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Avatar: The Last Airbender, Volume 1

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Avatar: The Last Airbender, Volume 1

It used to be that the Avatar would keep the balance of the world, but everything went wrong when the Fire Nation declared war, wanting to dominate the globe. The Avatar should have been able to stop this, but he…disappeared.

One hundred years pass. The war is still going on, and some believe that the Avatar will come back and save everyone. Until that day happens, they are living in a very dangerous world.

After this rather dramatic opening, the story segues into the lives of Katara and Sokka, a sister and brother in the Water Tribe. They live in the South Pole, where Katara is the only waterbender, something she takes seriously. Sokka is the immature one.

When Katara sees someone frozen within the ice, she quickly frees the person. That individual turns out to be 12-year-old Aang, who believes he's only been there a few days, despite the evidence he's been there about a hundred years. Katara has to update him on what's been going on in the world, and he's shocked when he learns.

Not too far away, Prince Zuko, a member of the Fire Nation, sees the light created by Aang's being freed from the iceberg. Prince Zuko is convinced that this means Aang is the returning Avatar and will do whatever he can to stop the boy. Aang, meanwhile, is oblivious to this development.

Aang doesn't seem like an all-powerful Avatar. He's a happy-go-lucky kid who enjoys soaring around on his flying bison. While Prince Zuko prepares to fight, Aang meets the other people of the Water Tribe and shows them his airbending skills.

This short graphic novel is aimed for children and is the first part of a series. Indeed, it ends with a cliffhanger, enticing readers to pick up the next volume. A good air of mystery is already going on with the connection of Aang and the legendary Avatar. Young fans of the cartoon are prime examples for an audience, and it could be a good way to help elementary students practice their reading while enjoying a fun adventure story.

"Avatar: The Last Airbender" is a popular television show, and its familiarity will likely help it get kids interested in picking up a copy. All of the illustrations are in color, and the story is followed by several pages explaining the different Tribes in the book.

Reviewed by Danica Davidson on June 22, 2010

Avatar: The Last Airbender, Volume 1
by Nickelodeon

  • Publication Date: June 22, 2010
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey
  • ISBN-10: 0345518527
  • ISBN-13: 9780345518521