Graphic Novels

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2017
Wires and Nerves the Lunar Chronicles series
Wires and Nerves the Lunar Chronicles series
11 years +
4 Stars
Art by Doug Holgate
Fantasy, moon, lunar, Earth, social issues, technology, cyborgs, androids

An evil Lunar Queen Levana gains control of lunar inhabitants, attempts to marry a handsome emperor, and works to enslave the inhabitants of the Earth. Nine heroes battle to depose her and enthrone the long lost Princess, restore peace on the Moon and between the Earth and Moon inhabitants.

Characters

Supporting characters and items

 

2016
2015
2013
March 1 March 2 March 3
March (Book 1, 2, & 3)
11 years +
5 Stars
John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, & Nate Powell
Voting rights, human rights, John Robert Lewis

The story of desegregation, voting rights, and discrimination from the 1960's until Barak Obama as told by John Robert Lewis.

 

2011
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Missle Mouse: Rescue on Tankium 3
9 years +
4 Stars
Ed. Adam Rau
Interplanetary adventure
2011
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Witch and Wizards: Battle for Shadowland
10 years +
5 Stars
James Patterson and Dara Naraghi
Witches, wizards, politics, corruption, moral cultural, technology, supremacy

Issues 1- 4.

 

2010
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Amelia Rules - True Things (Adults Don't Want Kids to Know)
9 years +
5 Stars
Jimmy Gownley
Growing up, friends, divorce

Amelia (fourth grade) is an only child who lives with her recently divorced mother. She has one melodramatic adventure after another. Each packed with freewheeling energetic antics. Her good and bad traits are illustrated in full colored graphic art. Jealousy, meanness, sadness, confusion, generosity, and love splatter the pages.

2010
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Zebrafish
10 years +
5 Stars
Sharon Emerson
Friends, rock band, school, activism
2010
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Fist Stick Knife Gun: Personal History of Violence
11 years +
5 Stars
Geoffrey Canada
Escalation of violence, life as a black American

One man's journey to reduce violence in black American communities.

 

2010
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Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword
10 years +
4 Stars
Barry Deutsch
Jewish girl
2010
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Amulet: Book Three The Cloud Searchers
9 years +
4 Stars
Kazu Kibuishi
Fantasy, adventure

 

2010
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Copper
10 years +
4 Stars
Kazu Kibuishi
Web comic
2010
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Olympians Zeus: King of the Gods
10 years +
4 Stars
George O'Connor
Olympian Gods, the beginning of time & humans
2010
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The Unsinkable Walker Bean
11 years +
4 Stars
Aaron Renier
Adventuring to Atlantis

Adventuring to Atlantis. Incredible illustrations.

 

2010
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The Bartimaeus Trilogy book 1 The Amulet of Samarkand
10 years +
5 Stars
Jonathan Stroud
Diinni geni, magic, Egypt, London, England, adventure

Nathaniel is apprenticed to learn magic and encounters Simon Lovelace who humiliates Nathan in public. Nathan determined to learn more spells and magic on his own summons a djinni Bartimaeus. Let the trilogy begin. Adventure, excitement, suspense, magic, spells, power, and of course good versus evil.

2010
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Amelia Rules - The Teenage Guide to NOT Being UNpopular
9 years +
5 Stars
Jimmy Gownley
Growing up, friends, divorce

Amelia (fourth grade) is an only child who lives with her recently divorced mother. She has one melodramatic adventure after another. Each packed with freewheeling energetic antics. Her good and bad traits are illustrated in full colored graphic art. Jealousy, meanness, sadness, confusion, generosity, and love splatter the pages. TEN stories included in this book are: The Whole World is Crazy - What Makes You Happy - Superheroes - When the Past Is a Present - The Gym Class System - Loosely in Disguise, and Frightened - Amelia McBride and the Other Side of Yuletide - Speak Softee to Me - True Things (Adults Don't Want Kids to Know) The Teenage Guide to NOT Being Unpopular.

2009
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Amulet: BTwoook The Stonekeeper's Curse
9 years +
4 Stars
Kazu Kibuishi
Fantasy, adventure

 

2009
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Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident
10 years - fifth
4 Stars
Eoin Colfer
Child prodigy, adventure, graphic novel

This creatively designed graphic novel tells the complete Artemis Fowl story of The Artic Incident in a way that was not possible in the mere novel. The author, Colfer collaborated with the illustrators, Rigano, and the fact file page creator Alexander Garkusha to combine text and illustrations in a format that includes detailed character information in illustrations, text, and in character files physically embedded in the graphic novel. The combination of these three elements create a style and tone for the story that may provide more detail and a richer experience than the original novel. It is a great feat, but not the first as Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel preceded it. Still a great experience.

2009
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Amelia Rules - The Whole World's Crazy
9 years - fourth
5 Stars
Jimmy Gownley
growing up friends divorce

Amelia (fourth grade) is an only child who lives with her recently divorced mother. She has one melodramatic adventure after another. Each packed with freewheeling energetic antics. Her good and bad traits are illustrated in full colored graphic art. Jealousy, meanness, sadness, confusion, generosity, and love splatter the pages.

