Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Dopple Ganger Chronicles—The Secret of Indigo Moon, by GP Taylor

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The Secret of Indigo Moon, by G.P. Taylor, is the second book in the Dopple Ganger Chronicles series. The book itself is quite unusual—part text and part comic strip. It was designed to appeal to reluctant readers by interspersing an action-packed story with comic strips and pictures. The text is extremely descriptive and the story is exciting from start to finish.

The plot of the story involves three children who are residents of Isambard Dunstan’s School for Wayward Children, which just happens to be contained in a mysterious old building full of dark hidden passages and isolated towers, and is run by a child-hating headmistress by the name of Miss Rimmer. The heroes of this tale seem to have a knack for running into mysteries and danger, which, in this particular book involves solving the mystery of a theft of valuable artifacts hidden in the school.

From the moment Emily saw the cover, she was eager to read this book. (I made her hold off for a few days, though, until she had caught up on the books I had assigned her for school.) Once she started, though, she didn’t want to put the book down. She finished the 290 page book within a 24 hour period and is now begging me to find her the first volume in the series!

I would not call this book a classic, and for me was just an OK read—all action and not much character development, but I think it definitely meets its goal of appealing to reluctant readers and will be a bit hit with the 8-12 year old crowd.

 I received this book free from Tyndale House for review purposes.

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