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Barb the Brave: The Shadow Army

Authored by Dan Abdo
Illustrated by Jason Patterson
Published by Simon & Schuster Ltd

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Barb is a Berzeker, one of an elite band of warriors sworn to protect the land of Bailiwick from the scourge of monsters. In this third volume of her adventures, Barb the Brave: The Shadow Army, continuing the story, Barb has been captured by evil Witch Head, who is planning to use the magical Shadow Blade to release the Shadow Army and destroy all of Bailiwick. Raven, Barb’s Bezerker mum, comes to rescue her and they join forces with the other warriors to try and defeat Witch Head. Accompanied by staunch friend, Porkchop the yeti, Barb reveals that she can wield the legendary Ghost Blade, but needs to figure out how to harness its power. Will they be able to defeat Witch Head and the Shadow Army in time?

Full of heart and humour, this action-packed adventure is sure to delight young fans of Barb, a mighty, brave heroine, and convert others (myself included!) to graphic novels. It is bright, fast paced and appealing, emphasising the power of friendship and loyalty, and working together to overcome adversity. Elements of superhero comics and films are laced with Norse, and other, mythology to create a memorable reading experience. A book for Key Stage 2 readers.

Longlisted for the Spark Book Awards 2024 Graphic Novels Category