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ISBN:9781554690657

Media Meltdown

A Graphic Guide Adventure

by Liam O'Donnell, illustrated by Mike Deas

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5 of 5
2 ratings
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list price: $9.95
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
published: Oct 2009
ISBN:9781554690657
Description

When Karl Reed, Owner of Oasis Developments, tries to force the sale of a local fruit farm—through whatever means necessary—Pema, Bounce and Jagroop decide to expose him through the media. Little do they realize that when it comes to the news and the advertisers who make it possible, the truth is not always part of the story and nothing can be taken at face value. While learning about media consolidation and the power of money over truth, Bounce, Pema and Jagroop decide to take on the developers and the media.

About the Authors

Liam O'Donnell

LIAM O’DONNELL is an award-winning author and educator who has created over 40 graphic novels and books for reluctant readers. He lives in London, Ontario.
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Mike Deas is an author/illustrator of graphic novels, including Dalen and Gole and the Graphic Guide Adventures series. While he grew up with a love of illustrative storytelling, Capilano College's Commercial Animation Program helped Mike fine-tune his drawing skills and imagination. Mike and his family live on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
9 to 12
Grade:
4 to 7
Reading age:
9 to 12
Awards
  • Commended, A Parent's Guide to the Best Kids' Comic selection
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books starred selection
  • Commended, Resource Links "The Year's Best"
Editorial Reviews

"An excellent choice for developing media literacy...The design and layout are colorful and fast paced. The text is well written and paired with useful imagery."

— School Library Journal

"The illustrations in the graphic guide are solid and modern and will really appeal to children today. The information is well-researched and well-balanced, showing both the unique nature of the Internet as a vehicle for news, but also the pitfalls that are singular to the World Wide Web... Overall, Media Meltdown is a very entertaining and informative graphic novel and is sure to impress and instruct a generation of computer savvy children. Recommended."

— CM Magazine

"A great resource for kids who are looking at advertising in schools, and will inspire an interest in other kids who pick this up off the shelf."

— NMRLS Youth Services Book Review

"The narrative flows from topic to topic seamlessly, talking about the general concept of media literacy...The kids are likable, smart but flawed...The lessons imparted are made for anyone navigating today's complicated media landscape."

— www.nonfictioncomics.net

"A good mix of instructional and narrative comic, using the medium's strengths to illustrate how media is made, and giving kids the tools they need to research media-making for themselves. The mystery plot is simple, but has some good tension and twists, and the resolution is really sweet. Understanding how media gets made and learning to make your own media are critical skills for kids, and this is a great starting-point."

— www.boingboing.net

"Through both plot and side-bar explanations, readers learn how the media world operates at both the technical and the economic levels…The children's ability with electronic technology—and interest in learning more—will ring true for many readers, old and young alike, and lends veracity to this already engaging mystery."

— Resource Links

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Media Meltdown: A Graphic Guide Adventure

In this graphic novel, developers put pressure on Jagroop’s father to sell the family farm. Jagroop and his friends try to solve the mystery of the burnt barn and decide to take their message to the news media. The friends learn the running of a news station, the stages a story goes through before going on air, how advertising works, how a story gets slanted, and how advertising dollars and personal biases determine what the public gets to see. Finally they explore the Internet . This graphic guide offers well researched and balanced information, showing both the advantages and pitfalls of the Internet as a vehicle for news, and emphasizes the need for students to be a discerning consumers of news and advertising.

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

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