Book One: The Shadow Door

From the Series The ElseWhere Chronicles

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

It’s bad enough when Max, Rebecca, Noah, and Theo just think Grandpa Gabe’s house is haunted. But then the old movie projector in the library opens a passageway to a world of monsters and creatures made of shadows – a place of secrets and dangers set loose when the sun sets. The only weapons to fight them lie in the land on the other side of the Shadow Door. . . .

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Graphic Novels
Copyright 2009
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Graphic Universe ™
Language English
Number of Pages 56
Publication Date 2009-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 2.8
Reading Counts! Points 4.0
Text Type Fiction—Science Fiction/Fantasy
BISACS JUV001000, JUV008080
Dewey 741.5'973
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7.5 x 10.25
Lexile 520
Guided Reading Level S
ATOS Reading Level 2.3
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 128547
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Original artwork and Reviewed

Author: Nykko

Nykko is the author of several graphic novel series, including The ElseWhere Chronicles (Les Enfants d'ailleurs), originally published in French by Dupuis, which won the 2007 Lyon Festival Youth Prize. Nykko lives in Perros-Guirec, France.

Illustrator: Bannister

Bannister was born in 1973 and has been creating graphic novels since the age of 17. He is the illustrator of the popular Tib & Tumtum series andThe ElseWhere Chronicles series. His work has also appeared in Flight Explorer (Villard Books/Random House) and several editions of the Flight anthology.



“Combining the fantasy genre with the graphic-novel format adds up to a package with all kinds of young-reader appeal. The books below each involve life-changing journeys, suspenseful plots, and inventive storytelling, all steeped in magical realms and loaded with high adventure.”


“. . .this is an undeniably attractive offering, as the artwork, with deep darks and effervescent lights splayed across large, glossy pages, is strikingly rendered. . . A cryptic, light-horror opening that should have no problem gaining an appreciative readership.”

School Library Journal

“The action sequences are clear and suspenseful, providing an interesting contrast to the charming figure work. . . the books effectively grab readers and create a compelling emotional landscape to complement the alien one.”
School Library Journal


“Fantasy, play, and reality are well mixed in these short books. The reader tries to escape the next attack from the Shadow Spies right along with the foursome as each page unfolds another heart-stopping discovery. The pictures are rich, with well-defined colors and expressions that accurately reflect the character’s state of mind. A brief summary of the previous book is captured at the beginning of books two and three, and a hint of the next episode is given, including the third book, which finishes with ‘The End?’ Developmentally appropriate, the camaraderie between the characters emulates real life boredom, inquisitiveness, adventure seeking, and imaginations sometimes out of control. The ElseWhere Chronicles are a solid exploration for younger teens for whom things may still go bump in the night.”