Bound To Stay Bound

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Booklist - 04/15/2018 In this graphic novel version of the classic British children’s novel, Tom is forced to spend the summer with his aunt and uncle, far away from anything remotely interesting. But when their old grandfather clock strikes 13 in the dead of night, Tom walks through the backdoor into a mysterious garden and embarks on an adventure. He meets Hatty, a lonely Victorian girl, and the two become fast friends. Tom continues to visit the garden nightly, only to find that Hatty is growing older every time he visits. American audiences may be unfamiliar with the original novel, but they won’t need to know it, since the themes of childlike discovery and wonder are timeless. Artist Edith does a great job breaking down each scene into visual beats and accompanying the at-times long lines of exposition with as many images as possible. Her fine-lined figures, sketchy shading, stylish shapes, and muted palette of natural tones balance a modern look with the old-fashioned story. Perfect for fans of time-travel adventures or fantasies with a smidgen of historical fiction. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.

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