We're getting back to posting reviews here on the Cybils blog, while the judges are busy poring over the lists of finalists--but just so you know, we're ONLY posting reviews that were written prior to the judging period. Today's finalist review comes from GN Round I panelist Nicola at Back to Books.
Middle Grade Graphic Novel finalist The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook, written and illustrated by Eleanor Davis, is the story of Julian Calendar, a nerdy kid who tries to start over at a new school with a new, non-nerdy identity. But it's his very braininess that will help him make friends AND stop a dastardly plot. In her review, Nicola takes a thorough look at what she liked and didn't like about this title, and says:
The pacing was very well-timed with the tension slowly mounting throughout the story until the ending became very quick and fast paced. The three kids are also very real characters each with their own flaws...
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