The first part of the Alison Dare Double Blog Dare Tour is to post photos of Alison, using cutout images provided by the very cool Sylvia at Tundra Books. Here are my pictures of Alison hanging out in England!
Publisher: Tundra Books
Released: May 11th, 2010
Grade rating: B- (Little Miss Adventures) / B (The Heart of the Maiden)
Alison Dare is not your typical twelve-year-old. She's the daughter of an archaeologist/adventurer and the masked hero known as the Blue Scarab. To top it off, she's also the niece of an international super-spy; it's no surprise that a craving for danger is in her blood! Unfortunately, her parents have locked her away at the prestigious St. Joan's Academy for Girls, hoping that this would lead to a more "normal" life for their daughter. But despite all the strict rules at the school, Alison and her best pals - Wendy and Dot - somehow manage to find themselves involved in adventures that rival those of Alison's globetrotting, planet-saving relatives. Whether it's magic genies, super-powered bank robbers, or a dastardly baron bent on world domination, Alison Dare delivers the best thrills since Indiana Jones and more action than Lara Croft!
Both Alison Dare books are fun graphic novels to read, with copious amounts of humourous dialogue ("The thing to do with angry mummies is to get as far away as possible". "That's what my daddy says, too!") and some really cool artwork. Each book is split into several different stories, so they never get boring and there's opportunity for lots of different Alison adventures.
Alison's mother is an archeologist, and her father is a superhero called The Blue Scarab. Adventure is in her blood, and together with her two friends Dot and Wendy, she encounters scorpions, ninjas and over-enthusiastic genies. Living in a boarding school run by nuns should, in theory, be pretty snore-inducing, but things at St. Joan's Academy for Girls are never dull!
My favourite of the two books is The Heart of the Maiden. I really enjoyed seeing more of Alison's dad, and nuns fighting ninjas is an excuse for artwork made of win. Although I liked both books, I would have liked more character development, though I understand that graphic novels are a different medium to the fiction I usually read.
Overall, they're very fun books for middle grade readers, and I think a large amount of YA readers would like them too. They're a light, quick read, and hey, who doesn't like a kick-ass adventurer with an occasional over-active imagination?