Children’s Book Reviews

Children's Book Reviews: The Dark Inside

Publish June 10, 2016

In The Dark Island, the sixth graphic novel in Scott Chantler’s award-winning Three Thieves series, Dessa continues her search for her lost twin brother, Jared. Together with her two companions, Fisk and Topper, she finally manages to land on the mysterious floating island of Astaroth where she discovers three other children living in an elaborate treehouse playground under the supervision of a sinister man called the Toymaker. Dessa wonders if these young girls are connected to the secret of her brother’s disappearance and sets out to reveal the Toymaker’s hidden identity. Meanwhile, Jared has been captured by a member of the Queen’s guard, Captain Drake, who intends to use the boy as a lure to catch Dessa. However, as Jared tells the Captain the story of his long-ago kidnapping, Captain Drake realizes there is more behind Jared’s disappearance than the boy himself or his sister knows. Like the other books in this series, The Dark Island is an adventure-packed graphic novel about friendship and teamwork. This book includes hang-gliding acrobatics, several chases on horseback, a narrow escape from a flaming mine shaft, a crazy treetop slide, and a pirate ship rescue. However, what truly makes Chantler’s graphic novel stand out is his characters. With lively illustrations and fast-paced dialogue, Chantler makes resourceful, stubborn Dessa and her friends come alive. Readers of all ages will delight in following Dessa’s ragtag trio as they face each fresh challenge with tenacity and courage. Even those who have not yet read other Three Thieves graphic novels will have no trouble getting caught up in this fantastical adventure, and The Dark Island’s cliffhanger ending ensures everyone will be eagerly awaiting the seventh installment of Chantler’s wonderful series.    

The Dark Inside

Scott Chantler
Kids Can Press
ISBN 13: 978-1-894786-553

Roseanne Gauthier
Roseanne Gauthier

Roseanne Gauthier is the Youth Services Librarian for the Prince Edward Island (PEI) Public Library Service, and is PEI's 2017 award-winning 'Champion of Reading'. She has worked in the Faculties of Education at both the University of Prince Edward Island and Mount Saint Vincent University and spent two amazing years as the Children’s Librarian at the Confederation Centre Public Library. She holds an MLIS from Dalhousie University, and an MA from the University of Waterloo. Roseanne lives in Charlottetown, PEI with her husband, their adorable daughter, and two tuxedo cats.

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