Kessler again succeeds in telling a great story with difficult topics, this time by tackling bullying. Billy’s story and the apocalyptic imagery are so brutally real that readers will easily be pulled into this fascinating world. All the books in this saga can be read individually. A portion of the proceeds go to a charity for the addiction tackled in each title. Loss is the best in the series so far, and the fourth will be greatly anticipated.
Billy walks the halls of his high school every day enduring the torment of his classmates. The most picked-on guy in school, he resents the power that’s given to him when he’s told he must step up to take the place of Pestilence, the White Rider of the Apocalypse, in order to spread sickness unto the world. So he ventures into the mind of the previous Rider to pull him out of his hiding place, or else he risks starting a second Black Death. (GRAPHIA, Mar., 272 pp., $8.99, ISBN: 9780547712154, PB, 12 & Up)