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Spectacle 1
Contributor(s): Gedris, Megan Rose
ISBN: 162010492X     ISBN-13: 9781620104927
Publisher: Oni Pr
    OUR PRICE: $14.39  
Product Type: Paperback
Published: May 2018
Annotation: Fan-favorite webcomic creator Megan Rose Gedris (Yu+Me Dream) crafts a compelling tale of magic, deception, and wonder in this stunningly illustrated graphic novel about the bond between sisters.

Pragmatic engineer Anna works as a psychic in the Samson Brothers Circus, but she doesn't believe in anything supernatural—until her twin sister Kat is murdered and comes back as a very demanding ghost. Sharing a room with her sister was hard, but now they're sharing a body while trying to identify the killer. With few leads, a troupe full of secretive folk, and strange paranormal occurrences popping up around the circus, solving the case seems near impossible. But the murderer in their midst may be the least of their problems... 

"Humorous and heartfelt, creepy and captivating; readers will eagerly hope for another volume." - Kirkus
Additional Information
Dewey: 741.5/973
LCCN: bl2018080542
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Series: Spectacle
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 10.50" H x 7.75" W x 0.25" (0.80 lbs) 123 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Megan Rose Gedris, aka Rosalarian, is a full-time comics writer and artist based in Chicago. She started making webcomics in 2002, with a focus on women and LGBTQ characters and is mostly self-taught. She has been a traveling performer since 2012, and has had a lot of adventures on the road, none of them involving ghosts, but a few of them involving a lot of blood. She loves cheese. Like, really loves it.


Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 March)

Gr 9 Up—Bold lines surrounding panels with equally bright colors are appropriate foils for an audacious story about a travelling circus. Anna and her twin sister, Kat, were taken in as members of the Samson Brothers Circus. Kat can throw knives with—usually—accurate precision. Lacking her sister's keen hand-eye coordination, Anna has compensated by "telling fortunes." Intellectual and skeptical Anna initially balks at working as a psychic, so she creates a conjecture engine that calculates probabilities and helps her reach scientifically based conclusions. Her life takes a tragic turn when she finds Kat murdered in their shared train car. Kat begins to inhabit Anna's mind and body as both of them attempt to find Kat's killer. Worse still, Anna discovers that she can see other ghosts, including the victims of a corrupt sheriff in one of the show's whistle-stop towns. Gedris makes a conscious effort to incorporate ethnically and religiously diverse characters and takes full advantage of the circus context to explore otherness with the circus "freaks." The abrupt cliff-hanger ending will leave readers anxiously awaiting the second installment. VERDICT While this title isn't explicitly YA, the plot, fascinating cast of characters, art, and strong protagonist will appeal to fans of paranormal and mystery plots.—Jodeana Kruse, R.A. Long High School, Longview, WA

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