Monday, March 21, 2016

Spring Reading 2016 Gotham Academy, Volume 2: Calamity


Olive Silverlock returns to Gotham Academy following her mother's funeral, but things are even stranger than when she first arrived on campus. There are sightings of a werebat, a werewolf, and a ghostly figure that some believe is the villain Calamity. Damian Wayne is a new transfer student, but he immediately gets drawn into strange events with Maps and the others. Could there really be a cursed quill pen? Is Calamity responsible for the problems with the play that the drama club is trying to perform, or is it just the normal run of bad luck when any group tries to put on "the Scottish play"? And why is Katherine acting so odd? Does she suspect that Maps and the others are up to something, or does Katherine have her own secrets? Between ghostly sightings, eerie howls in the night, clumps of mud where none should be, and kidnapped is never dull at Gotham Academy.

While written for a younger crowd, there is still plenty of action in this series. Whether it is solving the mystery surrounding Olive's mother or rescuing kidnapped friends, the kids have extra-curricular activities to spare. The relationship between Olive and Kyle offers a bit of teen romantic interest. Everyone seems to be either keeping secrets or looking for answers; and they all have some sort of talent that contributes to the whole. Maps has her skill at ferreting out secret passages and creating floor plans, Pomeline knows about witchcraft and magic, Colton has his gadgets and scientific theories, Kyle is athletic and protective, and Olive has her friends and her determination to find the truth. What we're all wondering is - will they be able to find the answers before someone gets killed?

DC fans of Batman, Robin, and Gotham in general will enjoy this story line that expands on the Gotham backstory and has ties to many of the characters from the established series.

I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

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