Children - Graphic Novels

This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki - Book Review

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By Jillian Tamaki (Illustrator), Mariko Tamaki
ISBN: 9781596437746
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Published: First Second - May 6th, 2014

A snap shot of two girls during the summer their innocence is partly-lost, one comes to an understanding of herself and both learn that growing pains take on different forms. The themes, language and situations are realistic. There is some mature language and while no actual sexual scenes are shown, images can be sexual with overtones to having sex and pregnancy. Therefore, this is for mature/strong ages 13 to adult. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

This Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781626720534
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Published: First Second - June 11th, 2019

Every autumn the village places lanterns in the river and lets them float off to the unknown. Legend has it, they become stars. This year, Ben and his friends are determined to follow the lanterns to their end. They make a pact: No one turns for home. No one looks back. Yet, eventually all but Ben and “tag-along” Nathaniel, are left. That will not stop Ben. Tonight, is the night for adventure. Even if that adventure includes a talking bear, a busy witch, a giant dog, a rickety gondola boat and catching the sun. Color, or the lack of, plays an important part. Mostly there is blue and dark colors with scattered white and yellow of light. Text and illustrations complement each other perfectly for the 10 to 14 (to adult) crowd. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

The Way Home (Owly #1) by Andy Runton - Book Review

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By Andy Runton, Andy Runton (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781338300659
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Published: Graphix - February 4th, 2020

This graphic novel is good for young readers with its basic story and simple text creating a strong story. Owly wants to help the other animals in his neighborhood, but his intentions are misunderstood, until he helps Wormy. With a message of being kind and knowing others are different (Owly speaks in images only, while the other characters speak text only and Wormy speaking both) this is a modern tale fore the 7 to 10 crowd. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781534431454
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Published: Aladdin - September 3rd, 2019

Modern themes and humorous characters surround Moth, our heroine, a typical teen trying and not able to fit in. But when she accidentally causes magic, she learns that something (not so) wicked this way comes. She is a witch. Her mother was born in the 1600’s (and looks marvelous for her age) and the man (Mr. Laszlo) who owned the second-hand shop they now run, is a talking cat. The adventures of misadventures of Moth, her family and friends are in a fresh, graphic novel format for ages 10 to 14. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Guts by Raina Telgemeier - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780545852500
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Published: Graphix - September 17th, 2019

Raina is back and this time she is sick. But the thing is? She is as healthy as a horse! Nobody can tell why her stomach wants to rebel at the slightest issue. But then again, they do not seem slight to her! This time around we experience Raina's journey through some bad stomach issues as she travels the roads of worries, food, friends, school and family. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass by Mariko Tamaki - Book Review

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By Mariko Tamaki, Steve Pugh (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781401283292
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Published: DC Ink - September 3rd, 2019

A well-done story that flows into a (possibly) new mythos of what you might be used to for Harley Quinn. Our Harleen Quinzel is a 15-year-old girl, with $5 and a backpack who is sent to Gotham to live with her estranged Grandmother, only to learn that she has passed away. The owner of the building, Mama (a proud, large gay man who runs and performs in a drag-show with other tenants) takes her in, on the condition she goes to school where she meets Ivy (a teen vegan who loves plants and fighting injustices) and the son of the family who is trying to “better” the community by condemning buildings, including Mama’s! All her life Harley has tried to set right wrongs she experienced, and she will help her new family by any means necessary. But since she tends to leap and not think, things do not go as planned. And don’t forget to read the illustrations, too. As there are fun nuggets that are not given through the text. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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