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The Ten Rules of Skimming

The Ten Rules of Skimming ISBN: 978-1-906132-26-2
PRICE: UK £7.99
FORMAT: Paperback


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Half book, half graphic-novel, The Ten Rules of Skimming is the debut novel by Zella Compton. It has amazing artwork by artist Jess Swainson on every page.

Ever had the shivery feeling that someone is walking over your grave? Perhaps someone is 'skimming' your soul.

Adam finds that skimming brings an amazing rush but joy riding across minds comes with risks.
When he meets Jenny-Ray, he learns about the Board, with their list of approved 'hosts' to visit. The consequences of disobedience are terrifying.

'Adam opened his eyes lazily, his grandfather's muttering was proof that breath still made it in and out of his lungs. He sat perfectly still, trying to prolong the dream. He'd been so cold. But now the heat was creeping through him, inch by inch spreading upwards into his arms and into his hands. Hands that lay encased in his grandfather's hands. How had that happened?'

'The Ten Rules of Skimming is a unique adventure which will grab even the most reluctant young reader. Zella Compton's debut novel is an animating adventure told through words and a set of impressive illustrations which make the story an irresistible read. Adam Barnes could be any bored teenager until his life takes an exciting twist which takes him places most people can only dream of. Living any schoolboy's fantasy, he skips through people's minds from one cliff-hanging chapter to the next, bringing drama, suspense and defiance along the way.'
Sam Bannister, The News, Portsmouth.

'Zella captures the reader's emotions and even when the book ends doesn't let them go. This 9/10 read will make you think hard about the minds of psychos, as well as what makes us us.' Rating: 9/10.' Nayu's Reading Corner.
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'Zella Compton's first novel is a dark and imaginative story with an intriguing central premise. What if you could slip into other people's consciousness, leap from one mind to another? The format is also unusual ... there are black and white illustrations throughout. These break up the text and give breathing space for some pretty extraordinary ideas. It would be interesting to see this as a larger format, full-on manga.
The identity of the sinister Questioner is not revealed till the end making for ongoing mystery and threat. The element of psychological peril increases as Adam's interrogation proceeds and a small cast of distinct characters make the storyline easier to follow. There is a nicely drawn relationship between Adam and Spod, and the family tensions with his mother and little sister Marion come across well.
This book would particularly suit older 10+ readers looking for big ideas presented through a mix of text and graphics: it's not as visual as a graphic novel but far less intimidating than long blocks of text in a more traditional format. Distinctive, interesting and likely to appeal to gamers.'

Review by K. M. Lockwood for Serendipity

A gripping and exciting debut novel, perfectly suited to the graphic novel format...It's a book which draws you in and grips you with its power and imagination and the illustrations convey a dark and sinister feel.

Review by Parents in Touch

This book contains evocative writing and artwork. In places, the subject matter is gritty, for example: a fatal car crash and kidnapping.

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