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Knife's Edge

(Four Points #2)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  908 ratings  ·  148 reviews
Aboard the Almira...

Twelve-year-old twin adventurers Cleopatra and Alexander Dodge are reunited with their father and realize that two family heirlooms reveal the location of a treasure that is their birthright. When they set sail with Captain Tarboro on the Almira, they know they're heading into danger--the ocean is filled with new and old enemies, including their nemesis
Hardcover, First edition, 224 pages
Published June 27th 2017 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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It seems this volume wraps-up the story.
I could be wrong, there may be more to come, but this is a great place to end.

Alex and Pat have lost their traveling companions but they've found their father. Backstories are told, mysteries are solved, and surprises pop up here and there. It's a classic sea story adventure with a few new twists.

Personally, though, I'm a bit miffed there had to be a romance and one that was a bit creepy. I mean, maybe don't fall for the guy who planned to kill your br
Deborah O'Carroll
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
AAAAHHH! I loved this Middle Grade graphic novel duology SO MUCH!!
Kelly Gunderman
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Check out this and other reviews on my young adult book blog, Here's to Happy Endings!

I read Compass South right before I read this one, and I'm glad that I did. While I've seen it said that this book can be read as a standalone, I highly recommend reading the first book of the two before reading this one, because it really fills you in on a bunch of essential background information that you'll appreciate knowing while reading this book.

Knife's Edge picks up where Compass South leaves off, on th
Jul 03, 2017 rated it liked it
"Stories are precious. They contain our past and our future—our memories, secrets, and dreams. We do not give them to just anyone."

This installment picks up right where the first left off, with the twins on their way to find and claim the lost treasure. It's just as engaging and fast-paced as the last book, but there's a renewed focus on Cleo here that I really enjoyed.

Though she no longer needs to disguise herself, Cleo doesn't seem to mind her short hair and she continues wearing clothing that
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I loved everything about this book. I have no idea what else to say. I'll make a review soon!
Lauren Stoolfire
Knife's Edge is such a fun sequel and a great finale to this MG graphic novel adventure series. I just wish there was going to be more to look forward to.
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Ehhhhhh. It’s been a while since I read Compass South, but I was able to follow the plot without too much trouble. It just wasn’t all that enjoyable. This book mainly focuses on Cleo, who at age twelve is already experiencing tons of sexism and is mad about it — but the narrative is weirdly wishy-washy on whether she’s right to be angry. Her male relatives assume she should be cooking or cleaning and ignore her frustration, they don’t take her understandable desire to be able to protect herself ...more
D. H.
I liked the second part of this story, which picks up right where the other left off, and the delicate storytelling continues, which I think is a good thing.

I love stories about forgiveness and second chances.

And I want to see a story in which an abusive man changes, makes amends, and redeems himself. However, I feel uncomfortable if he goes back into that old relationship. Let him be a better man in the next relationship.

I enjoyed how it turned out that the twins without knowing it have always
Gulshan Naqvee
The best ever. Hope Larson Knows her STUFF!
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm glad to have finally gotten around to reading this series. It's pretty excellent, and I love that it features characters of color and women doing things that were more "manly" back then. Reminds me so much of Temeraire! Will definitely start recommending it to kids/parents at work
Nancy Kotkin
Story: 5 stars
Art: 5 stars

Full-color children's graphic novel. Sequel to Compass South, by these same creators. I'm really enjoying the swashbuckling adventures of these twelve-year-old twins. The historical time period (mid 1800s) adds to the interest. All the characters, even the villains, are fully fleshed out and multi-dimensional. Art is terrific. Highly recommend this Four Points series.
Kate Atherton
Even having not read the first installment of this series I ADORED this book. A perfect YA graphic novel, this book is a graphic novel reincarnation of such 90s kid classic reads as 'The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle' and Tamora Pierce books combined! This series (so far of two) written by Hope Larson and illustrated and colored BRILLIANTLY by Rebecca Mock follows to red haired twins Alex and Cleo as they journey the seas in search of a treasure that is their inheritance, their true parent ...more
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
I loved the art and I loved the premise. I did not like the execution. I really didn't like Luther and it really annoys me that Cleo had a forced romance with him. It was completely unnecessary, and it's very ironic to me that in the rest of the book Cleo's fighting against expectations of what girls can and can't do, and apparently girls are not able to get through a single book without having romantic complications while boys are allowed to have all kinds of adventures and character developmen ...more
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Just a delightful conclusion to this story, absolutely loved it.
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids
I gave this and Compass South to my Raina Telgemeier-and-Marvel-comics-loving daughter and she’s already asking if there’s another book. Sadly, since Knife’s Edge came out in 2017 and I haven’t been able to find any news of a sequel, this series might be a casualty of low sales. I’ll definitely be seeking out more by this author and illustrator, though.

