Title: Graveyard Shakes
Author: Laura Terry
Page Count: 208 pages
Genre: Graphic Novel // Middle Grade
Rating: ★ ★ ★.5
Publisher: Graphix Books, an imprint by Scholastic
Release Date: September 26, 2017
Buy It: Chapters Indigo
Katia and Victoria are sisters and scholarship students at a private boarding school. While Victoria tries to fit in, Katia is unapologetic about her quirks, even though their classmates tease her.
After a big fight, Katia runs away from school. And when Victoria goes looking for her, she accidentally tumbles into the underworld of a nearby graveyard. It is inhabited by ghosts, ghouls, and a man named Nikola, who is preparing a sinister spell that’s missing one key ingredient.
Victoria teams up with adorable Little Ghost and Nikola’s kindhearted son, and together they search for Katia.
They must find her before she becomes Nikola’s next victim!
This was so much fun! I loved how much detail was put into this graphic novel from the illustrations to the characters to the themes.
1. The Illustrations
I loved how each of the areas in the illustrations were different colours to depict personality and character in each frame. The underworld is purple and green whereas the real world is white and grey with each character in splashes of colour depending on how the character grows throughout the book.
2. The Characters
Each of the characters explores who they are and learn about themselves in so many ways. Each is unique and compelling. Bold, strong and fun are all words to describe all the characters!
3. The Themes
Staying true to yourself was one of the main themes in this story. I loved how each character focuses on growing into being themselves and not listening to those who judged them. Accepting grief was another prominent theme that the author did so well. It made you connect with several of the characters especially The Little Ghost. Definitely check out Graveyard Shakes, I read it in one sitting!
**Thank you Scholastic Canada for sending me a copy.**