Graveyard shakes

Laura Terry

Book - 2017

Katia and Victoria are sisters and scholarship students at a private boarding school. While Victoria tries to fit in, Katia is unapologetic about her quirks, even though their classmates tease her. After a big fight, Katia runs away from school. And when Victoria goes looking for her, she accidentally tumbles into the underworld of a nearby graveyard. It's inhabited by ghosts and a man named Nikola, who's preparing a sinister spell that's missing one key ingredient.

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Subjects
Genres
Paranormal comics
Comics (Graphic works)
Graphic novels
Published
New York, NY : Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic 2017.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
203 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
ISBN
0545889545
9780545889544
0545889553
9780545889551
Main Author
Laura Terry (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Katia and Victoria are at boarding school for the first time after being homeschooled for years, and Victoria is determined to fit in. Katia, however, has no interest in being "normal" and runs away into a blizzard after the girls have a fight. When Victoria follows her, the two find themselves in an underworld of ghosts and ghouls and on the run from Nikola, a man determined to work an evil magic spell. There are good bones in this ghostly tale, though Terry doesn't add quite enough depth to fully bring the story to life. Katia and Victoria, in particular, are a bit too flat for readers to completely connect with, but their struggles at school are very believable, and the danger they face from Nikola and the ghosts is thrilling enough to keep readers engaged. Terry's soft colors and bold lines bring the emotions of her story to life and will appeal to the eyes of readers who enjoy Raina Telgemeier's or Ben Hatke's work. A decent purchase for large comic collections. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by PW Annex Reviews

Previously homeschooled, Victoria Trost is desperate to fit in at her new boarding school, but that's unlikely with her younger sister, Katia, there—Katia's eccentric, carefree nature leaves Victoria ostracized. After an embarrassing few days (and a blizzard), Victoria meets Little Ghost, a polite, friendly specter. Like the girls, Little Ghost doesn't fit in with his kind, though he has a friend in Modie, a patchwork boy being kept alive by his father, Nikola. But that requires the life essence of a young person, and Nikola has his sights on Katia. Terry's debut graphic novel is a moody, introspective story spiked with supernatural suspense: Nikola's longing to keep his son alive provides poignant context for his misguided actions, and Terry's muted watercolors and friendly cartooning style soften the plot's sharp edges (namely that children are dying so Modie can live). That the afterlife can be as complicated as regular life will strike a wryly funny note with young outcasts and loners, but Terry never loses sight of the idea that even misfits can find community by being themselves. Ages 8–12. Agent: Bernadette Baker-Baughman, Victoria Sanders Associates. (Sept.) Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly Annex.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 4–7—Sisters Victoria and Katia have escaped farm life with scholarships to a prestigious boarding school, but the change of environment proves difficult for both. Victoria encourages her exuberant younger sibling, who marches to her own beat, to fit in, but she winds up putting them in danger during a terrible blizzard. The girls find themselves stranded in the underworld, surrounded by ghouls and monsters. With the help of Little Ghost and Modie, the undead son of a mad scientist, the girls try to escape. Reminiscent of Kelly Bastow's art, the striking illustrations are simple and endearing, tempering the mood of the more frightening scenes. There are still a few unanswered questions at the end of the story, but overall this is a fun, original ride. VERDICT A great addition to graphic novel collections; hand to fans of Raina Telgemeier.—Kathryn Kania, Pelham Public Library, Pelham NHA handful of new middle grade novels feature protagonists who manage serious illness and physical challenges. Sixth grader Norah Levy, from Barbara Dee's Halfway Normal, spent two years away from school as she fought leukemia. Now in remission and back in school, she finds integrating into the social dynamics of middle school is not so easy. Alba, the star of Michelle Kadarusman's The Theory of Hummingbirds, was born with talipes equinovarus (also known as "club foot"). Her latest surgery promises to improve her ability to walk and run, but she fears it may not be enough for her to compete in an upcoming cross-country race. In Chad Morris and Shelly Brown's Mustaches for Maddie, based on a true story, a 12-year-old girl discovers she has a brain tumor and undergoes several surgeries while navigating the reactions and assumptions of friends and classmates.Read the full reviews: Dee, p. 84; Kadarusman, p. 87; Morris & Brown, p. 90. Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A unique and spirited graphic novel reminiscent of the works of Raina Telgemeier and Neil Gaiman!Katia and Victoria are sisters and scholarship students at a private boarding school. While Victoria tries to fit in, Katia is unapologetic about her quirks, even though their classmates tease her. After a big fight, Katia runs away from school. And when Victoria goes looking for her, she accidentally tumbles into the underworld of a nearby graveyard. It is inhabited by ghosts, ghouls, and a man named Nikola, who is preparing a sinister spell that's missing one key ingredient.Victoria teams up with adorable Little Ghost and Nikola's kindhearted son, and together they search for Katia. They must find her before she becomes Nikola's next victim!