A Manga Mystery

kindaichi coverTITLE = The Kindaichi Files: the Graveyard Isle

AUTHOR =  KANARI, Yozaburo

GENRE = Mystery, Graphic Novel

INTEREST = YRS 7 – 9

Kindaichi is a student sleuth. In this story, whilst on a holiday with friends, he must solve the mysterious deaths on their island before he becomes the next victim. Plenty of plot twists and turns ensure the readers’ interest will be well maintained. Part of an extensive series. Check out another review on an anime website.

Black & White Manga style illustrations. Appealing layout.

Very popular with both girls and boys. Yrs 8, 9.

Highly Recommended *****

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Genre: Fantasy, Graphic novel, Action, Adventure
Interest level: Years 8 and up

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Highly recommended (dma). *****

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Genre: Fantasy, Graphic novel, Adventure
Interest level: Years 8 and up

This is an excellent graphic novel adaptation of a much-loved novel. Great use of contrasting colours to highlight the two parts of the story; the Fairy world is blue/green whilst Artemis’ world is generally toned in browns. The basic story line remains the same as the original novel (by Eoin Colfer): a child genius, who happens to be a criminal, plots to get fairy gold by holding a fairy to ransom. There is an interesting mix of fairies & magic & modern gadgetry in the story which includes several clever twists and turns. Whilst Artemis’ home life is sad (his Dad is missing, assumed dead, and his Mum seems to have lost her mind) there is also plenty of sardonic humour to keep the reader entertained.

Recommended (dma) ****