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Publisher Comments:

Neither artistic, dreamy Jenna nor surly, delinquent Lucas expected to find themselves at an invitation-only summer camp that turns problem children into prodigies. And yet, here they both are at Camp Fielding, settling in with all the other losers and misfits whove been shipped off by their parents in a last-ditch effort to produce a child worth bragging about.

But strange disappearances, spooky lights in the woods, and a chilling alteration that turns the dimmest, rowdiest campers into docile zombie Einsteins have Jenna and Lucas feeling more than a little suspicious . . . and a lot afraid.

Review:

"This story by First Second veterans Kim and Klavan, who wrote City of Spies, is unconvincing in both plot and characterization. Lucas and Jenna are both supposed underachievers in an overachieving world--Jenna's sister attends Yale at age 14--but though we're told again and again, their dialogue and actions don't bear this out. Dragged off to a place called Camp Fielding to explore their 'potential,' they encounter a mish-mash of mysteries, none of which attain clarity. Among the clues: the smartest campers have left their cabins; girls sprout strange growths on their foreheads; a dead bird is found outside a cabin, all of which leads Jenna and Lucas to their discovery of the missing campers in a barn and some odd nefarious activities by camp directors. When the camp director admonishes, 'We're only trying to help you, Lucas... Do you really want to end up in prison like your dad?' it's just one example of the heavy-handed exposition that mars the story. While readers may be pulled along by Hicks's bright and expressive drawing, the workmanlike writing and rushed plotting won't do much to keep them engaged. Ages 11 — up. (Aug.) This understated graphic novel manages to entertain and instruct without being overly sentimental. Its three young protagonists, M'Rose, Elle, and Celina, guide readers along a typical summer day in Guadeloupe. The supporting cast includes a variety of childhood heroes and villains, from the tough-talking bully Vivien to the taciturn Michael. The petty arguments, betrayals, schoolyard fights, and alcohol experimentation are punctuated with several explanatory captions that take readers into the characters' minds and provide useful if occasionally obvious insight into the motives behind what the children do. Readers should have no trouble relating to the experiences of the likable cast. Aristophane's artwork helps this process thanks to the wonderfully stark and expressive faces on the children he draws. It's a memorable and honest story that all young readers can enjoy. Ages 12 — up. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Synopsis:

Lucas and Jenna are chosen to attend a camp that promises to turn delinquents into high achieving students, but when they arrive, they realize that the camp is not what it seems.

About the Author

Susan Kim has written for more than three dozen childrens TV series. This is her second graphic novel. Her first, also written with Mr. Klavan, was First Seconds City of Spies. Laurence Klavan has published two mystery novels. Mr. Klavan and Ms. Kim both live in New York City. Faith Erin Hicks is the author and artist of Zombies Calling and The War at Ellsmere. She lives in Nova Scotia.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781596433663
Author:
Kim, Susan
Publisher:
First Second
Illustrator:
Hicks, Faith Erin
Author:
Kim, Susan
Author:
Klavan, Laurence
Author:
Hicks, Faith Erin
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Horror
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Comics
Subject:
Graphic Novels - General
Subject:
Ghost stories
Subject:
Comics & Graphic Novels - General
Subject:
Horror & Ghost Stories
Subject:
Graphic Novels - Fantasy
Subject:
Comics & Graphic Novels
Subject:
Sports & Recreation - Camping & Outdoor Activities
Edition Description:
Graphic Novels
Publication Date:
20100831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 6 up to 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full-color illustrations throughout
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 11 up to 16

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Product details 160 pages First Second - English 9781596433663 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This story by First Second veterans Kim and Klavan, who wrote City of Spies, is unconvincing in both plot and characterization. Lucas and Jenna are both supposed underachievers in an overachieving world--Jenna's sister attends Yale at age 14--but though we're told again and again, their dialogue and actions don't bear this out. Dragged off to a place called Camp Fielding to explore their 'potential,' they encounter a mish-mash of mysteries, none of which attain clarity. Among the clues: the smartest campers have left their cabins; girls sprout strange growths on their foreheads; a dead bird is found outside a cabin, all of which leads Jenna and Lucas to their discovery of the missing campers in a barn and some odd nefarious activities by camp directors. When the camp director admonishes, 'We're only trying to help you, Lucas... Do you really want to end up in prison like your dad?' it's just one example of the heavy-handed exposition that mars the story. While readers may be pulled along by Hicks's bright and expressive drawing, the workmanlike writing and rushed plotting won't do much to keep them engaged. Ages 11 — up. (Aug.) This understated graphic novel manages to entertain and instruct without being overly sentimental. Its three young protagonists, M'Rose, Elle, and Celina, guide readers along a typical summer day in Guadeloupe. The supporting cast includes a variety of childhood heroes and villains, from the tough-talking bully Vivien to the taciturn Michael. The petty arguments, betrayals, schoolyard fights, and alcohol experimentation are punctuated with several explanatory captions that take readers into the characters' minds and provide useful if occasionally obvious insight into the motives behind what the children do. Readers should have no trouble relating to the experiences of the likable cast. Aristophane's artwork helps this process thanks to the wonderfully stark and expressive faces on the children he draws. It's a memorable and honest story that all young readers can enjoy. Ages 12 — up. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , Lucas and Jenna are chosen to attend a camp that promises to turn delinquents into high achieving students, but when they arrive, they realize that the camp is not what it seems.
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