Thursday, December 26, 2013

Day of the Night Crawlers

Day of the Night Crawlers
Notebook of Doom #2
by Troy Cummings
New York, N.Y. : Scholastic, 2013
89 pages. Intermediate mystery.

 Alexander and his new friend, Rip, continue to be confronted with strange and bizarre creatures. Luckily they have the mysterious notebook Alexander found shortly after moving to town. This notebook provides all the necessary information for dealing with a variety of ridiculous yet creepy creatures. This is the second entry in the series. The monsters are Tunnel Fish and they cause the night crawlers to go crazy all over town. As they try to find a way to stop the fishy fiends, they uncover some other mysteries around town. Boys in 2nd and 3rd grade will particularly be fans of this series.

Contaminated

Contaminated
by Em Garner

New York : Egmont USA, 2013.
30 pages. Young Adult Horror.
 Velvet is doing her best to take care of her younger sister until she can find their mother. She has had to quit school to work and they live in a rundown government assisted apartment complex. Obviously, life is far from ideal. Their mother is one of the contaminated. One of the innocent victims of tainted protein water which turned them into aggressive, hard-to-kill zombies. The government has been working hard to cure or at least contain the problem. Velvet's mother is finally coming home, but their new life together is not quite what any of them expected.

As usual, I wanted to like this a lot more than I did. Some of the characters were great, others annoying. Circumstances were a little too convenient sometimes for Velvet and her family. The main storyline is interesting, especially the twist at the end. So I will be reading the next one to find out what happens.

Friday, December 20, 2013

August Moon

August Moon
by Diana Thung
Graphic Novel
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by Top Shelf Productions

From Goodreads:
 The townspeople of Calico believe in family. In fact, some say that the souls of dead ancestors watch over this town, and on a clear night, you can see their "Soul Fires" dancing through the sky.

But when young Fiona Gan comes to town with her father, she finds that the Soul Fires are just the beginning of Calico's mysteries. Strange graffiti appears all over town, a huge rabbit-like creature is found in an alley, and a peculiar street boy named Jaden claims to come from the moon.

Now time may be running out, because Fi and her dad are not the only newcomers to Calico. As the Soul Fire festival approaches and a creepy corporation starts to bulldoze the nearby forests, she finds herself drawn into Jaden's battle for the soul of a community.



My Thoughts:
I did like this graphic novel, however I think it will be difficult to find the right audience for it. Young children will not understand the subtleties and might grow bored with it. Teens and some adults I think would be the best audience, though they might be turned off by the main characters being young children. If one were to just read the text they might not get the full scope of the story either, the pictures do a lot to enhance the tale and bring it to the reader. It is also fairly lengthy which will deter some readers. But aside from all of that, the magical events are intriguing and the bad guys are creepy!