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Power Play

A Graphic Guide Adventure

by Liam O'Donnell, illustrated by Mike Deas

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published: April 2018
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Devin and Nadia team up with Bounce, Pema and Marcus as they all travel to Northern Ontario to watch their parents present to the Summit of World Leaders. A swarm of politicians, lobbyists, corporate bosses and protestors have all converged on the summit to get their messages heard. A tragic accident just hours before their parents' presentation plunges the kids into their biggest mystery yet and sets them on the trail of a murderer bent on stopping their parents' controversial message from being heard.

It's a fight against the planet's power players as the kids dive into the world of politics, uncovering how government works, the history of democracy, the influence of lobbyists and corporations on politicians and the potential of civil society to change it all.

About the Authors
Liam O'Donnell is an author and educator who has created over forty books and graphic novels for young readers, including the Max Finder Mystery, Graphic Guide Adventures, West Meadows Detectives series. He 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. Liam 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, SYRCA Diamond Willow nominee
  • Commended, A Parent's Guide to the Best Kids' Comic selection
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books starred selection
Editorial Reviews

"A fun mystery in comic form that manages to address issues about politics, power, and speaking up for a good cause. The appealing cover and colorful illustrations are likely to pull students in while also throwing in important and educational political information."

— Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media

"An enjoyable story with educational value, this strong mystery is presented along with information about world politics, power, and the benefits of political protest for social good."

— Booklist

"Another educational thriller in graphic mode...The illustrations are rich in detail and chromatic with atmosphere...[and] there is also an enjoyable level of suspense...The point is well made: Democracy is imperfect but self-righting in its course."

— Kirkus Reviews

"Good explanations of some rather complex political concepts are woven into the story line, informing readers on topics such as the origins of democracy, the political spectrum, and civil disobedience. It's a slim book, but there is a lot packed into each page. The cartoon artwork is detailed yet clear, with colorful panels that nicely break up the text and action...A welcome counter to the superhero and fantasy tales that dominate the genre."

— School Library Journal

"Young readers will get a lesson on democracy as well as enjoying a good story."

— BookLinx

"The partnership of O'Donnell and Deas continues to excel at explaining complex ideas in a simplified manner and at an appropriate level for students to understand...Power Play has all the characteristics...[of] an excellent story; a strong author and illustrator, it is part of a successful series, has known characters, it contains an interesting mystery, and it is full political intrigue."

— CM Magazine

"A good introduction to many political topics, and lays them out clearly and concisely...For fans of the series this is a good pick."

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Association of Book Publishers of BC
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Power Play: A Graphic Guide Adventure

The sixth in this popular graphic novel series features an exciting murder mystery plot interspersed at appropriate times with simplified, visual explanations of the complex world of international politics. While attending a World Leader’s Summit in Ontario, several young characters from the previous novels in the series try to solve a murder and save one of their fathers, a famous scientist and public water rights activist, who is the target of a global conspiracy. The history of democracy; the political spectrum from left to centre to right; civil society and civil disobedience; various levels of government; lobbyists; international organizations such as the UN, WHO and WTO; and even the Raging Grannies all form elements of the political intrigue.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2011-2012.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
Librarian review

Power Play (A Graphic Guide Adventure)

At the Summit of World Leaders, Devin and Nadia end up in a fight against some of the most powerful people in the world. Amid murder and multinational mayhem, they are in over their heads unravelling a global conspiracy. Will they be able to convince the world’s leaders to protect the Water Rights Accord? Book Six in the series.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Fall, 2012.

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