- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: HL580L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1 edition (October 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780545160452
- ISBN-13: 978-0545160452
- ASIN: 0545160456
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #536,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Havoc Hardcover – October 1, 2010
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Gr 6-9–This much-anticipated sequel to the hybrid novel/comic Malice (Scholastic, 2009) jumps immediately into fast-paced action. Best friends Seth and Kady hadn't put much stock in the urban legend claiming kids who perform a certain ritual will be spirited away into the comic-book world of Malice, a dangerous place controlled by the villainous Tall Jake. But now Kady is trapped there, and Seth is the only one who can come to her aid–if he can find a way to get there. Through multiple points of view, Seth and his friends take readers through heart-pounding twists and turns as the adventures alternate between the steampunk setting of Malice and our world, where Tall Jake seeks to extend his reign. Reluctant readers will be drawn in by the simple writing style interspersed with pages of comic-book-style illustrations that propel the story forward. Characterization is a little thin, but that won't deter those who are hooked on the book's relentless action, mild horror, and inventive world-building. A satisfying conclusion to a compelling read.–Allison Tran, Mission Viejo Library, CA. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
The story of kids being sucked into a comic-book otherworld begun in Malice (2009) finds a rousing conclusion here, as Seth and Kady seek to wrest control of the ravaged world called Malice from the mega-evil Tall Jake. A number of clever horror-fantasy creations and lightning-quick pacing help gloss over some tenuously tied-together logic and overly explanatory dialogue. The book’s gimmick of interspersing comics sequences among the prose is given a bit more plot consideration here, but the artwork remains weakly executed. Still, an exciting read with danger to spare, and, surprisingly, the series looks to be done in two. Grades 6-9. --Ian Chipman
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The comics are in black-and-white 1940s-style graphics that fit in well with the surrounding prose, which some people don't seem to like, but it is what it is .... artist's choice. My complaint is that there should be more. Plus, we never get any panel coverage of Grendel? Tall Jake? Scratch? You're kidding?!
I have to say, I miss the glorious three-dimensionality of the Malice cover; it was really disappointing not to get that again. Then again, in this world of trilogies, it's nice to see that someone showed some restraint.
This mix of prose and comic, with an exciting plot and scary villains, is great fun. (I do wish the adults weren't so universally disappointing, though.)
He loved it and could not put it down. Of course, I was thrilled..knowing how hard it can be to get some kids to read today.
So, the next book he got was "Havoc." He did a book report on this and in
his words..."You MUST read this book."..I thought that was pretty cool and
I have ordered several more Chris Wooding books for him!!
Highly recommend these books!