Books by Jo Rioux

THE LEGEND OF LIGHTNING AND THUNDER by Paula Ikuutaq Rumbolt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2013

"An unusual tale with obvious curriculum applications in weather units or projects about the region, it also serves to bring the far north a little bit closer. (Picture book/folk tale. 6-10)"
An orphaned Inuit girl and her brother flee to the sky and create the forces known as lightning and thunder. Read full book review >
THE GOLDEN TWINE by Jo Rioux
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"Action-packed, easy to follow and featuring a cast of monsters inimical and otherwise, along with a winningly intrepid heroine. (Graphic fantasy. 10-12)"
A would-be tamer of monsters hooks up with a diminutive would-be monster in this auspicious series opener. Read full book review >
LAKE MONSTER MIX-UP  by Mary Labatt
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

Samantha, the mystery- (and junk food-) seeking sheepdog, and her human friend Jennie, who can hear Sam's thoughts, head off with the family to a secluded lake island for a weekend getaway. Along with Jennie's best (human) friend Beth, they find a girl's journal from 1937, which hints that there is evil afoot on the island. While exploring a cave, they meet what must be lake monsters and barely escape. After a late-night campfire, the threesome tries to snap photos when the monsters return and accidentally discovers the truth behind the spooky occurrences. For their second graphic outing, Canadians Labatt and Rioux adapt the sixth book in the author's Sam: Dog Detective series, Secret of Sagawa Lake (2001). Sam's attitude and fumbling detective work are made even more enjoyable through the artist's panels, which ably mix the styles of manga and Western comics. The main mystery has the right level of scare to keep the pages turning, but the lack of resolution in the mystery of the journal makes this tale less than totally satisfying. Purchase for series fans and hope the next is more complete. (Graphic fiction. 7-11)Read full book review >
DRACULA MADNESS by Mary Labatt
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2009

Samantha's no ordinary sheepdog; she has a nose for a mystery. When her people move her to boring old Woodford, she's sure nothing exciting will ever happen to her again. However, when Jennie, the girl next door, is hired to walk Sam, the two find out that Jennie can hear Sam's thoughts. Joined by Jennie's friend Beth, they investigate the reclusive Mr. McIver, who never leaves his spooky house. Imaginations kick into overdrive when Jennie sees what looks like a monster through Mr. McIver's window. Based on Spying on Dracula (2000), the first of an eight-book series of mysteries featuring former early-reader star Sam the puppy, Sam and Jennie's graphic adventures have likely only just begun. Canadian Labatt's story adapts well to the graphic form. Rioux's manga-influenced black-and-white illustrations will engage reluctant readers and graphic fans alike, and readers of Elizabeth Levy's Something Queer and Fletcher Mysteries series will eat this up. With only the mildest of chills and a thoroughly endearing protagonist, this is recommended for most graphic-fiction collections serving active young readers. (Graphic fiction. 7-11)Read full book review >