Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Gunnerkrigg Court by Thomas Siddell
Gunnerkrigg Court was originally done as a web comic, and you can still read them all online. The book, therefore, is split into short chapters and each chapter is really a self-contained story. Everything builds on itself, and toward the end of the first volume (which ends with chapter 14) the tension begins to grow as we learn more about Kate and Antimony's parents. It turns out they all went to school together at Gunnerkrigg Court, and there are some secrets that I'm sure will soon be revealed!
I liked this a lot, so I'm glad that I can read the rest of it online because I'd like to continue with it right away. It's a mix of fantasy and mystery, and the episodic style makes you want to keep reading just one more chapter. And, even though (as you can see from the cover) the illustrations were not done in a realistic style, I loved it. It fit perfectly with the story. It's set up in more traditional panels, with some half-page pictures.
Another one that I think both middle grade and older students would enjoy, but probably would recommend mostly for middle grade.