. Her temperament spirals out of control following a fiasco with arch nemesis Doozie Hiss and her sabotage of a group project focused on pollution. It’s a hard lesson to learn, but some methods are better than others when trying to spread the green word. As Halo observes, “Sometimes people need to see what’s good…instead of hearing what’s wrong.” Wise words for all of us activists to keep in mind, even the youngest ones. A healthy dose of both, I think, goes a long way. All in all, a good read, especially for those new to the graphic novel format. Some veg parents may not appreciate the “green” kid as being obnoxious, short-tempered or hippy-like. After all, we really don’t suffer or lack good eats on a plant-based diet and most of us are pretty genial (or so I’d like to think)." - Vegbooks

January 16, 2011

Scott Nickel

Scott Nickel

Born in 1962 in Denver, Colorado, Scott Nickel works by day at Paws, inc., Jim Davis's famous Garfield studio, and he freelances by night. Burning the midnight oil, Scott has created hundreds of humorous greeting cards and written several children's books, short fiction for "Boys' Life" magazine, comic strips, and lots of really funny knock-knock jokes. He was raised in southern California, but in 1995 Scott moved to Indiana, where he currently lives with his wife, two sons, six cats, and several sea monkeys.

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