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Detective Jermain (Detective Jermain Series #1)

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Jermain, the sixteen-year-old daughter of famous detective parents, can’t stop playing detective herself and nosing into other people’s business. When she realizes that some of the students and teachers at school are acting very strange, she has to solve the mystery!

Jermaine’s friends Andy, a shy but cute computer geek, and Travis, a popular heartbreaker, are her partners in detection—and they both have feelings for her. Between the dangers at...

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Overview

Jermain, the sixteen-year-old daughter of famous detective parents, can’t stop playing detective herself and nosing into other people’s business. When she realizes that some of the students and teachers at school are acting very strange, she has to solve the mystery!

Jermaine’s friends Andy, a shy but cute computer geek, and Travis, a popular heartbreaker, are her partners in detection—and they both have feelings for her. Between the dangers at school and this unexpected love triangle, what will Jermain do?

This is the first in a new series by Misako Rocks!

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VOYA - Amanda MacGregor
When Jermain was seven years old, her famous detective father was murdered. Raised by her mother to be strong and ambitious, Jermain is now seventeen and a hardheaded amateur detective. After the deaths of a teacher and a student, Jermain begins to notice strange behavior at school among certain students and staff. She ropes her best friends Andy and Travis into helping her find out what is causing the zombie-like behavior at their school. In addition to solving the mystery, Jermain grapples with pressure to decide where she will go to college and what she will do with her future. When both Andy and Travis complicate matters even further by admitting their feelings to Jermain, she finds it difficult to stay focused on the increasingly puzzling situation at school. The appealing manga-style art will attract fans of the genre, and the format, which varies in the number and style of panels from page to page, makes for a fast read. Unfortunately the gap-filled story leaves much to be desired. The plot, which never fully takes off, feels hastily constructed and will leave readers wondering if they missed important pieces of action, as sometimes neither the written word nor the artwork adequately flesh out the story's developments. Jermain, who initially seems spunky and strong willed, gets lost in the stiff dialogue and unpolished plot. The competing story lines distract from Jermain's potentially exciting main cause, the mystery at school, and which even ends up being trite and uninteresting. Reviewer: Amanda MacGregor
Children's Literature - Shirley Nelson
Jermain is the sixteen year old heroine of Misako Rocks' graphic novel Detective Jermain, Volume I. Jermain's father, a famous detective, died when she was seven. To honor him, Jermain decides to do her own investigating when strange events occur at school. Teachers and students alike are beginning to exhibit zombie-like behavior. Jermaine's detective work, however, is overshadowed by her confusion over new feelings for her two best friends Andy and Travis. While romance may be brewing, the three friends spend much of their time stressing over choosing a college. These distractions make it very difficult for the reader to actually follow the story. Additionally, the lack of transitions between scenes causes difficulty. The reader must frequently flip back through the illustrations to understand what is actually happening. Reviewer: Shirley Nelson
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With the number of excellent manga titles on the market, it is hard to imagine an audience for this unremarkable story. It is unpolished both in plot and in dialogue. The main character, 17-year-old Jermain, is the daughter of a famous detective who was murdered when she was a child, an event that seems to have had little impact on her, except to create a desire to solve mysteries. With the two cute boys next door, both of whom are interested in her romantically, Jermain takes on solving the murder of a student and band teacher from her high school, only to discover that many of the students are being turned into mindless puppets by a sinister force. But this mystery, dark and serious in nature, takes a backseat to the real questions in Jermain's life: What should she do after she graduates, and which of the boys should she date? The story does wrap up over the course of the volume, and Misako Rocks! makes excellent use of the panels and layout for her likable, if somewhat uneven, art. Overall, there is not enough story here to draw in readers, and the execution is not strong enough to make up for that lack.-Alana Abbott, James Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford, CT

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After losing her father at a very young age, Jermain decided that she wanted to follow in his footsteps and become a detective. Now in her last year of high school, Jermain's ambitions are a constant source of worry for her mother. She doesn't have the time to have a heart-to-heart with Mom, though; she's too busy trying to connect a car accident that killed a classmate and a teacher to a series of strange behaviors her counselor and fellow students are exhibiting. With the help of her best friends Andy and Travis, both of whom have long-standing, deep-seated crushes on her, Jermain discovers the culprit behind the zombielike behavior of their teachers and classmates. And he would have gotten away with it, too, if it hadn't been for those meddling kids . . . . The style of this graphic work, with characters who look like they could be from any popular Japanese manga series, will appeal to readers who might be familiar with the format and enjoy mysteries. If the plots are thin and somewhat over the top, they still move along nicely. (Graphic fiction. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805081558
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 9/16/2008
  • Series: Detective Jermain Series , #1
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 12 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

MISAKO ROCKS! is the creator of Biker Girl and Rock and Roll Love. A self-taught artist from a family of law-enforcement officials,Misako moved to the United States from Japan as a teenager. She now lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2008

    Completely Enjoyed It (Reviewed by TheBookworm

    Detective Jermain Volume 1 by Misaka Rocks!*<BR/>Publication Date: September 2008<BR/>4 out of 5 stars<BR/>G - Fine For All Audiences But It Will Appeal More To Teens<BR/><BR/>Seventeen year old Jermain is in her last year of high school. Both of her best friends, Andy the sweet, smart boy next door and Travis the popular football playing boy also next door, already know where they are heading after they finish school. But Jermain has yet to decide on a career path. When a student starts acting strange and is then followed shortly by other students and teachers, Jermain puts aside her worries about the future and begins searching for the cause of the school¿s sudden zombie behavior. With her secretly-crushing-on-her best friends at her side, she sets her purposeful sights on figuring out this mystery¿ detective style.<BR/><BR/>Detective Jermain was a great graphic novel that had me glued to the pages. It was more than just a thick comic book. It had a story with enough dialogue and narration to keep you entertained the whole time while reading.<BR/><BR/>Immaculate Jermain was a great character. She was the clue putter-togetherer, the Velma in the Scooby-Doo equation. Though she was a great sleuth, she was unable to notice that the two people closest to her liked her. Maybe not completely realistic, but her pure surprise and slight uneasiness toward their statement made me like her even more. Jermain had an enthusiasm that just drew you in and instantly made you want to believe that you would have done the same thing in her place.<BR/><BR/>I loved how this book felt like a modern Scooby-Doo mystery aimed towards teenagers. They gathered clues and tried piecing together any possibilities. You couldn¿t even guess who the culprit was until Jermain (the Velma) gave the big reveal at the end. The author completely pulled it off with a fun and fast Who-dun-it air.<BR/><BR/>I suggest this graphic novel to everyone, especially YA mystery/suspense lovers.<BR/><BR/>Date Reviewed: November 17th, 2008<BR/><BR/>For more book reviews check out my website at www.inthecurrent.blogspot.com

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