November 21, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

Poppies of Iraq by Brigitte Findakly & Lewis Trondheim | SLJ Review

Gr 8 Up –This absorbing graphic memoir offers an insider’s view of the rapid cultural changes that beset Iraq in the latter half of the 20th century.

Artemis: Wild Goddess of the Hunt by George O’Connor | SLJ Review

O’CONNOR, George. Artemis: Wild Goddess of the Hunt. illus. by George O’Connor. 80p. (Olympians: Bk. 9). bibliog. further reading. notes. First Second. Jan. 2017. pap. $9.99. ISBN 9781626725225. POP

Gr 4-8 –With the latest in his series of books focused on the Greek deities, O’Connor brings to life the goddess of the hunt. Various individuals share anecdotes, weaving a nuanced portrait of Artemis: formidable, quick-witted, occasionally cruel, yet always deeply devoted to the natural world and intensely protective of […]

Nonfiction Graphic Novels: Give These to Fans of “March”

These recent and upcoming graphic novels bring history and current events to life by telling important stories through the eyes of real people.

Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up in Turkey by Özge Samanci | SLJ Review

Samanci, Özge. Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up in Turkey. illus. by Özge Samanci. 200p. Farrar/Margaret Ferguson Bks. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780374316983. 

Gr 6 Up –Samanci’s graphic novel memoir is a humorous and moving portrayal of coming-of-age in Turkey in the turbulent 1980s. The story makes the political personal in ways that are perfectly accessible to young teens. Samanci’s narrative is peppered with engaging details of her childhood experiences, including her relationships with her parents, uncle, […]

Apollo: The Brilliant One by George O’Connor | SLJ Review

O’Connor, George. Apollo: The Brilliant One. illus. by George O’Connor. 78p. (Olympians: Bk. 8). bibliog. charts. further reading. notes. First Second. Jan. 2016. pap. $9.99. ISBN 9781626720152; Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781626720169.

Gr 4 Up –Narrated by the nine Mousai, or muses, who were worshipped alongside the brilliant son of Zeus, the eighth entry in O’Connor’s masterful graphic novel series continues in the tradition of his previous “Olympians” tales. Starting off with Hera’s pursuit of Leto, mother of […]

Religion: A Discovery in Comics by Margreet De Heer | SLJ Review

de Heer, Margreet. Religion: A Discovery in Comics. illus. by Margaret de Heer. 120p. index. NBM. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781561639946.

Gr 7 Up –With this volume that winningly combines her personal reflections with general information on five world religions, de Heer continues her series (previous titles have taken on philosophy and science). She depicts herself as the narrator of this discourse and includes her personal experience with religion. Both of her parents were Christian ministers, […]