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Grand adventures stories often begin where you least expect them… Iris knows this because she’s read them all. However, as a thirteen-year-old stuck in the tiny town of Bugden, real adventure seems like a distant dream. But when Iris and her best friend, Sam, stumble upon an unusually dry river on the outskirts of town, they’re led to a discovery beyond anything Iris ha Grand adventures stories often begin where you least expect them… Iris knows this because she’s read them all. However, as a thirteen-year-old stuck in the tiny town of Bugden, real adventure seems like a distant dream. But when Iris and her best friend, Sam, stumble upon an unusually dry river on the outskirts of town, they’re led to a discovery beyond anything Iris has ever read about: a hidden city and a forgotten tale of friendship. In Jason Pamment's middle grade graphic novel debut, perfect for fans of Hilda and This Was Our Pact, can Iris and Sam uncover the truth in time to keep their own friendship afloat, or will history repeat itself and pull them apart forever?


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Grand adventures stories often begin where you least expect them… Iris knows this because she’s read them all. However, as a thirteen-year-old stuck in the tiny town of Bugden, real adventure seems like a distant dream. But when Iris and her best friend, Sam, stumble upon an unusually dry river on the outskirts of town, they’re led to a discovery beyond anything Iris ha Grand adventures stories often begin where you least expect them… Iris knows this because she’s read them all. However, as a thirteen-year-old stuck in the tiny town of Bugden, real adventure seems like a distant dream. But when Iris and her best friend, Sam, stumble upon an unusually dry river on the outskirts of town, they’re led to a discovery beyond anything Iris has ever read about: a hidden city and a forgotten tale of friendship. In Jason Pamment's middle grade graphic novel debut, perfect for fans of Hilda and This Was Our Pact, can Iris and Sam uncover the truth in time to keep their own friendship afloat, or will history repeat itself and pull them apart forever?

30 review for Treasure in the Lake

  1. 5 out of 5

    Maiya

    Treasure In The Lake by Jason Pamment: this middle grade graphic novel is about two friends, 13 year old Iris and her best friend Sam. Living in small town Bugden has always been super boring and Iris dreams of the day she can leave…when one day they stumble upon a hidden city. Iris can’t believe her eyes, whereas Sam is weary. What is this going to do to their friendship? 🌊 Thank you SO MUCH @harpercollinsca for this ARC and for opening my eyes to the world of graphic novels cause I absolutely l Treasure In The Lake by Jason Pamment: this middle grade graphic novel is about two friends, 13 year old Iris and her best friend Sam. Living in small town Bugden has always been super boring and Iris dreams of the day she can leave…when one day they stumble upon a hidden city. Iris can’t believe her eyes, whereas Sam is weary. What is this going to do to their friendship? 🌊 Thank you SO MUCH @harpercollinsca for this ARC and for opening my eyes to the world of graphic novels cause I absolutely loved this one!! I love middle grade fiction but I can’t remember the last time I read a graphic novel. So not only was this a welcome change from my usual reads, it was a very very good change! 🌊 This novel is part fantasy, part adventure, part mystery..it’s got a bit of everything awesome. I had to go back and read it again because I noticed that there are so many hidden clues in the illustrations that I missed when I first went through it super fast. @jasonpamment you’ve done very well for your debut novel. The clues were so cleverly placed throughout the book which made it that much more enjoyable

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Childhood friends Iris’s and Sam’s interests have diverged now that they have reached middle school: Iris dreams of leaving their quaint town for archaeological adventures, while Sam is content with his life as is. When the local river suddenly goes dry, the kids happen upon a formerly submerged town downstream that had been abandoned years ago when a nearby dam threatened the villagers and was revealed only because of low waters. Adventures await these two friends, but soon an argument and risi Childhood friends Iris’s and Sam’s interests have diverged now that they have reached middle school: Iris dreams of leaving their quaint town for archaeological adventures, while Sam is content with his life as is. When the local river suddenly goes dry, the kids happen upon a formerly submerged town downstream that had been abandoned years ago when a nearby dam threatened the villagers and was revealed only because of low waters. Adventures await these two friends, but soon an argument and rising waters put them in danger. Relying upon a Chibi style for the characters, debut author and illustrator Pamment has created an appealing town that seems inspired by the French countryside. Sharp-eyed readers will pick up on clues in various panels about the fantasy element in the second half of the story. Not everything is spelled out, but readers will gain a greater understanding through the illustrations. The palette is soft, with blues and purples dominating. Verdict: A strong story about friendship that incorporates fantasy and whimsy; fans of Hilda and Adventure Time will be charmed. A great addition to any middle school library collection. I reviewed this graphic novel for the School Library Journal and the review can be found here: https://www.slj.com/?reviewDetail=tre...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Momo

