Return to Labyrinth, Volume 4

Return to Labyrinth, Volume 4

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by Jake T. Forbes, Chris Lie, T. F. Jake
     
 

The final volume of the Return to Labyrinth saga! The Goblin King has kept a watchful eye on Toby: his minions secretly protecting the child. Legions of goblins work behind the scenes to ensure that Toby has whatever his heart desires, preparing him for the day when he will return to the Labyrinth and take his rightful place beside Jareth as the heir to the Goblin… See more details below

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The final volume of the Return to Labyrinth saga! The Goblin King has kept a watchful eye on Toby: his minions secretly protecting the child. Legions of goblins work behind the scenes to ensure that Toby has whatever his heart desires, preparing him for the day when he will return to the Labyrinth and take his rightful place beside Jareth as the heir to the Goblin Kingdom. That day has come, but no one has told Toby! Everything that Toby has worked for is in peril. Will he be able to save the Labyrinth and his kingdom?

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KLIATT - Jennifer Feigelman
Picking up where the 1986 film Labyrinth left off, young Toby—the infant Jennifer Connelly is seeking in the film—has grown into a surly teenager who seems to get whatever he wishes for, though his wishes come with a price. When Toby wishes that he could ace a history exam he did not study for, he suddenly finds a crib sheet with answers on his desk, which promptly leads to his getting caught cheating. Determined to set things straight, Toby writes a stellar paper for his history class. When Toby prints the paper, he sees it whisked off by a strange troll-like creature. Toby takes off after it and finds himself standing at the gates of the labyrinth, just like his sister did, years earlier. While a promising concept, this new manga falls somewhat short in its story development, though one hopes more will be revealed in following installments. Fans of the film may be a little disappointed in this volume: Toby's character is not well constructed, leaving readers wanting to know more about where he came from and to fill in the gap from his abduction as a baby to now; and while many of the creatures from the original make an appearance between chapters, few are prominently featured in the story. Despite these flaws, this volume will probably be popular with manga and fantasy fans alike, and the preview of Tokyopop's next movie-to-manga, The Dark Crystal, will whet the appetite of young fans.
Library Journal
The 1986 fantasy movie Labyrinthbegins with Sarah jolted out of her teen-anomie when the Goblin King kidnaps her little brother�she must go into the Labyrinth to rescue him. The three-volume sequel concerns brother Toby. Now a blasé teen himself, he's unknowingly been protected by the Goblin King, who has designs on him as an heir apparent. When sucked abruptly into the Labyrinth world, Toby wants none of this business. But as with Sarah, and with scores of manga teens before him abducted into Elsewhere, it isn't as simple as that. Toby must confront a wealth of strange beings and circumstances and somehow grow up and deal with them. The plot develops with a satisfying mix of odd characters and page-turning action. Not as charming as the original�it's a boy story, not a girl story this time�it holds its own as teen fiction. But while the cover is gorgeous, the interior drawings from a different artist simply don't have much style or grace. In particular, the shading is muddy and overused. Will teen readers care? Perhaps not. Some potty humor; ages 13+.
—Martha Cornog

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781427816870
Publisher:
TOKYOPOP
Publication date:
08/03/2010
Series:
Return to Labyrinth Series, #4
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 11.24(h) x 0.66(d)
Age Range:
13 Years

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