for The Twilight Kingdom
by Ted Naifeh
In the third of Ted Naifeh’s graphic novel series about young witch Courtney Crumrin, Courtney is a new student at The Coven School and has trouble fitting in. Her classmates reject her, and her misery is exacerbated by her parents’ complete disinterest in her. She lacks all social skills, and readers will at first delight in rather than pity her self-sabotaging, surly responses to all who speak to her. Courtney’s knowledge of magic is superior to her classmates’. In spite of her tendency to revel in others’ problems, she tries to warn a young boy named Joey about the risks of a spell another boy is putting on him. In classic Courtney style she asks him, “What do you think, kid? Nothing about this idea strikes you as a bit....wacked?” But no one pays any attention until the danger is all too obvious. Courtney must decide whether she wants to help Joey and the other students or seek revenge by denying all knowledge and watching them squirm. Moody black-and-white artwork creates an ominous atmosphere that echoes Courtney’s own internal struggles as well as the danger she and her classmates face. Readers do not need to be familiar with the first two Courtney Crumrin books to find their place in this story. (Ages 9–14)
CCBC Choices 2005 . © Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2005. Used with permission.
Courtney Crumrin returns in a series of newly remastered, full color editions! To her new classmates, Courtney is merely the grim, quiet girl in the back row. But when a group of students accidentally turns a young boy into a goblin, Courtney must lead the children into Goblin Town to find a cure. Unfortunately, misfortune seems to follow the group straight to the Twilight Kingdom—misfortune and a misguided lawkeeper who has it out for Courtney!
Publisher description retrieved from Google Books.