By Tom Hammock
Illustrated by Megan Hutchison
After her parent’s accidental death by mushroom poisoning, young Aurora Grimeon is sent to live with her estranged grandfather on Ossuary Isle, deep in the southern swamps. Joined by her grandfather’s pet raccoon, Missy, Aurora explores the fog-covered island of graves. Along the way, she meets its sinister residents who care for the tombstones and mausoleums, living out their lives by the strange rules of Hoodoo magic. When ghostly things start happening out in the swamp and island residents start disappearing, Aurora thrusts herself into the middle of the mystery, uncovering secrets that might be better left buried. (Summary taken from book cover)
Why I picked it up: I came across this graphic novel while checking out some new titles and thought it would be perfect for a review since I’m trying to incorporate more graphic novels into my reading lists. And while I was initially sucked in by the cover, Aurora’s story and the world of Hoodoo sounded rather intriguing.
Why I finished it: I enjoyed the darkness and found the magical elements fascinating. I was also drawn to Aurora’s relationship with her grandfather, Dr. Grimeon, and the similarities in their histories was surprising. I wanted to get to the bottom of the mystery surrounding the killings on Ossuary Isle and how Aurora was connected to it all.
I’d give it: 3 stars
Reviewed by: Milen (Harrington Library)