The Mystery of the Moon Tower (The Pathfinders Society)
But then they're thrown together at summer camp, where they watch a grainy old movie about the history of their town, Windrose, and one of its illustrious citizens of a bygone era: the intrepid explorer-inventor Henry Merriweather. He's the one who established their camp. Merriweather's Camp Pathfinders' motto? Plus Ultra: more beyond!
The five kids soon find there is indeed "more beyond" in their pokey town with its weird weather and sudden geysers of smelly air. Deciphering a route of historical markers leads them to Merriweather's old castle, which is lined with ornate, beautiful tiles in hallways that lead to secret rooms full of odd objects--and where time itself is warped!
Kyle, Vic, Beth, Harry, and Nate witness scenes from Merriweather's past and realize his experiments and eccentricities are pointing toward a path--that could lead to the rumored lost treasure of Windrose.
This is the path our heroes are meant to follow, on a journey that will take them back and forth through time, through woods, and across waterways revealed by moonlight, right up to the looming Moon Tower itself--which holds Merriweather's secret . . . and the treasure!
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.