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published: April 2010

Food Fight

A Graphic Guide Adventure

by Liam O'Donnell, illustrated by Mike Deas

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environment, mystery & detective, action & adventure
5 of 5
2 ratings
list price: $9.95
also available: eBook
published: April 2010

While Devin and Nadia spend summer vacation at a university camp for little kids Nadia as a counselor and Devin as an unwilling participant—their mother's research project is vandalized and her motives are questioned. Devin, Nadia and Simon stumble upon shady characters, corporate conspiracy and a plot to take over the nation's food supply with genetically modified fertilizer.

About the Authors
Liam O'Donnell was born in Northern Ireland and came to Canada when he was five years old. He studied media at Ryerson University and has worked on film sets in Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom. He is the author of the popular Max Finder Mysteries. Liam now teaches elementary school in Toronto. Visit www.liamodonnell.com for more information.
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Mike Deas is the illustrator of the bestselling Graphic Guide Adventure series. His love for illustrative storytelling developed at an early age while growing up on Saltspring Island, British Columbia. Capilano College's Commercial Animation Program in Vancouver helped Mike fine-tune his drawing skills and imagination. Mike enjoys traveling, and he has worked in England and California as a concept artist, texture artist and art director in the video game industry. Mike and his wife Nancy live in sunny Victoria, British Columbia.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
9 to 12
4 to 7
Reading age:
8 to 12
  • Commended, A Parent's Guide to the Best Kids' Comic selection
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books
  • Short-listed, Joe Shuster Comics for Kids Award nominee
Editorial Reviews

"O'Donnell has once again used his unique teaching tool to inform a generation of children about a current and growing social concern...All this information, combined with the superb art work of Mike Deas, is sure to grab and keep the attention of today's youth...Accessible, interesting, and relevant. This graphic novel is highly recommended."

— CM Magazine

"This would be a great addition to an environment collection and will entice the reluctant reader with the graphic novel format."

— Tacoma School District #10

"[O'Donnell] successfully returns to mystery graphic novels for kids...It's clear that O'Donnell has a knack for not only entertaining with an unsolved case but teaching important facts."

— Publishers Weekly

"Educational without being didactic; the explanations are organic to the plot and flow seamlessly in the narrative. The bright, cartoon-like colors will catch kids' eyes and the mystery will propel them through before they've realized they're learning something."

— NMRLS Youth Services Book Review

"Intermixed with the basic plot are subtle educational tidbits about food production including, the value of organic and local vegetables, the process food takes to get to our table, the repercussions of using pesticides and information about genetically modified foods...The delivery is clear and age appropriate...A book worth checking out."

— Puget Sound Council

"An interesting mix of fast paced adventure story and non-fiction information...presented in a very readable and accessible way...A good purchase for elementary and middle schools."

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Association of Book Publishers of BC
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Food Fight: A Graphic Guide Adventure

In this graphic novel, Devin is stuck at a summer camp run by his older sister Nadia. His mother, Dr. Chang, is working on ways to conserve water to benefit farmers in drier climates. Someone is out to discredit Dr. Chang’s work and Devin and his friends have to find the saboteurs. With their help Devin learns that the food on our table may not be as good for us or the environment as it should be. He learns about food origins and organic farming and gains a new appreciation for the food he consumes. Eventually, the culprits are uncovered and stopped. Students are introduced to the environmental impact of current farming practices and the alternative of organic farming.

Graphic Guide Adventures is a new graphic novel series combining comic book action with graphic teaching guides.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2010-2011.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
Librarian review

Food Fight (Graphic Guide Adventure)

While Devin and Nadia spend their summer vacation at a university camp for little kids, their mother works on an agricultural research project. When the project is vandalized, Devin, Nadia and their friend Simon stumble upon some shady characters, a corporate conspiracy and a plan to genetically modify the nation’s food supply.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2011.

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