Thursday, June 28, 2018

Graphic novel spotlight - The Secret Science Alliance

The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook by Eleanor Davis

The Secret Science Alliance starts out in pretty familiar territory: a kid, new to town, is looking for a way to fit in with his peers and trying to hide his true interests which have made him an outsider in the past. He's fascinated by science in general and invention in particular. When his efforts fail, he's resigned to loneliness. Then he happens upon two vastly different kids who share his interests. Together they work on inventions and discover a conspiracy of scientific theft. The plot moves in relatively expected directions, though the final act goes pretty far afield. The multiple messages of self-acceptance and expression are important once but the real appeal, so far as I'm concerned, is in the illustrations. There's a magnificent level of detail, lots of extras packed into most pages. And the splash pages - friends you could spend an hour exploring the details in a single spread.

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