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Compass South: A Graphic Novel (Four Points, Book 1) Hardcover – June 28, 2016
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Gr 4–8—In this fast-paced, high-energy tale, 12-year-old twins Alex and Cleo Dodge find adventure—and trouble—as they search for their father and, at times, each other. The siblings join the Black Hook Gang, but Alex is soon arrested for stealing. The twins leave town, yet there's still more excitement to come. Has the key to finding a lost pirate treasure been in their possession all along? Set in 1860, the story includes stops in Manhattan, New Orleans, and even a pirate ship on the high seas. Larson, best known for her graphic novel adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time, weaves a wonderful, vivid story, assisted beautifully by Mock's illustrations, which take the twins from murky back alleys to bright and vibrant ocean scenes. VERDICT A charming choice for elementary and middle school library graphic novel collections.—John Trischitti, Midland County Public Libraries, TX
“Mock’s luminous full-color artwork beautifully showcases the late nineteenth-century locations, swashbuckling pirate battles, and jungle treks, all while effortlessly distinguishing among characters (no small feat, given the expansive, diverse cast and two sets of twins). Meanwhile, Larson, befitting the seafaring adventure, keeps the pace clipping along with frequent scene breaks and propulsive reveals . . . A gorgeously executed, lively caper.” ―Booklist, starred review
“Larson, best known for her graphic novel adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time, weaves a wonderful, vivid story, assisted beautifully by Mock’s illustrations, which take the twins from murky back alleys to bright and vibrant ocean scenes...A charming choice for elementary and middle school library graphic novel collections.” ―School Library Journal, starred review
“Larson’s (Who Is AC?) concoction of tried-and-true adventure elements―stowaways, pirate raids, jungle tribes―hangs together convincingly, and scene-stealers such as Tarboro, a free black man who’s a brilliant swordsman and the story’s true hero, provide moral ballast. Illustrator Mock, making her debut, adeptly captures the changing relationships between the twins―especially the gender-bending awkwardness that accompanies Cleo’s stint as a boy. A sequel is promised.” ―Publishers Weekly
“This graphic novel series-opener captures all the rollicking action of a Robert Louis Stevenson sea adventure―with the welcome additions of a capable female protagonist and several fully realized secondary characters of color. A variety of panel sizes keeps the pace brisk while allowing for the occasional pause to set the scene or linger in an emotional moment. Plenty of tantalizing questions remain, setting up another exciting adventure.” ―The Horn Book
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It’s about two red headed twins who go through hard times of (apparently) joining a gang after their dad goes missing for months.
When they find an article in the newspaper about two missing red headed twins - they decide to fake their names and pretend to be the missing twins. Until they run into two OTHER red headed twins with the same idea!!
Shenanigans ensue, there are PIRATES! BOATS! SAILING! STORMS! A QUICK JUNGLE SCENE!? LOTS OF DEATH THREATS! (because I mean, pirates and gangs) But ALSO! TWINS! TWO TWINS EVEN!! THAT’S DOUBLE THE AMOUNT !!!
If any of that sounds good to you, check out this comic!!
It also wants you to keep reading more, one mystery to the next, and all of them so hard to solve! Once you read this book, after you done you'll wanna read book #2, I'm so excited to continue this series! I hope you buy this All-time favorite book!
As dialogue goes, many historical comics create an obstacle for readers. Either the author offers up text that is too wrapped up in period syntax to make for an easy read (leading a prospective younger audience struggle), or they eschew that syntax for a more modern style of dialogue and in doing so robs the story of its flavor and verisimilitude. Compass South strikes a deft balance between delivering period authenticity (if there were anachronisms in content or dialogue, none jumped out at me) and accessibility. Though the story pulls no punches with its depictions of life-and-limb danger, it’s entirely appropriate for a younger audience, and I suspect that I’ll either read it with my daughter (six) soon or pass it on for her to read herself. The dialogue makes that possible, but it also doesn’t mar the experience for adult period buffs, either.
Like many YA books, this one allows for a sequel, but is a complete story in its own right (installment books that fail to deliver a stand-alone reading experience are a pet peeve, so that aspect is certainly appreciated). I can think of few books whose arrival I anticipate more than the follow-up to this one.
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