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I, Witness

3.02  ·  Rating details ·  166 ratings  ·  40 reviews
In a dark back alley, Boone and Andre witness a violent murder, and agree not to mention it. But the killers have different ideas and come after Boone and his friends, killing two of them. Boone is desperate to save himself but realizes to do so he will need to face the violent act in his past that continues to haunt him.

Told in Norah McClintock's trademark suspenseful
Paperback, 144 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Orca Book Publishers (first published January 1st 2012)
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Emm C²
2.5 Stars

Excellent idea - haphazard execution. A YA book themed around witnessing a shooting, as well as a character being a victim of gun violence is a very important, relevant and promising idea. It's just... not conveyed too well. It suffers from a lot of general murkiness or lack of clarity, in both story and design.
Is the purpose of it that one should tell authorities if you see gun violence? Or is the purpose that you shouldn't? It seems to send both messages, uncertainly meandering
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
An interesting premise poorly executed. Mike Deas's black and white illustrations recall those of Frank Smith's "Sin City" books. The story follows Boone, who's friends Robbie and Andre are voiolently killed in a succession of shootings, one of which also hospitalizes Boone. As he numbly recovers, Boone thinks back on his friendship with Machal, which formed at summer camp after another death and in the wake of Boone's mother dying under suspicious circumstances. Boone may - or may not - know ...more
Ms. Davis
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a GREAT graphic novel. It's not necessarily for the faint-hearted - there's definitely a fair amount of violence. This one also definitely makes you think - the idea of someone being the tattletale is an interesting one. You don't want to be "the rat", but think about all of the injustice that continues just because someone doesn't have the courage to speak up! The main artistic thing about this book that I loved was the darkness of it - having it on fully black pages really affected ...more
Tanner Pettitt
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
this was a very good book. Its about this kid that witnessed a lot of murders and doesn't know what to tell the cops.I recommend everyone to read this book
Oscar Aguilar
I liked this book because it talks about real life, talks about gangs and that kind of things, I recommend this books because is amazing
Nov 02, 2018 added it
In my book I, Witness the main character Boone was facing many challenges in high school. Boone and his two best friends adre and robbie got into a little trouble. In the book my favorite character was Boone. Boone was my favorite character because everyone blamed him of the killing of everyone who died, he proved them wrong. Boone never let the people get to him and never switched his story. Boone felt real to me because many people can be in a situation and have to do many things Boone had to ...more
Mar 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Graphic novel, I, witness by Noran McClintock and Mike Deas. This is a novel, it is about a boy named Boone. He had two close friends, Robbie and Andre. They all get mixed up with the wrong people and things do not go well from there, for his friends nor him. Boone ends up finding someone dead in the school hallway and he can not help but find out what happened to that kid.
I like this because of how it was a mystery and they setup the storyline pretty good. I would say Boone is my favorite
Fischer Pawelski
To everyone who is out there and wants to read an amazing crime graphic novel, this is the one for you. This book had me on my toes at most points because the main character Boone goes through a lot. He goes through murders, through detectives bothering him most of the day, getting shot, etc.
One of my favorite aspects of this book is the graphics in it is all in black and white to show how dark the book is and shows the blood in red. It makes the story line stand out and shows a more realistic
Marilyn B
Jul 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
A murder mystery that just piles on the dead bodies and yet doesn't flesh out the characters enough to make you care. The illustrations are almost like initial sketches and don't provide enough differences between the characters to make it clear just who is doing what. There were a few times when I had no idea who was doing what because they all look the same. Black and white illustrations (with splashes of blood red) is an interesting artistic idea but the details are all the more important ...more
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I know many of the other reviews on here arent the best, but I really loved this graphic novel! I thought that the art style was interesting (though it can be hard to distinguish the characters from one another at times) and its not a style that I see very often in graphic novels. Usually the art is clean cut but this is messy and Im kind of living for it. I think that the story was well done and decently executed, though I do wish I knew what happens after the novel ends ...more
Dobie9 Library
Rendered in black and white with the only color being the occasional splash of red, this story begs the reader to decide which is the right choice, to tell what you saw or to keep your mouth shut. Both answers have deadly consequences and the main character has to decide on which choice he will ultimately make.
Aug 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphics, fdr
Black and white illustrations, somewhat hard to tell the difference among some of the male characters; shots of red, for blood, give the book a very graphic feel. It's about a teenager who witnesses a shooting and his choice to keep what he saw a secret causes events to escalate for those around him.
Johnson Nyirenda
This book just gets you in instantly the first time you have your hands on it. I would compare it to something you've never seen or heard of before and you're just curious to find out anything, and you flip the pages over and over again and won't stop until you've found out the exact events. It's great.
TJ Mortel
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A pretty good comic about crime, investigations, gang in schools, and drugs. There is profanity but I still would recommend this comic book for 14 year old and up cause it is kinda like an R rated book.
Stephen Snyder
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
A very fast paced and very suspenseful novel that keeps you on the edge of your seat until its conclusion. BRAVO!