    4/5 This was such a good little mystery/thriller middle grade. The art was so nice and I loved the paper used for the pages! I am so happy I won this through a giveaway because I may have never picked it up. Disclaimer: I won this in a Goodreads giveaway

  4. 4 out of 5

    Blue

    Want to see more... Bookstagram Website Thank you Allen & Unwin for this book in exchange for an honest review Ahhh Isn’t this the cutest cover going around?!?! Treasure in the Lake introduces us to Same and Iris, adventurous best friends that have childish and fun personalities that really balance each other out. While these two characters try to maintain their friendship, weird occurrence start to occur in town which adds the suspense to the plot. This cute little graphic novel is bright and vibra Want to see more... Bookstagram Website Thank you Allen & Unwin for this book in exchange for an honest review Ahhh Isn’t this the cutest cover going around?!?! Treasure in the Lake introduces us to Same and Iris, adventurous best friends that have childish and fun personalities that really balance each other out. While these two characters try to maintain their friendship, weird occurrence start to occur in town which adds the suspense to the plot. This cute little graphic novel is bright and vibrant and perfect for the youthful audience to sit down and enjoy the tale of two friends discovering a hidden city!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tasha

    Iris loves to pick up the treasures she discovers near the river and under rocks. Usually it’s bent forks and spoons, but Iris sees them as special. After all, there’s not much to do in their tiny town of Bugden and nothing special ever happens there. Then one day, the river dries up, exposing new treasures for Iris and her friend Sam to discover. The two follow the dry river bed and make the discovery of a lifetime. There is an entire town that is usually underwater! Sam is reluctant to explore Iris loves to pick up the treasures she discovers near the river and under rocks. Usually it’s bent forks and spoons, but Iris sees them as special. After all, there’s not much to do in their tiny town of Bugden and nothing special ever happens there. Then one day, the river dries up, exposing new treasures for Iris and her friend Sam to discover. The two follow the dry river bed and make the discovery of a lifetime. There is an entire town that is usually underwater! Sam is reluctant to explore the forgotten city, but Iris refuses to leave. When Sam get lost on his way back, he is saved by an old man who has ties to the forgotten town. Meanwhile, Iris is making discoveries and meeting an unusual girl who lives in the normally underwater city. In this graphic novel, Pamment shows the amazing way that hidden cities can be discovered. He shares at the end of the book facts about real underwater towns. In his novel, he shares his excitement and wonder at these lost towns through Iris, a girl who is brave and resourceful, determined to see all of the treasures before her. Sam, on the other hand, is content in their small town, eager to see the new statue in the town square unveiled, and also a true friend to Iris, who often pushes him away. Their friendship is complex and marvelous to see in a graphic novel format. The art in this graphic novel is full of wonder and connection. When Iris finds a strange object, it is echoed later in the town she discovers. The town is falling apart from being underwater. This is captured in small and big details in the illustrations, that show the beauty of the elements of the town and all that was lost when water covered it over. Based in real drowned towns, this graphic novel is a treasure worth seeking. Appropriate for ages 9-12.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    This graphic novel, geared for tweens, follows the story of two best friends, Iris and Sam, who live in a small town. Iris dreams of far off adventures while Sam is content with his life in Bugden (as long as Iris is there too!). Adventure, however, is just around the corner for these two as they come across a city that had been flooded. The graphic novel follows their adventure and along the way they discover more than just a lost city; they discover the heart of true friendship. I thoroughly en This graphic novel, geared for tweens, follows the story of two best friends, Iris and Sam, who live in a small town. Iris dreams of far off adventures while Sam is content with his life in Bugden (as long as Iris is there too!). Adventure, however, is just around the corner for these two as they come across a city that had been flooded. The graphic novel follows their adventure and along the way they discover more than just a lost city; they discover the heart of true friendship. I thoroughly enjoyed Pamment’s artwork and storytelling. His panels were beautiful. Iris and Sam were delightful and realistic characters. I loved that the hidden city they found was flooded, and A+ for the history of flooded cities at the end of the graphic novel. This is a great conversation starter for kids and can encourage them to discover more about buried towns. As a former educator, this is a graphic novel I would highly recommend for middle school students and for older kids who need something lighter. There is minor peril in the story (flooding and the potential of drowning). I hope to see more adventures of Iris and Sam! Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC.

