Compass South (Four Points #1) by Hope Larson

Compass South (Four Points #1)

It’s 1860 in New York City. When 12-year-old twins Alexander and Cleopatra’s father disappears, they join the Black Hook Gang and are caught by the police pulling off a heist. They agree to reveal the identity of the gang in exchange for tickets to New Orleans. But once there, Alex is shanghaied to work on a ship that is heading for San Francisco via Cape Horn. Cleo stows away on a steamer to New Granada where she hopes to catch a train to Sa...

Details Compass South (Four Points #1)

TitleCompass South (Four Points #1)
Release DateJun 28th, 2016
PublisherFarrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Historical, Historical Fiction, Adventure, Childrens, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Fiction

Reviews Compass South (Four Points #1)

  • David Schaafsma
    Cher's 1971 hit, "Tramps and Thieves":, I've been quickly reviewing Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series (and the comics version) as I prepare to read his recently released The Book of Dust, and in the process saw this first volume of The Four Points series, Compass South, which I read last year, and its second volume, in a pile of books, so finally will review, very briefly: This is an adventure st...
  • Lata
    Lots of swash and adventuring in this beautifully illustrated story of a sister and her twin brother, a lost/absent father, a possible treasure, the girl pretending to be a boy, thieves, pirates, nefarious schemes and plenty of action. A quick and fun read.
  • Erica
    Manhattan, 1860. Red-headed twins Cleopatra and Alexander find themselves burglaring for an orphan street gang after their father goes out to a job one day and never returns. A run-in with the police and an ad in the paper send them off on an ocean adventure that includes another set of red-headed twins, some pirates, heirlooms that are more than what they appear, and finding out who they are as individuals.It's a fun, fast-paced, sea-adventure g...
  • Chris Schweizer
    Compass South is one of the best adventure comics I’ve read in years. Hope Larson’s script delivers a propulsive narrative with engaging characters, and Rebecca Mock’s expressive art masterfully flushes the world of 1860 and the folks who live in it. As dialogue goes, many historical comics create an obstacle for readers. Either the author offers up text that is too wrapped up in period syntax to make for an easy read (leading a prospective...
  • Diz
    This is an adventure story that follows orphaned twins in the nineteenth century. The protagonists start out as members of a children's street gang in New York. Due to complications with the law, they have to leave the city, and they decide to go to the west coast in order to do a con job. In the process, they get separated and have adventures at sea. There are a lot of twists and turns, and I found myself surprised at some of the twists that occ...
  • Kelly Gunderman
    Check out this and other reviews on my young adult book blog, Here's to Happy Endings!Compass South was originally published in 2016, and I hadn't heard about it until the awesome folks over at :01 First Second Books invited me to join the blog tour for the sequel, Knife's Edge. Also, I really hadn't been into graphic novels until very recently, so I guess that's another reason I hadn't heard of it. But now that I'm obsessed with graphic novels, ...
  • Francesca
    This reminded me a lot of Amulet, I really liked the friendship and the adventure.
  • Sylvester
    4* art4* storyA fun adventure with treasure and two sets of twins and a lost father...
  • D. H.
    This is the first part of a treasure hunt story reminiscent of Treasure Island, but none of that is clear at first. At first it's just about a pair of orphan twins, a brother and a sister, who dream up a scam to find parents so they can stop stealing and living on the streets. They get separate and have two different adventures at sea. What they don't know is that they have the means to find a treasure and a pirate is looking for them.There are s...
  • Carrie
    I was pleased to find this as I've heard of Hope Larson before, and it seemed like an interesting concept. The art is sound and the world is well-populated. However, I found the turns of events predictable and irritating.Two sets of twins are both looking to answer an ad, where a wealthy father looks to be reunited with his red-headed twin sons, as impostors. Naturally they run into each other, get mixed up while fleeing, and have to tolerate eac...
  • Julie
