The Adventures of John Blake: Mystery of the Ghost Ship

Philip Pullman, Fred Fordham

The Adventures of John Blake: Mystery of the Ghost Ship
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The Adventures of John Blake: Mystery of the Ghost Ship

Philip Pullman, Fred Fordham

Far out at sea, and hidden by the fog of time, sails the Mary Alice and her crew - searching for a way home. But the mysterious ship is being hunted by a villain who will go to ANY lengths to track her down …When a storm hits a small family yacht throwing a young girl overboard, John Blake dives in to save her and brings her aboard the so-called ghost ship. But trying to return her to her own time means going back to the one place where they run the greatest risk of being completely annihilated.

Join Philip Pullman’s John Blake and the crew of the Mary Alice in an unforgettable time-travelling adventure on the high seas. With art by Fred Fordham.

Review

Celebrated author Phillip Pullman’s first graphic novel is a pacy, action-packed adventure. Fred Fordham’s accompanying artwork has a classic feel and their collaboration is cinematic.

The Mary Alice is a time-travelling ghost ship that has been appearing, surrounded by dense fog, in various places around the world. There have been many reported sightings and present-day interest in the ship includes an unethical business mogul planning to use the secrets of the Mary Alice for corporate greed.

Serena is sailing with her family when she is flung overboard and rescued by John Blake, a sailor on the ship. In returning Serena to her family, the ship will be exposed to huge danger, unless they can defeat those who wish them harm. Readers aged 9 and up will race through this quality thriller. It felt like it could be the first in a series, so here’s hoping!


Kim Gruschow is the Children’s Book Buyer at Readings St Kilda.

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