  7. 4 out of 5

    ✨ Aaron Jeffery ✨

    Stunning

  8. 4 out of 5

    Hayley

    Beautiful art and wonderful story. I loved this.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cassidy Washburn

    When a local river dries up enough to reveal a forgotten city, best friends Iris and Sam think they’ve made a spectacular discovery. But when the river floods again, they must learn to believe in each other and their friendship before it’s too late. By incorporating beautiful artwork and a touch of fantasy, author Jason Pamment delivers a powerful middle grade graphic novel, a must have for any bookshelf.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn Bragg

    Iris and Sam have been best friends since they were little. Iris has a drive to explore and learn, and leap without thinking about herself or Sam (and she's bossy without noticing it); although sometimes reluctant, Sam does enjoy following Iris into adventures. As they get older, Iris is more determined to get away from the small town and travel to faraway places. She gets impatient with Sam for being happy where he is, and that's when they get separated. Soon, they will both need help, but will Iris and Sam have been best friends since they were little. Iris has a drive to explore and learn, and leap without thinking about herself or Sam (and she's bossy without noticing it); although sometimes reluctant, Sam does enjoy following Iris into adventures. As they get older, Iris is more determined to get away from the small town and travel to faraway places. She gets impatient with Sam for being happy where he is, and that's when they get separated. Soon, they will both need help, but will they accept it? I understand Iris's ambitions, but she takes Sam for granted. She wants his support, but doesn't give any support or consideration in return. She tells him that his wants are stupid, and cuts him off while he's talking. That isn't friendship. It's an unhealthy relationship. I'm sure that Iris has redeeming qualities, but being a good friend is not one of them. (Yet?) I liked the strange happenings in the old town. It was cool and fun! It probably added to the suspense, but I was worried about the safety of the structures in the old town for the entire time! The graphic novel is beautifully colored and drawn in an appealingly youthful way. Unfortunately, the characters (when they become teens) don't seem any older in actions, and the changes are minor except their height. So I kept forgetting their current age. The story seems to lose its focus here and there, but I was happily along for the ride, and enjoyed every page. I recommend this book to kids, tweens, and anyone (including adults) looking for some adventure and maybe a ghost-town visit! NOTE: Since Bugden, France, and the Aztecs were the only place references, I was very confused about where on Earth they might be. It stopped the story for me several times wondering where they were. And the old town looks European... (A mention that Queensland, Australia was the location, would have allowed me yo settle into the story.) 4/5 Stars Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the free preview of this beautiful ebook! #TreasureintheLake #NetGalley

