Poison Ivy: Thorns (Paperback)
Like many people my age, I grew up with superheroes, and their ubiquitous counterparts, the villains. Thorns serves as another take on Ivy’s origins, and updates the theming around her character to match one of the struggles young girls face today; that of agency and autonomy. I have a soft spot for Ivy, and I love the direction Keplinger took her origins, while she remains true to the legacy of her character. Sarah Kipin’s illustrations, in their beautiful simplicity, serve the work perfectly, giving emphasis where it’s needed, but they don’t try to out-perform the narrative. Also, no I’m not crying, you’re crying.
-Ryan— From Outlandish October Staff Picks
New York Times bestselling author of The DUFF Kody Keplinger and artist Sara Kipin reimagine an iconic DC antihero with a gothic-horror twist.
There's something unusual about Pamela Isley--the girl who hides behind her bright red hair. The girl who won't let anyone inside to see what's lurking behind the curtains. The girl who goes to extreme lengths to care for a few plants. Pamela Isley doesn't trust other people, especially men. They always want something from her that she's not willing to give.
When cute goth girl Alice Oh comes into Pamela's life after an accident at the local park, she makes her feel like pulling back the curtains and letting the sunshine in. But there are dark secrets deep within the Isley house. Secrets Pamela's father has warned must remain hidden. Secrets that could turn deadly and destroy the one person who ever cared about Pamela, or as her mom preferred to call her...Ivy.
Will Pamela open herself up to the possibilities of love, or will she forever be transformed by the thorny vines of revenge?
About the Author
Kody Keplinger is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of many books for young adult and middle grade readers, including The DUFF, which was adapted into a major motion picture in 2015, and That's Not What Happened. She teaches writing classes at the Gotham Writers Workshop in New York City. When she isn't writing, Kody can usually be found playing Dungeons and Dragons, cuddling with her two black cats, or taking long walks with her German shepherd. You can find her online at kodykeplinger.com or @Kody_Keplinger on Twitter.
Sara Kipin is an illustrator and visual developer based out of Burbank, CA. She graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2016 and has been working in the animation industry ever since.