Graphic Novels
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The Unsinkable Walker Bean
2010
11 years - sixth
4 Stars
Aaron Renier
adventuring to Atlantis

Adventuring to Atlantis. Incredible illustrations.

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The Hedge Knight
2007
11 years - sixth
5 Stars
George R. R. Martin
knights adventure fantasy

Incredible vivid illustrations of knights and fantasy story

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Arf and the Metal Detector
2001
5 Stars
Philip Wooderson
crooks a mistake treasure relative position

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Prince of Persia
2008
10 years - fifth
4 Stars
Jordan Mechner
Persia good evil story that the game was based on

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Fist Stick Knife Gun: Personal History of Violence
2010
11 years - sixth
5 Stars
Geoffrey Canada
escalation of violence as a black American

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

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Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword
2010
10 years - fifth
4 Stars
Barry Deutsch
Jewish girl

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Amulet: Book Two The Stonekeeper's Curse
2009
9 years - fourth
4 Stars
Kazu Kibuishi
fantasy adventure

Amulet: Book One The Stonekeeper's Amulet: Book Two The Stonekeeper Curse Amulet: Book Three The Cloud Searchers

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Amulet: Book Three The Cloud Searchers
2010
9 years - fourth
4 Stars
Kazu Kibuishi
fantasy adventure

Amulet: Book One The Stonekeeper's Amulet: Book Two The Stonekeeper Curse Amulet: Book Three The Cloud Searchers

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Happy Happy CLover
2006
9 years - fourth
5 Stars
Sayuri Tatsuyama
animals friends

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Copper
2010
10 years - fifth
4 Stars
Kazu Kibuishi
web comic

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Coraline
2008
10 years - fifth
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.

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The Tale of Despereaux
2003
Primary Intermediate
5 stars
Katie Di Camillo
Good bad evil living happily ever after vocabulary 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...

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
2008
9 years - fourth
5 Stars
Based on the video game - Zelda

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Amelia Rules - The Teenage Guide to NOT Being UNpopular
2010
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. 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

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Missle Mouse: Rescue on Tankium3
2011
9 years - fourth
4 Stars
Ed. Adam Rau
interplanetary adventure

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Amelia Rules - True Things (Adults Don't Want Kids to Know)
2010
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.

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Zebrafish
2010
10 years - fifth
5 Stars
Sharon Emerson
friends rock band school activism

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Olympians Zeus: King of the Gods
2010
10 years - fifth
4 Stars
George O'Connor
Olympian Gods and the beginning

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Witch and Wizards: Battle for Shadowland
2011
10 years - fifth
5 Stars
James Patterson and Dara Naraghi
witches wizards politics corruption moral cultural technology supremacy

Issues 1-4.

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The Bartimaeus Trilogy book 1 The Amulet of Samarkand
2010
10 years - fifth
5 Stars
Jonathan Stroud
djinni 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.

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Yu-Gi-Oh:GX Volume 1: A New Hero
2005
10 years - fifth
5 Stars
Kazuki Takahashi
Yu-Gi-Oh cards game and adventure

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Pendragon: Book one: The Merchant of Death
2008
3 Stars
D. J. Machale
modern time into fantasy mid earth kind of time adventure

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Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident
2009
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.

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Amelia Rules - When the Past Is a Present
2008
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.

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Amelia Rules - The Whole World's Crazy
2009
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.

Scooby-Doo: Howling on the Playground
2000
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.

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Amelia Rules - Super Hero Series
2006
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.

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Babymouse Queen of the World
2005
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.

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Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel
2007
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.

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Marvel 1602
2006
Adolescent Adult
4 Stars
Neil Gaiman
fiction comic

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

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Bone: Out from Boneville
2005
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 started as a newspaper cartoons is now available.

Tintin
1978
Intermediate Adolescent
3 Star
Translated by Leslie Lonsdale-Cooper and Michael Turner
adventure comic art graphic

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