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Mixed Signals
     

Mixed Signals

by Chris Everheart, Arcana Studio (Illustrator)
 

At a high-tech spy exhibit, Hazmat and Jay spot an impressive gadget that is capable of blocking all communications. Jay muses to Hazmat that beating Shadow Cell would be a breeze if Recon Academy had one for themselves. Unfortunately, Shadow Cell feels the same way. Before Jay and Hazmat know it, Shadow Cell operatives nab the device — and activate it!

Overview

At a high-tech spy exhibit, Hazmat and Jay spot an impressive gadget that is capable of blocking all communications. Jay muses to Hazmat that beating Shadow Cell would be a breeze if Recon Academy had one for themselves. Unfortunately, Shadow Cell feels the same way. Before Jay and Hazmat know it, Shadow Cell operatives nab the device — and activate it! Outnumbered, trapped, and unable to call for backup, Jay and Haz have to risk everything to protect the vital technology.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Leona Illig
This story is part of the "Recon Academy" brand that chronicles the adventures of four youngsters with special abilities in the fields of forensics, martial arts, computers, and gadgets. Together they battle evil and help adults maintain law and order. In this episode, a villain named Shadow Cell steals a device that can scramble communications. The four heroes, Jay, Hazmat, Ryker, and Emmi, have to find way to defeat Shadow Cell and return the device to its home in a spy museum. The plot is interesting, and the author uses illustrations as well as words to convey the story, which is a nice touch and something that graphic novels should employ more often. The beginning of the book contains a forward which sets the stage and provides some back story, while the end of the book contains short descriptions of two of the characters, a case file, an explanation of espionage, a note about the author and illustrators, a glossary, discussion questions, writing prompts, and a website. There are some typographical errors and awkward phrasings. The main problem, however, is that there is minimal character development. Readers unfamiliar with the "Recon Academy" may wonder who these four heroes are, and why they should care about them. On the other hand, those who are familiar with the brand will have no trouble following the story, and they will undoubtedly enjoy it. Reviewer: Leona Illig

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781434219152
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
01/28/2010
Series:
Recon Academy Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile:
GN320L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

Chris Everheart always dreamed of interesting places, fascinating people, and exciting adventures. He is still a dreamer. He enjoys writing thrilling stories about young heroes who live in a world that doesn’t always understand them. Chris lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his family. He plans to travel to every continent on the globe, see interesting places, meet fascinating people, and have exciting adventures.

As a lifelong comics fan, Sean O'Reilly dreamed of becoming a comic book creator. In 2004, he realized that dream by creating Arcana Studio. In once short year, O'Reilly took his studio from a one-person operation in his basement to an award-winning comic book publisher with more than 150 graphic novels produced for Harper Collins, Simon & Schuster, Random House, Scholastic, and others. Within a year, the company won many awards including the Shuster Award for Outstanding Publisher and the Moonbeam Award for top children's graphic novel. O'Reilly also won the Top 40 Under 40 award from the city of Vancouver and authored "The Clockwork Girl" for Top Graphic Novel at Book Expo America in 2009. Currently, O'Reilly is one of the most prolific independent comic book writers in Canada. While showing no signs of slowing down in comics, he now writes screenplays and adapts his creations for the big screen.

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