    True story: yesterday I was at the bookstore, and I overheard a grandmother asking a clerk to help her find a book for her grandson. She had a short list of titles, but could not find any of them on the shelves. I hear the bookseller say, "Oh, that's because these are with the graphic novels." After a short pause (I wish I could have seen their faces!), she added, "Graphic novels as in novels with lots of pictures, not GRAPHIC novels!", and I hea...
  • Jason
    Really strong first volume hooks you right from the start so that you have a tough time putting it down! Usually it's a bad idea to mix elements from so many different genres together in one book, but Larson makes it work and doesn't even stretch plausibility all that much. I'm really excited about this series, especially as it makes for a good read-alike for the Three Thieves series and vice versa.
  • paula
    Old-fashioned adventure on the high seas and in tropical jungles. Set in the nineteenth century, two sets of red-haired twins race from New York to San Francisco with pirates! on their tail. #bookaday
  • Anh
    This is a great book, I loved graphic novels and this is a great choice for everybody to read it. The ending was sad, I love it and I can’t wait for chapter 2 of this you should watch it, it is really good.
  • Kitkat
    This book was really cute and loving. I loved how they are separated and how they miss each other. I thought it was adorable how Cleopatra's relationship with her guy. How she got jealous that he kissed someone was so cute and how they kissed each other. I cannot wait to see how the father is.
  • Jace
    Good but could be better.
  • Anne
    "I bought 'er that shell from Tahiti. She sewed it over her eye patch so she could watch over me, no matter the distance between us."This adventure novel has it all: rollicking fun, danger, heart, family bonds, and a pinch of budding romance. It's aimed at middle grade readers, so it's a fast read. But the plot kept me hooked, and I'm already excited to dive into book two.The story revolves around a pair of twins who are separated while they are ...
  • Andrew Wolgemuth
    I read this with our 5yo, and we both enjoyed it. The storyline stretched her (it's a visuals-centric tale with two sets of identical twins after all...and there are some ship names and a variety of geographic settings - details to track), but - with a few pauses to review who characters were and where in the world they were - it was a fun story. As so often happens with main-character youth, Cleo and Alex's parents aren't in the picture. The adv...
  • Derek
    I bought this book on a whim at a comic convention. I thought it would be a quick read and hopefully an enjoyable one, but I was wrong. The story was a lot more complex than I originally thought it would be. In fact, it reminded me a lot of books like Treasure Island and Kidnapped. The artwork was clean and understandable, but also very complex and at times downright beautiful. This is supposed to be a book for young adults, but I would recommend...
  • Lauren
    4.5 stars This swashbuckling adventure immediately transported me back in time to a world filled with pirates, ships, gangs, lost family, and, of course, a search for treasure. Although there were a few too many coincidences to completely suspend disbelief, the characters were full of colorful personality and the plot was nonstop action. I am looking forward to booktalking this one!
  • Ashley
    Fun enough that I'd read the next one, but I'm not too pressed to pick it up as this book had enough of a resolution to satisfy. Not nearly as queer as I'd like it to be. Why do girls dressed as boys always always always have to find a romance with a boy? Bit sick of that. Otherwise, great illustrations, fun colours, and an adventurous enough story.Grade 4-7 interest level.
  • Rachel Meyer
    An fun historical fiction adventure. I always love twin stories and this was no exception. I didn't like Alex, even if I did learn where he was coming from, but I did like all the other characters. And it had nice art.
  • Craig Ranallo
    Picked this up because I had a feeling it might help me riddle out a character development hurdle in my own work. The hurdle has been vaulted and I had a very enjoyable time jumping. Quite a fun little adventure graphic novel.
  • Rita (RitaBook)
    Great adventurous story! Can't wait to see what happens in the next one when it comes out!
  • Jennifer Y.
    4 1/2 Stars...Reviews soon
  • Kathleen
    An adventure story about looking for family! Suitable for kids. Lots of narrow escapes and chase scenes, but little violence.
  • Winna
    A quick read. Fun, fast paced, a great adventure with twists, turns, and wonderful characters. Lookin forward to the second book.
  • Garrett
    I do enjoy a good Hope Larson comic. And the illustrations are great. This is a nice sibling-adventure story with plenty of swashbuckling, if that's your thing.