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Excerpt: 'The Plain Janes'

Cecil Castellucci's tale of Jane, a city teen who finds herself exiled to a suburban high school, is "hopeful but never saccharine, urbane but never pretentious," says Glen Weldon in his summer-reading roundup. Illustrated by Jim Rugg, the graphic novel is "filled with unforced insights about the role of art in our lives." Read the first five pages.

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