Synopsis from Scholastic:
Enter the rich and fantastical world of Rema in the first installment of this middle-grade graphic novel series with sweeping adventure and light romance!
Tabby Simon is determined to learn what happened to her father, who was found dead after researching a tree that leaks a mysterious mist in her neighborhood. She is unexpectedly led to Rema, a distant world of magic and beauty that is periodically invaded by a nearby planet desperate for resources. While Tabby searches for the truth surrounding her father’s death, she meets a handsome blue-haired boy named Philip. He has his own dangerous secrets, but he has promised to help Tabby get home. As Tabby learns more about the strange world she’s in, she discovers that she is destined for something far greater than she ever could have imagined.
About: The Rema Chronicles: Realm of the Blue Mist is a middle grade/young adult graphic novel fantasy written by Amy Kim Kibuishi. It will be published on 3/1/2022 by Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic, paperback, 272 pages. The genres are young adult fiction, fantasy, and graphic novel. This book is intended for readers ages 8 to 12, grades 3 to 7. According to the publisher’s website, “Scholastic’s Graphix imprint is where the most popular graphic novels and the most talented creators are published. Since 2005, we’ve championed the art of graphic storytelling by seeking out and empowering groundbreaking visual authors, publishing diverse and vibrant stories, and instilling a love of reading in young adults that last a life time.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading The Rema Chronicles: Realm of the Blue Mist on 1/24/2022 and finished it on 1/26/2022. A fantastic read! I loved this graphic novel. I loved portal traveling and interplanetary traveling though I don’t read enough of it. Some stories I have read that have this kind of travel: A Wrinkle in Time, Corridor, A Darker Shade of Magic, and Prince Caspian. Well developed storyline. I enjoyed the humor and loved the magical powers. Fantastic adventures into a new world. Amazing sceneries. There’s a hint of love or at least fondness for someone. So it’s okay for young readers younger than teens to read. The main character Tabby didn’t care for dresses and didn’t have friends. She often spent time alone sketching in her book. In another world, she was however likable to anyone she met. One guy, Paeter, found Tabby very interesting and maybe because she was an alien from Earth.
This book followed Tabby (Tabetha), 15 as she sat on the forest floor sketching and listening to the wind, trees, and birds around her. She gasped when she heard the crows cawed and saw that they have 5 eyes each. She hurried to a tree called Yggdrasil. It’s still leaking mist. Her dad was a lab director at a research facility nearby and their focus was to study this particular leaking mist. The mist was believed to keep life from dying. Tabby was hoping to see the ghost woman she first saw when she was 8 years old. The mist wasn’t believed to affect human. Her dad died after talking to someone at the mist and the research building was closed out. When he died, his body looked like he was 200 years old. No one go into the woods anymore except Tabby. She wanted to know who killed her dad and why because she believed it was the ghost woman instead of the mist. For 7 years she went into the forest after school but no one came, until one day a guy with blue hair appeared for a short time and then he disappeared. The next dawn she saw a light from her room in the direction of the mist tree so she went and caught the last image of the guy, Philip, as he disappeared into a portal. She stood there staring until a hand reached out and pulled Tabby in. It was the ghost woman. She couldn’t resist and fell in. She ended in another planet and Philip was there too. He said he will try to get her home, but with difficulty. This book was divided into three parts.
The Rema Chronicles: Realm of the Blue Mist was well written and illustrated. Definitely breathtaking graphics! The only horror in this book were the ghost woman, ghost creatures, and the five-eyed crows. Every other views were spectacular and friendly. I liked how Tabby didn’t just accept that her dad died. She wanted answers. She’s a curious character who will ask questions and read up new information to learn more about what she didn’t know. A good book for young readers to explore imagination with beautifully crafted world. Philip, Lina, Paeter, and Nelsi were excellent characters. They brought wit and humor to the scenes. I’m excited to read book two which is called Kingdom of Water. I highly recommend everyone to read this graphic novel!
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Amy Kim Kibuishi has been drawing and writing in earnest since she was ten years old. She graduated from the School of Visual Arts with a degree in Cartooning and is the creator of Sorcerers & Secretaries, a graphic novel duology. The first volume was a YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens selection. She was also a contributor to the acclaimed Flight anthology series edited by Kazu Kibuishi, and adapted a story for Goosebumps: Terror Trips by R.L. Stine. Amy lives near Seattle with her husband, Kazu, and their two crafty children. (Photo and info provided by Scholastic, book pictures obtained from Edelweiss).
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