by Thea Stilton
… . . . . . . . . . . . . . .see The Thea Sisters
Back Cover: It’s the start of the new school year and the students have arrived at Mouseford Academy. Every year at this time, the whales move off the Coast of Whale Island. But this time a fierce orca threatens the peace!
Opening: To the north of Mouse Island is Whale Island where the ancient and prestigious Mouseford Academy can be found! A new academic year is about to begin at the academy . . . According to tradition, classes begin at the same time as the whales arrive around the island.
About the Story: The new series is actually about the Thea Sisters, a group of five students who want to be journalists, like their idol, Thea Stilton. The Thea Sisters are: Nicky, and Australian who like the ecology; Paulina, a generous soul who is shy and messy but well-traveled; Colette, a fashionista who tends to be late; Violet, the studious one in the group who loves classical music and plays the violin; and Pamela, a mechanical whiz capable of fixing any engine.
In this first graphic novel, an orca is threatening all the fishing boats. The Thea Sisters discover that the orca is looking for its mate. Orcas travel in pods of close family members. For this orca to be away from its mate is an oddity. While following the mammal they watch as a large ship traps it, taking it to an uninhabited island.
Back at Mouseford Academy, the new students are arriving—all but two. Soon, the ‘fup, fup, fup,” of a helicopter can be heard. The final two new students have arrived. They are Vanilla and Vic Vissen, children of a cosmetic queen Vissia de Vissen—who recently purchased an uninhabited island near the academy.
What, if anything, does this cosmetic legend have to do with the captured orca? Will the Thea Sisters discover the truth? How well will two spoiled, wealthy students fit in with the other students at Mouseford Academy? Hm?
What I Thought I enjoyed this first graphic novel about Thea Stilton’s protégés. These are five strong girl, um, mice, girls can look u, um, down to. The five work together to solve the mystery of the lone orca. I like how they rarely argue, listen to each other, and consider what each has to offer before jumping into any situation. Still, they tease each other, fuss a bit, and enjoy themselves. These really are good role models for girls. Boys will love this new series also. The academy has some strong role models for boys that will make a bigger appearance as the stories continue, beginning with the next volume, Revenge of the Lizard Club. The mice dress and act human at this coed prep school.
Thea Stilton, a professor at the academy, did not show up until the end of the book where she immediately stole the limelight. She is proud of the five students who formed an exclusive club in her name. As for the Vissens, they act like stereotypical rich people: arrogant, entitled, and aloof. In the end, at least one gets its comeuppance as the Thea Sisters make a wrong right. Thus far, not much is about the Mouseford Academy, which I want to learn more about. I hope that will come in later editions.
I think kids, especially girls, will enjoy the Thea Stilton series starring the Thea Sisters. The story is mostly a mystery story that will have kids guessing throughout as they try to figure out how the Thea Sisters will trap the correct person who entrapped the orca. Parents can relax about the violence, as there was none in this story. This leads us into Revenge of the Lizard Club which is not the best of names as the Lizard Club takes no revenge upon anyone.
Coming April 2014: Thea Stilton #3: The Treasure of the Viking Ship
by Thea Stilton
Released April 30, 2013
Ages: 7 and up
© 2013 by Papercutz, used with permission
Text: Copyright © 2008 by Edizioni Piemme, original publisher in Italy
Translation by Nanette McGuinness
DONATED TO LOCAL PUBLIC LIBRARY