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A unique and spirited graphic novel reminiscent of the works of Raina Telgemeier and Neil Gaiman! Katia and Victoria are sisters and scholarship students at a private boarding school. While Victoria tries to fit in, Katia is unapologetic about her quirks, even though their classmates tease her. After a big fight, Katia runs away from school. And when Victoria goes looking f A unique and spirited graphic novel reminiscent of the works of Raina Telgemeier and Neil Gaiman! Katia and Victoria are sisters and scholarship students at a private boarding school. While Victoria tries to fit in, Katia is unapologetic about her quirks, even though their classmates tease her. After a big fight, Katia runs away from school. And when Victoria goes looking for her, she accidentally tumbles into the underworld of a nearby graveyard. It is inhabited by ghosts, ghouls, and a man named Nikola, who is preparing a sinister spell that's missing one key ingredient.Victoria teams up with adorable Little Ghost and Nikola's kindhearted son, and together they search for Katia. They must find her before she becomes Nikola's next victim!


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A unique and spirited graphic novel reminiscent of the works of Raina Telgemeier and Neil Gaiman! Katia and Victoria are sisters and scholarship students at a private boarding school. While Victoria tries to fit in, Katia is unapologetic about her quirks, even though their classmates tease her. After a big fight, Katia runs away from school. And when Victoria goes looking f A unique and spirited graphic novel reminiscent of the works of Raina Telgemeier and Neil Gaiman! Katia and Victoria are sisters and scholarship students at a private boarding school. While Victoria tries to fit in, Katia is unapologetic about her quirks, even though their classmates tease her. After a big fight, Katia runs away from school. And when Victoria goes looking for her, she accidentally tumbles into the underworld of a nearby graveyard. It is inhabited by ghosts, ghouls, and a man named Nikola, who is preparing a sinister spell that's missing one key ingredient.Victoria teams up with adorable Little Ghost and Nikola's kindhearted son, and together they search for Katia. They must find her before she becomes Nikola's next victim!

30 review for Graveyard Shakes: A Graphic Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jesse (JesseTheReader)

    I loved this so much, which seems to be a bit of an unpopular opinion with this graphic novel! I loved the atmosphere, the theme of being yourself, the GHOSTS, & the friendship aspect.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Buddy read with my youngest because she guilted me into it. Ok, so I don't think this is one that adults can necessarily enjoy along with their children since there really aren't any secret nods to adult readers in this one. It's basically a very simple story for children about two sisters who are new to a boarding school, don't fit in, and get mixed up in the scheme of an evil scientist to keep his son alive. <--lots 'o plot holes, my friends To put it another way, I didn't go crazy over it. My 9 Buddy read with my youngest because she guilted me into it. Ok, so I don't think this is one that adults can necessarily enjoy along with their children since there really aren't any secret nods to adult readers in this one. It's basically a very simple story for children about two sisters who are new to a boarding school, don't fit in, and get mixed up in the scheme of an evil scientist to keep his son alive. <--lots 'o plot holes, my friends To put it another way, I didn't go crazy over it. My 9 year old daughter, however, did go crazy over it. The 4 star rating is entirely a reflection of how much she loved it. In fact, she's read the whole thing more than once, and kept insisting that I read it until I finally felt so bad I picked it up myself. She loved the friendly ghosts, mad scientist, fighting sisters, no competent adults, and evil spirits. I think one reason this worked so well, besides that it was in graphic novel format, was that there weren't tons of words crammed into each panel. And while it looks like a thick chapter book, it's something a younger kid could fly through rather quickly, giving off a serious sense of accomplishment. I've shelved this as both a middle-grade reader and a book for young children because the absolute simplicity of the story leaves it in a weird place. It's not a baby book, but it's not something that I think kids over 10 (who like to read) would enjoy. But I do think it might be great for any reluctant readers that are a bit older. However, if you know a young reader who likes spooky stories, this might just be as perfect for them as it was for my budding horror aficionado!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Greendale

