Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Secret of Indigo Moon - G. P. Taylor

Erik Morrissey Ganger, famed explorer and detective (well, in his dreams), and his mischief-making sidekicks, twins Sadie and Saskia Dopple, didn't go looking for a secret tunnel beneath the school. They never intended to make the acquaintance of a shifty private eye with a nose for trouble. It wasn't part of the plan to come face-to-face with an old enemy--one with an agenda of his own that could destroy them all. And unraveling the secret of the mysterious "indigo moon" was the furthest thing from their minds.
At Isambard Dunstan's School for Wayward Children, these things just seem to happen.
In this second installment of The Dopple Ganger Chronicles, confirmed troublemakers Erik, Sadie, and Saskia plunge headlong into a new and perilous mystery--one that challenges everything they thought they knew about their lives, themselves, and who it's safe to trust.

Title: The Secret of Indigo Moon (The Dopple Ganger Chronicles Book #2)
Author: G.P. Taylor
Genre: Juvenile Fiction, Action & Adventure
Publisher: Salt River, An Imprint of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Publication Date: September 2009
My Rating: 4/5

This is the second installment in the Dopple Ganger Chronicles. Erik, Sadie and Saskia are found exploring tunnels and getting into mischief yet again, much to Headmistress Rimmer's chagrin. They seem to just get out of trouble before they are in it again. The sleuthing trio however, are still trying to save the day. It's not their fault that trouble just happens to follow them around. They meet several unique characters along the way, and an old enemy. Will they survive to solve the mystery?
The format of this book is intriguing as it is a mesh of graphic novel, illustrations, enticing fonts and chapter book. The journey from full pages of writing to the next several pages of graphic novel makes this an excellent starter book for those who haven't learnt the joy of reading yet. It will easily captivate the reluctant reader in your family. This is a family-friendly book, but I will mention that some might be scared by certain scenes.
I quite enjoyed the storyline and found it reminiscent of a young Nancy Drew, or Hardy Boys mystery. Knowing how much I loved both of those series growing up, I'd say that is a very good thing. I hope we get to see these characters again in a future novel.
Overall, I think this is an excellent book to read with your children. They will pour over the pages, enthralled with the pictures, and will hopefully grasp the storyline with ease.

Disclaimer: This book was received free of charge in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Tyndale House Publishers for sending me a complimentary copy of this book.

The book trailer is also quite intriguing, and it captured my interest immediately.

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