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Preview: ‘Surfside Girls’

Surfside Girls
Kim Dwinell’s Surfside Girls has a timeless quality. With its likable characters, sunny colors, and supernatural mystery, it’s a perfect summer read. I got an early look at it a few weeks ago and was instantly smitten—it’s a mystery with ghosts and history mixed up into it, the sort of book I loved as a child.

A California beach in summertime may seem like an unlikely setting for a ghost story, but Dwinell pulls it off beautifully. Jade and Sam are 12-year-old girls who are looking forward to a summer of surfing (and in Jade’s case, hanging out with boys), until Sam swims through an underwater cave and suddenly starts seeing ghosts. Jade doesn’t believe it at first, but soon she sees them too. Together they puzzle out the mystery of who these ghosts are—and what they want the girls to do. Dwinell’s effortless art, summery palette, and likable cast of characters make this book a smooth read, and it’s fun to watch the two pals piece together the mystery of who the ghosts are—and then hatch a plan to save their land.

The book will be out in August, but we have a preview for you today. Enjoy!










Brigid Alverson About Brigid Alverson

Brigid Alverson, the editor of the Good Comics for Kids blog, has been reading comics since she was 4. She has an MFA in printmaking and has worked as a book editor and a newspaper reporter; now she is assistant to the mayor of Melrose, Massachusetts. In addition to editing GC4K, she writes about comics and graphic novels at MangaBlog, SLJTeen, Publishers Weekly Comics World, Comic Book Resources, MTV Geek, and Good Brigid is married to a physicist and has two daughters in college, which is why she writes so much. She was a judge for the 2012 Eisner Awards.

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