It’s bad enough when Max, Rebecca, Noah, and Theo just think Grandpa Gabe’s house is haunted. But then the old movie projector in the library opens a passageway to a world of monsters and creatures made of shadows - a place of secrets and dangers set loose when the sun sets. The only weapons to fight them lie in the land on the other side of the Shadow Door. . . .
"Combining the fantasy genre with the graphic-novel format adds up to a package with all kinds of young-reader appeal. The books below each involve life-changing journeys, suspenseful plots, and inventive storytelling, all steeped in magical realms and loaded with high adventure.
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The Shadow Door. By Nykko. Illus. by Bannister. 2009. Lerner/Graphic Universe, $27.93 (9780761344599). Gr. 4–7.
While poking around a spooky old house, four friends discover a portal to another world populated by fantastical flora and fauna and menaced by terrifying shadow creatures. The Elsewhere Chronicles continue in The Shadow Spies and The Master of Shadows (both 2009), as well as the forthcoming The Calling (2010)."
Nykko is the author of several graphic novel series, including The ElseWhere Chronicles (Les Enfants d'ailleurs), originally published in French by Dupuis, which won the 2007 Lyon Festival Youth Prize. Nykko lives in Perros-Guirec, France.
Bannister was born in 1973 and has been creating graphic novels since the age of 17. He is the illustrator of the popular Tib & Tumtum series andThe ElseWhere Chronicles series. His work has also appeared in Flight Explorer (Villard Books/Random House) and several editions of the Flight anthology.