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Alison Dare at the West Maui Mountains and Iao Needle.
Alison and a banyan tree.
She sees Haleakala out the window as she heads to the beach.
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Paperback: 96 pages; 104 pages
Publisher: Tundra Books
ARC ISBN: 978-0887769344; 978-0887769351
Source of our copy: From the publisher for review
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
Alison Dare: Indiana Jones meets Lara Croft in fabulous, graphic adventures.Alison Dare is not your typical twelve-year-old. She's the daughter of an archaeologist/adventurer and the masked hero known as the Blue Scarab. To top it off, she's also the niece of an international super-spy; it's no surprise that a craving for danger is in her blood! Unfortunately, her parents have locked her away at the prestigious St. Joan's Academy for Girls, hoping that this would lead to a more "normal" life for their daughter.
Michelle, Leslie and Aubrey's Chat:
Michelle: I really enjoyed reading Little Miss Adventures and Heart of the Maiden. It's been years since I've read a graphic novel and I forgot how much I enjoy it. Leslie and Aubs, isn't this your first time reading a graphic novel?
Leslie: Yup, Alison Dare is my first. I was surprised how much fun it was.
Aubrey: Me too! I read it in two days and that was really fast. I really like the pictures too. My favorite part is when there was that mummy baby.
Leslie: You mean "child" right? Alison Dare and the Mummy Child. Well, my favorite mini story is Alison Dare and the Arabian Knights. What about you, manang?
Michelle: I really liked Heart of the Maiden in book #2. It ended in a cliffhanger and I want to know what happens next. We all obviously like the stories so let's talk about the illustrations. What do you guys think?
Aubrey: I think the illustrations were really creative and they were really funny sometimes.
Leslie: I don't know... it's like different scenes from a movie. Reading graphic novels is really different from reading a regular book. Reading Alison Dare felt like watching a movie to me.
Michelle: I agree. The dialogue and the pictures match perfectly and it is like watching a movie. Who is your favorite character?
Aubrey: Dot! She's Alison's friend.
Leslie: I like Wendy. She's a lot like me. She reads and goes to the library to look up stuff.
Michelle: I love Alison. She spunky, fearless, smart, curious and a trouble maker but she's so cute!
Aubrey: Alison Dare is the greatest book ever!
Michelle: So how many stars do you give the books? I say 4.5 out of 5 for a very fun read with great, imaginative stories and characters and awesome illustrations.
Leslie: I agree with you. I highly recommend Alison Dare.
Aubrey: 5 stars!
For more on Alison Dare, check out the Tundra Books blog, J. Torres's blog and Jason Bone's blog. We want to say a big thank you to Tundra Books and Sylvia for introducing us to Alison Dare and for including us in a very fun blog tour.