Tag Archives: Graphic Novel

The Girl from the Sea by Molly Ostertag

Molly Ostertag’s THE GIRL FROM THE SEA brings together both fantastical and very real emotions and events in a graphic novel that addresses first love, hiding one’s true self from friends and family, and coming-of-age. The fantastical arrives in the … Continue reading

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Go With the Flow by Lily Williams & Karen Schneemann

GO WITH THE FLOW by Lily Williams & Karen Schneemann is aimed at ages 9-14, but parents and caregivers would do well to read too. This straightfoward and totally-comfortable-with-menstruation graphic novel manages to bundle many high school and societal issues … Continue reading

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Review: Class Act by Jerry Craft

This will be quick: Just go get a copy of CLASS ACT, the new graphic novel written and illustrated by Jerry Craft. Seriously. It’s that good. As soon as our household heard that Jerry Craft was writing a follow-up to … Continue reading

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Review: Displacement by Kiku Hughes

DISPLACEMENT by Kiku Hughes brings the reader along as the main character time travels through her grandmother’s memories to the United States’ internment of Japanese-Americans after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Based on the author’s own life and her research … Continue reading

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Review: KINDRED: A Graphic Novel Adaptation

I was surprised and a little perplexed when I heard there was a graphic novel of Octavia Butler’s KINDRED. The brutality of American enslavement (which Butler says she toned down for her novel) is palpable throughout the storyline. In addition, … Continue reading

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Review: TRESPASSERS by Breena Bard

TRESPASSERS by Breena Bard is a middle grade graphic novel that includes some mystery, some family drama, and some well-developed interaction between kids thrown together on vacation. As with many middle grade stories, Gabby, the main character, is thrown curveballs … Continue reading

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Review: Witchlight by Jessi Zabarsky

WITCHLIGHT written and illustrated by Jessi Zabarsky is a graphic novel for ages 12 and up that focuses on personal interactions and deepening values as much as heroic adventures. The author has described the novel as a “shojo- adventure,” a … Continue reading

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Review: BLOOM by Kevin Panetta

BLOOM by Kevin Panetta and illustrated by Savanna Ganucheau is a lovely, light, realistic graphic novel about the unsettling in-between teenage time of figuring out the answer to “What do you want to do?” The main character, Ari (short for … Continue reading

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Review: Aster and the Accidental Magic by Thom Pico

ASTER AND THE ACCIDENTAL MAGIC by Thom Pico and illustrated by Karensac is a fanciful, plucky graphic novel. Aster, the main character, is a likable protagonist whose rambles through adventures ensures readers will pay attention. Laced with magical villains and … Continue reading

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The Runaway Princess by Johan Troianowski

THE RUNAWAY PRINCESS by Johan Troianowski is whimsical, includes echoes of Tintin, consistently and beautifully employs vibrant colors, and has a fearless main character in Princess Robin, the titular princess. The book is made up of three separate tales featuring inventive … Continue reading

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