Thank you for the loan Franklin Public Library!
Ariel Caldwell
Sep 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Great - fast-paced, intelligent, characters that ring true.
Tiffany Smith
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book is all over the place. I don't even know how to put my feelings into words.
Dec 14, 2013 rated it liked it
One the one hand, there need to be more stories like this. There aren't enough graphic novels featuring realistic stories in urban settings. I do like the way that Deas uses black and white except for the scenes of violence, where the blood is red red red.

On the other hand, this isn't really my style of illustration. I feel like I'm looking at the scenes through a foggy glass - none of the characters are drawn with much specificity - we rely on markers such as neck tattoos and setting to figure
Mar 22, 2013 rated it did not like it
"I, Witness" is a graphic novel and a little more swearing and violence occurred in the book then I thought would. "I, Witness" starts off with three high school boys seeing a guy murder a different guy. One of the boys who saw the seen, Robbie, was shot by the murderer a few weeks later. Then another one of the three boys, Andre, was shot because he was going to tell the police what was going on, and the murderer knew that Andre was going to do this. So he shot Andre. The only boy left was ...more
Sally Kruger
Thanks to I was able to read I, WITNESS and share it with my students.

Blood splashes across stark black & white images in this graphic novel by Norah McClintock and Mike Deas.

Boone seems to always be in the wrong place at the wrong time. When he and a friend witness the death of another teen, Boone is questioned by the police as well as his friends and the family of the victim. Swearing he didn't see a thing doesn't answer their questions and now he is facing threats of
Graphic novel told in black and white with the only color being blood. A pretty intense book about living in a neighborhood with a lot of violence and retaliation. The pictures are sketchy which made it hard for me to tell who was who and sometimes what was going on but it has high teen appeal.

David is 17 and lives his life with the fear he will be killed soon. He has witnessed too many things. While he and his friend Robbie where dumpster diving for treasure, Robbie witnesses a murder. Soon
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Robbie witnesses a violent murder while dumpster diving with his friend Boone. He is murder outside of a convenient store. Andre is murdered at Robbies funeral because he saw the killers that shot Robbie. Boone survives both attacks but won't give a testimony out of fear. Then, Peter, the piano player at school is shot and killed in the hallway. What proceeds is Boone's search for the truth about what happened to Peter.

This graphic novel is rendered in black and white with the occasional red
Well written and illustrated mystery, graphic novel.

Boone is a teenager, living in urban America, getting in trouble on the streets. Over the course of a year, he witnesses multiple friends die to gun violence. He too, is shot at while standing outside of a church right after attending a friend's funeral. He decides not to cooperate with the police for fear of retribution. When he sees one of the teacher's die he starts to investigate who is killing everyone and decides maybe it is worth telling
Austin Harrison
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. Yes, it was a graphic novel, but it was like you were living within the story itself. Throughout the whole book you were kept on the edge of your seat thinking about what is going to happen next. This book definitely did a good job of keeping the reader from getting bored. I would recommend this book to any reader who likes a lot of action and kind of a forensic type of person.
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
At first I was a little confused and wary of it. It's written in a somewhat strange manner and jumps around a lot. I honestly have no idea how much time the story covers.

But after the first ten pages or so, I got more into it. The art style really grew on me, as did the story. It's oddly profound in a way I wasn't expecting. I'm not totally satisfied with the ending... actually I'm not satisfied at all. I wish it had been a little more open-ended. But still, I liked it overall.
Lavabearian (Jessica)
Nov 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: quick-picks-2013
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Nov 16, 2016 added it
I think this is a very good book ,it teaches you life lessons like watch who you hang out with and dont be afraid to tell someone. if you live in fear your life will be just like his horrible and there is no other way to escape that horrible like because you to stuck up to tell someone what is bothering you.Im happy i read this book because it really opens me up to be careful everywhere i go.
Apr 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, gettin-graphic
A timey story about retailation and the dangers of coming forward with information. Although the story is uneven at times, the art is solid and I think many teens could find a connection to the story.
Noah Zimmerer
Apr 18, 2013 rated it liked it
This book was a very good book, and it had much suspense to what would happen next. This book is a very exciting and was a quick read. Even though it is a graphic novel it still felt felt like it was an easy read. I would recommend this book to anyone for a quick read.
Jason P
Apr 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I REALLY like this graphic novel. The art work complemented the writing so well, and the overall story was positive. This was a quick afternoon read, but it definitely leaves a good feeling with you when you're done. I would recommend this to any independent graphic novel fans.
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Norah McClintocks fascinating mysteries are hard to put down. Her Chloe & Levesque series, Mike & Riel series, and Robyn Hunter series, all published by Scholastic Canada, have been popular with readers in many countries. Norah has also written several crime novels for reluctant readers in the Orca Soundings series from Orca Book Publishers,

Norah is a five-time winner of the Crime Writers

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