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Chicagoland Detective Agency:
Megan Yamamaura wants to buy a tarantula, but not for the reasons you may think. (Okay, so I can't fathom a reason, but the one given is really good.) It's actually to have a soft fuzzy critter to have and hold (*shudders*) that won't make her Dad break out in hives (allergic to pet hair...not a pretty picture). In search of her new "fuzzy friend", she visits the local pet store. Unbeknownst to her, they don't sell actual pets, just pet supplies, a fact which RAF Herandez, the young man who happens to be working behind the counter when she visits, ever so rudely informs her of. (Guy seriously needs an attitude adjustment.) Leaving empty handed and in tears (bad RAF, bad!), the next morning brings more bad news. This summer, Megan will be attending school (the horror!).
That's right! The private and stuffy sounding Stepford Prepatary Academy....problem is, things aren't always what they seem (when are they ever?). Upon entering the classroom for her big first day, Megan discovers a hint of what that something not quite right might be. Aside from the conformity that she hates and strides to remain free of encroaching upon her individuality (short version: she likes to BE herself...not such a bad thing), all the students appear to be prone to accidents. How so? They're all wearing bandaids. Strange....definitely, I mean considering the ENTIRE classroom is involved and presuming it's not a fashion statement. What's worse is when the school cafeteria serves liver and onions and not one single kid blinks an eye or turns up their nose at it.... (*double shudder*) Well, everyone that is except for Megan but we know she's a new arrival...apparently into the land of WEIRD! What's going on with everyone and why on earth do they all seem to agree on everything? She's about to find out first hand and the truth of the matter will definitely surprise you....
So, I came upon this little read thanks to the good folks over at NetGalley and their tweeting wonder. I hadn't actually been to the site in a while when I saw a few of their tweets at random (yep, I follow them...not in a creepy stalker way, but on Twitter...) and said to myself...self, you need to take a look at the site again! Hey, what can I say, egalley's are fine and all, but I much prefer my actual books. The weight, the feel, the smell....everything about them, but NetGalley had several great titles that caught my eye, this one included. (Thanks, NetGalley!)
Where to start, where to start. I've just recently been sampling the world of comic books/graphic novels, and while I'm not ready to sing their praises in general, I can definitely say that I have found a few gems that I am more than happy to share with you, my readers...this one included. Megan is a great leading lady. Her non-conformist nature would paint her as an outsider but she really just wants to be understood and accepted for who she is (anyone else second her thoughts there?). Who is she? Well for one, a haiku expert in training! For those of you that may not know, a haiku is a type of poem generally consisting of three lines with the following pattern: five syllables, 7 syllables, and 5 syllables. Something like this...
Avid reader here,
Next adventure is unclear;
Reading is for life.
Egalley for review was made available via NetGalley and the publisher, Graphic Universe, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group. (THANKS!) Are you a book blogger interested in egalley reading opportunites? Be sure to visit NetGalley on the web or follow along on Twitter for all the latest listings. For more information on the publisher and their full catalog of titles, check out their site.
Until next time...happy reading!