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A Graphic Guide Adventure
Graphic Novel 9-12
Pages: 64
Themes: Media literacy, adventure, mystery
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/10/2009
Lexile Level: GN590L
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When Karl Reed, Owner of Oasis Developments, tries to force the sale of a local fruit farm—through whatever means necessary—Pema, Bounce and Jagroop decide to expose him through the media. Little do they realize that when it comes to the news and the advertisers who make it possible, the truth is not always part of the story and nothing can be taken at face value. While learning about media consolidation and the power of money over truth, Bounce, Pema and Jagroop decide to take on the developers and the media.

Media Meltdown is another exciting graphic novel adventure from the winning team of Liam O'Donnell and Mike Deas. The first three books in the series have all been best-sellers, and two of them, Soccer Sabotage and Ramp Rats, have been Junior Library Guild selections.

www.nonfictioncomics.net - August 27, 2010
"The narrative flows from topic to topic seamlessly, talking about the general concept of media literacy...The kids are likable, smart but flawed...The lessons imparted are made for anyone navigating today's complicated media landscape."
School Library Journal - January 1, 2010
"An excellent choice for developing media literacy...The design and layout are colorful and fast paced. The text is well written and paired with useful imagery."
by: Cory Doctorow, www.boingboing.net - December 20, 2009
"A good mix of instructional and narrative comic, using the medium's strengths to illustrate how media is made, and giving kids the tools they need to research media-making for themselves. The mystery plot is simple, but has some good tension and twists, and the resolution is really sweet. Understanding how media gets made and learning to make your own media are critical skills for kids, and this is a great starting-point."
NMRLS Youth Services Book Review - December 1, 2009
"A great resource for kids who are looking at advertising in schools, and will inspire an interest in other kids who pick this up off the shelf."
Resource Links - October 1, 2009
"Through both plot and side-bar explanations, readers learn how the media world operates at both the technical and the economic levels…The children's ability with electronic technology—and interest in learning more—will ring true for many readers, old and young alike, and lends veracity to this already engaging mystery."
CM Magazine - September 11, 2009
"The illustrations in the graphic guide are solid and modern and will really appeal to children today. The information is well-researched and well-balanced, showing both the unique nature of the Internet as a vehicle for news, but also the pitfalls that are singular to the World Wide Web... Overall, Media Meltdown is a very entertaining and informative graphic novel and is sure to impress and instruct a generation of computer savvy children. Recommended."

Awards

Resource Links "The Year's Best"  | 2009 | Commended
CCBC Best Books starred selection  | 2011 | Commended
A Parent's Guide to the Best Kids' Comic selection  | 2012 | Commended

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