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English / New Zealand

The Inkberg enigma

King, Jonathan (text/illus.)
Wellington: Gecko Press, 2020. – 125 p.
ISBN 978-1-776572-66-3

Mystery  | Research  | Monster  | Conspiracy  | Graphic novel

Reading age: 9+

White Ravens issue: 2021


Miro is a book nerd. He’s not just obsessed with reading every book he can get his hands on, he also needs to own them. Zia prefers to be out and about, observing the world through the lense of her camera. When the two tweens witness a weird emergency involving a fisherman and some mysterious sea creature, they are immediately intrigued; all the more so because the sinister-looking mayor threatens them and tries to keep them away. As they sneak around to find out more, Miro and Zia stumble head over heels into a real-life adventure. Jonathan King, renowned New Zealand filmmaker and comics author, has created a suspenseful, cinematic graphic novel set in a small coastal fishing town. The timeless mystery, which is reminiscent of popular children’s classics such as “Emil and the Detectives” and the “Tintin” comic books, plays with elements of horror and historical fiction. It provides a fast-paced read with a diverse cast of characters and two plucky protagonists who manage to outwit the town baddies. [CS]