White, Kiersten, and Jim Di Bartolo. In the Shadows. Scholastic Press 2014 376p $21.99 ISBN 978-0-545-56144-0 jr/sr Graphic novel VG-BN
A story of love, mystery, conspiracy, and revenge told in an alternating narrative of words and pictures and spanning centuries, In the Shadows is a collaborative effort by author Kiersten White and artist Jim Di Bartolo. White's prose follows two pairs of siblings around the turn of the twentieth century as they meet and grow close at a summer boarding house by the sea. Di Bartolo's section follows a young man who is imprisoned and has been forcibly turned into some sort of creature who then goes on a hunt for the people who did this to him. At first the connection between the two stories is not apparent, and switching back and forth can be tiring for the reader, particularly since there is so little dialogue in Di Bartolo's scenes (although the artwork is lovely). Once the connection becomes apparent and the timelines converge, however, readers will find themselves speeding up, eager to learn how everything turns out.
Summary: A story of love, mystery, conspiracy, and revenge told in an alternating narrative of words and pictures and spanning centuries.
Romance-Fiction, Mystery-Fiction --Bethany Geleskie