by Diana Thung
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by Top Shelf Productions
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.
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!