BLOG TOUR: Into the Dangerous World by Julie Chibbaro

If you have any affinity to urban art and felt, feel like the kid from the wrong side of the tracks, Into the Dangerous World by Julie Chibbaro will read like it was taken from your own life. An insightful look into a young adult who has been forced into a way of thinking but rebels innately, clashes with the culture penning her in without realizing how her very existence fights. Inside her mind, her thoughts - is a vibrant world of expression just waiting for release. Why must everyone insist there's a certain way for her to share herself, her gift?! Ror finds beauty within herself, and while it might come from a dark place, stem from memories she would rather not face, in spite of it all she manages to track the real her and come out screaming... with pen and art paper at the ready.

Into the Dangerous World truly captivates with its stunning art overlaid with artful narration. The combined talents of Julie Chibbaro and artist JM Superville Sovak gear up for showing just what it's like to be coming of age in world where labels get slapped on everything and freedom of expression means tunnel-visioned dreaming. Gorgeous book - each and every page.

Ror lives to draw—to her, it’s like breathing; it’s how she understands life. Raised on a Staten Island commune, she’s never attended a day of school, and knows little of the outside world. When her paranoid father burns down the commune with himself inside, Ror, her mother, and sister end up in a homeless residence in Manhattan. There, she runs into trouble—and love—with Trey, the leader of Noise Ink, a graffiti crew.
On the city’s streets, and in its museums and galleries, Ror finds herself pulled in different directions. Her father wanted her to make classic art. Noise Ink insists she stay within their lines. Her art teacher urges her to go to college. But what does she want? Ror’s soul-searching—expressed in remarkable drawings and sharp-edged prose, set in the gritty Manhattan of 1984—is cinematic in its scope, and its seamless blend of text and art makes Into the Dangerous World a groundbreaking event in young adult fiction.


Julie Chibbaro and Jean-Marc Superville Sovak are the husband and wife duo behind Into the Dangerous World (Viking 2015). Julie Chibbaro was born into a family of artists, and also married one. She grew up in NYC during the explosion of graffiti art. She has written two historical novels, Redemption, which won the American Book Award, and Deadly, which won the National Jewish Book Award. JM Superville Sovak is half-Trini, half-Czech, half-Canadian. His fourth half is spent making art, for which he earned his M.F.A. from Bard College in NY. They both live in Beacon, NY.

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How has graffiti affected your life and inspired it?

At first, I didn’t like graffiti, since I grew up in New York and saw it every day on the subway and, being a law-abiding citizen, knew it was illegal. There was something mysterious about it, though. My friend, Armand, was in a secret crew and he would fill many black books with beautiful marker lettering and drawings, and I sensed that this underworld was exciting.

I started to see street art as a kind of rebellion – along with the graffiti, the subways were also crowded with advertisments, these selling tools trying to get you to buy, buy, buy. The more stunning graffiti paintings (every art has its bad and good practitioners) seemed to transcend these ads, to poke fun at them, to say, “We don’t have money to buy what you’re selling, but we do have the power to express ourselves.”

Graffiti, I came to realize, gave the artists a community, a place to go where they were accepted, a sense of family, an outlet for their creative expression, a way of being in the world when often, many of them were outcasts.
I don’t believe in vandalism, and neither does Ror, but I do believe in fighting against those elements in our world that can overtake our everyday lives and make us act in ways that are destructive (like judging each other for what we do or don’t have, or needing to buy things we can’t afford.)
There are now many accepted kinds of “graffiti” – street art murals, in fact, are coveted around the world. Artists like Banksy, Swoon, and blu are masterful and can give the joy of art to anyone walking down the street, not just someone with enough money or knowledge to go into a museum. Street art is an equalizer that can bring rich and poor together. That, to me, is great art.


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BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE: August 20th Reads All The Books – Review August 20th Anything But Vanilla Book Blog – Top5/10 List August 20th Handbags, Books...Whatever – Guest Post August 24th Bookish – Review August 25th Heather Ann's Book Reviews – Review August 26th– Fangirlish – Review/Author InterviewAugust 27th– Ramblings of a Perpetual New Girl – Review September 14th– Triple T Tots tweens and teens – Review September 16th– Journeys & Life – Review September 17th– The Power of Three Readers – ReviewSeptember 18th– My Reading Reality – Review September 19th– Actin' Up with Books – Review September 21st – Cabin Goddess – Review & RecipeSeptember 3rd Bookish Lifestyle – Review / Character Interview


  1. Thank you so much for posting and participating! <3


    1. The book was fantastic. Thanks for letting me be a part of the blog tour.


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