Bad Machinery

Bad Machinery

[1], The Case of the Team Spirit

Graphic Novel - 2013
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Shauna. Charlotte. Mildred. Three schoolgirl sleuths. Jack. Linton. Sonny. Three schoolboy investigators. Tackleford. One mid-sized city with a history of countless mysteries. Is there enough room at Griswalds Grammar School for two groups of kid detectives? There better be, because once these kids have set their sights on solving a mystery there's nothing that can derail them. Nothing, except maybe gossip, classwork, new football player cards, torment from siblings, or any number of childhood distractions.
Publisher: Portland, Or. : Oni Press, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781620100844
Branch Call Number: YA 741.5942 AL564B01 2013
Characteristics: 132 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 23 x 31 cm
Alternative Title: Case of the team spirit


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JessicaGma Mar 07, 2018

Hands down, my favourite webcomic, now appearing in book format. The dialogue is amazing and the plots are fabulous.

SCL_Justin Aug 05, 2017

The Case of the Team Spirit (by John Allison) is one of my favourite comics for booktalking for middle-school students next year. It’s about a group of six 11-year-olds (three boys, three girls) in Tackleford England (a made-up place) who solve mysteries. This mystery is about the hex that’s been put on their local football (soccer) team. This gets right to the heart of one investigator, while the rest are, well, less into football, but they do like their friend.

These characters are funny, and all of them are clever. The supporting characters, also great. I have a special affinity for Mr. Beckwith the young teacher who has this exchange with one of our detectives:

Charlotte: Sir how come you got rid of your beard?

Mr. Beckwith: My wife said it was scratching her.

Charlotte: Worr sir you are married?

Mr. Beckwith: Yeah I got a wife… am I giving away too much? Maybe I just have a piano. I didn’t want to scratch the piano with my chin.

Charlotte: Sir can I sit down on account of being confused?

Mr. Beckwith: Yes Charlotte.

Though Bad Machinery is a webcomic which you can read for free on a screen, the book is a beautiful widescreen kind of thing about the same size (and orientation) as a laptop screen. But it is batteryless.

So yes. Great stuff, and you will learn Britishisms.

ArapahoeElena May 31, 2017

Bad Machinery is a great read-alike for both Stevenson's Lumberjanes and Allison's later series, Giant Days. Realistic characters and situations with just a touch of the supernatural, very enjoyable.

Oct 31, 2016

Very fun, great art, accurate dialog and action (as far as I remember). My 12-year-old niece loved it and read the first 3 volumes while visiting us.

Aug 19, 2013

It has funny, snappy dialogue and beautiful illustrations. Loved it!


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