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The Adventures of John Blake: Mystery of the Ghost Ship

Written by Philip Pullman
Illustrated by Fred Fordham

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June 2017 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month June 2017 Master story-teller Philip Pullman is as brilliantly creative in this gripping, multi-narrative graphic novel story as ever. In an adventure which both pays homage to the best-traditions of the past and dashes into the future so enabling it to give an interesting commentary on our own time, Pullman’s lively cast of characters travel through time and place. At the centre of the adventure is a mysterious ghost ship, the Mary Alice, crewed by men from all times including ancient Rome, the seventeenth century and the present. But someone in the present is desperate to get their hands on the boat and will stop at nothing to do so. When contemporary teenager Serena falls from the family yacht she is rescued by crew member John Blake. How can he evade the present day evil and return her safely to her family? Pullman’s brevity and storytelling power are superbly realised in Fred Fordham’s atmospheric and equally taut illustrations. With the sea at the heart of them all, they conjure up the different times and places of the several narratives and define the characters in them. The result is a delight of a book for readers of all ages. ~ Julia Eccleshare

Philip Pullman says: “I wanted to do this because I love the comic form. You can do things in comics with great economy, swiftness, force and effect, and I just wanted to use those potentialities.”

Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for June 2017

Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds by Horatio Clare

Adventures of John Blake, The: Mystery of the Ghost Ship by Philip Pullman

Axel Scheffler's Flip Flap Ocean by Axel Scheffler

Maisy Goes to the Bookshop by Lucy Cousins

Tender Earth by Sita Brahmachari

Old Hat by Emily Gravett

The Cow Who Fell to Earth by Nadia Shireen

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading4kids expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. Click here to read the full reviews.

  • Seren Daly, age 10 - 'I found it exiting and gripping, impossible to put down and ignore for even a second...I think both genders will enjoy reading it.'
  • Ross O'Gorman, age 10 - 'It's fast-paced, mega exciting and impossible to put down. The illustrations are really strong and are so good at bringing all the different strands of the story to life.'
  • Toby Little, age 9 - 'Every single time I had to stop reading it, I was very annoyed...I was grumpy that I got interrupted – it was that good...The drawings were amazing, and had a lot of detail.'
  • Bella, age 10 - 'I enjoy reading books like this with my Dad because he likes art and time travel stories.'
  • Noah Scott-Sentence, age 10 - 'A thrilling, action-packed adventure! I really recommend this book. It's very exciting and also funny.'
  • Joshua Zinkin, age 12 - 'Gorgeously drawn comic that feels as if you are stepping inside a film, with a wonderful narrative that feels like a good adventure but also contains plenty of modern references.'
  • Daniel Bisland, age 9 - 'I recommend it to 8+ adventure and comic fans. I give it 5/5. If you like mysteries this is the book for you. Also, if you don’t like long, boring books without any illustrations, you will like this book!'
  • Andrew Goodall, age 8 - 'The book is a graphic novel and I rate it suitable for children 9 and over. It is quite challenging to read but the illustrations are amazing and really help. I rate it 10 out of 10.'

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Synopsis

The Adventures of John Blake: Mystery of the Ghost Ship by Philip Pullman

High-octane action and a deep twisting mystery combine in this visual feast of a time-travel tale of
adventure on the high seas. Originally seen in The Phoenix comic.

Serena’s father is on a mission to sail the world, but when their ship is struck by a storm she’s swept overboard. Rescued by the mysterious schooner Mary Alice, Serena soon finds herself far from home… Lost at sea, and shrouded in the mists of time, the Mary Alice sails the endless waters, her crew desperate to find a way home. But things aren’t that simple - each crew member has been ripped from their own time – from ancient Rome to the twentieth century. They must work together to find a way back to their families; to the places and years they belong to. But something is stalking them across the open oceans, an otherworldly, malevolent force hell bent on capturing the Mary Alice and her crew. And it will stop at nothing to get what it wants.

Join Philip Pullman's John Blake and the crew of the Mary Alice in an unforgettable time-travelling adventure on the high seas. With art by Fred Fordham.

About the Author

Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman is the author of the multi-award winning fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials. He has won numerous awards for his children’s books, including the Carnegie Medal, the Guardian Children's Book Award, the Smarties Prize, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and a CBE. In 2008, The Times named Pullman as one of the 50 greatest writers since 1945. Philip Pullman lives in Oxford with his wife, and has two sons. Read more the author here.

Author photo © Michael Leckie portrait.

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Format

Hardback
80 pages

Author

Philip Pullman
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Author's Website

www.philip-pullman.com

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Publisher

David Fickling Books

Publication date

1st June 2017

ISBN

9781910989296

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