Category Archives: Graphic novels

El Deafo

At first I was a little shocked at the title. Then I read El Deafo, Cece Bell‘s graphic novel/memoir of her childhood: how she became deaf and how she felt about it growing up. Bell shows us the many friends and a pseudo-friend, … Continue reading

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The Shadow Hero

He chooses to restore law and order rather than rule an empire. He has a spirit shadow that follows him. His skin turns bright pink when wet. He is impervious to bullets. He is GREEN TURTLE.  Before he was a superhero, … Continue reading

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Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey

After reading The White Darkness, my interest in Antarctic exploration was piqued. Nick Bertozzi’s Shackleton tells and shows the amazing true story of Ernest Shackleton and his men, all of whom survived the expedition. A myriad of problems stood in their way: … Continue reading


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Jane, The Fox & Me

Jane, The Fox & Me, a beautiful graphic novel looks much like a picture book, both with its size and its style of illustrations. Hélène, a middle schooler in Montreal, Quebec, is suddenly outcast by her friends, and she believes the graffiti … Continue reading

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Matt Phelan‘s graphic novel is a rare history of vaudeville for children. Set in Muskegon and Bluffton, Michigan in the early 1900s, it shows all of the main acts while still focusing on friendships and the angst of growing up. … Continue reading

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When Bud gets on the wrong bus the first day in a new town, he ends up at the Cosmos Academy–an Intergalactic school–where the worst thing you can be is an Earthling. He meets Gort who helps him conceal his … Continue reading

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American Born Chinese

American Born Chinese, a graphic novel by Gene Luen Yang, comprises three stories featuring Jin, the only Chinese-American at his school, the fabled Monkey King, and Chin-kee, the horrible Chinese cousin. The three threads are woven together near the end … Continue reading

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