46. TenNapel, Doug. Ghostopolis. Graphix, 2010. 266pages. Tr. $21.29 ISBN 9780545210287
Brief Plot Description: Garth is accidently sent to the afterlife with the Nightmare, a horse skeleton (Skinny) by Frank, an agent of the Supernatural Immigration Task Force. In the world of the afterlife (Ghostopolis), Garth meets the ghost of his grandfather Cecil, who tells him the story of the Ghostopolis and the reason behind his strained relation with Garth’s mother. Garth is attacked by several Velociraptor skeletons and the ruler of Ghostopolis, Vaugner. With the help of Cecil, Frank, and Skinny, Garth fights against the evil ruler and return home.
Genre(s)/Subject(s): Graphic Novels, Fantasy Comic Books, Ghosts Fiction, Adventure
Reading Level: Ages 8-12
Awards: YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens (Top Ten) (2011), YALSA Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers (2012)
Books Similar in Style, Content, Theme, or Characters: The Little Prince by Joann Sfar, Calamity Jack by Shannon Hale, Rapunzel’s Revengeby Shannon Hale
Programming/Lesson Ideas: This graphic novel can be used as a setting for a role play during a Halloween Party.
Personal Thoughts: This graphic novel has an intense plot and vivid drawings that easily captures readers’ interests. It reveals the theme of hope, love, and family bonds. Garth was a hopeless boy because of his uncured disease, but he recovers from the disease by the end of the story. Hence, it inspires readers to always maintain hope.