    Victoria and Katia attend a private boarding school as scholarship students. Victoria longs to fit in while Katie is unapologetically herself: loud, brash, and disheveled. After a big fight, Katia runs from school and Victoria follows, charging through a graveyard where she tumbles down to the underworld and into the clutches of a man with a sinister plan. With the help of a little ghost, Katia ventures into the underworld to save her sister. Despite its premise of a girl navigating the underwor Victoria and Katia attend a private boarding school as scholarship students. Victoria longs to fit in while Katie is unapologetically herself: loud, brash, and disheveled. After a big fight, Katia runs from school and Victoria follows, charging through a graveyard where she tumbles down to the underworld and into the clutches of a man with a sinister plan. With the help of a little ghost, Katia ventures into the underworld to save her sister. Despite its premise of a girl navigating the underworld, Graveyard Shakes doesn’t drop its protagonists into the graveyard until the midpoint. The first half of the book is dedicated to backstory and establishing Victoria and Katia’s diametric personalities, with special emphasis placed on how unforgiving their new classmates are about what makes both girls unique. Once the girls find themselves in the underworld, the narrative moves at a clipped pace. High stakes are never achieved, and Katia and Victoria’s problems are resolved with relative ease. The climax is somewhat befuddling, as (view spoiler)[Victoria runs for her life from a gang of aggressive ghosts, even though it’s repeatedly stated that they cannot hurt her. The ghosts can, however, hurt Little Ghost, who sacrifices himself to save Victoria. The girls remember Little Ghost by visiting his grave, but he’s essentially replaced by another ghost-boy, whom Victoria quickly deems her “favorite fully dead boy.” (hide spoiler)] Terry’s use of color in her illustrations is clever. She favors purples and greens for the underworld. The real world is depicted in white and grays, with color ramping up to orange or brilliant crimson whenever Katia’s ostentatious personality is in full effect. Graveyard Shakes is a hasty exploration of love, family, and staying true to oneself. - Special thanks to Scholastic for providing a free copy of this graphic novel in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Calista

    I'm digging this story. It's about ghost and finding your place at school. It's pretty straight forward. There is also this weird Frankenstein character in the mix as well. The ghosts are not really scary and the antagonist is not all that scary either. I think that is it's short coming. 2 sisters, Katia and Victoria are dealing with school differently. Victoria is doing her best to fit in while Katia doesn't give a hoot and she does her own thing. They encounter Little Ghost - like Casper the f I'm digging this story. It's about ghost and finding your place at school. It's pretty straight forward. There is also this weird Frankenstein character in the mix as well. The ghosts are not really scary and the antagonist is not all that scary either. I think that is it's short coming. 2 sisters, Katia and Victoria are dealing with school differently. Victoria is doing her best to fit in while Katia doesn't give a hoot and she does her own thing. They encounter Little Ghost - like Casper the friendly ghost who is too good as a ghost. It all ends up in a graveyard. This is fairly simple and an easy read. It is for the younger middle grade readers. I like the ghosts and the gothic taste of the story. It was a pleasant read and I was hoping for more. Looking at the cover I thought there might be musical theatre involved and I'm sad there isn't. For those that feel a little outcast in school.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    In Graveyard Shakes, two sisters struggle to fit in at their new boarding school and find themselves caught up in a dangerous scheme. By looking at the cover with the sisters encountering a friendly ghost, I was expecting a light hearted, comical read. That is definitely not what this is. Although this book is written for younger children, I thought some of the supernatural elements were a bit on the dark side and might not be for a more sensitive audience. However, the illustrations are well do In Graveyard Shakes, two sisters struggle to fit in at their new boarding school and find themselves caught up in a dangerous scheme. By looking at the cover with the sisters encountering a friendly ghost, I was expecting a light hearted, comical read. That is definitely not what this is. Although this book is written for younger children, I thought some of the supernatural elements were a bit on the dark side and might not be for a more sensitive audience. However, the illustrations are well done and I did enjoy the story.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Emm - "That Book You Like is Coming Back in Style"

