Goldie Vance

Goldie Vance

Volume One

Book - 2016
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Move over Nancy, Harriet, & Veronica. There's a new sleuth on the block! Sixteen-year-old Marigold "Goldie" Vance lives at a Florida resort with her dad, who manages the place. Her mom, who divorced her dad years ago, works as a live mermaid at a club downtown. Goldie has an insatiable curiosity, which explains her dream to one day become the hotel's in-house detective. When Charles, the current detective, encounters a case he can't crack, he agrees to mentor Goldie in exchange for her help solving the mystery.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : BOOM!Box, a division of Boom Entertainment, Inc., ©2016.
ISBN: 9781608868988
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) :,colour illustrations ;,26 cm


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Nov 14, 2018

Fun, colorful. If you are looking for gritty realism, keep moving. If you want cool Sixties style and a spunky teenage sleuth, look no further.

ArapahoeBridget Jun 28, 2018

I loooooooved this! The art is so fun and Goldie is delightful and it hits all the same notes for me that the Eloise books hit when I was little: hotels, girls running the place behind the scenes, friendship, smarts, ADVENTURE.

Jun 25, 2017

Definitely got a Nancy Drew vibe, except she's not a somewhat spoiled rich girl! Good for older grade school age readers I think, although still a fun, light read for adults.

forbesrachel Apr 29, 2017

She's cool, smart, witty, loves fast cars, and solves mysteries. She's Goldie Vance, and she'll hook you within just a few pages. Volume one delves right into this character's life. We learn that she, her dad, and most of her friends work at the Crossed Palms resort in Florida where small "mysteries" regularly need solving. Romantic interests are at the forefront in these teens' minds, including a potential burgeoning relationship between Goldie and a certain young woman from the record store. Also, there is Goldie's nemesis, whose brief appearance hints at the sort of tensions to come. This graphic novel has been compared to Nancy Drew, and in terms of the vibe, that is definitely true. Goldie pokes her nose into places she shouldn't, she has a strong sense of right and wrong (although she is willing to bend the law to do the right thing), and the mystery itself is just beyond the boundary of realism. However, there are ways in which it distinguishes itself; Goldie is a middle class working girl, her friends play important roles and have lives of their own, and the world is full of diverse individuals (Goldie is a multiracial American, and, as implied, a lesbian). Many modern readers will probably find it easier to relate to this wonderfully rounded character. The artwork is just superb too. There is clearly some manga and even animation influences in the style; panels skew in moments of action, thoughts aren't always divulged with words, the pace moves at a good clip, the colours are bright and fun, etc. Middle grade and teen readers (and even adults) will devour volume one, so here's hoping that volume two comes out quick.

katbee Mar 01, 2017

This is a beautifully drawn graphic novel with cohesive character design, background design and colors. Goldie is entertaining and a real go-getter. It's nice to read a mystery without murder for once.

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