Bad Machinery

Bad Machinery

[Vol. 1], The Case of the Team Spirit

Book - 2013
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"Tackleford, England, is a town full of mysteries. Shauna, Charlotte and Mildred just want to help the mysterious old immigrant woman keep her home. Jack, Linton, and Sonny just want to find out why the owner of a local football stadium has been plagued by a curse. If only the two groups could stop fighting with each other, they might realize that there's a shared solution... Of course, when you're just starting your first year at Griswalds Grammar School, nothing matters quite as much as football, friends, stylish jackets, trading cards, or your nerdy teacher's fancy wife. And when all of these things are competing for your attention, just how are you supposed to find the time to solve mysteries, anyway?"--P. [4] of cover.
Publisher: Portland, OR : Oni Press, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781620100844
Characteristics: 132 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 23 x 32 cm
Alternative Title: Case of the team spirit


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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.

AL_ELENA 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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