The Mysterious Manuscript

Book 1

From the Series Mortensen's Escapades

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 6

On a dark and stormy night, a book collector shows Mortensen the prize of his collection: an illuminated manuscript from 1512. When Mortensen sees a painting of an airplane on one of its pages, he knows he has a mystery to unravel. With a zap from his time gun, he travels back to medieval Scotland to look for clues. A wise scribe and a mute witch help him on his adventure, but neither of them can answer his question: how did an airplane crash land in the Middle Ages?

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 6
Genre Graphic Novels
Copyright 2012
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Graphic Universe ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2014-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 4.3
Text Type Fiction—Historical
BISACS JUV008000, JUV028000
Dewey 741.5
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7.375 x 8.625
Lexile 580
ATOS Reading Level 3.0
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 153617
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Original artwork and Reviewed



“Jakobsen’s art is cartoonish but mature enough in drawing and color to keep it from becoming babyish. Tame action sequences and historical notes at the end of the book mean the series will most likely find a good home in elementary-school libraries.” —Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

" …readers will be carried along by both [Mortensen’s] élan and by the charged-up pace of his misadventures. Jakobsen’s cartoon panels are small but discrete, and he keeps the dialogue pithy, his figures clearly drawn and the action easy to follow. A bonbon for Tintin fans." —Kirkus Reviews

Author, Illustrator: Lars Jakobsen