    💀 Follow more book reviews, horror and art here on my blog. 💀 Graveyard Shakes focuses on Katia and Victoria, two sisters from the countryside who get accepted at a prestigious boarding school, and stand out like two bright yellow thumbs. Struggling to fit in, they eventually get into a fight and in their separation, run into two very unlikely parties - the ghost of a young boy and a corpselike child, Modie, whose father is keeping him alive through forbidden magic. Charming and light-heartedly 💀 Follow more book reviews, horror and art here on my blog. 💀 Graveyard Shakes focuses on Katia and Victoria, two sisters from the countryside who get accepted at a prestigious boarding school, and stand out like two bright yellow thumbs. Struggling to fit in, they eventually get into a fight and in their separation, run into two very unlikely parties - the ghost of a young boy and a corpselike child, Modie, whose father is keeping him alive through forbidden magic. Charming and light-heartedly ghoulish, never fully stepping over the fence into morbid territory. It would make a fantastic book for Halloween. Though short, the story ends up being surprisingly sweet, and I liked Katia and Victoria's characters. It would've been nice to see Katia and the ghost boy get a bit of further development, however, and I feel like there are key elements of the story that could've been elaborated on, such as the mysterious scarab that drains life. The art is Edward Gorey-esque and painstakingly coloured in vibrant, supernatural blues, reds and violet shades. The style reminds me of early American animation and horror films, having that same "bright macabre" look. Graveyard Shakes is a beautiful graphic novel with an interesting premise, though not as fleshed-out as it could have been, still makes for a entertaining read that has horror flavours without being gruesome. Art - 5/5 Story - 3.5/5 Characterization - 4/5 General Score - 4/5

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cameron Chaney

    Whenever I see a book with the word "graveyard" in the title, I always stop and take notice. Graveyard exploring is a hobby of mine, something that won't be surprising to anyone who knows me. There's just something about the peace and quiet of cemeteries that makes me feel relaxed... and lets be real, they're spooky as heck which I'm all about. So as soon as I saw the cover of Graveyard Shakes, I requested a copy from Scholastic and read it in one sitting once it came in the mail. This is a cute Whenever I see a book with the word "graveyard" in the title, I always stop and take notice. Graveyard exploring is a hobby of mine, something that won't be surprising to anyone who knows me. There's just something about the peace and quiet of cemeteries that makes me feel relaxed... and lets be real, they're spooky as heck which I'm all about. So as soon as I saw the cover of Graveyard Shakes, I requested a copy from Scholastic and read it in one sitting once it came in the mail. This is a cute little graphic novel that can be read in a half-hour, and it was just the kind of quick read I needed. When sisters Katia and Victoria attend a new boarding school, they discover a spirit underworld located in a mausoleum in the nearby graveyard. Little do they know that, aside from the ghosts and ghouls, a man inhabits the underworld and he needs a single ingredient for one of his spells: the life of a child. Graveyard Shakes takes the style of graphic novels like Sisters and Smile, and gives it a dark, supernatural twist. It is a sweet and touching story about sisterhood, friendship, and grief. We have Katia and Victoria who are very close at the beginning of the story, but drift apart after an argument. By the end, the two find their way back to each other and learn to accept each other as they are. Then there's Nikola, the villain of the tale, who isn't as black and white as you'd expect from a story like this... even if he is technically still a child-killer. The artwork is also gorgeous, capturing the beauty of the changing seasons and the spookiness of the graveyard. The characters, living and dead, have their own personalities and quirks that shine through in Laura Terry's art. The idea of entering a ghostly underworld through a mausoleum reminded me very much of Clive Barker's Nightbreed, just done in a much kid-friendlier fashion. My only complaint is that the book is very short and doesn't explore all relationships as deeply as Katia and Victoria's. Everything is resolved very quickly and I wanted to see more of a struggle from point A to point B. However, the end result it still a cute, spooky adventure and that's all I really needed to keep me entertained. Overall, I enjoyed Graveyard Shakes and I wouldn't mind seeing more adventures from these characters. I give Graveyard Shakes by Laura Terry 3.5 tombstones.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Peter Monn

