Tuesday, April 5, 2011

the doppleganger chronicles: the first escape review

i have noticed that graphic novels are getting more and more popular. tate just brought up home wizard of oz version that i'm still having mixed feelings about. other books are using an "illustro-novella" format, mixing text, illustrations and comics into one story.  i think it is a great way for kids who miss picture books to have that experience while reading something that is more at their level.

i recently had the opportunity to try the doppleganger chronicles: the first escape by g.p. taylor. i have found very little that i don't like about it. the reviews compare taylor to c.s. lewis and another says the book is "hotter than potter." i thought the book reminded me more of the lemony snicket's a series of unfortunate events.

in the novel, identical twins saide and sakia dopple and their friend erik morrissey ganger make their "home" at isambard dunstan's school for wayward children. the twins' usual routine of tormenting students and staff is interrupted when a wealthy lady comes and adopts saskia, but not sadie.

the rest of the book involves the twins' attempts to be reunited, battling enemies, conspiracies and various perils and possible traps.

in my opinion, the plotline is fairly gripping. while it seems like a "dark" story, there is a thread of hope and light throughout that reminds the reader that good triumphs over evil.  the message of promise if fairly understated and not overly preachy.

even though the doppleganger chronicles: the first escape is great for "reluctant readers," i think zoe will like reading something different from her usual fare. i am glad for her to have material like this that includes has a darker storyline, like the harry potter stories, but with overall better values that shares a message of promise and hope.

the good news is that there is already a second book available in the series, and a third is on the way. if your kids enjoy them, they will be able to continue in the series.

i received a free copy of this book from tyndale publishers  for the purpose of this review. regardless, the thoughts and opinions expressed here are purely my own.

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