William and the Lost Spirit by Gwen De Bonneval & Matthieu Bonhomme - 160 pages (Children Fantasy Fiction Comic)
William knows his father is dead. Everyone knows it . . . everyone except William's sister, who hears him calling to her. Despite William's warnings, she disappears in the night to find their father. To rescue his sister, William must travel through dangerous forests swarming with bandits. But human foes are the least of his problems. His quest will take him beyond the world he knows and into far-off lands--where monsters are real, the dead can speak, and lies become truths. With an enchanted goat as his guide, William follows a strange path that may lead to his sister . . . and perhaps his father as well. From School Library Journal Gr 7 Up-At first glance, the action-packed cover illustration of a boy and a goat riding a gryphon, escaping from a fierce green monster, seems at odds with the peaceful-sounding title. But in fact, the spirit of the art captures the spirit of the book. As William sets out to find his father (who might be dead, or lost, or both), he is joined by a knight, a troubadour, and a very unusual goat. Soon he enters a mysterious world that is populated with an amazing cast of characters, including Prester John, dog-faced men, and headless people whose faces are on their chests. The story is enhanced by Bonhomme's realistic illustrations that mix sepia tones with flashes of brilliant color, and his skillful interpretations of the magical creatures that populate this world will help to fix those creatures in readers' memories. The book is most remarkable in its layers-it is a magical adventure story, it is the story of a boy trying to find his father, and it is the story of a boy who learns difficult lessons and matures while on his journey. Many teens will be intrigued by this title because of the eye-catching cover and illustrations, and thoughtful readers will be captivated by William and grow with him as he explores his world.-Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. Book is clean, dust free and in pristinely crisp condition. Extremely well kept and looks just like new. Soft cover in excellent state, no dents from book drop, crease mark from applied pressure from blunted object, bends, scratches or stains. Pages also in excellent condition with no crease, tear, missing page, scribbling, dog ears, writing, stains. Well maintained with no yellowing of pages. Overall condition rating 9.5/10. * PLEASE CHECK OUT MY PHOTOS ATTACHED TO UNDERSTAND THE CONDITION All items will be sold "As Is" in USED condition.