January 15, 2018

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“Olympians” Author George O’Connor Shares His Tricks of the Trade

George O’Connor speaks with SLJ about Hermes: Tales of the Trickster, the latest in his beloved “Olympians” series and an SLJ Popular Pick.

6 Can’t-Miss Gems from 2017 | Adult Books 4 Teens

Sarah Hill presents some titles from last year to be aware of—and bids readers farewell.

Sparking the Conversation Through Graphic Novels

New and forthcoming graphic novels address contemporary social issues.

Collecting Comics: January 2018, by Ally Watkins

Welcome to the January 2018 edition of Collecting Comics! Here are some comics to put in your collection for your teens and tweens for the New Year! Hawkeye, Kate Bishop, Volume 2: Masks by Kelly Thompson, illustrated by Leonard Romero (Marvel, January 2). Kate Bishop aka Hawkeye (not that Hawkeye) finally gets a lead on […]

Review: ‘Home Time’

Home Time Writer/artist: Campbell Whyte Top Shelf Productions; $24.99 Throughout C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia series, school children stumble into a fantasy world, where they are hailed as prophesied saviors, arriving just when they are needed to stave off one great evil or another. In cartoonist Campbell Whyte’s Home Time, school children stumble into a […]

Review: ‘Newsprints’

Newsprints By Ru Xu Graphix, $12.99 (softcover), $24.99 (hardcover) Ages 8-12 years, grade level 3-7 It’s a wonderful thing when someone’s first graphic novel is so jam-packed with big ideas realized so well on an individual character level. Blue is an orphan newsboy who’s found an adoptive family of those who work for the paper. […]

Review: Anne of Green Gables

I’m pretty sure I read at least the first volume of Anne of Green Gables. I certainly caught much of the PBS series. But while I was growing up, the dreamy red-headed girl was part of pop culture, even if she was a classic when I read her. I wonder if today’s young girls know […]

Review: Tyrannosaurus Ralph

Dinosaurs! Gladiator-like fighting! Aliens! A fabulous combination that will have elementary-age readers banging down the library or bookstore doors for more. Tyrannosaurus Ralph By Nate Evans. Nick Evans AMP! Comics for Kids. 2017. ISBN 9781449472085 PBK, $9.99. 180pp. Grades 3 and up When Ralph meets his nemesis, his bully, in the park, he is saved […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Twenty – 2017 Comics for Kids

I’d be lying to you if I said that I wasn’t desperately reading graphic novels until lunchtime yesterday, in an effort to make darn certain that no comic has gone unconsidered for today’s list. Comics are my love and delight. Did you know that there’s a new comic award out there, by the way? The Excellence […]

Review: ‘GFFs: Ghost Friends Forever’ Volume 1

GFFs: Ghost Friends Forever Volume 1, “My Heart Lies in the 90s” Written by Monica Gallagher, illustrated by Kata Kane Papercutz, $9.99 (softcover), $14.99 (hardcover) Ages 10-14 years There’s a lot going on in GFFs: Ghost Friends Forever, but it’s all good-hearted. This supernatural mystery romance feels like a modern Nancy Drew, except in this […]

Review: Dream Jumper 2

It’s been a while since I read the first volume of Dream Jumper, but the story starts off at a fast pace. It doesn’t really fill in what happened before, so readers will benefit from a quick re-read to appreciate the nuanced details. Dream Jumper: Curse of the Harvester By Greg Grunberg. Lucas Turnbloom Graphix. […]

Review: Dream Jumper 2

It’s been a while since I read the first volume of Dream Jumper, but the story starts off at a fast pace. It doesn’t really fill in what happened before, so readers will benefit from a quick re-read to appreciate the nuanced details. Dream Jumper: Curse of the Harvester By Greg Grunberg. Lucas Turnbloom Graphix. […]

Exclusive: Dark Horse to Release New Edition of ‘House of Night’

Back in 2012, Dark Horse published House of Night: Legacy, a graphic novel written by P.C. and Kristin Cast, set in the same world as their House of Night prose novels. The story takes place after the first volume, and it consists of the characters telling stories about vampyres (that’s how they spell it) taking […]

Collecting Comics: December 2017 Edition, by Ally Watkins

Welcome to the December 2017 edition of Collecting Comics! Here are a few suggestions of things coming out this month that your teens and tweens will enjoy! Gotham Academy, Second Semester, Volume 2: The Ballad of Olive Silverlock by Brendan Fletcher, Becky Cloonan, and Karl Kerschl, illustrated by Adam Archer (DC Comics, December 5). In […]

Exclusive: BOOM! to Publish Felipe Nunes’ ‘Dodo’

We have some exclusive news for you this morning: BOOM! Studios will publish the all ages graphic novel Dodo, by Felipe Nunes, in May 2018 in its KaBOOM imprint. Dodo was first published in Brazil, where Nunes lives and works; he is a protégé of Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá, the award-winning comics creators. Here’s […]

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Review: ‘The Scarecrow Princess’

The Scarecrow Princess Writer/artist: Federico Rossi Edrighi Lion Forge; $15.99 Lion Forge’s Young Adult/teen imprint Roar has imported and translated Italian artist Federico Rossi Edrighi’s fantasy graphic novel The Scarecrow Princess, in which slightly surly teenager Morrigan Moore moves to a new town and finds herself swept up in an obscure harvest myth involving a […]

Review: ‘Swing It, Sunny’

Sunny Side Up, the story loosely based on the lives of sister-and-brother team of Jennifer and Matthew Holm, wrapped up so well that it never occurred to me there would be a sequel. But lucky for me, there is! Although the story will be better understood by those who have read the first volume, this […]

Check Out the Top Ten Kids’ Graphic Novels of 2017!

The list is live! Every year, the Good Comics for Kids bloggers get together and pick the top ten graphic novels of the previous year. The Top Ten Graphic Novels of 2017 list is live now at the SLJ site; check it out, and stay tuned here for more reviews and news once we’ve slept […]

Top 10 Graphic Novels 2017

SLJ’s “Good Comics 4 Kids” bloggers curate their annual top 10 list of graphic novels for kids and teens.

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