  11. 4 out of 5

    Paige Green

    Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Book: Treasure in the Lake Author: Jason Pamment Book Series: Standalone Rating: 5/5 Recommended For...: middle grade readers, graphic novel, action/adventure Genre: MG Graphic Novel Publication Date: September 7, 2021 Publisher: HarperAlley Pages: 208 Recommended Age: 10+ (some scary moments, allusions to drowning) Explanation of CWs: Some scenes contain lots of water and there's an assumption that a child almost or did Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Book: Treasure in the Lake Author: Jason Pamment Book Series: Standalone Rating: 5/5 Recommended For...: middle grade readers, graphic novel, action/adventure Genre: MG Graphic Novel Publication Date: September 7, 2021 Publisher: HarperAlley Pages: 208 Recommended Age: 10+ (some scary moments, allusions to drowning) Explanation of CWs: Some scenes contain lots of water and there's an assumption that a child almost or did drown. Synopsis: Iris knows this because she’s read them all. However, as a thirteen-year-old stuck in the tiny town of Bugden, real adventure seems like a distant dream. But when Iris and her best friend, Sam, stumble upon an unusually dry river on the outskirts of town, they’re led to a discovery beyond anything Iris has ever read about: a hidden city and a forgotten tale of friendship. In Jason Pamment's middle grade graphic novel debut, perfect for fans of Hilda and This Was Our Pact, can Iris and Sam uncover the truth in time to keep their own friendship afloat, or will history repeat itself and pull them apart forever? Review: I really loved this graphic novel! It was absolutely adorable, the artwork was amazing, and I loved the story. I have always wanted to be an explorer and now I'm more inclined to be one after this book lol. I loved the character development, I loved the world building, and the writing was amazing. The only thing I had issue with is that it took a second to catch up to speed with the characters. It was a little hard to figure out what was the motivation and why they felt it, but I caught on very fast. Verdict: So cute!! Definitely recommend!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kylie

    4.5 stars This was an absolutely beautiful graphic novel. I absolutely loved the style of artwork. I think it perfectly captured the storyline and the characters. It was so colorful and really fun. I absolutely loved the plot. When Iris and Sam realize the river level has gone down to just about the river bed, they investigate and find an entire lost town in the lake (which is no longer). I mean, is there anything cooler than that? While Iris wants to investigate, Sam thinks it might not be safe a 4.5 stars This was an absolutely beautiful graphic novel. I absolutely loved the style of artwork. I think it perfectly captured the storyline and the characters. It was so colorful and really fun. I absolutely loved the plot. When Iris and Sam realize the river level has gone down to just about the river bed, they investigate and find an entire lost town in the lake (which is no longer). I mean, is there anything cooler than that? While Iris wants to investigate, Sam thinks it might not be safe and has prior plans he wants to keep even though Iris doesn't. I really liked the double plotlines once Iris and Sam are separated. It was a really clever way to kind of explain about the town while we are in it. The characters were pretty good. I really like when characters are well developed and I feel a lot of the time in graphic novels, there isn't enough time to get to know the characters well. This one did have a good length and I felt we did get to know the characters pretty well. Iris kind of annoyed me because (as an adult) I really felt like she treated Sam badly when he just wanted to be her friend. Thinking as a kid I can totally see where she was coming from though. I also really loved Benjamin who is basically an old hermit. I think this really hit my interest because I live very close to a reservoir that does have houses under it. We go boating there a lot and I'm always almost creeped out that there are houses beneath me! I can imagine myself exploring my own lost city if our reservoir was ever drained which I really think is cool. This is really just an absolutely amazing graphic novel and I thank HarperKids for providing me with a free copy!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    Treasure in the Lake is a graphic novel written and illustrated by Jason Pamment. It centers on adventurous Iris and content-at-home Sam, who have been best friends since childhood as they go on an adventure. In their quiet town of Bugden, Iris collects odd so-called artifacts and imagines becoming an archaeologist. Unbeknownst to Sam, Iris intends to leave for boarding school, but when her mother deems it too expensive, Iris runs away. Sam catches up with her, and then things take an uncanny tur Treasure in the Lake is a graphic novel written and illustrated by Jason Pamment. It centers on adventurous Iris and content-at-home Sam, who have been best friends since childhood as they go on an adventure. In their quiet town of Bugden, Iris collects odd so-called artifacts and imagines becoming an archaeologist. Unbeknownst to Sam, Iris intends to leave for boarding school, but when her mother deems it too expensive, Iris runs away. Sam catches up with her, and then things take an uncanny turn: the local river has run dry overnight, uncovering an abandoned city. A mysterious red-haired girl named Lily promises to lead Iris to treasure, and a rising shadow suggests that time is coming undone. As Sam loses track of Iris, another boy races to rescue Lily in the past, and the duos' fates are twinned. Treasure in the Lake is written and constructed rather well. Pamment showcases a sharp eye for architecture, natural settings, and dynamic compositions, allowing rectangular panels to expand, contract, and break form, crashing down or shattering into shards, in this fine-tuned puzzle. However, readers who like every mystery to be explained at the end may find the conclusion lacking. All in all, Treasure in the Lake is a delightful story about friendship that reaches over the passage of time.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey Atkins

