The Secret of Danger Point (Surfside Girls #1)

by Kim Dwinell (Author)

The Secret of Danger Point (Surfside Girls #1)
Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade
Series: Surfside Girls

Sun... sand... and spooky adventures!

Things are getting weird in Surfside. Lately, Samantha's best friend Jade explodes into fits of giggles whenever she sees a boy, and it's throwing a wrench into the kick-back summer of surfing and hanging out that Sam had planned. But after swimming through a secret underwater cave, Sam starts to... see things. Like ghosts. And pirates. And maybe something even scarier! Can she and Jade get to the bottom of this mystery in time to save their town?

2018 Pubwest Design Awards - Silver Winner for Graphic Album, New Material

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Publishers Weekly

After the owner of Danger Point dies, 12-year-old Samantha Taylor and her friend Jade Lee take to their surfboards to explore the private waterfront property in their West Coast town of Surfside. Sam discovers that ghosts are living on the grounds, and they beseech her to protect their refuge from the mayor's plan to develop it into a resort. Samantha must persuade others that the ghosts (including a cute young pirate named Robert) need protection, but it isn't easy. First-time graphic novelist Dwinell creates spacious panels with a less-is-more approach to detail that evokes the wide-open ocean and beach environment, keeps readers focused on the characters and their concerns, and creates a sense of otherness where the pallid ghosts are concerned. Multiple convenient revelations solve Sam's problems a bit easily, but Dwinell confidently balances Sam and Jade's independence and agency with the fact that they aren't yet teenagers. With echoes of Steven Universe and Scooby-Doo in its combination of coming-of-age story and otherworldly mystery, this first book in the Surfside Girls series bodes well for future volumes. Ages 8-12. (Aug.)

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Review quotes

"I loved this book! Surfside Girls is exactly what I wish all my summer vacations had been like. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to the beach!" — Janet Lee, Eisner-Award-winning artist of Return of the Dapper Men

"Kim Dwinell's Surfside Girls has a timeless quality. With its likable characters, sunny colors, and supernatural mystery, it's a perfect summer read." — Brigid Alverson, School Library Journal's Good Comics for Kids

"The cheery, doodle-like depictions... are perfectly in keeping with the breezy, warm-hearted tone. Sam and Jade's friendship, which is changing as they approach tweendom, adds a nice dose of realism." — Sarah Hunter, Booklist

"Perfect for an endless summer vacation, with supernatural mystery-solving thrown into the mix. I highly recommend The Secret of Danger Point for all ages." — Leroy Douresseaux, Comic Book Bin

"Kim Dwinell supplies a great-looking world of infinite potential... Anyone fondly remembering the tenacious and good-hearted Nancy Drew adventures from their youth can locate a spiritual successor for their own children in Surfside Girls." — Slings & Arrows
Kim Dwinell
Kim Dwinell is the author and illustrator of the Surfside Girls graphic novel series. A lifelong surfer and once beach lifeguard, Kim got hired into feature animation after college onto films including Hercules, Mulan, and Tarzan. In addition to making books, she teaches animation and related classes at CSU Long Beach. She lives in sunny Southern California with her family and various pets, and can regularly be found in the ocean there.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Top Shelf Productions
Publication date
August 20, 2017
Surfside Girls
BISAC categories
YAF010000 - Young Adult Fiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | General
Library of Congress categories
Graphic novels
Best friends
Cartoons and comics
Comics (Graphic works)
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels
Preteen girls

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