Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Storm in the Barn

Title:               The Storm in the Barn
Category:       Juvenile, Graphic Novel
Grade:            3 - 6
Author:          Matt Phelan
Illustrator:      Matt Phelan
Publisher:       Candlewick
Date:               2009
Pages:             201

Jack’s older sister has dust pneumonia and many people think young Jack has dust dementia.  Even he can’t be sure that the spooky lights and the mysterious figure in the barn are anything other than his imagination.  More than anything, Jack wants to prove himself though, and perhaps with courage he can face the stranger and bring back the rain to the Oklahoma Dust Bowl. 

This graphic novel is both historical fiction and suspenseful thriller.  Illustrations can sometimes feel redundant with only minute changes from frame to frame, but overall the story is easy to follow and will keep readers on the edge of their seats.


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