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Hazardous Tales Number: 2-3

2,3, 5 & 6 of Nathan Hale’s The Hazardous Tales Series ★★★★★

All these graphic novels take a historical event, and package it in a bit of humour, and make it easily digestible to all. It tries to make history ‘cool’ and ‘fun’ for teens and I think it succeeds.

At the back of every book, he lists a bibliography of books used to research the book. He calls that section the ““research babies””. There is also the ““correction baby”” that handles questions on historically inaccurate things in the story. He also often has historical pictures, and or diagrams about the real characters in the story at the back of the book.

This is a great series. I ordered Hazardous Tales #7-10 already. I could read #7 & #8 on Epic! but I shall wait and read the paper copy. I want to savour the last 3 books in this series. I’m not sure if Nathan Hale is still creating these stories. I sure hope so. I wish there were historical graphic novels like this focusing on Canadian events. I’ll have to keep my eyes open for one!

Big, Bad Ironclad #2 ★★★

This one is about a naval conflict in the American Civil war involving ‘ironclad’ ships. I never heard about this battle before. It was pretty interesting.

Donner Dinner Party #3 ★★★★★

This one was gruesome. There were so many deaths. This was about the Donner Party and their trek across America to California. They took a bad ‘shortcut’ called the Hastings cutoff and almost died.

The Underground Abductor #5 ★★★★

This was about the Underground Railroad, a network of safe houses and people who helped slaves escape the South. It focused on person who was very good at guiding slaves North, her freename was Harriet Tubman. Now I know who this is! I have heard this name before but didn’t know who it was.

Alamo All-Stars #6 ★★★★

I’ve watched the 2004 movie ““The Alamo””. It was far less exciting than this graphic novel. It did help me have a picture of how things kinda looked in my head though. The Alamo was a legendary loss for the Americans, but it became a rallying symbol in Texan’s fight for land in Texas.

Rating: ★★★★★ Book #111-114 in my My 2020 Reading Challenge

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