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Terror in Ghost Mansion by Paul D. Storrie
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May 08, 2008

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bookshelves: graphic-novels, kid-graphic-novels
Recommended for: 5th grade and up
Read in May, 2008

Interesting concept: choose your own adventure in graphic novel format. The combination of interactivity, visual storytelling, and scary topics makes this a good series for reluctant readers.

Personally, I found the alternating text-and-comics pages to be very jarring. You read a page of text and imagine what's happening; then you jump to a comics page and it's hard to re-orient yourself into the story, especially if the setting looks different than you imagined. (Incidentally, I think the reason this works in The Invention of Hugo Cabret is that Selznick "sets the scene" visually first, with several wordless pages.)

However, it was fun to try to make the best choice in each situation. I tried several plot threads and died each time. I can only assume there's a "right" ending, but I didn't find it!

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