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Children of the Pheonix Review

Pub Date 12 Dec 2023

By Papercutz

178 pages

Children's Fiction | Comics, Graphic Novels, Manga | Sci Fi & Fantasy

From the publisher:

"A new middle grade series of epic space adventure and intrigue with full-color art and comic pages!

When Elias and Alice’s mother disappears in a nearby forest, the siblings quickly embark on a journey to find her. But nothing can prepare them for what lies ahead–not when they come face-to-face with a crew of aliens who whisk them away to a spaceship where they meet terrifying creatures, dangerous attackers, and a secret that changes all Alice and Elias have ever known about their family.

Amid the mayhem, will Elias and Alice be able to traverse through the stars and find their mother?"

My review:


This just became my favorite middle-grade sci-fi series, can't wait for the next episode.

A classic style format graphic novel like some collectibles such as Stardust and The Sandman by Neil Gaiman where we have full chapters mixed with graphic novel pages or full illustrations. Makes the perfect mix and it's the best format for reluctant readers who just started with full comic page format to transition into full prose. I love it. To have the novel and be rewarded with awesome high-quality art of the characters and action.

It gives us short chapters and different POVs that plunge right into action. The kid's mom is gone and there is an alien ship on its way to Earth following a distress signal. When the cops take their dad in for questioning the kids take control of the search and rescue mission and find more than they expected. They end up teaming up with space travelers/bounty hunters, learn the truth about their mom, and start a journey to save her.

Under 200 pages, this is the jumping start of a great rescue mission in space and is perfect for sci-fi and superhero fans of Guardians of the Galaxy and Star Trek.

Thank you Netgalley and Publisher for this e-ARC.

Buy on Amazon or B&N.

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