Bad Island

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Something on this island is up to no good . . .

When Reese is forced to go on a boating trip with his family, the last thing he expects is to be shipwrecked on an island-especially one teeming with weird plants and animals. But what starts out as simply a bad vacation turns into a terrible one, as the castaways must find a way to escape while dodging the island's dangerous inhabitants. With few resources and a mysterious entity on the hunt, each secret unlocked could save them ....

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Overview

Something on this island is up to no good . . .

When Reese is forced to go on a boating trip with his family, the last thing he expects is to be shipwrecked on an island-especially one teeming with weird plants and animals. But what starts out as simply a bad vacation turns into a terrible one, as the castaways must find a way to escape while dodging the island's dangerous inhabitants. With few resources and a mysterious entity on the hunt, each secret unlocked could save them . . . or spell their doom. One thing Reese knows for sure: This is one Bad Island.

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for GHOSTOPOLIS:

“TenNapel's colorful illustrations are filled with energy and life.”–School Library Journal, starred

“TenNapel is a terrific cartoonist and in fine form here.”–Booklist

“TenNapel is an accomplished creator of graphic novels for kids, and this is sure to appeal to all those who love his most famous character, Earthworm Jim.”–Publishers Weekly

Children's Literature - BriAnne Baxley MLIS
It's like a bad dream for Reese. Instead of spending time at home with his buddies this typical teenager finds himself sharing a boat trip with his family. Predicting a time of boredom and a waste of time, Reese is taken by surprise when his family ends up on a deserted island after a horrible storm. Finding themselves on an unusual island, Reese and his family are unaware of the many secrets that it holds. As the island's secrets are revealed, this everyday family finds themselves on the adventure of a lifetime. During their journey Reese remembers how important each family member is to him and what it truly means to be a family. The story is written in a way that readers are encouraged to look beyond the text and to really examine the clues that the graphics provide thus making the reader feel as if they are part of the secrets of the Bad Island. Reviewer: BriAnne Baxley, MLIS
School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up—One glance at the cover depicting ominous clouds overhead and a landmass with a glaring red eye informs readers that the author of Ghostopolis (Scholastic, 2010) has created another exploration of the bizarre. Dad has decided to take Reese, who is too cool for family outings, and his sister, Janine, on a fishing trip. The vacation takes an unexpected turn when their boat capsizes during a storm and they find themselves marooned on a strange island. To their horror, the family slowly realizes that the island is the submerged body of a giant creature, escaped from another world. The story alternates between the shipwreck survivors and the faraway world that created this "island." Both stories feature conflict between an adolescent son and his father. Clever touches highlight the dawning pubescence of both son and monster: small whiskers sprouting on the giant monster, Reese's flippant response when his mother wonders about his ability to make her nervous. "No problem mom. It's a gift." Ultimately, both rebellious adolescents grow up and find their place as young men. The vibrant color palette used in the family's story contrasts with the grays and browns of the monster world. Both places are punctuated with red, yellow, and black to emphasize the scenes of conflict, while silhouettes add a striking visual touch. Expressive wide-eyed faces perfectly capture emotions while the effective use of humor (a dead pet snake plays an important role) keeps the tension from becoming overwhelming. TenNapel has crafted another rip-roaring adventure with wide audience appeal.—Barbara M. Moon, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545314800
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2011
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 80,772
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Doug TenNapel was raised in the town of Denair, California.In 1994, he created Earthworm Jim, a character who would go on to star in video games, toy lines, and cartoon series.

Doug is an Eisner award-winning artist, and his most recent graphic novels, IRON WEST (2007) and MONSTER ZOO (2009), were cited by ALA as Great Graphic Novels for Teens. GHOSTOPOLIS (2009), published by Scholastic, has garnered praise from SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, BOOKLIST, and PUBLISHERS WEEKLY. Doug lives in Glendale, California, with his wife and four children.

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  • Posted November 2, 2011

    fun, scary and down right likable

    Reviewed by Author Anna del C. Dye. for Readers Favorite

    This book is done in the good old comic book fashion. It is full of pictures that tell the story more than the words do. It includes the Wow! Screech! Huff! and Wham! that are so funny and expected in this kind of a book. The style of drawing is simple and effective, mostly black and white, with some color in it.

    The story is that of a typical family with a teen boy named Reese who feels misunderstood by his parents. He has a much younger sister Janie. The sister is very fond of her pet snake; even after the pet is dead she continues carrying it around.

    Mom and Dad decide to take a vacation to re-group the family that is slowly but surely drifting apart. Reese is looking for freedom and acknowledgement that he isn't a kid anymore. His sister is looking for some sort of acceptance from her mother, whose plants are more important to her than her family.

    It all starts out wrong, and from there it gets worse - a huge storm envelops them just hours after they sail away and throws them onto an island.

    They manage to rescue some things from the boat before it sinks in the sea. They make a shelter and have food to eat. All seems fine until they go exploring the island and find very weird and interesting natives.

    Are they just cuddly or very dangerous pets to have around? You will have to read the book. It is fun, scary and down right likable. Doug wrote a well-done book, enjoyable to any fan of comic books of all ages.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2013

    Favorite Graphic Novel

    This book is amassing. Read cover to cover in an hour.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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