The Parting

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Trapped in the dangerous world of ElseWhere, Rebecca, Noah, and Theo are possessed by the evils unleashed by the Master of Shadows. Max and Grandpa Gabe may be their only hope of breaking free. But it's a race against time. The Master's plan to destroy both ElseWhere and our own world is in motion?and the hunt to find a new passageway home may come at a terrible cost.

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Overview

Trapped in the dangerous world of ElseWhere, Rebecca, Noah, and Theo are possessed by the evils unleashed by the Master of Shadows. Max and Grandpa Gabe may be their only hope of breaking free. But it's a race against time. The Master's plan to destroy both ElseWhere and our own world is in motion?and the hunt to find a new passageway home may come at a terrible cost.

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Children's Literature - Michael Jung PhD
Traveling through the parallel dimension of ElseWhere was dangerous enough the first time for friends Rebecca, Noah, Max, and Theo. The last thing they expected was to return to its otherworldly hazards. But when Rebecca contracts a mysterious illness, Noah and Theo travel back to ElseWhere to find a cure, only to be possessed by the Master of Shadows. To save them, Max and Rebecca's Grandpa Gabe return to ElseWhere as well. But finding a way back this time may be even more difficult—and soon one of their number may pay a high price for daring to come back to this world. Told with a somewhat darker tone than the previous "Elsewhere" graphic novels, The Parting drops readers straight into a beautiful but bizarre fantasy world where even seemingly harmless giant dandelion spores can kill. Fans of the series will enjoy Bannister's continually whimsical artwork, but newcomers may want to read the earlier issues to get to know the characters and storyline better. Reviewer: Michael Jung, PhD
Publishers Weekly
Several children—Rebecca, Noah, Theo, and Max—and their “Grandpa Gabe” are in the unsafe world of ElseWhere, a dreamlike and sometimes frightening realm. As book five starts, Rebecca, Noah, and Theo have become possessed and the two remaining characters have to both fight and save them. The possession is not explained, and it, like other parts of the story, readers are supposed to know from reading past volumes. Even saving the friends from possession doesn’t make them safe, as Noah is then seemingly killed by a sand whale, causing the children to grieve and contemplate the unfairness of the world. One especially fascinating section has the characters enter a formerly holy spot, filled with giant dandelions, where tribes used to bless their dead in order to get them ready to join the god of the stars. This short book manages to be full of action and enthralling—if occasionally creepy—images. While it’s tough to start this series this far into the game, the adventure—and questioning of reality—makes this a worthwhile entry in the fantasy adventure comic field. Originally published in France, the illustrations have the satisfying realism and storytelling of the European comics style. Ages 9–12. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761366324
  • Publisher: Graphic Universe
  • Publication date: 11/28/2011
  • Series: The ElseWhere Chronicles Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 9 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Nykko is the author of several graphic novel series, including The ElseWhere Chronicles (Les Enfants d'ailleurs), originally published in French by Dupuis, which won the 2007 Lyon Festival Youth Prize. Nykko loves in Perros-Guirec, France.

Bannister, the pseudonym of Nicolas Seigneret, has been creating graphic novels since the age of 17. His work has appeared in Flight Explorer (Villard Books/Random House) and several editions of the Flight anthology.

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