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Moving to a mysterious town
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Kyle and his mother move back to Windrose, where his mother was raised, and she sends him to Merriweather's camp so he doesn't spend the summer playing video games. The town is a quirky place, with odd gaseous eruptions and strange weather, and the camp is quirky, too. There, he is thrown in with Beth, Vic, Harry, and Nate, who all have their own interests and talents. After watching an old movie about the town, they start to investigate and break into the Merriweather house, which is run down and surrounded by a moat. In the house, they meet Mildred Merriweather, the great niece of the camp founder. She gives them access to the building (which is to be torn down), which starts them on an epic, magical adventure. They find clues and secret rooms, solve puzzles, and embrace Merriweather's philosophy of "path finding". Will they be able to find the fabled treasure of Windrose and save the Merriweather legacy?
Good Points
There's always something bound to be creepy or spooky when a middle grade character moves to a new town, and Kyle certainly finds himself in the thick of a mystery. It's good to see that he finds a group of fast friends fairly quickly, so they are able to devote themselves to solving it.

Older fans of Yang's Secret Coders will like the puzzles and adventure that this diverse cast confronts in Windrose. The house is a fun setting, rather reminiscent of the movie National Treasure at points. This is a graphic novel in full color, so perfect for fantasy fans who like to delve into this format.

I felt like there were a ton of details missing about Windrose and the Merriweathers that could have been better addressed in a traditional novel, but since there look to be at least two more books coming in the series, I'm sure we will see more of these addressed.

There are a growing number of fantasy graphic novels, so fans of Steinkellner's The Okay Witch, Siegel's 5 Worlds, Grine's Secrets of Camp Whatever, Parks' Rickety Stitch and Stevenson's Lumberjanes will enjoy seeing what the Pathfinders Society is up to.
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