    A really cute elementary grade graphic book with some great lessons. A full review will be up on my booktube channel at http://YouTube.com/peterlikesbooks A really cute elementary grade graphic book with some great lessons. A full review will be up on my booktube channel at http://YouTube.com/peterlikesbooks

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dov Zeller

    this book begins with Little Ghost, a white, translucent, innocent boy ghost in overalls with a Pinocchio nose of sorts, who lives in and under a graveyard and is bullied by other ghosts there for being, well, innocent and sweet and afraid of other ghosts, the mean kinds of ghosts. In this book, there are nice ghosts and not so nice ghosts in an underworld that is reminiscent of that of Corpse Bride, but not really developed or integrated into the story in a meaningful way. In the next pages, Li this book begins with Little Ghost, a white, translucent, innocent boy ghost in overalls with a Pinocchio nose of sorts, who lives in and under a graveyard and is bullied by other ghosts there for being, well, innocent and sweet and afraid of other ghosts, the mean kinds of ghosts. In this book, there are nice ghosts and not so nice ghosts in an underworld that is reminiscent of that of Corpse Bride, but not really developed or integrated into the story in a meaningful way. In the next pages, Little Ghost dances and frolicks and then has a not so nice run-in with the thugs. He goes next door, to a different part of the underworld, or to a room adjacent to the underworld--a room or a little apartment, I'm not sure. Here he barges in on a living father and his kind of alive son as well as a "regular" kid about to die by the father's hand. Here's the thing...the son, Modie, had been in a terrible accident many years back and is kept alive by his father, who kills and steals the life from other children and gives there lives to Modie via some kind of beetle. Every 13 years the father kills another child to keep Modie alive. Modie doesn't age. Modie doesn't want to live off the lives of other children. He's really upset that his father is murdering kids so he can live. Modie likes Little Ghost. the two are "good." and they are friends. Cut to, 12 years and 11 months later. A boarding school right next to the graveyard. Hempstock Hall. two sisters have just arrived at school and are apparently sharing a dorm room. before coming here, they were homeschooled. One of the sisters is excited about going to this school and the other isn't. the first wants to make an effort to fit in, get involved in school activities, make friends. the other doesn't. Most of the next fifty pages is about the sisters at odds with each other and with the world of school. and then one sister gets angry and goes outside in a snow storm and the other sister goes looking for her. they wind up in the graveyard and here is where the fates of the sisters and that of Little Ghost and Modie really converge. this book is one of those books with a concept that might have been compelling. But the world and the characters aren't really developed. the contentious relationships between the sisters doesn't move the narrative forward, nor does the conflict between Modie and his father or between Little Ghost and the ghost thugs who work for Modie's father and help him catch living children to kill. I found I disliked both of the sisters and I wasn't invested in what happened to them or to Modie and Little Ghost. the art in the book is lovely. It would be easy to overlook the art because I don't like much else about the book, but as I page through it now, trying to separate out my experience of the art from that of the story, I find the colors and characters and settings, moods and motion are all drawn quite beautifully.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Maggie Gordon

