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Monday, June 22, 2015
Spring Reading 2015 Gotham Academy Volume 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy
This has the school story appeal of Harry Potter, plus the gritty setting of Gotham, and appearances by Batman and some of the city's criminals. Olive Silverlock is an intriguing character with her amnesia of the summer's events when she returns to school in the fall. It makes readers wonder if the memory loss has something to do with the closing off of North Hall on the school's campus, since they both happened over the summer break. She needs a little space, but distancing herself from her boyfriend proves hard when Olive is assigned to mentor his little sister, Maps, as she begins her first year at the Academy. With reports of ghosts loose in the girl's dorm, caped figures seen heading into the cemetery at night, even the sound of footsteps and chains clinking from behind the walls, tension is running high among the students. And the mysterious notes scribbled in the historical journal that Olive and her partner are assigned to do a report on for class just add more layers to the puzzle.
For readers who enjoy superhero stories, but don't mind the superhero taking a minor role in the mystery, Gotham Academy offers a unique view of Batman's city.
I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.