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The Secret of Indigo Moon (The Dopple Ganger Chronicles) Hardcover – September 1, 2009
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I chose these books to read as a part of the Tyndale Summer Reading Program because I was intrigued by the style of the books. These books are intended to help the reluctant reader learn to enjoy reading. I thought it was a great idea - part graphic novel, part regular novel...but how was the content?
Book 1: The First Escape
I was less than impressed with this book. While I loved the concept of the book layout, I did not like the fact that the Dopples were troublemakers who bullied their fellow orphans, and the only punishment they ever received was extreme, unjust, and from cruel headmistress.
Shouldn't we be teaching children how they ought to behave instead of giving them examples of bad behavior never handled appropriately? Where were the Christian values (after all, Tyndale is a Christian publishing company)?
It was also a strange book with a seance and creepy talking puppets. Thankfully, the hoax of it all is explained in the book, but it is not something I would want my young child to read. There is the unexplained very strange Madame Raphael (for whom more explanation is given in later books, but some things are just odd).
Also, the "mystery" wasn't what I expected. The book tells a story, but there's not much wondering whodunnit, or whosegonnadoit. Given the mixed style of the narrative, the book is much thinner than it appears (meaning the 200 some pages goes by fast). Overall, this is my least favorite of the DG Chronicles thus far.Read more ›
The story is standard fare for youth fiction. A young man and his twin friends live at a school for abandoned children and stumble upon a theft and decide to investigate. Enter their enemy from the first book, along with a soft-hearted henchman, and a cast of interesting if unoriginal characters and you have the ingredients for a story that any middle schooler would enjoy. But it wasn't the story that was the revelation. It was the presentation.
Open the book and you immediately find yourself in an amazing world of line art, comic book pages, fantastic fonts and typeset pages. Illustrations give form to the characters that imagination can sometimes leaves incomplete. Huge two-page drawings, like the clock on page 2 and 3, cause the reader to switch between reading to interpreting (you have to tell the time yourself,) and then back to reading on page 4 then to comics on pages 5 and 6. The multimedia experience keeps the reader involved from the start. I loved it!
It seems that anyone can write a teen fantasy judging from the volume of new titles on any bookstore shelf. But something different can serve to get a teen who perhaps doesn't read to become a reader or those give those who like to read something different. G.P. Taylor isn't the new C.S. Lewis but he did come up with a great idea for a series of books.Read more ›
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!
While the first book is still my favorite (so far at least!), I still thought this was a very good read. (3.5 stars)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I just want to stress out the beautiful design of the book: cover is gorgeous, the borders of the book colored in black, which gives the feel of the dark mystery. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Vik Tory Arch
The Secret of Indigo Moon is the second book in the Dopple Ganger Chronicles by G. P. Tayor. In it, two mischievous twins, Saskia and Sadie Dopple, with their friend Erik Morissey... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Emily Anne K
I really love this series of books for kids! At Isambard Danstan’s School for Wayward Children Eric hears noises caused by a rain storm with a howling wind. Read morePublished on August 28, 2014 by Louise Pearson
After trying and failing to enjoy the first book in this series (I detested it for numerous reasons you can read about by reading the numerous reviews by people who felt the same... Read morePublished on July 24, 2014 by CelenaMarie
While these books aren't my type of reading, my son loves them (he's now 20, but still remembers discovering the first book). Read morePublished on July 16, 2014 by Deena Peterson
The second book in the fantastic Dopple-Ganger Chronicles meets the clever Dopple twins, Sadie and Saskia. Read morePublished on July 2, 2014 by rmweatherford1s
Again as stated in my review of the first book in this series, I was really interested in this concept - and it took some getting used to - but I do like it. Read morePublished on June 1, 2014 by kristen4mk
This second installment of the Dopple Ganger Chronicles finds the trio back at the orphanage two weeks after the conclusion of book one. Read morePublished on August 19, 2013 by J4Life5
"It's not me that you should be searching for but the one who sent me. The Companion knows all that you need, Saskia. He is the one who can answer your prayers. Read morePublished on August 1, 2013 by Semmie