The fast-paced plot will keep young readers engaged, but there are some nice meaty themes of family relationships and gender roles in here too, e
laurel [suspected bibliophile]
The adventure continues as Alex and Cleo nurse their father to health about the Almira. While Alex is determined to learn enough to become a ship's captain one day, Cleo tries to convince Tarboro to teach her to fight, but her father quashes her attempts to learn. As she grows increasingly frustrated by Alex's growing advantages, the twins and company search for the missing treasure—and learn more about the mystery of their mother and their own past—Worley and his band of vicious pirates are hot ...more
Alex and Cleo’s adventure continues in this thrilling sequel to Compass South. I loved the focus on Cleo in this book as she pushes back against sexist attitudes of the time and goes after what she wants. This is the kind of series that leaves you wanting more, and I was ecstatic to learn in my interview ( with Hope Larson and Rebecca Mock that there is potential for a spinoff. —Kelly ( ...more
Picking up right where its predecessor, Compass Point, left off, this graphic novel follows twelve-year-old twins Alexander and Cleopatra Dodge as they search for the treasure they are sure has been left for them. Not only do they hire Captain Tarboro to sail to the location, but they have their adoptive father along as well to provide support. But the siblings have reached a point in their lives during which they can't get along, and Cleo, in particular, bristles at being treated like a girl wh ...more
I enjoyed the two books of this series, very fun and swash buckling, beautiful art. I gave this book three stars (l gave the first 4 stars) b/c of the romance aspect of it. I felt it was inappropriate to these characters (they are only 12 and the male romantic lead is a horrible character). Also, something seems unfinished; l feel like there needs to be a third installment to this series...
Diana Ault
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
So good! I love the art style and colors and the characters are done very well. It's a great conclusion, but I hope there might be more adventures for the twins!
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was excited when it came out so I got it. I loved the mystery, action, and the ending.
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this one better than book one of this series!
Rod Brown
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it
The second volume of the series is as fun and adventure-filled as the first. I'd like to see another volume in the future, but this one ties up a lot of the loose ends in a satisfying manner.
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent comic. Nearly as good as the first, and in some aspects better. That epilogue seemed a bit rushed but maybe it's a setup for a third book?
In general, I like this series. I like that Cleo and Alex don't always get along. I like that Cleo is frustrated and feels her ambitions are being thwarted because she's a girl. I like that she's feisty and has a mind of her own and won't sit down and be meek and gentle.

But I really, really don't like the whole subplot with Luther. Across the two books, their relationship is extremely problematic. He's grossly possessive of her, and since she's a character who exemplifies so much agency, it both
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who enjoy reading graphic novels
This is the second book in the Four Points series by Hope Larson and Rebecca Mock.

We really enjoyed readingCompass South, and were eager for this book to be released. The narrative continues just where the first book left off and it's just as dramatic and engaging.

The illustrations are wonderful and really help to convey the emotions of the characters and the beauty and danger of a life at sea. Overall, it was a satisfying end to the tale, but with a series title like "Four Points," I certainl
Andrew Wolgemuth
As with Compass South, the first book in this series, I read Knife's Edge with our 5yo, and we both enjoyed it. The storyline stretched her (it's a visual-centric tale about nearly identical twins after all...and there are some ship names and a variety of geographic settings - details to track), but - with a few pauses to review who characters were and where in the world they were - it was another fun story.

Cleo's little romances weren't our favorite (or necessary, really), but I recognize that
More fun and adventure with my two favorite red-headed twins as the search for treasure . . . and, their mom.
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I actually like the second book more than the first. Maybe because all the two-sets-of-twins nonsense was sorted and it was more the adventures of just Cleo and Alex.
The story itself was a lot of fun. Pirates and treasure and a bit of mystery - always a good combination for an adventure story. There's a reason that books like Treasure Island and Kidnapped remain popular after 120+ years. I also liked the subplot with Cleo and feeling lost amongst all the men, especially as her brother is findin
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Hope Larson is an American illustrator and comics artist. Hope Larson is the author of Salamander Dream, Gray Horses, Chiggers, and Mercury. She won a 2007 Eisner Award. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

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