Piper by Jay Asher


Long ago, in a small village in the middle of a deep, dark forest, there lived a lonely, deaf girl named Maggie. Shunned by her village because of her disability, her only comfort comes from her vivid imagination. Maggie has a gift for inventing stories and dreams of one day finding her fairy-tale love.When Maggie meets the mysterious Piper, it seems that all her wishes are coming true. Spellbound, Maggie falls hard for him and plunges headfirst ...

Details Piper

Release DateOct 31st, 2017
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings, Fairy Tales

Reviews Piper

  • Lola Reviewer
    Believe it or not, I have actually never read or heard about the original story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin before, so although this is a retelling, I would not be able to point out what details were changed or added. But the Piper did remind me a lot of Peter Pan, since the latter is also very good at controlling other people and has a darker side. Plus the Piper himself gives off this vibe of being immortal – a legend more than a human being...
  • Azbaqiyah
    Just wow! Didn't I tell ya that I'm totally sucker for retelling? I simply love this retelling! The art was impressively gorgeous.Right after reading it, my mind keep wondering what the music sound like when the piper play. It's must be haunting~~~
  • Kazia
    Hmmm I need to think about this one more, there are a ton of panels where folks talking to the deaf (lipreading) protagonist don't appear to be in her sight line but she understands them anyway?
  • Heather Hughes
    I would like to thank Penguin Random House for allowing me to be a part of the blog tour for Jay Asher and Jessica Freeburg’s upcoming graphic novel. I received an early copy in exchange for an honest review.I had absolutely no idea that this would be a graphic novel before I received it in the mail. I looked it up on Goodreads and saw how small the page count was. I should have known just looking at that that it was a graphic novel, but my min...
  • Payne Yance
    I ordered this when I found out that the story is about a deaf girl! I'm deaf myself, before you say I'm sorry, don't. It's very dumb thing to say to me. I can do everything, including driving- a shocker, I know right. Anyway, I was excited to see what Jay Asher had come up with this one. I loved his other two works, The Thirteen Reasons Why and The Future of Us. When I started reading, I was already disappointed of his portrayal of the deaf pers...
  • JoJo
    Piper is a graphic novel collaboratively written by authors Jay Asher and Jessica Freeburg and illustrated by Jeff Stokely. It is a retelling of the Pied Piper and the twist is that his music does not affect one person: Maggie. Maggie is a deaf girl, hence why his music does not endanger her. Maggie’s hearing was lost due to an act of violent bullying and the injustice only stems from there as villagers continue to bully her relentlessly. Yet s...
  • Ariel Hess
    I loved this graphic novel and recommended it to others. It is filled with a surprising twist and a bit of romance. The ending is even more interesting with yet another plot twist. If you haven’t read it, you should pick up a copy at your local bookstore. Piper was a highly anticipated read for me, which is why I love it.I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars due to the shortness of the novel. I wished it was a bit longer with more of a storyline added.
  • Kat Wells
    Didnt know what to think when I picked this up. I will say it started off slow but really picked up. I loved the two main characters and how different they were but were drawn together! Loved the story, like the old tales but then had a big change. I was not thrilled at the ending but it made the ending more complex.
  • Chanpreet
    This illustrated retelling of the classic The Pied Piper is amazing! The colorful images, the story, it was all just wonderful! I feel like this is a great way to bring classics to younger readers and even create new readers. I would've absolutely loved to have this in novel form, but still think this is a great medium!
  • pizza boy
    פעם ראשונה שאני קורא ספר גרפי. סיפור מקסים ואיור מדהים.
  • Angie
    Synopsis: "Long ago, in a small village in the middle of a deep, dark forest, there lived a lonely, deaf girl named Maggie. Shunned by her village because of her disability, her only comfort comes from her vivid imagination. Maggie has a gift for inventing stories and dreams of one day finding her fairy-tale love.When Maggie meets the mysterious Piper, it seems that all her wishes are coming true. Spellbound, Maggie falls hard for him and plunges...
  • Becky B
    The village of Hameln has a bad rat problem. The village's rat catcher is having trouble keeping up, and fever is starting to run rampant. When the mysterious young man with the flute waltzes into town with a tangle of dead rats on his staff, the village leaders are eager to agree to his demands in exchange for the riddance of the rats. The only person who really gets to know the young man is Maggie. Few take the time to get to know Maggie becaus...