2008
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Amelia Rules - When the Past Is a Present
9 years - fourth
Four Stars
Jimmy Gownley
friends family super heroes growing up

Amelia (fourth grade) is an only child who lives with her recently divorced mother. She has one melodramatic adventure after another. Each packed with freewheeling energetic antics. Her good and bad traits are illustrated in full colored graphic art. Jealousy, meanness, sadness, confusion, generosity, and love splatter the pages.

2008
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Pendragon: Book one: The Merchant of Death
3 Stars
D. J. Machale
Modern time into fantasy, mid earth, kind of time adventure
2008
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Coraline
10 years +
5 Stars
Gaiman, Neil
Supernatural, adventure, excitement, survival, female

Coraline finds a door with a brick wall or door way into a parallel disturbing world of people with black button eyes. Let the games begin. Scarry movies, supernatural adventure, witch craft, romps through a dungeon, missing parents, mystery and suspense; masterfully written this story will enthrall all readers.

2008
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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
9 years +
5 Stars
Based on the video game - Zelda
2008
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Prince of Persia
10 years +
4 Stars
Jordan Mechner
Persia, good evil, story that the game Prince of Persia is based
2007
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The Hedge Knight
11 years +
5 Stars
George R. R. Martin
Knights, adventure, fantasy

Incredible vivid illustrations of knights and fantasy story.

 

2007
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Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel
5 years - kindergarten
5 Stars
Colfer, Eoin and Andrew Donkin
child prodigy, adventure, graphic novel

This creatively designed graphic novel tells the complete first story of Artemis Fowl in a way that was not possible in the mere novel. The authors, Colfer and Donkin, collaborated with the illustrators, Rigano and Lamanna to combine text and illustrations in a format that includes detailed character information in illustrations, text, and in character files physically embedded in the graphic novel. The combination of these three elements create a style and tone for the story that may provide more detail and a richer experience than the original novel.

2006
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Amelia Rules - Super Hero Series
9 years - fourth
4 Stars
Jimmy Gownley
friends, school, super heroes, growing up, ...

Amelia (fourth grade) is an only child who lives with her recently divorced mother. She has one melodramatic adventure after another. Each packed with freewheeling energetic antics. Her good and bad traits are illustrated in full colored graphic art. Jealousy, meanness, sadness, confusion, generosity, and love splatter the pages.

2006
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Marvel 1602
Adolescent Adult
4 Stars
Neil Gaiman
fiction comic

Between a graphic novel and comic book. Historical birth of super heroes on Earth.

2006
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Happy Happy CLover
9 years +
5 Stars
Sayuri Tatsuyama
Animals, friends
2005
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Babymouse Queen of the World
7 years - second
5 Stars
Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm
girls slumber party popularity friends animals imagination mice graphic novel

Graphic novel about Babymouse who wants so bad to go to a slumber party with the popular girls she wants so much to be friends with. She blows off her best friend in her desires to acquire an invitation. However, in the end even a mouse can understand her true personality and accept what she really is.

2005
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Yu-Gi-Oh:GX Volume 1: A New Hero
10 years - fifth
5 Stars
Kazuki Takahashi
Yu-Gi-Oh cards, game, and adventure
2005
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Bone: Out from Boneville
Intermediate Adolescent
3 Stars
Jeff Smith
cartoon people and social interations

Cartoon that may be too advanced for me. I don't know why, but I did read the uncolored version from beginning to end and would like to know WHAT? This one is colored and it really adds much greater style and tone for ... ? The entire series that was first published as a newspaper cartoon is now available as a graphic novel.

2003
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The Tale of Despereaux
Primary - Intermediate
5 stars
Katie Di Camillo
Good bad evil, living happily ever after, interesting use of vocabulary and story elements

Well written very engaging fantasy adventure to read aloud in primary grades. The author plays with the reader by using the word "reader". Makes comments about the meaning of some word (perfidy). And uses a generally delightful tone - With a rope made of mice whiskers, He went up to see the light and ended in the Queen's soup... As he was running away he looked back and saw... the Princess's look that broke his heart...

2001
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Arf and the Metal Detector
Primary +
5 Stars
Philip Wooderson
Crooks, a mistake, treasure, relative position
2000
Scooby-Doo: Howling on the Playground cover
Scooby-Doo: Howling on the Playground
6 years - first
3 Stars
Gail Herman
mystery playground

Could do a plot study for Scooby-Doo - the gang decides to do something, someone doesn't want it done, try to foil it with a haunting, challenge to figure out what is going on (who is haunting)?, In the investigation process a mayhem action sequence erupts, Scooby-Doo and Shaggy crash into each other (climax), resolution with haunting unmasked, rectify, ride off into the sunset.

1954
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Tintin
Intermediate Adolescent
1 Star
Translated by Leslie Lonsdale-Cooper and Michael Turner
adventure comic art graphic

The series includes 7 volumes with three adventures in each volume:

Volume 1: Tintin in America, Cigars of the Pharaoh, & The Blue Lotus.

The language and actions of the characters in the different cultural settings seem to cross a line from comedy into biased and even racist language and situations. Unfortunately dating it for young readers.

Dr. Robert Sweetland's notes
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