The Shadow Spies (Elsewhere Chronicles Series #2)

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With the Shadow Door shattered and the passageway closed, Rebecca and Max set out across the dangerous lands of ElseWhere to find a way home. Wherever there is darkness, the Shadow Spies—servants of the Master of Shadows—lie in wait to stop them. Back on the other side of the door, Noah and Theo are working on a rescue. With the clues left behind by Grandpa Gabe and the help of new allies, can they find another passageway and keep the Shadows from destroying our world?

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Overview

With the Shadow Door shattered and the passageway closed, Rebecca and Max set out across the dangerous lands of ElseWhere to find a way home. Wherever there is darkness, the Shadow Spies—servants of the Master of Shadows—lie in wait to stop them. Back on the other side of the door, Noah and Theo are working on a rescue. With the clues left behind by Grandpa Gabe and the help of new allies, can they find another passageway and keep the Shadows from destroying our world?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Michael Jung
In Book One of "The ElseWhere Chronicles," kids Max, Rebecca, Theo, and Noah open a portal to a dangerous world of living shadows and dragons using Rebecca's dead grandfather's strange movie projector—only to see Rebecca and Max get pulled into the portal by a tentacled monster. In Book Two, Theo and Noah launch a rescue mission, but end up trapped in the alternate world also. Now, surrounded by dangerous shadows and deadly infections, the four kids must find each other—and search for another way home. This second installment in the French graphic novel series moves at a much faster pace than the first book and showcases many exotic creatures and locales, brilliantly depicted by Bannister's fanciful artwork. While the plot is a fairly standard "kids marooned in a strange land" tale, it is put together well and should please both newcomers and longtime fans of the fantasy genre. Reviewer: Michael Jung
School Library Journal

Gr 4-8

Upon the death of a neighborhood recluse, Max, Theo, and Noah meet the man's adopted granddaughter, Bec. In her grandfather's effects, they find the means to travel to another world that's filled with strange plants and peoples and deadly shadow creatures. Unable to return the way they came, they must fight their way to other gateways. The three volumes comprise one story arc, introducing the characters and the world, and ending with the dangling promise of future adventures. And while there are fun and beautiful moments, the primary story objective is survival, and there is a continual sense of peril. The action sequences are clear and suspenseful, providing an interesting contrast to the charming figure work. There are frequent cute touches, which occasionally prevent the young heroes from expressing some of the tension and depth required in the more intense sequences, but overall the books effectively grab readers and create a compelling emotional landscape to complement the alien one. It's therefore a pity that the third volume feels rushed as it arrives at its conclusion. Due to the open-ended final panel, it makes sense to retain some dangling threads, but the key antagonist is never fully realized, and the sacrifice of a major character happens without sufficient explanation.-Benjamin Russell, Belmont High School, NH

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761339649
  • Publisher: Graphic Universe
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Series: Elsewhere Chronicles Series , #2
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 789,630
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: GN350L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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