I had intentionally left a few key questions unanswered in “The Gray Planet”, my first sci-fi graphic novel for Novice learners. These questions were listed at the end of the book to create an opportunity for students to reflect on the story and characters. And then, something really cool started happening: teachers from all over the US and Canada were sending me speculations or predictions from their students about some of the unanswered questions! That was just the push I needed to get to work and write a prequel with my amazing illustrator, Alkinz. I am pleased to finally present “A Dangerous Power”. Available in French. German and Spanish coming by the end of the calendar year!
Please note, while printing costs have gone up and buying from Amazon has become more expensive, I have kept the prices on this site the same. Know that I receive a greater share of the royalties when you buy from this site than when you buy from anywhere else, so it is a win-win!!
Eru helps his friend Nen develop her special power in order to find much needed water for their city on the gray planet. But they are not the only ones looking for water and soon the Racas, a mysterious group of desert bandits, is on their trail.
The graphic novel is 21 pages long, with only 180 words and lots of cognates. If you have read “The Gray Planet” as a class, your students will naturally flock to this prequel once you put it in your classroom libraries to find out more about Eru and Nen’s past! I have carefully recycled some key phrases from the first book and also added to it, which will make the reading a rewarding experience for your students both from a plot and language standpoint. Additionally, the font is big (15+) for a dyslexia-friendly read.
Here is a sample for you to read in order to decide if the language/story is appropriate for you and/or your students:
PRAISE FOR THE GRAY PLANET
At the end of the book, you will find several guiding questions for students to reflect on the story and its unique characters, as well as a full glossary.