Tuesday March 16, 2010
Tween Tuesday is a meme I first saw at Green Bean Teen Queen and really liked because she is also a librarian who deals with teens and tweens. So, since most of my blog is devoted to YA and teen books I figured that on Tuesdays I can do posts for all the tweeners out there!
The New Brighton Archeological Society
Book One: The Castle of Galomar
by Mark Andrew Smith & Matthew Weldon
Out of the ashes of misfortune will rise the next generation of great adventurers! After their parents are lost on an archeological expedition, four children begin to unlock the secrets of their parents' mysterious lives, discovering a hidden world of mystical artifacts, mythical creatures, and arcane knowledge.
Soon they find themselves drawn into a conflict over a great library that has kept two kingdoms at war for centuries, the children must save an enchanted forest, the birthplace of magic itself. Join us as these children become the latest members of the fabled New Brighton Archeological Society, and take their first steps towards their true destiny!
With the popularity of graphic novels these days it is always nice to come across a new adventure series for those reluctant middle school readers! The way I look at it is if a good story line in a graphic novel can keep my attention, then I think it will be interesting for the average middle schooler.
The first book in this series introduces us to four orphaned children who are now living with their godparents after the tragic, mysterious death of their parents. Soon after moving to their new home the kids find clues to their parents mysterious lives and the mystical forces that may have had something to do with their deaths.
Beautiful artwork, awesome fantastical creatures and some great battle scenes will keep readers turning the pages. The storyline maybe a bit confusing for younger readers, best suited for 5th to 8th grade.
Review copy sent by author and donated to school library