|Publisher:||Diamond Comic Distributors|
|Publish Date:||Oct 2010|
|Number of Pages:||104|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||1.1|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||7.0 x 10.75 x 0.5|
James Patterson was born in Newburgh, New York, on March 22, 1947. He graduated from Manhattan College in 1969 and received a M. A. from Vanderbilt University in 1970. His first novel, The Thomas Berryman Number, was written while he was working in a mental institution and was rejected by 26 publishers before being published and winning the Edgar Award for Best First Mystery. He is best known as the creator of Alex Cross, the police psychologist hero of such novels as Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls.
Cross has been portrayed on the silver screen by Morgan Freeman. He also writes the Women's Murder Club series, as well as the Maximum Ride series, Daniel X series, the Witch and Wizard series, and the Middle School series for children. He has won numerous awards including the BCA Mystery Guild's Thriller of the Year, the International Thriller of the Year award, and the Reader's Digest Reader's Choice Award. He also made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012 with his title I Funny: A Middle School Story and again in 2013 with his title's Middle School: Get Me Out of Here! and 12th of Never.
The brother-and-sister team of Whit and Wisty inhabit a dystopia future where the New Order maintains totalitarian control. Forming a resistance movement with other determined teens, they use their magical powers to battle "The one who is the one". If the drama sounds a bit overblown and artificial, it is. Characters are thin, and attempts to fit the novel's content into an abbreviated form-and keep the focus on action-result in both rushed pacing and plot gaps.
What's more, the dialog (without a hint of irony) doesn't read true for teens-has anyone referred to a sibling as "sis" since the 1970's? Verdict This is a reasonable graphic novel translation of a rather mediocre novel accessible to preteens and teens. However, even pretty pictures and an active layout can't make the story better than it is. The novel sold on Patterson's best-selling reputation, and the graphic novel may do the same, but it fails to satisfy. Buy only it if your patrons request it.
-Julia Cox, Penticton P.L., BC
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In a blink of an eye, their world has changed, with the oppressive New Order declaring all magic as evil incarnate! In this action-packed tale spinning out of best-selling author James Pattersons's #1 novel, sibling teenagers Whit & Wisty Allgood use their newly discovered magical powers to infiltrate into enemy territory of the New Order to gain control of the inter-dimensional Shadowland.
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