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Gangsterland (Ink Portal Adventure #1)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  24 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Fourteen-year-old Jonathan Brooks would like nothing more than to relax for a few hours and read his comic book.
But GANGSTERLAND is no ordinary comic book.
When Jonathan actually disappears inside the book, he's dropped into a world of dueling gangsters, a flapper with a fantastic secret and a murder that binds them all.
He must decide to become the hero or the final page ma
Paperback, 175 pages
Published November 15th 2012 by Busstop Press (first published October 28th 2012)
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Kimberly Gould
This is an excellent book for young readers. I don't think there is an adolescent out there that can't relate to Jonathon at the beginning of the story. Feeling out of place and the butt of everyone's jokes seems to be the definition of a teenager.

Not everyone might be able to relate to his amazing artistic talent. Not everyone might be willing to jump into a comic to escape reality, but those are small potatoes. The big ones are there up front. The ones where you have to learn to stand up for w
Laura Pauling
Jonathon Brooks moved across the country to live with his work-aholic dad and attend a special art school. But is it worth it? He has to deal with the bully at the bus stop, being estranged from everything he knows and a struggling relationship with his dad.

He loves to draw and he loves reading graphic novels. Unfortunately, or fortunately, for him, when he wishes to escape reality, he does--into the graphic novel he's reading. And he lands back in the 1920s complete with mobsters, flappers and
Do you have students who sometimes feel like they are being picked on? Do any of them enjoy graphic novels, or experiment with creating their own comics or graphic novels? Gangsterland is a great chapter book for this crowd!

Jonathan has moved in with his father, who is so busy with work that he barely has time for him. School is miserable, partly because Jonathan is missing the warmth of Arizona and partly because of a bully situation. The only thing that gives him comfort is reading graphic nov
Tanya Harrison
Gangsterland is truly an adventure to read, I found myself being sucked into the author's ink portal quickly. It's a very creative adventure story that is set in a contemporary suburb where a young boy is just starting his life living with his recently divorced Dad. He's estranged from his father, who works a lot. But in his new home, he has the chance to attend a highly esteemed art school. He has a passion for sketching.

He happens to checkout a graphic novel set in the 1920's called Gangsterl
Jonathan is a boy who recently moved across the country to live with his dad. He is having trouble with bullies and making friends at school. Jonathan loves to draw and this hobby helps him cope but also saves him in ways you wouldn't imagine! Through reading a special comic book Jonathan is transported into a world full of gangsters and flappers in the `20s! Mixed in with it all is a beautiful girl who needs Jonathan to save her. Will Jonathan be able to find the courage to save her? Is he stro ...more
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 4.25

I wish I'd had a book like this when I was middle grade reader! I scoured the shelves for escapist fiction for boys, and this is escapist literally, as well as literarily.

Jonathan is a bully-magnet. He has recently moved in with his divorced dad, from whom he's been estranged. His father is busy and doesn't always seem to have the time to spend with Jonathan. Jonathan attends a prestigious art school -- he loves to draw. But
Isabelle Santiago
A great foray into Middle Grade fantasy. I could see it play out in my head like a movie. The characters are likable and the villain is particularly villainous in a cringe-worthy way. There was action, romance, and family dysfunction, which was basically my entire middle school experience... minus the super cool comic book/graphic novel. :) Ha ha.

Still, a fun read. Will be picking up more MG to see what other little treasures are out there.
Ansha Kotyk
Nov 23, 2012 Ansha Kotyk rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: middle-grade
This is my book so what can I say. I love this story. It's a great adventure where Jonathan falls into a comic book world of gangsters and flappers with secrets. I hope you enjoy the book as much as I enjoyed writing it!
Michelle Isenhoff
What if you got sucked into a story? I mean sucked out of your chair and into the pages?

Jonathan’s life stinks. He has to move in with his dad, from sunny Phoenix to snow covered New England. His dad is never around. The school bully has it in for him. And he’s already managed to get on the principal’s black list. That’s when he gets sucked into a 1920’s adventure and his troubles really begin. Sure, there’s a beautiful girl, and a really cool time period, but there’s also a killer with Jonathan
Dan Rogers
I received a free copy of Gangsterland from the author as part of a promotion launching a new Tween Authors blog found at Although the premise of a protagonist going into a book is not new I was intrigued to see how the author would deal with the alternative setting of "The Roaring 20's." Her portrayal of the characters and situations they find themselves in gave me the same feeling I had when I would read, as a child, of gangsters, bootleggers, and flappers. It felt authentic. I f ...more
Michele Burkholder
I absolutely loved this book! Its premise is far-fetched: who would believe that someone could fall in and out of a comic book? But it works because the book is so well-written. Once I started reading, all disbelief faded, and I couldn't make myself put it down because I had to know what happened next. I found myself rooting for the characters -- even some of the initial "bad" guys -- and can't wait to read the next book in the series. It is a quick and fun read for everyone from pre-teens to ad ...more
I received a free copy through Goodreads First Reads.

This book was just ok for me. But then I am not the target audience. It was will written and liked the concept, just not thrilling for me. So, to give it a better review I gave it to my nephew who is a 12 yr boy and very mush in the target audience. He really enjoyed it. He loved the comic book angle and found story thoroughly entertaining. He like the lead and thought it was great fun to read. So, I gave his star rating instead of mine!!
Kim Mack
For some reason, this book didn't grab me. It sat on my table for days at a time before I tried again. I got to my token page 40 before giving up all together.
Scranton Youth Arts
This one was more for the guys in the group! They were into it but not so much the girls. Review to come!
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Ansha Kotyk is an upper Middle Grade writer whose work contains adventure, another world, and usually a good dose of mayhem. She grew up in PA and NJ, has lived in MD, and now resides in MA. She travels the world and the landscape of her brain to find the next best adventure story to put down on paper for her readers.
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