The second graphic novel for this month is Tower of Treasure by Scott Chantler. It is the first in the Three Thieves series. This particular graphic novel series came to my attention through student inquiry, and several students have checked out the fifth book since it came in our Junior Library Guild book shipment for the junior high.
The graphic novel is a classic origin story, with the three titular characters starting as circus performers. Dessa is a 14-year – old acrobat with a tragic past, and is hunting the man that took her brother, Princess Bride style. Like that movie, this is a team of people with interesting skills, and a great deal of differences to overcome. The other two members of the team areTopper, a juggler and master thief, and the strongman, Fisk. It moved quickly, and contained plenty of dangerous situations and action.
This series should appeal to students that enjoy adventure, quests, and the struggle between power and poverty. It was a quick, engaging read, appropriate for junior high students.
What are your favorite graphic novels? What really resonates with your students?