The Black Ghost: Hard Revolution

GraphicAudio. (The Black Ghost: Bk. 1). Apr. 2023. 156p. $10.99. ISBN 9781685088828.
Gr 9 Up–Welcome to Creighton, “a forgotten mid-Atlantic ‘burb straining to survive’” somewhere near Miami. Fictional it may be, but the GraphicAudio folks will make you believe it’s all tooooo real. Lara Dominquez is a hardcore reporter for The Creighton Courier covering the toughest beats. She also teaches night school—and saves student Ernesto from violence one late night (he also saves her back). She’s got issues—alcohol being worse than her worst enemies—but somehow manages to stay alive to be one of the good guys. She’s been obsessed with tracking the masked vigilante Black Ghost—until she can’t. Messner, who leads the vast cast (also adapted and directs!), keeps the production fast and furious, with multilayered sound effects and all the rock-’em-sock-’em ooofs and booms to ensure a rousing experience. Who needs a screen when you’ve got this transporting “Movie in Your Mind” stuck in the ears? The second volume is available, too!
VERDICT Libraries should, of course, have both entries ready to borrow. A few curse words notwithstanding, hand to older reluctant readers.

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