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Shadow Island
By (author): Mike Deas By (author): Nancy Deas
9781459819610 Paperback, Trade English Juvenile: Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from 1 - 3, Reading age from 6 - 8 JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / Action & Adventure Oct 01, 2019
$14.95 CAD
Active 6.63 x 10.25 x 0.31 in | 460 gr 192 pages FSC certified – mixed sources C106973 Orca Book Publishers
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection 2020, Commended
What have these friends found? And why is it attacking them?!

With nowhere left to live after losing his parents and working his way through a long list of relatives on the mainland, Ollie finds himself at his grandpa’s house in Sueño Bay, "home of the supernatural." Miserable and intending to get away from the earthquake-prone, rain-soaked island on the next bus out of town, Ollie's getaway plans are altered abruptly when he and three classmates discover something they shouldn't have in a trailer in the woods.

The four unlikely friends come together in a mystery involving supernatural creatures, a ticking clock and one angry gym teacher to save themselves, the creatures and Sueño Bay from a darkness that is infecting the island.

If they succeed, will Ollie finally find a place to call home?

Mike Deas is an author/illustrator of graphic novels, including Dalen and Gole and the Graphic Guide Adventures series. While he grew up with a love of illustrative storytelling, Capilano College's Commercial Animation Program helped Mike fine-tune his drawing skills and imagination. Mike and his family live on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.

Nancy Deas grew up on a farm on Mayne Island, BC wandering forests and beaches. She has a great love of travel and adventure. Nancy holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Victoria. She now explores Salt Spring Island, where she lives with her family.

Key Selling Points
An orphan sent to a remote town to live with his grandfather, makes new friends while trying to save the island they live on from Moon Creatures that have turned evil and violent after an earthquake buried the moon crystals that keep them happy and healthy.
A story about loneliness and finding friendship wherever you end up.
Set in the Pacific Northwest, the beauty of the graphics will appeal to adult readers as much as the quirky story about adorable raccoon-like monsters will appeal to kids. Think The Goonies with more magic.
The author/illustrator is well-known for his Graphic Guide Adventure series and as the illustrator for Forest of Reading nominated Tank & Fizz books. He lives on a small island in the Pacific Northwest (Salt Spring).

Marketing and Promo Plans

Print and online advertising campaigns
Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
Extensive ARC distribution
Blog and social media promotion
Bookmark/Postcard promoting graphic novels
Planned appearance at local writers festival

“A charming read and a promising start to a new series.” - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“Underlying messages of environmentalism, friendship, and home make this magical mystery a win.” - Kirkus Reviews

“Young readers will eagerly follow the fast-paced adventure...Star here is the artwork, with the muted palette and realistic art style skillfully conveying the naturalistic setting and moody tone...Hand to young readers looking for slightly spooky shenanigans.” - School Library Journal

“A fun, magical romp that younger readers will enjoy.” - Booklist

“A promising beginning. Equal parts adventure, drama, and fantasy, this middle grade graphic novel will have a broad appeal...does an excellent job at representing economic and racial diversity.” - Resource Links

“This story has it all: a mystery set on misty islands, a crew of kids determined to crack the case, cute and cuddly supernatural creatures, and a surprising plot twist that reminds savvy sleuths to second-guess everything.” - Hakai Magazine

“This fast paced graphic novel is very entertaining. The story is fun and mysterious and the colorful graphics enhance the story and experience.” - Must Read Literature: K thru YA

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