Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Adventures of John Blake by Philip Pullman - ADVISABLE

Pullman, Philip  The Adventures of John Blake, 160 pgs.  Illustrated by Fred Fordham  GRAPHIC NOVEL  Scholastic, 2017.  $19.99  Content: Language: PG-13 (23 swears); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG-13.  

Serena is on an trip at sea with her family when a big storm blows her off the ship.  Serena is rescued by a schooner named the Mary Alice and quickly realizes that the crew is from a different time.  There are others looking for the Mary Alice, especially the mogul, Mr. Dahlberg who is trying to protect one of his biggest secrets.  Although Dahlberg has ill intentions, the Mary Alice also has allies and the good has to conquer the bad in a battle of time, spy techniques and wit.  

I enjoyed this graphic novel because it felt like I was watching a spy movie.  All of the characters are interesting and the mystery of the Mary Alice and Dahlberg’s secret kept me wanting to read more.  The illustrations are clear and well done.  The content pushes is into middle school because a murder is depicted and there are a couple of other deaths described as well as the language.  That said it was an enjoyable read and would be a great addition to your graphic novel section.

MS – ADVISABLE.  Reviewer, C. Peterson. 

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