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The Secret of Indigo Moon, by G.P. Taylor

My Thoughts:
Parents, if your kids are reluctant readers you want this book. If your kids aren’t reluctant readers you still want this book! As a teacher I can tell you that this is something most of my students would love. G.P. Taylor is an excellent storyteller. Eric Morrissey Ganger and the Dopple Twins are interesting and compelling characters that display an intriguing mix of mischief, mayhem, responsibility and fear — just like real kids.

The Secret of Indigo Moon (The Dopple Ganger Chronicles) is one of the highest quality graphic novels I have ever seen.  From the full-color hardback cover to the heavy weight, thread-bound pages, it is evident that a great deal of care went into this book.  The graphic presentation is a mixture of print, black-ink line drawings, and full color graphic panels and was created and designed through the collaboration of Daniel Boultwood, Luke Daab, and Tony Lee.  This book was made to be read, and re-read, then read again.

From the Book Cover:
Erik Morissey Ganger, famed explorer and detective (well, in his dreams), and his mischief-making sidekicks, twins Sadie and Saskia Dopple, didn’t go looking for a secret tunnel beneath the school. They never intended to make the acquaintance of a shifty private eye with a nose for trouble. It wasn’t part of the plan to come face to face with an old enemy, one with an agenda of his own that could destroy them all. And unraveling the “secret of indigo moon” was the farthest thing from their minds.

At Isambard Dunstan’s School for Wayward Children, these things just seem to happen.

In The Secret of Indigo Moon (The Dopple Ganger Chronicles), confirmed troublemakers Erik, Sadie, and Saskia plunge headlong into a new and perilous mystery, one that challenges everything they thought they knew about their lives, themselves, and whom it’s safe to trust.

The Book Trailer:

Author Bio:
A motorcyclist and former rock band roadie turned Anglican minister, Graham Peter (G. P.) Taylor has been hailed as “hotter than Potter” and “the new C. S. Lewis” in the United Kingdom. His first novel, Shadowmancer, reached #1 on the New York Times Best Sellers List in 2004 and has been translated into 48 languages. His other novels include Wormwood (another New York Times best seller which was nominated for a Quill Book Award), The Shadowmancer Returns: The Curse of Salamander Street, Tersias the Oracle, and Mariah Mundi. Taylor currently resides in North Yorkshire with his wife and three children.

G.P. Taylor’s Message to Teachers & Parents:

Disclosure of Material Connection:
I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers . I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


  1. Quilly, do you have an approximate age range this might appeal to? So many of the earlier “Christian” books directed towards the chapter book kids were contrived in their sharing of the Gospel. It really turned my kids off because the story didn’t flow well as a result. But I like to give GOOD books as gifts, so I’m interested . . .

  2. Kelley — the book says 9-12 year olds. There is no overt religious teaching in the book. Although I didn’t read it, in the first book one of the twins encounters a woman who teaches her to pray. In this book, her sister and Erik get impatient with her whenever she suggests praying. She is sad when this happens because she knows prayer works and she wants them to try it, but she isn’t wholly a believer yet and doesn’t understand enough herself to explain it — and that has been 3 brief mentions none of which take more than two or three lines. Meanwhile, there is kidnapping and secret tunnels and stealing and creepy houses and an evil magician and a wicked headmistress and guns and henchmen and a newspaper reporter and cold cabbage and carrot stew.

    Now, about that age thing, it held my attention and I am a grownup. The plot is fast paced and I had to keep turning the pages. The art work is top-notch and the drawings are contemporary anime style.

    1. Susan, technically it is a school for abandoned girls. The wayward children are the stars of the novel — and they can be quite wayward! This was a great read!

  3. I read a few pages. Apologies, but I wasn’t thinking C. S. Lewis. More like “a dark and stormy night.” To be sure, Lewis (in e.g. the Chronicles of Narnia) was targeting a higher reading level, while Taylor can barely assume Tip and Mitten and says so. But that doesn’t excuse writing that is at once trite and turgid.

    1. Honey, are you certain you are thinking about THIS book? Because that is the same thing you said about, Chosen Ones, The Aedyn Chronicles, by Alister McGrath.

      1. Yes, and yes.

        mischief, mayhem, responsibility and fear — just like real kids.

        And stockholders. We wish to encourage this?

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