    Treasure in the Lake is a middle grade, graphic novel about friendship and finding one's self. The story follows Iris and Sam--close friends beginning to drift apart as Iris considers attending a school far away from home. The illustrations are beautifully done. I really enjoyed that fully understanding the story was dependent on taking the time to examine the pictures. However, because of the importance of the illustrations, and discerning their meaning, there were a couple times I got a little Treasure in the Lake is a middle grade, graphic novel about friendship and finding one's self. The story follows Iris and Sam--close friends beginning to drift apart as Iris considers attending a school far away from home. The illustrations are beautifully done. I really enjoyed that fully understanding the story was dependent on taking the time to examine the pictures. However, because of the importance of the illustrations, and discerning their meaning, there were a couple times I got a little confused. It was easy to get back on track though, and I think most middle grade readers will have no problem keeping up! The author also does a great job weaving in archeology, mystery, and action to keep young readers invested in the story. If you enjoy graphic novels, beautiful art work, and stories centered around friendship, this is the perfect book for you! Thank you to Net Galley for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Gabby

    Treasure in the Lake is a fantastic middle grade adventure graphic novel featuring two friends and a forgotten town. Iris is tired of her small-town life and seeks to find adventure. She collects objects she finds in the lake and dreams of making a big discovery. Sam is an introvert and content with his small-town life, but when Iris discovers the lake has dried up and revealed a forgotten town, he too gets sweeped up into the adventure of a life-time! I wasn't entirely sure where this story was Treasure in the Lake is a fantastic middle grade adventure graphic novel featuring two friends and a forgotten town. Iris is tired of her small-town life and seeks to find adventure. She collects objects she finds in the lake and dreams of making a big discovery. Sam is an introvert and content with his small-town life, but when Iris discovers the lake has dried up and revealed a forgotten town, he too gets sweeped up into the adventure of a life-time! I wasn't entirely sure where this story was going to begin with, if this was going to be heavily fantasy or a more historical/contemporary pairing (it’s the latter!). I loved the elements of storytelling, adventure and small-town history. The flooding scenes were intense and had me at the edge of my seat! I loved all the characters, we really got to know them and root for them throughout the story. The artwork was delightful and paired with the story perfectly. Perfect for fans of Amulet and Sincerely Harriet, a magical middle grade adventure with a lot of history and small-town vibes! Thank you to Allen and Unwin for providing me a copy of this graphic novel to review!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Chelsey

    Treasure in the Lake is about "Iris, a thirteen-year-old stuck in the tiny town of Bugden, who dreams of a world of grand adventure. Her best friend Sam, is happy with his life in Bugden as long as he has Iris. Their interests are branching off from each other as they enter the middle grades. During a hike around the outskirts of town, the friends discover an abandoned town, once flooded, now drained and ripe for exploration. I LOVED this little adventure/mystery. This was a super fun graphic w Treasure in the Lake is about "Iris, a thirteen-year-old stuck in the tiny town of Bugden, who dreams of a world of grand adventure. Her best friend Sam, is happy with his life in Bugden as long as he has Iris. Their interests are branching off from each other as they enter the middle grades. During a hike around the outskirts of town, the friends discover an abandoned town, once flooded, now drained and ripe for exploration. I LOVED this little adventure/mystery. This was a super fun graphic with beautiful scenes and artwork. The messages of friendship are well done and the storylines converging with the past and the present were linked perfectly. Awesome book and I hope there may be more adventures to come. Extra points for the history section at the end of the novel! Thank you to Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cay

