Category Archives: Graphic Novels

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The Secret of Indigo Moon by G.P. Taylor

-Reviewed by Ariel Asher, 10 year old avid reader.

This book is about Erik Granger and the Dopple girls, Saskia and Sadie. Erik is the only boy at Dunstan’s a school for orphans. He is supposed to go go to sleep but defiantly stays up and stumbles upon burglars in a secret passage stealing special artifacts from Lord Gervez’s house, which is next door to Dunstan’s. In the morning as he serves breakfast to the girls he tells Sadie and Sakia about the burglars and informs them that the burglars are returning again that night to get the last of the artifacts. The Dopples and Erik sneak out after lights-out and watch the burglars. They hide but Saskia was too slow and didn’t know that the burglars were coming back down the tunnel and has to hide inside a sarcophagus that the burglars were stealing. The burglars do not know that Saskia is in it and they take the sarcophagus to their lair. Sadie and Erik follow Lord Gervez into his home through the tunnel and find out that someone named Indigo Moon made all the houses and connected them with tunnels that only he knew about. The tunnels were being used to rob all the homes on that street. A reporter for the Times (and secret detective) Dorcas Potts interviewed the gang the afternoon the day Saskia was kidnapped. Now the gang needs to work together to find Saskia and stop the burglars.

I liked this book because it had segments of the book in comic book and it looked cool because it helped you imagine what the characters in the book looked liked and what was going on in the book. Like when it did not tell you what type of car or school uniform it showed you in the comic book segments. I also liked the mystery part and adventure parts of the book because I like books that have a mix of thrill and a mysterious side. I think you will like the book.

The Dopple Ganger Chronicles: The Secret of Indigo Moon by G.P. Taylor

-Review by Scott Asher of AshertopiA.

I had previously started to read Shadowmancer by G.P. Taylor but hadn’t gotten in too far before I set it aside so I wasn’t expecting much out of his new series. The quote on the back cover of the book calling G.P. Taylor, “The new C.S. Lewis” didn’t help either. Yet, sometimes out of nowhere there comes a revelation. When I opened The Secret of Indigo Moon, book two in The Dopple Ganger Chronicles I had one of those moments.

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.

This book was provided free of charge by the publisher as a review copy. The publisher had no editorial rights or claims over the content or the conclusions made in this review. Visit Tyndale.com for more information on this book.