The Mystery of the Moon Tower

Viking. (Pathfinders Society: Bk. 1). Apr. 2020. 176p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780425291863; pap. $12.99. ISBN 9780425291870.
Gr 4-6–After moving to his mom’s old town, Windrose, Kyle is going to spend the summer at Camp Pathfinder, located in a valley with a changing weather and smelly natural gas that tends to escape through the ground. There, Kyle meets Beth, Harry, Victoria, and Nate, the other campers in his assigned group. The five campers have distinctive interests: Kyle likes to draw, organized Beth enjoys history, Harry’s passion is magic, Victoria is a math whiz, and Nate loves to create and find solutions to problems. They tap their many talents as they encounter an enigmatic castle and look for a treasure connected with the mysterious camp’s founder, the missing Henry Merriweather. The narrative is simple and likely to appeal to reluctant readers, and the engaging, vibrant illustrations help move the plot along. Readers will relate to the characters and be drawn into the narrative.
VERDICT This first book in an adventure-filled mystery graphic novel series will garner fans. Tweens will have fun with this quick read whose open ending will leave readers wanting to know more.

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