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CHARACTERS The Silver Six 107 î When a group of orphans are thrown together under mysterious circumstances Phoebe and her pal Oliver lead them in a daring escape from their orphanage to an uninhabited moon But their idyllic paradise is shattered when the powerful corporate boss who ordered the deaths of their parents sends a relentless henchman to track them doO an uninhabited moon But their idyllic paradise is shattered when the powerful corporate boss who ordered the deaths of their parents sends a relentles. My 9 year old reluctant reader could not look away from this graphic novel even when her favorite tv show was blaring in front of her face I had to know what was keeping her attention so riveted; when I started reading I totally got it Although THE SILVER SIX has a bleak dystopian setting it tells a rousing story about six orphans who vow to save their world Using teamwork science courage and tenacity they do just that With a focused plot plenty of action and dynamic illustrations this one is bound to keep your middle grader and you enthralled as well

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S henchman to track them downNow with nowhere left to turn and time running out Phoebe and her friends decide there's only one thing left to do Fight ba. I thoroughly enjoyed this graphic novel set far in the future and Earth's citizens live inside bubbles while relying on Hydro 2 for their energy needs Hydro 2 is controlled by the Craven Mining a company which exploits Earth's resources in order to enrich its own coffers When several scientists and researchers come close to finding an alternative fuel source they are killed Phoebe Hemingway is the daughter of two of those scientists and she's been living alone with her robot Max ever since their deaths When she ends up in an orphanage the man who runs the Craven Mining group is determined to find out what she knows about her parents' work But she makes five friends in the orphanage each of whom share a connection that will lead them to travel to a moon which may hold clues that will help them figure out why Craven is so desperate to get his hands on Phoebe The story is engaging and the illustrations have eye appeal Although it might be unlikely that these six children could be so smart and so scientifically advanced it's still fun to watch them solve problems and conuer their own fears while bonding with others

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The Silver SixWhen a group of orphans are thrown together under mysterious circumstances Phoebe and her pal Oliver lead them in a daring escape from their orphanage t. Ambition It’s not a term I usually associate with children’s graphic novels Your average everyday children’s comic is not particularly ambitious There are so few of them out there that you can’t make any grand sweeping statements about them except maybe to stress that the difference between a GN for adults and a GN for kids is scope While an actual prose novel for the kiddos can set its sights rather high see The Golden Compass Hokey Pokey The Book of Everything etc children’s graphic novels have of a tendency to limit themselves They might encompass sprawling narratives over the course of several books see the Bone series the Amulet series etc but in a single book Usually there’s not a lot you can say unless you’re Shaun Tan of course So I would have thought prior to picking up Lieberman and Rawlings’ The Silver Six What looks on the outside to simply be yet another tame adventure tale for the kiddos turns uickly into a story so packed with excitement that in any other author’s hand this could easily have been split into a trilogy at the very least With a large diverse cast a relatable heroine and a good old fashioned evil corporation Lieberman and Rawlings dare to dream big and it pays off Like I say ambitious Phoebe Hemingway’s been doing okay Sure her parents died in a mysterious crash about a year ago and ever since she’s been faking it with her robot Oliver living on their own But when child welfare services track her down and send her to the ultimate nasty futuristic orphanage she discovers she may be in grave dangerd Fortunately she meets up with five other kids that share some shocking similarities to Phoebe Like the fact that their parents all died in the same crash Or that they all willed to their children the same moon registration forms Now the team is on an epic uest to escape the orphanage travel off the planet dodge the bad guys and find out the true conspiracy behind their parents’ deaths They say that people relate to action moviesbookscomics etc because immediate peril is instantly understandable and accessible to an audience That said you can write all the action thrillers in the world but unless you’ve a little additional heart it’s not going to have a lot of emotional impact What makes “The Silver Six” a little different from the other books out there is that it isn’t afraid to go for the emotional heart than once So you’ve six orphans and that’s fairly heartrending on paper And you’ve one of the villains dealing with his own tragic past as well But the moment that makes all the difference in the world comes when Phoebe must willingly give up the one last family member she has for the greater good When you sacrifice the comic relief to stop the baddies that’s tough enough When you actually LIKE said comic relief Pull out those hankies and blow And I love the way the book rewards rereadings As you read through and pick apart the conspiracies the first page is going to make a lot sense Throwaway moments like when a character sees the initials SOS scrawled on a wall are explained at length later Then there are the little in jokes My personal favorite was the tech geek who worries that he didn’t feed his fish that morning with a glance later at the fish he’s since raised in their absence Trust me it makes sense in the book The art itself wasn’t a lure at first Darren Rawlings hails from the world of animation and motion graphics so there’s going to be a certain level of slickness to any enterprise he stands behind right from the start I’ve no idea if Mr Rawlings did his own inking and coloring no one else is credited but it’s a good job Still the first thing you’ll notice is how much the man has had to cram onto each and every page I’m not just talking words but number of panels and even images that appear on those panels You get the distinct impression over the course of this book that Rawlings would do best if the pages were long and extended as you might find in a Tintin or Little Nemo collection Yet for all that I never had the feeling that the pages felt cramped The art packs a punch but at the same time it has a way of carrying you along I wouldn’t give it to a novice GN reader but for those kids with some experience it's going to be enormously satisfying If there’s a problem with the book and there are surprisingly few I suppose it’s the ending The big showdown with the baddie happens and then everything looks lost Then we get a LOT of exposition and badda bing badda boom end of story In a book of false climaxes and honestly awesome moments where the action rises and falls this letdown of an ending momentarily sours an otherwise skillful outing I won’t deny that there’s a sweet justice in the way the villain personally brings about his own destruction but it’s odd watching your heroes stand idly by while the world comes around to their way of thinking Many is the parent who decides to buy their kids some comics for vacation only to find that within the first 20 minutes of the car trip their children have read every single one If you want something with a little meat that’s going to keep their attention for AT LEAST an hour The Silver Six is your friend Also recommended for fans of epic adventures bored kids comic lovers boys girls anyone who likes snarky robots and people who has to read these kiddos bedtime stories A uick and exciting little package the book literally begins with an explosion with a surprising amount of depth Nicely doneFor ages 9 12