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The Secret of Indigo Moon (The Dopple Ganger Chronicles) Hardcover – September 1, 2009
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"'Impressive stuff!... A gripping story and the graphic look is very engaging.' Blue Peter" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
G.P. Taylor's Shadowmancer was a best seller in both the UK and the USA and has been translated into 49 languages. His other works include Tersias the Oracle and Mariah Mundi: the Midas Box. He currently lives in North Yorkshire with his wife and 3 children. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The story picks up where the last one left off with some creepy sounds coming from the basement of Isambard Dunstan's School for Wayward Children. And Erik Ganger, the only boy living in the school, hears everything and goes to investigate. And that begins a furious ride to discover the truth behind some recent burglaries, a missing headmistress, and the Secret of Indigo Moon. Some old characters re-surface, and some new ones are added to the mix, making this ride just as exciting as in THE FIRST ESCAPE.
Like the first book, THE SECRET OF INDIGO MOON is told through traditional prose, comics, and atmospheric black and white photos. One thing I noticed right away was the improved quality in the comics. It seemed like the illustrators took a little more care and time rounding out the drawings and changing them up from the harsh lines and edges of the first one, really making it look classy and still fun.
New mysteries are added on in the last few pages, and the Dopple twins definitely have quite a few things to think about as they prepare to embark on another adventure. And it will be worth looking into what comes next for the young detectives...
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.
Book 2: The Secret of Indigo Moon
My concerns about the twin's character, lack of showing what a family ought to be, and unfit punishment all remain for this second installment of the Dopple Ganger Chronicles. No creepy seances or talking puppets though - yay!
There is more of a mystery feel to this book, but the storyline is not complicated. NOTE: I do not expect a complex story line for these books, I recognize they are aimed at reluctant readers. They are, however, marketed for youth/young adult, and I feel the story line level is more suited to children in elementary school. Of course, older children could also enjoy these books - especially if they are not used to reading in the first place.
Madame Raphael continues to raise questions (it's stated in this book that she is probably an angel) - and while she talks of The Companion, the kids don't know The Companion, and pray to her in times of trouble. Even though Madame Raphael tells them to pray to The Companion, I think children are more likely to follow the characters lead, which is to pray to the angel (concerning).
Book 3: The Great Mogul Diamond
This book is my favorite thus far in the Chronicles. 1. Because most of my concerns from the previous two books are not present 2. Because we actually start learning more about The Companion and 3. There are ethical/moral questions raised that I think are good for youth to think about (like - is stealing ok to save someones life?)
Because of what G.P. Taylor did in this book, I'm reserving judgement for the series, but I am still extremely hesitant to say I recommend any of the books. I understand that he's probably trying to reach a broader-than-Christian audience and so slowly introducing Christian ideas into the series is likely to be more effective than jumping in midstream. If future books show continued character development and if they accurately incorporate Christian theology then I think this has the potential to be groundbreaking - and not just in terms of the illustronovella, which already is innovative and groundbreaking.
So I have mixed feelings about the Chronicles. My initial reaction to the first two books is tempered by the improved third book. One thing I would recommend for certain: read them in order. Otherwise, you're very likely to be lost.
Book two finds our fearless trio searching secret passages to uncover a patient burglary plot that reveals in culprits and mysteries from the past. And, as always, there's more going on than just the mystery on the surface. The sisters undergo significant tests of faith and all three main characters come to grips with their need to belong and their longing for acceptance. They are looking for the thieves, certainly, but they're also looking for their place in the world. As they navigate unfamiliar territory during the course of their investigation, they also break new ground on the journey of life.
In all three of these books, we learn about trust and fear and belonging. Taylor shows the importance of learning our history and shaping our future. Underscoring each storyline is the concept of relationships and the need for community. There's a lot to learn from these "picture" books.
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