September 24, 2017

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Review of the Day: Bolivar by Sean Rubin

Bolivar By Sean Rubin Archaia (a division of BOOM Entertainment) $29.99 ISBN: 9781684150964 Ages 7-12 On shelves November 28th It took a year and a half for me to notice, but by then it was too late. I moved to the Chicago area from New York City in what can only be described as a […]

Review: ‘Dinosaur Empire’

Dinosaur Empire Writer/artist: Abby Howard Amulet Books; $15.99 What are two of the most awesome things to ever exist in the entire history of the planet Earth? If you answered dinosaurs and comic books, then you and I are on the same wavelength, dear reader, and I therefore feel quite confident in recommending Dinosaur Empire […]

2017 Flame Con Celebrates Queer Heroes and Representation in YA Lit

Year three of the increasingly popular Flame Con, known colloquially as “queer Comic Con,” offered an excellent array of programming at the bustling New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge from August 19–20.

Physics, Fears, & Female Empowerment | Adult Books 4 Teens

Tempt teens with a memoir from award-winning actress Gabourey Sidibe, a primer on feminism, and a peppy look at the universe and dark matter.

Book Review: Spinning by Tillie Walden

Publisher’s description Ignatz Award winner Tillie Walden’s powerful graphic memoir captures what it’s like to come of age, come out, and come to terms with leaving behind everything you used to know. It was the same every morning. Wake up, grab the ice skates, and head to the rink while the world was still dark. […]

Interview: Falynn Koch on Bugs and Bats

Falynn Koch’s newest book in First Second’s Science Comics line, Science Comics: Plagues, came out last week, so I figured it’s a good time to post the interview I did with her at C2E2 last April. Koch is also the author of Science Comics: Bats, so we started with that. You can keep up with […]

Book Review: All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson

Publisher’s description Calling all Raina Telgemeier fans! The Newbery Honor-winning author of Roller Girl is back with a heartwarming graphic novel about starting middle school, surviving your embarrassing family, and the Renaissance Faire. Eleven-year-old Imogene (Impy) has grown up with two parents working at the Renaissance Faire, and she’s eager to begin her own training as a […]

Review: ‘Surfside Girls: The Secret of Danger Point’

Surfside Girls: The Secret of Danger Point Writer/artist: Kim Dwinell Top Shelf Productions; $19.99 Former real-life surfside girl turned animator Kim Dwinell makes her graphic novel debut with a pretty powerful argument for the old saw that you should write (and, here, draw) what you know. Surfside Girls: The Secret of Danger Point is a […]

Lighter Than My Shadow by Katie Green | SLJ Review

GREEN, Katie. Lighter Than My Shadow. illus. by Katie Green. 516p. Roar Comics/Lion Forge. Oct. 2017. pap. $19.99. ISBN 9781941302415.

Gr 9 Up –Green chronicles her struggles with an eating disorder. In high school, when her weight dropped dangerously low, she underwent treatment for anorexia; in college, she restricted what she ate and engaged in binge eating. For Green, food was intricately linked to her constant pursuit of perfection; despite high grades, she was rarely satisfied with her achievements. She offers a nuanced […]

Review: The Wendy Project

I particularly adore when authors (and artists) take a (classic) work and they tear it apart and create something new—but recognizable. There’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, countless fractured fairy tales, and this year I read a dystopian version of Peter Pan. So picking up a copy of The Wendy Project was a natural choice […]

Review: ‘Cosmic Commandos’

Cosmic Commandos Writer/artist: Christopher Eliopoulos Dial Books; $13.99 Jeremy is loud, arrogant, and always ready to leap into action without thinking. His likes include video games and complaining about the unfairness of his life, while his dislikes include school (especially homework), reading, and his brother. Justin is quiet, polite, and thinks before acting. His likes […]

Louis Undercover by Fanny Britt | SLJ Review

BRITT, Fanny. Louis Undercover. Tr from French by Christelle Morelli & Susan Ouriou. illus. by Isabelle Arsenault. 160p. Groundwood. Oct. 2017. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9781554988594.

Gr 5 Up –From the team behind the touching Jane, the Fox, and Me comes another poignant story of hope amid despair. Following his parents’ split, tweenage Louis is shuttled between his mother’s new apartment in the city and his childhood home in the country, now inhabited by his despondent father. As he travels between these worlds, his memories of […]

Interview: Eric Kallenborn on Graphic Novels in the Classroom

I spoke to Eric Kallenborn when I was researching The People’s Comics: Using the Graphic Format to Teach About Current Events, which is the cover story of this month’s School Library Journal. Eric is an English teacher at Alan B. Shepard High School in Palos Heights, Illinois, and he has a lot to say about […]

Review: ‘Mega Princess’

Mega Princess Written by Kelly Thompson, illustrated by Brianne Drouhard KaBoom! (Boom! Studios), $14.99 Ages 8 and up Kelly Thompson (Jem and the Holograms, Hawkeye) brings her energetic, aware writing style to a wide-ranging fantasy adventure for kids. The mega princess of the title is Maxine (who prefers Max). It’s her tenth birthday, which means […]

Interview: School’s Out for ‘Gotham Academy’

Gotham Academy is one of the few truly young adult comics published by DC; a boarding-school story set in the Batman universe, it revolves around a group of teenagers who were unique to this series, especially Olive Silverlock, who comes into her second year with a dark secret and an unsolved mystery, and her younger […]

Review: ‘Ten Thousand Years in Hell’

Ten Thousand Years in Hell Writer/Artist: Maurice Tillieux Fantagraphics; $19.99 The title story in Ten Thousand Years in Hell, a new collection of a pair of Gil Jordan, Private Detective stories from the early 1960s, takes its title from a courtroom scene. Jordan and his comic relief sidekick Crackerjack are before a tribunal in a […]

The People’s Comics: Using the Graphic Format To Teach About Current Events

Graphic creators’ take on politics, from immigration to women’s rights.

This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Graphic Novels: The Origin of Buddhism & Outlandish Academic Adventures | August 2017 Xpress Reviews

A unique graphic novel explores the foundation of Buddhism; clever cousins use science to battle evil; a superhero balances school with saving the day.

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10 Graphic Novels That Are Not Quite of This World

“Good Comics 4 Kids” blogger Brigid Alverson rounds up her top picks of graphic novels for teens publishing in fall 2017, which run the gamut from fairy-tale princesses taking over the kingdom to a boy falling in love with a ghost.

Review: ‘DC Super Hero Girls: Summer Olympus’

DC Super Hero Girls: Summer Olympus Writer: Shea Fontana Artist: Yancey Labat DC Comics; $9.99 How are you spending your summer vacation? Perhaps you would like to spend it reading about how Wonder Woman, Supergirl and the other kids at Super Hero High in Metropolis are spending their summer vacation? That’s the premise of Shea […]