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Dalen and Gole

Scandal in Port Angus

illustrated by Mike Deas

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environment, science fiction, mystery & detective
list price: $9.95
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
published: 2011
ISBN:9781554698004
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
9 to 12
Grade:
4 to 7
Reading age:
9 to 12
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Awards
  • Short-listed, Silver Birch Express Award nominee
  • Short-listed, Hackmatack Children's Choice Award nominee
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books
  • Short-listed, BC Book Prize - Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize nominee
  • Commended, Resource Links "The Year's Best"
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Description

With seconds to the finish line, Dalen and Gole lead the distant world of Budap's annual Junior-Jet Race. Suddenly they are overtaken. Left behind in a cloud of mysterious purple exhaust, they realize something doesn't add up. Looking for clues, the two friends uncover a tunnel that leads them to Earth.
They arrive in Port Angus, once a lively west coast fishing community. The fishing industry is dying, and Dalen and Gole find themselves embroiled in a sinister plot to steal fish and send them to Budap. Pursued by government agents and angry aliens, Dalen and Gole are in a race against time to save both their own distant world and the fishing community of Port Angus.

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Editorial Reviews

"Deas' experience as an illustrator enables him to understand the importance of the interplay of the text and illustrations. He does not rely on the text to tell the story; indeed, many panels rely solely on the detailed facial expressions and actions of his characters to forward his tale. The simple backgrounds are also helpful in establishing the setting and mood of the plot. As a result, his graphic novel is extremely accessible to emerging and struggling readers...Deas has created two likeable and interesting characters whose personal quirks are well used in the development of the plot...The mystery, interlaced with action and humour, will appeal to the graphic novel fan."

— CM Magazine

"Speaks to its audience and provides a hook, through format, to lure boys into reading fiction. The colourful comics and alien creature main-characters...are designed to whet the young male appetite and to keep him reading...A fabulous recreational read as well as a strong spring board for teaching cartooning and creating graphic stories, characterization and using the imagination in storytelling."

— Resource Links

"I enjoyed the environmental message woven into Deas’s bright comics...The key to the alien alphabet found at the end sent me back through the story to decode various signs that I couldn’t read on my first pass."

— Unshelved book blog

"A fast-paced...fun romp about strangers in a strange land...Budap's residents resemble human-toad hybrids with snail-like eyes. Visually, they are immediately endearing...An entertaining and charming book."

— Quill & Quire

"Young readers, struggling readers, and any readers of conscience will love this adventure and look forward to more. The end pages show alien jet schematics and Budap's alphabet. The author's website is not to be missed!"

— Library Media Connection

"The full-colour illustrations would be very much at home in Saturday morning cartoons, with goofy Everycreature protagonists and doofus-styled bad guys...An amiable romp, and a bonus spread of the Budapian alphabet and its English equivalent will give code enthusiasts a new method of secure encryption for classroom note-passing."

— The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"A crisp, clear comic romp about two alien friends who uncover a gently sinister scheme that could destroy both their home planet and a small fishing town on Earth...Deas’ art has a clarion brightness and is tidily paneled across the page...Squeaky-clean, good fun."

— Kirkus Reviews

"Deas, illustrator of the six-volume Graphic Guide Adventure series, makes his debut as an author and illustrator here and provides solid graphics, pacing, dialogue, and humor...The rundown of the Budapian alphabet at the end is a particularly nice touch, and it allows readers to spin back through and translate the many signs sprinkled throughout the book. A fun mystery-adventure that's just right for young space cases."

— Booklist

"The artwork...has a muted, evocative palette, expressive character work, and energetic chase sequences. Deas makes effective use of sound effects and asymmetrical panel boundaries to enhance the most dramatic moments."

— School Library Journal
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About the Author

Mike Deas

MIKE DEAS est auteur-illustrateur de bandes dessinées, telles que Tank and Fizz and The Case of the Tentacle Terror. Il signe aussi les illustrations de la série Graphic Guide Adventure. Sa passion pour l'illustration a été entretenue tout au long de son enfance à l'île Saltspring, en Colombie-Britannique où il habite encore aujourd'hui.

MIKE DEAS is an author-illustrator of graphic novels, most recently Dalen and Gole: Scandal in Port Angus. His love for illustrative storytelling comes from an early love of reading and drawing while growing up on Saltspring Island, British Columbia.

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