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The Secret of Danger Point (Surfside Girls #1)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  413 ratings  ·  97 reviews
Things are getting weird in Surfside. Lately, Samantha's best friend Jade explodes into fits of giggles whenever she sees a boy, and it's throwing a wrench into the kick-back summer of surfing and hanging out that Sam had planned. But after swimming through a secret underwater cave, Sam starts to... see things. Like ghosts. And pirates. And maybe something even scarier! Ca ...more
Paperback, 230 pages
Published July 18th 2017 by Top Shelf Productions
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Alexa Hamilton
Aug 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, tween
Sweet beachside tween mystery covering gentrification. Loved seeing girls on surfboards, skateboards and solving a mystery with no boys at all.
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have been so excited to find this graphic novel. I love the ocean, surfing, and middle grade graphic novels so it’s a win, win, win! What’s not to love!? The Secret of Danger Point is a fun, quick story of two surfer girls; Jade and Samantha. While hanging out on the beach they come across a cave at Danger Point that is filled with ghosts that need their help.
Danger Point has a development project underway for a new resort which will affect access for locals to the beach. Samantha and Jade wo
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very cute! I hope there are more of these.
Rod Brown
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
This low-key adventure might appeal to younger readers but was too sedate for me. And I never warmed to the art style with its odd faces and heads.
First Second Books

This is a fun and charming kids graphic novel about friends and family and mostly ghosts!
This was cool. It covers a lot - endanger species, land use and politics, friendships as puberty hits and dating starts, and then, some ghosts.

I look forward to the next one.
I can see who it is pandering to, and I definitely have readers for it at my school, but mostly I found it annoying.
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's the middle school version of GHOST by Raina Telgemeier! A sweet graphic novel that 5th/6th graders will LOVE. I am going to select a 6th grader to read it first & hopefully steer it through middle school before the younger grades see it! No worries about younger students taking it home, though, like with THIS ONE SUMMER. It's innocent. I'm also glad to see that the two girls in the story didn't grow apart because of boys, like in many books (one likes boys and the other isn't interested ...more
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
The story felt oddly paced and really didn't do much for me; too many unexplored elements and sidetracking leached depth from the proceedings. But the pleasing art and clean, fun interplay between the characters make for a decent read for younger comic readers looking for graphic novels beyond Telgemeier, Jamieson, etc.
Tina Dalton
Perfect for tweens who enjoy graphic novels--babysitter club, smile, real friends, etc.
Heidi Burkhart
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A perfect GN for upper elementary or middle school students. Full of adventure, ghosts, and two cute girls who are independent.
Jillian Heise
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I can see this one being popular in my elementary library. It may be predictable, but for striving readers who want to read what looks more their age level, this will be a great choice.
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Abrupt, disjointed, although I can see its intended audience (tweets and particularly girls) enjoying the adventure.
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This graphic novel is about two girls on a quest to solve a mystery, namely a mystery that involves ghosts, disguises/fake mustaches, and an important landmark called Danger Point in the fictional small town of Surfside in which the girls are compelled to protect.

This novel is a fast and easy read, and really enjoyable too! It's the perfect read for kids in middle school, though it can be read by people of all ages.

Maggie Gordon
The Secret of Danger Point is an okay book for younger readers. The main plot is about a girl who needs to save a beautiful area of town because she is directed to do so by ghosts. There's also some silliness about boys, an evil mayor, and general weirdness. It feels a bit too normal for the Scooby Doo vibe it seems to be going for, and the slice-of-life parts felt forced. Cute though.
Kim Dwinell
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Well... I'm partial. But I like it a lot. You should read it and I hope you like it too!
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Fun book. Perfect graphic novel for middle grades.
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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Jul 10, 2018 rated it liked it
For two girls in a coastal town, surfing and swimming are second nature. Ghosts and mysteries? That's a different story. When Samantha discovers the local landmark Danger Point is populated by ghosts, it's up to her and her friend Jade to put a stop to the construction about to take place. To convince those around them, they need to uncover the secrets of the past with the help of some new paranormal pals and some mustachioed disguises. This sweet summer story has a few laughs to get readers gig ...more
This is a fun, light mystery with a bit of a ghost story running through it. In a California seaside town, the local hermit has died and the ownership of his property seems to have changed hands in a mysterious way. Two local girls, enjoying the water for swimming and surfing, encounter even more mysteries, as Danger Point seems to be the habitat for strange things, seemingly ranging from ghosts to baby prehistoric birds.
The mystery aspect is good, and the ghost story is both interesting and tou
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it
This was pretty okay. It wasn’t terrible, but two stars were taken off for two reasons:

