The Mystery of the Meanest Teacher: A Johnny Constantine Graphic NovelFeatured
After angering a number of hostile spirits in England, 13-year-old magician Johnny Constantine has to find a way out of the country. Persuading his parents to send him to America, John arrives at the Junior Success Boarding School in Salem, Massachusetts. But once there,he finds himself to be something of an outcast. And he is also convinced that his homeroom teacher really has it in for him. Worse, he's convinced that's she's really a witch.
Fortunately, John is able to find one kindred spirit at school with whom he's able to form an alliance--another misfit named Anna, who also happens to have her own developing magical powers. John recruits Anna in his efforts to uncover the truth about Ms. Kayla and expose the Meanest Teacher's real identity to the world.
Joined by a friendly demon named Etrigan, these two amateur sleuths will uncover clues and stumble upon forces beyond their control in a humorous series of misadventures.
As his demon friends get sick of him, they come up with a plot to get him sent to a boarding school in the US, where the ghosts won't be after him, and he won't be making a mess in their house. At the new school, everything feels different and Kid feels completely out of his element. However, when he makes a new, magical friend, things start to change.
A teacher who really seems to have it out for Kid makes them suspicious - why is she so mean? The two decide to investigate and learn that there are bigger plots afoot that they, along with a rhyming demon who loves heavy metal, need to stop before the world is destroyed.
What I loved: This was an action-filled graphic novel that uses plenty of humor to break the tension. With a mystery to be solved, danger, comedy, and friendship, this was a truly fun read. Children who have experienced a tough teacher will delight in this plot of the most difficult teacher - who is also hiding a dangerous secret. The investigation fun with all the magic makes for a really great plot that touches on themes that are fantastic for the target age group like friendship, sticking by your friends, making new friends, and healing from past experiences.
The illustrations were really high quality with lots of details in every panel, expressive characters, and a great use of color that matches the mood of each scene. There is quite a bit of text throughout, but it is generally easy to follow, and helpful for the age group to really set the stage and explain everything. This is a really charming story and the humor and sarcasm comes across throughout with clear reasonings.
Final verdict: A charming, humorous, and action-filled graphic novel, THE MYSTERY OF THE MEANEST TEACHER is a great story of adventure, magic, and friendship. Highly recommend for middle grade readers looking for a fun read with great characters and a unique plot.