"Eloquently chronicled in Marcks’s cinematic panels, friendships are formed and repaired, parental relationships articulated, and inner conflicts expressed and resolved. A winning production." --Kirkus
When a Hollywood film crew arrives on Martha's Vineyard with a mechanical shark and a youth film contest boasting a huge cash prize, disgraced pitcher Gayle "Blue Streak" Briar sees a chance to turn a bad season into the best summer ever.
After recruiting aspiring cinematographer Elijah Jones and moody director Maddie Grey, Gayle and her crew set out to uncover the truth of the island's own phantom shark and win the prize money. But these unlikely friends are about to discover what happens when you turn your camera toward the bad things lurking below the surface.
Of course, the inclusion of a Jaws- like film will draw readers to this immediately, but the Atwood Terror, and the myriad reactions of the local residents to this historical figure being discussed gives this a deeper plotline. Even though the text is not super dense, the story is well developed, and we get a good feel for the town, the characters, and the importance of rapidly fading local history.
Readers who like mysteries that delve into the past like Chalfoun's The Treasure of Maria Mamoun , Korman's Notorious, and Cummings' Trace will enjoy this graphic novel mystery, adn may even be motivated to go hunt down some elderberry ice cream to go along with it.