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The Inkberg Enigma


Jonathan King Jonathan King



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Gecko Press
01 August 2020
A graphic-novel mystery adventure for eight- to twelve-year-olds in which a girl and boy uncover the secret that has corrupted their seaside town Miro and Zia live in Aurora, a fishing town nestled in the shadow of an ancient castle. Miro lives in his books; Zia is never without her camera. The day they meet, they uncover a secret. The fishing works, the castle, the town council: all are linked to an ill-fated 1930s Antarctic expedition. But the diary of that journey has been hidden and the sea is stirring up unusual creatures. Something has a powerful hold over the town. With Zia determined to find out more, Miro finds himself putting aside his books for a real adventure.

The Inkberg Enigma is an exciting adventure with a strong filmic narrative.
By:   Jonathan King
Illustrated by:   Jonathan King
Imprint:   Gecko Press
Country of Publication:   New Zealand
Dimensions:   Height: 255mm,  Width: 190mm, 
Weight:   467g
ISBN:   9781776572663
ISBN 10:   1776572661
Pages:   128
Publication Date:   01 August 2020
Recommended Age:   From 8 to 12 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jonathan King's comics have featured online and in anthologies. King is a prominent filmmaker whose debut feature Black Sheep remains one of New Zealand's biggest-selling feature films. Its international awards include the Audience Award at the Gerardmer Fantastic Film Festival, the Silver Raven at the Brussels Fantastic Film Festival and the Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Dramatic Presentation. King co-wrote, produced and directed a film adaptation of New Zealand children's classic Under the Mountain by Maurice Gee, starring Sam Neill, which has been released worldwide. The Inkberg Enigma is his first children's book.

Reviews for The Inkberg Enigma (GN)

Miro, a boy with perhaps too much love of books, and Zia, a girl always ready for adventure, team up to discover the sinister and mystical secret at the heart of their sleepy fishing town. This straightforward, fast-paced mystery sometimes glosses over conversations in order to introduce the next entertaining part of the story, but the target audience is unlikely to mind that Zia and Miro suddenly go somewhere when they're busy saving the day. King's dramatic poses and square jaws recall the golden era of pulp action comics but with a modern feel and diverse cast; the purely black-and-white sections denoting flashbacks are some of the most dynamic art in the whole story. Adults reading along will no doubt enjoy the classic monster references and a cameo by a tiny Loch Ness Monster in a jar. Overall, a diverting tale and an interesting pair of odd-couple kid detectives. Hopefully there will be more opportunities for Miro and Zia to uncover mischief in the future.--Booklist -- Journal

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