Eowulf: Of Monsters & Middle School


Eowulf’s house is the base for gaming with her friends. All are family friends, a tight band at school and in their game play. However, despite this tightness, Eowulf has never revealed the truth about her home or her background, the fact that she’s a descendant of Beowulf, legendary monster slayer.

Eowulf’s lineage means that she’s destined to train and learn about her background and the way and history of legendary monsters and battles.

However, something else is going on. While Eowulf’s gang has always been tight, it seems they’ve disregarded and ostracised Amadeus, a peculiar school mate. Eowulf’s suddenly interested in Amadeus. What is it about him? Why does he seem to attract the loathing he suffers? What would happen if Eowulf invited him to eat lunch with her, and then to her home? What would it mean to her friendships and then to her parents? Furthermore, would Amadeus’s appearance in her life mean a REAL monster attack? What if he’s fascinated by something he discovers in the maps’ room, that leads to a worrying disappearance.

Bookwagon loves Eowulf: Of Monsters & Middle School. Not only is this rich in traditional storytelling from myths and legends, but then the storytelling, sensibilities and graphics are brilliantly considered and formed.

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Eowulf: Of Monsters & Middle School

Mike Cavallaro

(Pan Macmillan)

Eowulf’s friends are friends of the family. They game together with increasingly intricate battles that journey into the worlds of myth and legend. However things are changing. While her friends continue to shun weird boy, Amadeus, Eowulf’s inclined to look at him differently. There’s something sad and lonely and interesting about him. However, how would everyone react if Amadeus was invited to the friends’ table. Then again, to Eowulf’s house?
Eowulf: Of Monsters & Middle School is an outstanding graphic novel mash up of traditional stories, such as Old Gods New Tricks works through, alongside a reflection of the changing nature of friendship. Then again, Eowulf’s circumstances are different. After all, doesn’t she harbour a secret deep within her home? Doesn’t Eowulf’s father train her in traditional lore and fighting? What’s more, when a wyrm is unexpectedly released, doesn’t she discover the mightiest secret of all? Or might there be more to come?
Eowulf: Of Monsters & Middle School from Mike Cavallaro is a bold, brave and engrossing graphic novel that Bookwagon loves and recommends. Readers who love this genre, alongside readers who appreciate classic stories, would delight in the wit, storytelling and graphics of this superb title.


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