1. How the “plot” wrapped up.
To my disappointment, most of this book was figuring out the situation and getting used to/ meeting all the characters. Which makes sense because it’s te first book of a series, but still! It made me feel confused and rushed.

2. Relationships.
If you have no problems with our 12-year-old Mary Sue main character liking a dead guy, I’m sure you’d like this book! But I had several pr
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Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways, 2018
I won this graphic novel in a giveaway and after reading it I am so happy I entered! The art/watercolors in the novel are so beautiful and colorful and masterfully done. I absolutely fell in love with the authors art style!

It's very rare that a story can be so balanced and well-rounded in such a small amount of dialogue such as in a graphic novel. Kim Dwinell did an excellent job at building up the relationships of the characters and creating such likeable personalities. I don't want to give an
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Surfside Girls is a sweet graphic novel that is perfect for middle grade readers. It takes place in a seaside town in California. One day while out surfing, Sam and Jade find a mysterious sea cave. Sam explores further and finds an isolated area filled with ghosts. These ghosts, led by Mr. Wu beg Sam to help them. It seems that the town is going to build a big hotel on their land, Danger Point. At first only Sam can see the ghosts, but luckily Jade believes her and the two set out to save their ...more
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
THIS BOOK IS SO CHARMING WHAT THE HECK! Cute ghosts! Girls with a really sweet friendship who yes, are having growing pains and differences, but value that friendship about all else! A casually diverse seaside town! Fun mysteries! I knew nothing about this book going in, and everything about it was surprising and delightful, from the beautiful watercolors to the ADORABLE character designs. Actually I'm kind of obsessed with the character designs, especially Samantha's dad - cute chubby beach bum ...more
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Surfside Girls is a perfectly cute, fun new graphic novel for middle grade readers featuring a cast of light-skinned girls living in a seaside town in California. In the vein of Ghosts by Telgemeier (minus the cultural references), Sam and Jade finds a mysterious sea cave that leads them to Danger Point, an isolated area filled with ghosts of the land's past. The ghosts, including a wise old Chinese immigrant and a young, cute pirate among the cast of characters, plead with the girls to protect ...more
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
We met the author/illustrator at Comic Con and I purchased this on the beauty of the artwork. I found it completely charming and Dwinell's pacing and use of each panel absolutely amazing. Her experience in television shows beautifully with how the artwork flows. It was similar to the experience I had reading the Anne of Green Gables graphic novel where I spent a lot of time just enjoying her skill in using comic panels for storytelling. There is definitely a different art to the pace and what th ...more
Mar 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I don't remember where I saw this, or how I heard about it, but somehow it ended up on my radar and quickly in my hands. Just from the cover I got such warm beachy vibes which is what I was looking for at the moment. As it turns out, the story follows two girls who live in this small beach town called Surfside. In the wake of a big, expensive hotel/resort going up, Samantha discovers a secret underwater cave that leads to a literal ghost town in the same location as the proposed hotel. They (the ...more
Lisa Buchanan
Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm always up for a story about girls who solve a mystery (see also: Something Queer at the Lemonade Stand, Goldie Vance, Lumberjanes, and the film Now & Then). This one's got ghosts, endangered, species and land use by-laws. I quite like the style of the illustrations and the colour palette. The characters in this book are 12, but it could be read by a much younger audience. The stakes feel relatively low and the ghosts are not of the scary variety. In fact, it might be a bit too simplistic ...more
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