    Well that was... weird. Graveyard Shakes is about two young girls starting boarding school and struggling with the fact that no one seems to like them. The bigger sister tries to get her little sister involved in by joining clubs, but it leads to a fight, and a strange adventure during a blizzard. You see, next to the school is a graveyard were a mad scientist and his dead son live. In order to keep his son "alive", the scientist has to steal the life of another child, and the sisters get caught Well that was... weird. Graveyard Shakes is about two young girls starting boarding school and struggling with the fact that no one seems to like them. The bigger sister tries to get her little sister involved in by joining clubs, but it leads to a fight, and a strange adventure during a blizzard. You see, next to the school is a graveyard were a mad scientist and his dead son live. In order to keep his son "alive", the scientist has to steal the life of another child, and the sisters get caught up in his evil plot... I am not opposed to horror for the younger crowd, but this story is all over the place, and it ends with the scientist simply apologizing and heading off to "make amends". Dude, you be a murderer. Why doesn't the narrative care about that at the moment? The sisters are also frustrating characters given their lack of development. It's rather unfortunate that this is such an uneven book as the art is quite wonderful, but perhaps stick with Ghosts by Telgemeier for a good spooky book for kids.

  11. 4 out of 5

    andrea caro

    A spooky little middle grade graphic novel about two sisters, loving yourself for who you are, and grief. There's not much to it, but I love it. A spooky little middle grade graphic novel about two sisters, loving yourself for who you are, and grief. There's not much to it, but I love it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Melki

    Victoria and Katia are previously home-schooled girls learning to negotiate the perils of boarding school. Victoria desperately wants to fit in, but her younger sister lets her freak flag fly. Their lives become entangled with a bunch of ghosts living in a nearby graveyard, and a father who's desperate to keep his son alive at all costs. I didn't much care for the supernatural elements; they seemed superfluous and annoying . . . but then again, I'm not the intended audience for this book. So, th Victoria and Katia are previously home-schooled girls learning to negotiate the perils of boarding school. Victoria desperately wants to fit in, but her younger sister lets her freak flag fly. Their lives become entangled with a bunch of ghosts living in a nearby graveyard, and a father who's desperate to keep his son alive at all costs. I didn't much care for the supernatural elements; they seemed superfluous and annoying . . . but then again, I'm not the intended audience for this book. So, three stars instead of two, because I might have loved this one when I was ten.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Krista Regester

    Fun, cute, and the perfect amount of spook. :)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Grabs

    Cute graphic novel about ghosts, love, letting go, and trying to fit in. A little unrealistic with the ending, but overall, good story.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Leviathan Libraries

    I give Laura Terry props for writing and illustrating Graveyard Shakes. I tend to always think that someone does the writing and someone else does the illustrations, so it’s a pleasant surprise to encounter otherwise. Graveyard Shakes is aimed at middle grade readers. It’s simply laid out, and easy to follow. Because there are two child deaths (neither graphic, pardon the pun), I would advise parents to pre-read it to see if it is suitable for their child. The problem with Graveyard Shakes is, e I give Laura Terry props for writing and illustrating Graveyard Shakes. I tend to always think that someone does the writing and someone else does the illustrations, so it’s a pleasant surprise to encounter otherwise. Graveyard Shakes is aimed at middle grade readers. It’s simply laid out, and easy to follow. Because there are two child deaths (neither graphic, pardon the pun), I would advise parents to pre-read it to see if it is suitable for their child. The problem with Graveyard Shakes is, essentially, that it’s just kind of forgettable. Even my 8 year old said “Eh, it was good. Just not great” as soon as we finished it. (And she’s a graphic novel fiend.)The illustrations are nice, but not outstanding. The story is a bit darker than I’m used to seeing in a kids book, with two child deaths in it, but nothing that makes an impression. Immediately after finishing it, I went to write this review and realized that I’d already forgotten the older sister’s name. Considering we spend as much time following her as we do Katie and Little Ghost and Modie, that serves as an indicator to her character. The pacing of Graveyard Shakes is fine. It’s broken up into three parts, with the majority of the book focusing on the second section. The dialogue is adequate, again forgettable, with not a single line I set aside for a quote. There is a cool scene involving a super ghost. The scene involving the second child’s death was very well done. It wasn’t witnessed on page, but inferred in a way that even young readers can understand. This is Laura Terry’s debut work, and upon learning that, Graveyard Shakes‘ mediocrity makes perfect sense. This is a ‘safe’ story written by someone who definitely has ability, but hasn’t yet found her niche. Given time and a bit more experience, we may see something unique develop as she pushes her boundaries.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    This debut graphic novel promises a compelling story with eerie and carefree elements from its blurb, "Two Sisters Discover the Dangers of Boarding School," and the cover featuring a dancing ghost and two girls. What we get is a collision of several different plots with little time to develop an attachment to any characters or fully appreciate the twists, turns, or the ultimate resolution. The themes addressed in Graveyard Shakes are all classic subjects for a middle grade novel with a lot of pot This debut graphic novel promises a compelling story with eerie and carefree elements from its blurb, "Two Sisters Discover the Dangers of Boarding School," and the cover featuring a dancing ghost and two girls. What we get is a collision of several different plots with little time to develop an attachment to any characters or fully appreciate the twists, turns, or the ultimate resolution. The themes addressed in Graveyard Shakes are all classic subjects for a middle grade novel with a lot of potential to reach its core audience with a new angle of ghosts and ghouls, but all fail to ring true by the end.

