Black Sand Beach 1: Are You Afraid of the Light? (Paperback)
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Black Sand Beach is the can't-put-down middle-grade graphic-novel series about a haunted summer vacation by Richard Fairgray, a bestselling and award-winning comic book and picture book author / illustrator.
In the first book, Are You Afraid of the Light?, twelve-year-old Dash and his best friend Lily are spending the summer at Back Sand Beach, where Dash’s family has a house. But nothing is as it seems from the beginning. The beach house is a shack, and Dash’s weird relatives are there. But more alarming is the zombie ram that crashes through the front yard. And the ghosts that call out to Dash from the lighthouse . . .
Each book in the dynamic series contains full-color, graphic-novel panels on every page and multiple connected stories.
About the Author
Richard Fairgray is a writer, artist, and colorist, best known for his work in comic books such as Blastosaurus and Ghost Ghost, and picture books such as Gorillas in Our Midst, My Grandpa Is a Dinosaur, and If I Had an Elephant. As a child he firmly believed he would grow up and eat all the candy he wanted and stay up as late as he liked. By drawing pictures when he wasn’t meant to and reading all the things people told him not to, he has made this come true.
All Richard needs to be happy is a good table to draw on and a nice scanner and lamp. He now owns multiple tables, scanners, and lamps in New Zealand, USA, and Canada so he can sit down and start working wherever he wakes up.
"Creepy, bizarre, and compelling."—Kirkus Reviews
"With a large cast and plenty of surprising developments, the book plants seeds for potential future story lines, even as layers of its mystery are peeled away to ensure immediate satisfaction. Funny and playful but also creepy and intriguing, Black Sand Beach: Are You Afraid of the Light? is an entertaining graphic novel that establishes a rich world of possibilities and impossibilities."—Foreword Reviews
"Fairgray keeps the humor high to soften some genuine spookiness and crafts a cast that readers will want to follow into future volumes."—Booklist
"creepy fun tempered by plenty of silliness."—School Library Journal
"I loved the humor and weirdness of it. . . . the characters are so confident in this world that you take comfort in how they saunter through it."—A Fuse #8 Production