#1: The First Escape, The Dopple Ganger Chronicles
Time for a confession. I had no idea what an "illustro-novel" was until I read this book. Oh, you don't either? Well, it's part book, part graphic novel. I gave it a shot because it was unique, and I'm trying to branch out this year. I'm so glad I did!
This was a great story, and I was completely caught up in the book within a few pages. Eric and the Dopple sisters were a force to be reckoned with, and I enjoyed their antics. While the style of the novel was vastly different than anything I've read before, the story itself was reminiscent of the old mystery books that I loved when I was youngerÃ¢ÂÂNancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, the Boxcar Children. Good, solid mystery without being too over the top. I loved that Christian elements were gently introduced and am interested to see how this plays out in the rest of the series.
This is a great series for resistant readers. The books are action-packed so the plot moves along pretty quickly, which is key for hooking those non-readers! Parts of the stories are a bit "dark and twisty" but I think that upper elementary and middle school students will thoroughly enjoy them. Good grief, I'm way past that age and I LOVED them!
This is a solid 5-star book, and I'm happy to recommend it! (5 stars)
July 29, 2013
Twins Sadie and Saskia live at Isambard Dunstan's School for Wayward Children, along with their friend Erik. The twins cause trouble until one is adopted. The other twin and Erik miss her and escape to find her.
I thought the storyline was dark. Most of the adults are pictured as evil and the children are troublemakers. There is a murder plot as well that the children must solve. I would not want my daughter to read this book due to the storyline and the absence of God in the story. I did not enjoy the half novel/ half comic strip format either though the drawings were good.
July 23, 2013
Great Teen Read
The First Escape is the first book in the Dopple Ganger Series. It is mainly geared to youth readers and is set up as a graphic novel. I think that this novel would appeal to teen boys especially because of the mystery and suspense that is built into the book. Though I am an adult, I found this graphic novel to be entertaining as I have the other works by G.P. Taylor. This graphic novel is about the twin Dopple Girls (Sadie and Saskia) and their friend, Erik Ganger who live in an orphanage run by uncaring administrators. The twins are troublemakers and after a fiasco, Saskia is sent away to live with an older lady, who has a secret of her own! Sadie, who is left to stay at the orphanage, gets into trouble and is locked in a room waiting to be sent to prison. However, Erik saves her and the two escape to find Saskia. While Sadie and Erik make their way to where Saskia was taken while avoiding the police after them, Saskia has discovered a sinister plot. The lady that adopted her has a evil twin sister who is in cahoots with the butler and a young woman, who happens to be her daughter, to kill not only Saskia but also her guardian. Can Sadie and Erik find Saskia in time to save the day? Well, you will have to read the book to find out.
July 14, 2013
too dark for kids
I thought the mix of story and cartoons in The First Escape was interesting, even though it did make it a bit harder to read. I read the first half of the book to my three young girls (3-7 yrs.). However, it kept on getting darker and then it started to hint about ghosts. I stopped reading it to them and finished it myself. The story is well-written, but has some serious themes like murder, a sÃÂ©ance, magic, etc. And I had a hard time liking the twins, who are the main characters, because they are so disobedient. I want to read books to my young girls that have heroines they can aspire to. This is a story for older kids.
July 13, 2013