  17. 5 out of 5

    barbara

    the childhood memories graphic novels bring back 🙃 i love this book

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    Copy provided Letter Better Publishing Services Victoria and her younger sister Katia have been homeschooled, but their parents decide to send them to Bexley Academy. Victoria, despite her love for her odd hat, tries to fit in after girls make fun of her, but Katia is a free spirit who wants to do her own thing no matter what opinion classmates have. Near the school, there is a graveyard where many ghosts hang out, including Little Ghost, who is scared of the other phantoms. He is, however, frien Copy provided Letter Better Publishing Services Victoria and her younger sister Katia have been homeschooled, but their parents decide to send them to Bexley Academy. Victoria, despite her love for her odd hat, tries to fit in after girls make fun of her, but Katia is a free spirit who wants to do her own thing no matter what opinion classmates have. Near the school, there is a graveyard where many ghosts hang out, including Little Ghost, who is scared of the other phantoms. He is, however, friends with Modie. Modie is an unusual case. He was injured in an accident that killed his mother, and his father is keeping him alive by killing a tween every 13 years and feeding the spirit to Modie! Modie doesn't like this idea, although he enjoys hanging out with Little Ghost. When Katia runs away from the school during a storm, it looks like she will be the next victim to keep Modie alive. Katia tries to prevent this, with help from Little Ghost. Strengths: This is a mildly scary and definitely creepy tale that is a great choice for Halloween. The formatting is perfect for middle grade readers-- the text is not too small, the pictures are clear and support the text, and the characters are distinct enough that the story moves along quickly. It's hard to tell from the ARC how much of this will be in color. The color is nicely done, but students would pick this up even if the final copy does have some black and white pages. Modie's moral struggle adds an unexpected depth to this. I will definitely purchase a copy, since my students have become inordinately fond of graphic novels. Weaknesses: Younger readers might have problems with the idea of the father killing children in order to save Modie, but middle school students will be fine with the idea. What I really think: I personally am not a fan of the "do your own thing even if it's weird" philosophy when it comes to middle school students, so I wasn't very fond of Victoria and was even less fond of Katia. Middle school is tough no matter how much one follows the social mores, so encouraging students to remain steadfast in behaviors that will bring them under the censure of their classmates seems unwise.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    I did not like this. Yet another tale of a child(ren) going from being homeschooled and being made fun of and changing who they are. Some children can succumb to that, but honestly what is with the trend of homeschoolers being the ones. (Overall I have seen homeschoolers be more adjusted than other children and usually not care about what anyone thinks.) I know kids and people can be cruel but yet again no being nice, awful. The ghost boy was sweet but what happens... well I won't spoil it but t I did not like this. Yet another tale of a child(ren) going from being homeschooled and being made fun of and changing who they are. Some children can succumb to that, but honestly what is with the trend of homeschoolers being the ones. (Overall I have seen homeschoolers be more adjusted than other children and usually not care about what anyone thinks.) I know kids and people can be cruel but yet again no being nice, awful. The ghost boy was sweet but what happens... well I won't spoil it but this whole book made me angry and creeped out. (Not scared, that awful creepy crawly feeling of disgust. The whole father killing people to keep his kid a living corpse.) Just too much left unexplained and "okayed" by the end. Did not like.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Hester Young