  • Melissa
    The legend of the Pied Piper is has origins shrouded in mystery and a lessons draped in gloom that lends itself easily to a dark retelling and a tragic backstory. We are introduced to new characters as well as a deeper look into humanity's capacity for selfishness and kindness, creating an enveloping story within a few short pages.The team behind this graphic novel utilize the combination of images and text to convey a wide swath of feelings from...
  • Carrie
    More like a 2.5 but I rounded up for the sake of Goodreads. I'll start with what I didn't like, Piper was much darker than I thought it would be. Also, there were many times in the graphic novel where I didn't understand how the deaf character could have kept up with the conversations. The characters weren't always facing her (for lip reading) or their was bad lighting (like their night chats). Just wishing things like that would have been though...
  • Victoria Perkins
    When this book was sent to me, I had no idea it was going to be a graphic novel, so, at first I was a little disappointed. I'm definitely not big on graphic novels. But really, I was pleasantly surprised. I found the story to be crazy interesting (even though I'd never heard of it before) and the illustrations were beautiful. Being someone who likes to read words rather than look at pictures, I still don't fully understand the appeal of graphic n...
  • Dõmi
    First off I am part of the Deaf Community. Having a Deaf Person to rely on lipreading is awful and very disrespectful but possible in some cases. With all do respect this story takes place in 1284 in GERMANY and Deaf Culture, Deaf Socialization, and Deaf Language did NOT exist then. I understand the main character has to be deaf to not be able to hear the music. With that being said the story of the Pied Piper is very mysterious and dark. This ve...
  • Kate
    I liked the take on the story, and the illustrations were great. But someone without familiarity with the legend would, I think, be mystified when the Piper takes his revenge... and even knowing what was supposed to have happened, I found the last "chapter" of this book really confusing -- almost as if it had missing panels or pages. Still, it will be well-liked by some of my more mature graphic novel readers.
  • Jenn
    At first I wasn't sold on the illustrations, but I think it adds to the creepy/unknown of the story. I like how they chose to change the story or add to it. The Piper has more depth... I'd like to know more about Maggie as well as her story writing. I am thinking my high school group might like this... to delve into the retelling.
  • Young At Heart Reader
    I have to say I haven't seen a retelling of the Pied Piper. It's an interesting choice and I really like the art. The story seems a little standard. It didn't really wow me, but it wasn't entirely disappointing. It reads very quickly, maybe a little two quick. It's almost as if it's missing some plot, but maybe that's just me. Not a bad gripe to want more story.
  • Angie Pinchbeck
    This was a lovely little adaptation of and twist on the Pied Piper story. I found the main protagonist, Magdalena, to be a little trope-ish as the pure and perfect outcast, but the character of the Piper was well-written in his depth and flaws. I would recommend for someone who likes re-tellings, as this is an excellent one.
  • Jenny Bravo
    Who doesn't love the story of the pied piper?!I always will go out of my way to read a new version of the Pied Piper story. This was no exception. Lost 1 star because I wanted more story. 😁
  • Audrey
    Read in one day and loved it. I like retelling a because it gives you all their option, on a story. The art was gorgeous, the story was beautiful I loved it. Highly recommended for if you’re in a reading slump. Quick easy and beautiful.
  • Beth Oliver
    10/16/2017I won Piper today in a giveaway and I can't wait for it to come in the mail. I'm going to be half stalking my mailbox. lol10/25/2017I recieved Piper today from Penguin Random House. I'm super exicted to start.Retelling of the classic Pied Piper story. Deaf Town outcast, Maggie, has a vivid imagination and hopes to have a fairy tale love.When Piper comes to town Maggie believes her dreams will come true.As Maggie grows closer to Piper sh...
  • Emma Andje
    *actual rating is 3.5 stars*I think I would have liked this better as a book, rather than a graphic novel. It had all of the groundwork to be a great book. I also wish the ending could have been more fleshed out like the rest of the graphic novel was.
  • Noah
    What a fantastic graphic novel! One of the best I've read in a long time. The artwork was impressive, I absolutely loved it. It was my first The Pied Piper of Hamelin retelling and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
  • Benjamin
    A slightly dark take on the Pied Piper tale for young adults.
  • Alexis Stankewitz
    The artwork is beautiful.
  • Rachel Sharpe
    Problematic portrayal of lip reading
  • Eme87
    Fantastic retelling of the Pied Piper story.