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Children's Fiction Fantasy

My Own World

by (author) Mike Holmes

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Initial publish date
Jun 2021
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jun 2021
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    Publish Date
    Jun 2021
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7


Mike Holmes, the artist behind the hit series Secret Coders and Wings of Fire, delivers his solo debut:My Own World, a middle grade memoir-inflected fantasy graphic novel.
Life is difficult for nine-year-old Nathan. All he dreams of is hanging out with his older brother, watchingRaiders of the Lost Ark, and enjoying summer vacation far away from the neighborhood bullies. When he overhears his parents talking about a family crisis, he seeks sanctuary from his troubles. In an abandoned lighthouse, Nathan discovers a portal to a berry-colored world where time has little meaning and he, finally, is in control. There, his imagination takes him on wondrous adventures, across seas and through the air, with new extraordinary friends of his own creation. In his magical hideaway, Nathan is safe from the anxieties of his life—but can he bring himself to face the real world?

About the author

MIKE HOLMES has over twenty years of experience in all aspects of construction and home renovation. He has worked on hundreds of building and renovation projects, earning a reputation for outstanding craftsmanship and a willingness to stand behind his work. The author of the #1 national bestseller Make It Right and The Holmes Inspection, Mike is also the star of the television shows Holmes on Homes, Holmes Inspection and Holmes Makes It Right.


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Editorial Reviews

"Holmes judiciously uses wordless panels to tell much of the story, relying on shading and perspective to illustrate how small and insignificant Nathan feels much of the time, and how much turmoil he is experiencing as he carves wild swoops and slashes in his second world." -The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (BCCB)
"Holmes’s expressive, energetic art renders Nathan’s excitement about his new world, one that readers can’t help but get lost in." —Publishers Weekly
"Holmes paints an exquisitely realistic portrait of a troubled boy’s real life, grounding the fantastic in the urgency of Nathan’s heartache and anxiety." —Booklist,starred review
"A lot of emotion is subtly packed into this quick read about loneliness and escapism, and perceptive readers may enjoy poring over details and forming their own ideas of what is real."—Kirkus
"Holmes skillfully captures the joy of escape as scenes of Nathan’s imaginary world convey the delight of exploration, with his explosive, saturated crimson illustrations evoking the joy of creation, exploration, and life—School Library Journal

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