    A story of two very different sisters at a boarding school--one happy to march to the beat of her own drum and one desperate to be like everyone else--who become entangled in a supernatural scheme. My 7-year-old son and I really enjoyed reading this graphic novel together and discussing its ideas, which include what happens after you die, being yourself vs. trying to fit in, and how far one should ethically go to save the life of a loved one. I think it's meant for slightly older kids (9 or 10? A story of two very different sisters at a boarding school--one happy to march to the beat of her own drum and one desperate to be like everyone else--who become entangled in a supernatural scheme. My 7-year-old son and I really enjoyed reading this graphic novel together and discussing its ideas, which include what happens after you die, being yourself vs. trying to fit in, and how far one should ethically go to save the life of a loved one. I think it's meant for slightly older kids (9 or 10? there is a scary parent who is willing to take the life of an innocent child to save his own son, though the cartoony drawings undercut the fear a little), but if your child loves reading spooky stories and wrestling with big questions, this could be a hit.

  21. 5 out of 5

    April Franklin

    2.5 stars, really, but I rounded up since Goodreads doesn't do half stars. I really liked the art style. I read an advance copy where only some of the pages are colored, but even the black and white art is well done, and the finished pages look great. So I gave it some stars for the art, but I found the story lacking. The plot jumped around really quickly and the character development was skimpy. I think it would have been better had it been longer, or maybe multiple volumes, to tell the same st 2.5 stars, really, but I rounded up since Goodreads doesn't do half stars. I really liked the art style. I read an advance copy where only some of the pages are colored, but even the black and white art is well done, and the finished pages look great. So I gave it some stars for the art, but I found the story lacking. The plot jumped around really quickly and the character development was skimpy. I think it would have been better had it been longer, or maybe multiple volumes, to tell the same story.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Tournas

    Sisters Katia and Victoria don't fit in at their posh boarding school. Little Ghost doesn't fit it with the other ghosts in the cemetery. Modie's eccentric father, Nikola, keeps him locked up and tries to keep him alive with by means of a sinister spell. The four outcasts team up to vanquish a mega ghost and prevent Nikola from his dastardly plans. Colorful cartoons in the style of Raina Telgemeier add interest. Sadly, the story was slight (will a sequel flesh it out?) and the characters were one Sisters Katia and Victoria don't fit in at their posh boarding school. Little Ghost doesn't fit it with the other ghosts in the cemetery. Modie's eccentric father, Nikola, keeps him locked up and tries to keep him alive with by means of a sinister spell. The four outcasts team up to vanquish a mega ghost and prevent Nikola from his dastardly plans. Colorful cartoons in the style of Raina Telgemeier add interest. Sadly, the story was slight (will a sequel flesh it out?) and the characters were one-dimensional.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Turrean

