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Knife's Edge

(Four Points #2)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  572 ratings  ·  109 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 broth
Kelly Gunderman
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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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
Aug 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Дилогія, до якої входять Compass South і Knife's Edge, — це так, начебто який-небудь Жуль Верн написав комікс. Саме так я туманно пам'ятаю класичні пригодницькі книжки для дітей, які читала в ранньошкільному віці, тут усе за каноном: пара 12-річних сиріток-близнят (у першій книзі фігурують навіть дві пари), які отримують від нібито покійної матері лише дві речі, за допомогою яких, ясна річ, можна з'ясувати координати місця, де заховані неймовірні скарби (мама ж бо була піраткою!). Шалені приго ...more
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved everything about this book. I have no idea what else to say. I'll make a review soon!
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.
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.
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 (
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
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.
Jennifer Y.
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Review soon
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!
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.
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
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
More fun and adventure with my two favorite red-headed twins as the search for treasure . . . and, their mom.
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
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Becky B
Reunited with their father, Alex and Cleo are off to find the treasure that their compass and knife clues point them to. But Worley doesn't give up that easily and he's still on their tail. While they sail Alex is focuses on learning skills so he can have his own ship some day. Cleo wants to learn things too, but she feels held back and frustrated because she's a girl. Can the twins find their treasure and their true heritage before Worley or the sea gets them?

I'm not sure why but I have trouble
Emielia Put
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Larson, Hope Knife’s Edge (Sequel to Compass South) by Hope Larson, 50 pgs. Penguin Random House, 2017. $20. Language: G (1 swear: 1C); Mature Content: G (kissing); Violence: PG (bar scenes, whipping).

The twins Cleo and Alexander have found a ship and captain to help them seek out their family treasure. But pirate Felix Worley is on their trail and determined to wrest the keys to the treasure’s location away from them. In the meantime, they take care of their sick father and learns the ways of s
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a lot better than the first volume. Here we are definitely into the meat of the story, so we get a lot more actual sailing and treasure hunting this time around. The captain, Tarboro, continues to be the coolest person in this series, and he gets even more page time. We get backstory on the villains, ship chases, explosions, and answers on our protagonists' past. In all, a pretty satisfying volume. My only real complaint is that I continue to be annoyed with Cleo's romantic interests. F ...more
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel
I don't think I have ever been so disappointed by how a graphic novel's plot has developed. Compass South was a really intriguing, well done 1st volume for a series, but Knife's Edge pretty much takes away everything I loved about the first volume and just spits on it repeatedly. Though Cleo struggles in the first book with males thinking she is inferior, Volume #2 is some next level chauvinistic bull shit. I could have lived with it, had the characters realized that she was a valuable asset to ...more
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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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