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The Runaway Princess by Johan Troïanowski - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780593118405
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Published: Random House Graphic - January 21st, 2020

Modern language makes this Pippi Longstocking-meets-Swiss Family Robinson-meets Dora the Explorer-meets Tangled (if Rapunzel was an 8-year-old girl) graphic novel an interesting read. Extremely detailed illustrations. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Best Friends by Shannon Hale - Book Review

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By Shannon Hale, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781250317469
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Published: First Second - August 27th, 2019

This is Hale and Pham’s second relatable graphic novel. Adults and children ages 10 and up can relate to the rules of 6th grade. Just when you think you have it figured out, everything changes. Fast-paced and wonderfully illustrated. Step back in time to 1985, but with a timeless story. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell - Book Review

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By Rainbow Rowell, Faith Erin Hicks (Illustrator), Sarah Stern (Contributions by)
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ISBN: 9781626721623
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Published: First Second - August 27th, 2019

Pumpkinheads is a traditional teen love story that has been spiced up to fit the modern readers taste for graphic novels. Deja is trying to help Josiah speak to the girl that he has had a crush on for about four years. Cue the succotash, corn maze, Frito Pie, and an interesting sub plot involving a runaway goat. Our characters have misadventure after misadventure on the path to true love. Recommended for ages 12 and up. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Pénélope Bagieu - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781626728691
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Published: First Second - March 6th, 2018

Twenty-nine (thirty if you count the author) women are highlighted in this graphic novel. Some names we know (Mae Jemison) and others maybe not so much, but all of these women have somehow broken the barriers of patriarchy, color, sex, women’s health, and even gender. Meet Arab rappers, concubine empresses, dancers, authors, and more. Thirteen and up is the targeted audience due to sexual references and language. But adults, please read it, too! ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Witchlight by Jessi Zabarsky - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780593119990
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Published: Random House Graphic - April 14th, 2020

Witchlight is a contemporary graphic novel that deals with women’s issues of gender and what their place in the world is. A strong 13 to 15 (and of course, adult) reader will find something to relate to and enjoy. Lelek is a witch and Sanja a village girl who is not appreciated by her family. When they develop a deep, loving bond for each other, they find the family they are looking for. Zabarsky’s illustrations bring to the front the feelings of the text. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Pilu of the Woods by Mai K. Nguyen - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781620105634
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Published: Oni Press - April 16th, 2019

Willow’s emotions (especially the bad ones) are all bottled up, which she thinks will help her keep a promise she made to her mother. But what it does is just keep festering. And as Willow’s new friend, Pilu, tells her, nobody likes to be ignored. A lovely story of family, friends, loss, grief all tied together with nature. A fun journal is included for the readers use. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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