When Reese is forced to go on a boating trip with his family, the last thing he expects is to be shipwrecked on an island-especially one teeming with weird plants and animals. But what starts out as simply a bad vacation turns into a terrible one, as the castaways must find a way to escape while dodging the island's dangerous inhabitants. With few resources and a mysterious entity on the hunt, each secret unlocked could save them...or spell their doom. One thing Reese knows for sure: This is one Bad Island.
Doug TenNapel was raised in the town of Denair, California.In 1994, he created Earthworm Jim, a character who would go on to star in video games, toy lines, and cartoon series.
Doug is an Eisner award-winning artist, and his most recent graphic novels, IRON WEST (2007) and MONSTER ZOO (2009), were cited by ALA as Great Graphic Novels for Teens. GHOSTOPOLIS (2009), published by Scholastic, has garnered praise from SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, BOOKLIST, and PUBLISHERS WEEKLY. Doug lives in Glendale, California, with his wife and four children.
*2012 ALA Great Graphic Novels for Teens
"Graphic novel" is a term used by librarians, educators, and booksellers to indicate a publishing format--books written and illustrated in the style of a comic book, consisting of "sequential art"--a series of illustrations which, when viewed in order, tell a story. Although today's graphic novels are a recent phenomenon, this basic way of storytelling has been used in various forms for centuries--early cave drawings, hieroglyphics, and medieval tapestries like the famous Bayeux Tapestry can be thought of as stories told in pictures. The term graphic novel is now generally used to describe any book in a comic format that resembles a novel in length and narrative development.
School librarians and educators have reported outstanding success getting kids to read with graphic novels, citing particularly their popularity with reluctant readers, especially boys--a group traditionally difficult to reach. At the same time, graphic novels with rich, complex plots and narrative structures can also be satisfying to advanced readers.
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