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Graphic Novel 6-8
Pages: 192
Themes: adventure, legends; friendship, fitting in, loneliness
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/Oct/2019
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With nowhere left to live after losing his parents and working his way through a long list of relatives on the mainland, Ollie finds himself at his grandpa’s house in Sueño Bay, "home of the supernatural." Miserable and intending to get away from the earthquake-prone, rain-soaked island on the next bus out of town, Ollie's getaway plans are altered abruptly when he and three classmates discover something they shouldn't have in a trailer in the woods.

The four unlikely friends come together in a mystery involving supernatural creatures, a ticking clock and one angry gym teacher to save themselves, the creatures and Sueño Bay from a darkness that is infecting the island.

If they succeed, will Ollie finally find a place to call home?

CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“A charming read and a promising start to a new series.”
Kirkus Reviews
“Underlying messages of environmentalism, friendship, and home make this magical mystery a win.”
School Library Journal
“Young readers will eagerly follow the fast-paced adventure...Star here is the artwork, with the muted palette and realistic art style skillfully conveying the naturalistic setting and moody tone...Hand to young readers looking for slightly spooky shenanigans.”
“A fun, magical romp that younger readers will enjoy.”
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“A promising beginning. Equal parts adventure, drama, and fantasy, this middle grade graphic novel will have a broad appeal...does an excellent job at representing economic and racial diversity.”
Hakai Magazine
“This story has it all: a mystery set on misty islands, a crew of kids determined to crack the case, cute and cuddly supernatural creatures, and a surprising plot twist that reminds savvy sleuths to second-guess everything.”
Must Read Literature: K thru YA
“This fast paced graphic novel is very entertaining. The story is fun and mysterious and the colorful graphics enhance the story and experience.”
Glass of Wine, Glass of Milk blog
“Commanding and fast-moving…Recommend it to readers who are into the supernatural and adventures or stories of friendship.”


CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection  | 2020 | Commended
Chocolate Lily Book Awards  | 2020 | Short-listed

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