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Thank you to NetGalley and HarperCollins for a free advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. Treasure in the Lake is a cute story that fits nicely alongside current middle grade graphic novel offerings. The premise is fairly simple—two friends with different goals find themselves entangled in an adventure that transcends time and space. The time travel aspect was done with a fresh perspective, incorporating memory with connections to current (in-book) issues. The extra section at the end Thank you to NetGalley and HarperCollins for a free advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. Treasure in the Lake is a cute story that fits nicely alongside current middle grade graphic novel offerings. The premise is fairly simple—two friends with different goals find themselves entangled in an adventure that transcends time and space. The time travel aspect was done with a fresh perspective, incorporating memory with connections to current (in-book) issues. The extra section at the end detailing flooded cities added an nteresting real-life perspective to the book. Although simple, I would definitely recommend this book for middle grade readers. The art is lovely, and the lettering is simple and unintrusive.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley.com First line: Wait for me Iris! Summary: Two friends explore the river bed which has suddenly become exposed due to receding water. As they explore, they both express happiness and frustration at living in their small town. They make a shocking discovery at the end of the river bed...a Treasure in the Lake. That treasure reveals a history of their town that they didn't know about. My Thoughts: Such a fun, quick graphic novel read. Kids with imaginatio I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley.com First line: Wait for me Iris! Summary: Two friends explore the river bed which has suddenly become exposed due to receding water. As they explore, they both express happiness and frustration at living in their small town. They make a shocking discovery at the end of the river bed...a Treasure in the Lake. That treasure reveals a history of their town that they didn't know about. My Thoughts: Such a fun, quick graphic novel read. Kids with imaginations would definitely enjoy the storyline and flashbacks into history. There is a twist to be uncovered, which added to the whimsy. FYI: Be careful...you might find a new favorite middle grade graphic novel.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Candice

    I enjoyed this ARC of Treasure in the Lake. It was full of adventure. It’s the story of Iris and Sam, best friends drifting apart as Iris searches for adventure (and herself). While Sam follows Iris, they uncover a lost city and find themselves in peril. Sam learns a little story about friendship, and he is determined to keep his friendship with Iris alive. I really enjoyed the illustrations and the storyline of this GN. I can’t wait to order for my school library! I read this ARC compliments of I enjoyed this ARC of Treasure in the Lake. It was full of adventure. It’s the story of Iris and Sam, best friends drifting apart as Iris searches for adventure (and herself). While Sam follows Iris, they uncover a lost city and find themselves in peril. Sam learns a little story about friendship, and he is determined to keep his friendship with Iris alive. I really enjoyed the illustrations and the storyline of this GN. I can’t wait to order for my school library! I read this ARC compliments of the author/publisher as a member of #BookPosse. Thanks for sharing!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Interesting graphic novel about two children who get to investigate a submerged town when a nearby reservoir dries up, and meet some interesting characters associated with the town. Pleasant art work, although I wonder about the safety of walking around in buildings that have been underwater for a number of years. For fans of graphic novels that include a little fantasy like Steinkellner's The Okay Witch, Siegel's 5 Worlds or Cooke and Costa's Paranorthern and the E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Interesting graphic novel about two children who get to investigate a submerged town when a nearby reservoir dries up, and meet some interesting characters associated with the town. Pleasant art work, although I wonder about the safety of walking around in buildings that have been underwater for a number of years. For fans of graphic novels that include a little fantasy like Steinkellner's The Okay Witch, Siegel's 5 Worlds or Cooke and Costa's Paranorthern and the Chaos Bunny A-Hop-Calypse.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Maya Linnell

    I was really lucky to read this fantastic book by debut author and illustrator Jason Pamment before it was even out. Treasure in the Lake is an all-around amazing story. It kept me hooked the whole way. Having a prologue and then jumping straight into the graphics in the inside cover is pure genius, I have never seen it before and It looks so good, love it. I will definitely be on the lookout for the author's next book. Big thanks to Allen and Unwin for my early copy. Review by Charles. age 13 I was really lucky to read this fantastic book by debut author and illustrator Jason Pamment before it was even out. Treasure in the Lake is an all-around amazing story. It kept me hooked the whole way. Having a prologue and then jumping straight into the graphics in the inside cover is pure genius, I have never seen it before and It looks so good, love it. I will definitely be on the lookout for the author's next book. Big thanks to Allen and Unwin for my early copy. Review by Charles. age 13

