Into the Volcano

Into the Volcano

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by Don Wood
     
 

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Sumno and Duffy pugg (brothers) are told they must travel to a volcanic island to help an aunt they have never met. When they arrive on the island, they soon discover that their mysterious auntie is up to no good. They are sent on an expedition that take them on a wild boat ride straight into an errupting volcano. Facing extreme danger, they hike inside the volcano… See more details below

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Sumno and Duffy pugg (brothers) are told they must travel to a volcanic island to help an aunt they have never met. When they arrive on the island, they soon discover that their mysterious auntie is up to no good. They are sent on an expedition that take them on a wild boat ride straight into an errupting volcano. Facing extreme danger, they hike inside the volcano and eventually escape--after Sumno saves Duffy's life. Here is an action adventure that will immidately hook young readers.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Wood's (The Napping House) first foray into graphic novels is a visual stunner. Sumo and Duffy Pugg are called out of class by their father, who insists they immediately go off with their long-lost, oddly named cousin, Mr. Come-and-Go, to visit their (also unknown to them) Aunt Lulu on Kocalaha, the island where their absent mother was born. Blunt, bald and broad as a refrigerator, Come-and-Go does not inspire confidence in Sumo, the less adventurous of the brothers, and his reluctance looks reasonable when Lulu hustles them off on a mysterious expedition, which involves entering Kocalaha's volcano as it is erupting. Wood's full-color digital illustrations vividly depict fabulous scenery-lava flows, ocean swells, lush foliage-and the muscularity of the action will impress thrill-seeking readers. The boys repeatedly face peril, including a terrifying and surreal episode in which deathly specters surround Sumo while he tries to rescue Duffy. The plot does not answer all the questions it raises: the boys' trip is eventually explained, but not why their father has sanctioned it. The audience will likely be too busy living vicariously through Sumo and Duffy's ultimately excellent adventure to mind. Ages 7-up. (Oct.)

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Children's Literature - Michael Jung
Brothers Duffy and Sumo Pugg don't know what to expect when their father pulls them out of school and sends them to the island of Kocalaha for a "vacation" with their mother's foul-mouthed sister Aunt Lulu. At first things go great for Duffy, who loves island life. The situation seems less great for mean-spirited Sumo, who spends all of his time complaining. But events take a sinister turn when Aunt Lulu's gang of mercenaries take the boys on an "expedition" into the island's erupting volcano, where they search a maze of underground lava tubes for a mysterious treasure. Frightened, Duffy and Sumo run away; as they look for an exit, Duffy nearly kills himself in a nasty fall. To save his brother, Sumo must brave the dangers of the volcano before time runs out for both of them. Award-winning artist Don Wood spent five years researching and creating this graphic novel, and the result is nothing short of spectacular. While the plot moves at a breakneck speed, readers will spend hours lingering over every page just to enjoy the breathtaking scenes—from a harrowing ride through streams of burning lava (based on photographs Wood took during his own trip into a volcano), to an otherworldly trek through the lava tubes, to a surreal conversation between Sumo and Death himself. Story-wise, the book leaves many questions unanswered, particularly those concerning the villains' motives. Sumo himself is also initially presented as such an unlikable character that his shift from brat to hero comes as a jarring, albeit well-motivated, change. But these are minor qualms that don't detract from what the book really is—a non-stop thrill ride through one of Earth's most exotic and terrifyingnatural wonders. Reviewer: Michael Jung
VOYA - Heather Christiansen
On a frosty winter morning, Sumo and Duffy Pugg's father summons them from their classroom to meet a long lost cousin named Come-And-Go-a massive, bald, Cambridge-educated, street-fighting champion. Come-And-Go issues an invitation from their rich aunt to spend ten days with her in Kocalaha, the island birthplace of their mother. Soon after their arrival, the boys find themselves embroiled in a treacherous plot that involves entering an active volcano via the ocean. Adventurous Duffy thrills at the danger, but Sumo is paralyzed with fear at the slightest hint of peril. Suspicious and frightened, he complains and stumbles his way through each exploit. But when an accident puts Duffy's life at stake, Sumo desperately seeks the courage and strength to save himself and his brother. Wood, well known for his award-winning work as a children's book illustrator, leaps into the world of graphic novels with this edge-of-your-seat adventure. His use of vivid colors and action-filled panels brings to life the dramatic contrast between ocean and volcano. Sumo's distrust and general apprehension of his new surroundings is authentically created, which makes his efforts to rescue Duffy even more heroic. The visual format combined with nonstop action will keep reluctant readers and adventure fans turning pages to the very end. Reviewer: Heather Christiansen
School Library Journal