    Though I liked the artwork, and the diversity of the characters, I found this was not my cup of tea. I’m always distressed by stories with utterly oblivious teachers, who somehow fail to see bullying even right in front of them. In this case, there are apparently no adults at all living in the student housing at a boarding school (Lord of the Flies!) and no one ever checks to see if kids come home. Sheesh, where’s Filch and Mrs. Norris when you need ‘em? I also found the premise creepy, especiall Though I liked the artwork, and the diversity of the characters, I found this was not my cup of tea. I’m always distressed by stories with utterly oblivious teachers, who somehow fail to see bullying even right in front of them. In this case, there are apparently no adults at all living in the student housing at a boarding school (Lord of the Flies!) and no one ever checks to see if kids come home. Sheesh, where’s Filch and Mrs. Norris when you need ‘em? I also found the premise creepy, especially the murder at the beginning, though horror fans will probably enjoy the shivers.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Well I stumbled Graveyard Shakes by Laura Terry at my local library, I started to read it and I grew engrossed in the story the plot.I checked it out, I already knew it was going to take me one day to read this book because well it's a comic book, and I hardly read comics if I may ask. But overall I found it such a cute read, but not my favorite it was just great to read, but I'm not a huge fan of comics at all.I just think this book was just okay that's all, but smile will always be my favorite Well I stumbled Graveyard Shakes by Laura Terry at my local library, I started to read it and I grew engrossed in the story the plot.I checked it out, I already knew it was going to take me one day to read this book because well it's a comic book, and I hardly read comics if I may ask. But overall I found it such a cute read, but not my favorite it was just great to read, but I'm not a huge fan of comics at all.I just think this book was just okay that's all, but smile will always be my favorite comic book on the planet, I hope you enjoyed my review!!! have a great day :)

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amelia

    I really liked this book because it was about ghosts and people basically trying to get freedom from each other. the thing that was confusing about this book was there was this scientist who has a son that I think is a monster and the dad who is a scientist he is trying to kidnap the humans who are in this boring school to steal their lives and feed the lives to his son I do not know why, but, the son did not like that he was stealing their lives so he tried to save himself and the humans. I wou I really liked this book because it was about ghosts and people basically trying to get freedom from each other. the thing that was confusing about this book was there was this scientist who has a son that I think is a monster and the dad who is a scientist he is trying to kidnap the humans who are in this boring school to steal their lives and feed the lives to his son I do not know why, but, the son did not like that he was stealing their lives so he tried to save himself and the humans. I would recommend this book.So I gave this book 4 STARS!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Elissa Schaeffer

    A surprisingly sweet and rather cute story about two sisters at a new boarding school--one desperate to fit in and the other not so much--and Modie, a not-really-alive boy whose father needs to steal souls to keep him from dying. It sounds dark, but really isn't. It's mostly about relationships and being understanding and accepting of those we love. I can definitely see handing this to someone who likes Raina Telgemeier books...with a bit of a creepy twist. Recommended, grades 4 and up. A surprisingly sweet and rather cute story about two sisters at a new boarding school--one desperate to fit in and the other not so much--and Modie, a not-really-alive boy whose father needs to steal souls to keep him from dying. It sounds dark, but really isn't. It's mostly about relationships and being understanding and accepting of those we love. I can definitely see handing this to someone who likes Raina Telgemeier books...with a bit of a creepy twist. Recommended, grades 4 and up.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Scott Robins

    An interesting story about ghosts, zombie boys and two young girls at a boarding school. Nothing really gets fleshed out in terms of backstory so the narrative comes off a bit thin but still an enjoyable read. The youngest sister's personality hints at some autism spectrum but it is never explicit in the story. An interesting story about ghosts, zombie boys and two young girls at a boarding school. Nothing really gets fleshed out in terms of backstory so the narrative comes off a bit thin but still an enjoyable read. The youngest sister's personality hints at some autism spectrum but it is never explicit in the story.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Colleen Frakes

    Beautifully drawn, spooky kid's graphic novel. Perfect for anyone who loved Raina Telgemier's "Ghosts". Beautifully drawn, spooky kid's graphic novel. Perfect for anyone who loved Raina Telgemier's "Ghosts".

  29. 5 out of 5

    Abby Johnson

    File under: not my thing, but I think kids who enjoy the weirdness of Doug TenNapel might enjoy this. (I sometimes enjoy the weirdness of Doug TenNapel.)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Madison

    This book was a bit confusing; there isn't a lot of worldbuilding or foundational elements to orient the reader to the story. That being said, I love a good ghost book and thought the art was great. This book was a bit confusing; there isn't a lot of worldbuilding or foundational elements to orient the reader to the story. That being said, I love a good ghost book and thought the art was great.

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