  22. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    With thanks to NetGalley and HarperAlley for an early copy in return for an honest review. The art in this graphic novel is simply gorgeous! I like the premise of the story and it's a great bonus for early middle grade readers that it's a quick read which can help them feel a reading win. For my students, it has a bit less text than they are used to in a graphic novel so it will require more inferencing from the illustrations to understand the plot of the story. With thanks to NetGalley and HarperAlley for an early copy in return for an honest review. The art in this graphic novel is simply gorgeous! I like the premise of the story and it's a great bonus for early middle grade readers that it's a quick read which can help them feel a reading win. For my students, it has a bit less text than they are used to in a graphic novel so it will require more inferencing from the illustrations to understand the plot of the story.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I would like to thank edelweiss and the publisher for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this graphic novel. The art was great and I loved the friendship between the two main characters. I love how the present coincided with the past. I also enjoyed the lost city aspect of it.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Librarian Kult

    I received an advanced reader's copy of this title via NetGalley. #TreasureintheLake #NetGalley I love the concept for this book! The adventure Sam and Iris have when they find the hidden city reminds me of daydreams I would have on long trips or at my sister's soccer games. It is whimsical and creative. Even better, there are multiple real cities under water today that kids can look up after reading "Treasure in the Lake". This is the story of an adventure shared between two friends who are growi I received an advanced reader's copy of this title via NetGalley. #TreasureintheLake #NetGalley I love the concept for this book! The adventure Sam and Iris have when they find the hidden city reminds me of daydreams I would have on long trips or at my sister's soccer games. It is whimsical and creative. Even better, there are multiple real cities under water today that kids can look up after reading "Treasure in the Lake". This is the story of an adventure shared between two friends who are growing apart as they grow up. Iris wants to escape Bugden and become an explorer. Sam has no interest in leaving Bugden and is proud of their hometown. When Iris's best chance at leaving is taken from her she runs to the river where she and Sam have played for years only to realize the water is gone. Sam reluctantly joins her as she collects artifacts from the dry riverbed. Their friendship is tested once they find the hidden city and go separate ways. They each meet a mysterious stranger who teaches them a lesson about the trials friends go through together. This beautiful story might have been better told through a more traditional format (book/audiobook). The story is wonderful and beautiful, but I feel the author's verbal description of the action would have added more tension than the artwork accomplished. The artwork was excellent, but I felt did not bring enough emotion into the storytelling.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Saniya Nautiyal

    A delightful short read, with the most lovely art style! Reminded me of those summer evenings when my best friend and I would go into forested areas, looking for Narnia. The concept is similar to the Ghibli film 'When Marnie Was There', though less deep. Makes you feel nice and warm, perfect for an autumn afternoon :) A delightful short read, with the most lovely art style! Reminded me of those summer evenings when my best friend and I would go into forested areas, looking for Narnia. The concept is similar to the Ghibli film 'When Marnie Was There', though less deep. Makes you feel nice and warm, perfect for an autumn afternoon :)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Packer

    Super fun little mystery adventure that will make you wanna go back to your fort-building days. Its graphic novel format makes it incredibly consumable, and you will probably spend more time admiring the beautiful illustrations than you will reading the dialogue. Superbly crafted! I can very much recommend.

  27. 4 out of 5

    S Egli

    Definitely pick this up for a library or classroom. It will be read again and again. Kids will love the mystery, adventure, and art! Bonus: You can learn more about lost cities after you've read the book. I was inspired to do a little more research and I know kids will be too. Definitely pick this up for a library or classroom. It will be read again and again. Kids will love the mystery, adventure, and art! Bonus: You can learn more about lost cities after you've read the book. I was inspired to do a little more research and I know kids will be too.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Hicks

    I adored this quick adventure! The pictures are stunning, and it was so intriguing!! I also appreciated the added content of the inspiration behind the story and graphic elements of the authors writing process! Highly recommend!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nadina

    I enjoyed the artwork and the story itself was lovely. I really enjoyed it. It was well written, had good characters who developed over the course of the story, and was well paced. I liked the ending and also that the author gave some factual information that inspired the story at the end.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Raven Black

    All points come from the artwork. Story is weak and several holes. However, as a 10 to 14 year old this would be an adventure/ghost story I'd have enjoyed. Gorgeous art that mostly pushes the story along. All points come from the artwork. Story is weak and several holes. However, as a 10 to 14 year old this would be an adventure/ghost story I'd have enjoyed. Gorgeous art that mostly pushes the story along.

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