Gr 5-8

This intense mystery-adventure coming-of-age chapter book is done in comic-book style-something of a departure for Wood. Two brothers, Duffy and Sumo, are sent to Hawaii to visit their mysterious aunt, who hustles them off on a perilous expedition into the bowels of an erupting volcano, accompanied by strangers whose skills are obvious, but whose trustworthiness is not. The dangers the boys face are terrifying, especially an interlude during which Sumo, wracked by guilt and indecision after he thinks his brother has fallen to his death, is trapped in the dark on an underground cliff and is visited by the specter of Death. That the children, who appear to be 10 or 12, have been exposed to such peril knowingly by an adult who has been entrusted with their care is a dark vein running through the story. Wood's vividly colored artwork brings the perils the siblings face into startling focus. Keenly observed depictions of the Hawaiian landscape and geological processes lend an impressive veracity to this exciting and unusual offering. It is a rare example of a graphic novel for young people that is neither manga nor mainstream.-Paula Willey, Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, MD

Kirkus Reviews
From Caldecott Honoree Wood comes an inventive and imaginative graphic adventure. Brothers Duffy and Sumo Pugg are mysteriously pulled out of class one day and sent to the island nation of Kokalaha to stay with unfamiliar family members. The boys meet Auntie, the shady matriarch of the household (who resembles Ursula from Disney's Little Mermaid), who sends the boys and their newfound cousins on an expedition into a volcano. Danger ensues, and the boys must fight for their survival, and, ultimately, discover the truth propelling their quest. For the first time, the boys must work together and make their own choices outside of adult supervision. Wood's illustrations of the fictional Kokalaha are particularly clever and lush, though his world-building is somewhat lacking in its development and could leave its readers with questions. The narrative moves along swiftly and incorporates elements of fantasy, demanding that the audience suspend disbelief and roll with the punches. Those who do will find a rollicking, fast-paced story that resolves itself nicely-an overall creative yarn of greed, family and survival. (Graphic fiction. 9-12)
From the Publisher
Booklist Best Books for Young Adults; Booklist Editors' Choice: Books for Youth; Booklist Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth; YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2009; Cybil Award, 2008 Finalist Graphic Novels; Pennsylvania Young Readers' Choice Award Nominee

"Wood's vividly colored artwork brings the perils the siblings face into startling focus. Keenly observed depictions of the Hawaiian landscape and geological processes lend an impressive veracity to this exciting and unusual offering. It is a rare example of a graphic novel for young people that is neither manga nor mainstream."--SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, starred review
"The action moves along at break-neck speed"--BOOKLIST, starred review
"a non-stop thrill ride through one of Earth’s most exotic and terrifying natural wonders."--CHILDREN'S LITERATURE
"will appeal to those boys who wouldn’t be caught dead reading a book, because from cover-to-cover they will find nothing but fast-paced action and excitement."--LIBRARY MEDIA CONNECTION
"Wood’s graphic-novel debut is visually exciting, with eerily delineated characters of questionable loyalty, a pair of Everykid brothers who are wondrously expressive on this emotional rollercoaster ride, and an active volcano whose pyrotechnics are real scene-stealers."--THE BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439726719
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/2008
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
GN240L (what's this?)
Age Range:
11 - 15 Years

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