by Ru Xu, Illustrated By Ru Xu

February 2017

Ages 8 – 12 . Grades 3 – 7

Library of Congress: 2016938202

Lexile measure: GN330L

DRA: 40

Guided Reading: R

Blue is an orphan who disguises herself as a newsboy. There's a war going on, and girls are expected to help the struggling economy by selling cookies. But Blue loves living and working at the Bugle, the only paper in town that tells the truth. And what's printed in the newspapers now matters more than ever.

But Blue struggles with her secret, and worries that if her friends and adopted family at the Bugle find out that she's a girl, she'll lose everything and everyone she cares about. And when she meets and befriends Crow, a boy who is also not what he seems, together they seek the freedom to be their true selves... and to save each other.
Ru Xu

Ru Xu grew up in Indianapolis and received a degree in Sequential Art from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She is the creator of the popular webcomic Saint for Rent, and NewsPrints is her first graphic novel. Her favorite things include historical fiction, fat birds, and coffee-flavored ice cream. Visit Ru online at and on Twitter at @ruemxu.


  • "A fantastic story about friendship, and a strong debut graphic novel!" - Kazu Kibuishi, #1 New York Times bestselling creator of Amulet

    "A beautifully drawn story of a steampunk world in the midst of tumultuous change and the friendship between two characters struggling to hide their real selves. Ru Xu's gorgeous illustrations and heartfelt writing makes NewsPrints a graphic novel I want to reread again and again." - Faith Erin Hicks, New York Times bestselling author of The Nameless City

    "Blue's race to rescue Crow becomes a lesson in recognizing her own value -- something we could all stand to learn. Xu's manga-influenced art is full of movement and life, and serves as a terrific bridge for readers who love science fiction, but aren't quite ready for Fullmetal Alchemist." - Eva Volin, Children's Librarian, Alameda Free Library


Paperback / softback

ISBN: 9780545803120

208pp. | 6 x 9