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There's something special about graphic novels. The way the words and the artwork go hand-in-hand to tell the story is unique and exciting! And we know how appealing they are to many readers. With that in mind, we've created a special list of some of our recent and popular titles.

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      The Good Son: A Story from the First World War Told in Miniature

      by Pierre-Jacques Ober

      Aug 2019

      Graphic Novels High Plus

      It is Christmastime, 1914, and World War I rages. A young French soldier named Pierre had quietly left his regiment to visit his family for two days, and when he returned, he was imprisoned. Now he faces execution for desertion, and as he waits in isolation, he meditates on big questions: the nature of patriotism, the horrors of war, the joys of friendship, the love of family, and how even in times of danger, there is a whole world inside every one of us. And how sometimes that world is the only refuge. Its publication coinciding with the centennial of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, this moving and sparely narrated story, based on true events, is reenacted in fascinating miniature scenes that convey the emotional complexity of the tale.

      Map. Author’s note. Note on artistic process. Full-color photographs of scenes created with miniature models.

      Wildheart: The Daring Adventures of John Muir

      by Julie Bertagna

      Aug 2019

      Graphic Novels Middle Plus

      John Muir led an adventurous life, starting with his wild and playful boyhood in Scotland to his legendary exploits in America, where he became an inventor, a global explorer, and the first modern environmentalist—and even made friends with a president! His heart was always in the outdoors and he aimed to experience all he could. Most importantly, though, John Muir told the world about the wonders of nature. His words made a difference and inspired people in many countries to start protecting planet Earth—and they still do.

      Key character list. Time line. Glossary. Source notes. “Parks Are for You.” Full-color illustrations.

      Hot Comb

      by Ebony Flowers

      Jul 2019

      Graphic Novels High Plus

      Hot Comb offers a poignant glimpse into black women’s lives and coming-of-age stories as seen across a crowded, ammonia-scented hair salon while ladies gossip and bond over the burn. The titular “Hot Comb” is about a young girl’s first perm—a doomed ploy to look cool and stop seeming “too white” in the all-black neighborhood her family has just moved into. In “Virgin Hair,” taunts of “tender-headed” sting as much as the perm itself. “My Lil Sister Lena” shows the stress of being the only black player on a white softball team. Lena’s hair is the team curio, an object to be touched, a subject to be discussed and debated at the will of her teammates, leading Lena to develop an anxiety disorder of pulling her own hair out. Throughout Hot Comb, Ebony Flowers re-creates classic magazine ads idealizing women’s need for hair relaxers and products. “Change your hair form to fit your life form” and “Kinks and Koils Forever” call customers from the page.

      Black-and-white illustrations.

      Operatic

      by Kyo Maclear

      Jul 2019

      Graphic Novels Middle Plus

      It’s almost the end of middle school, and Charlie has to find her perfect song for a music class assignment. The class learns about a different style of music each day, from hip-hop to metal to disco, but it’s hard for Charlie to concentrate when she can’t stop noticing her classmate Emile, or wondering about Luka, who hasn’t been to school in weeks. On top of everything, she has been talked into participating in an end-of-year performance with her best friends. Then, the class learns about opera, and Charlie discovers the music of Maria Callas. The more she learns about Maria’s life, the more Charlie admires her passion for singing and her ability to express herself fully through her music. Can Charlie follow the example of the ultimate diva, Maria Callas, when it comes to her own life?

      Bibliography. Full-color illustrations.

      Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me

      by Mariko Tamaki

      Jun 2019

      Graphic Novels High Plus

      Laura Dean, the most popular girl in high school, was Frederica Riley's dream girl: charming, confident, and SO cute. There's just one problem: Laura Dean is maybe not the greatest girlfriend. Reeling from her latest break up, Freddy's best friend, Doodle, introduces her to the Seek-Her, a mysterious medium who leaves Freddy some cryptic parting words: Break up with her. But Laura Dean keeps coming back, and as their relationship spirals further out of her control, Freddy has to wonder if it's really Laura Dean that's the problem.

      Two-color illustrations penciled with graphite, then inked and colored in Photoshop.

      Rocket to the Moon!: Big Ideas That Changed the World

      by Don Brown

      Jun 2019

      Graphic Novels Middle Plus

      On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong took “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” when the Apollo 11 landed on the moon. But it wasn’t just one man who got us to the moon. The Moon Landing explores the people and technology that made the moon landing possible. Instead of examining one person’s life, it focuses on the moon landing itself, showing the events leading up to it and how it changed the world.

      Time line. Further information about Rodman Law. Source notes. Bibliography. Author’s note. Index. Full-color illustrations.

      Mera: Tidebreaker

      by Danielle Paige

      May 2019

      Graphic Novels High Plus

      When the Xebellian military plots to overthrow Atlantis and break free of its oppressive regime, Mera seizes the opportunity to take control over her own destiny by assassinating Arthur Curry—the long-lost prince and heir to the kingdom of Atlantis. But her mission gets sidetracked when Mera and Arthur unexpectedly fall in love. Will Arthur Curry be the king at Mera’s side, or will he die under her blade as she attempts to free her people from persecution?

      Full-color illustrations.

      Bloom

      by Kevin Panetta

      Apr 2019

      Graphic Novels High Plus

      Now that high school is over, Ari is dying to move to the big city with his ultra-hip band, if he can just convince his dad to let him quit their struggling family bakery. Though he loved working there as a kid, Ari cannot fathom a life wasting away his days over rising doughs and hot ovens. But in the midst of interviewing candidates for his replacement, Ari meets Hector, an easy-going guy who loves baking as much as Ari wants to escape it. As they become closer over batches of breads, love begins to bloom . . . that is, if Ari doesn’t ruin everything.
      Two-color illustrations rendered in Photoshop.

      Meal

      by Blue Delliquanti

      Mar 2019

      Graphic Novels High Plus

      Yarrow is a young chef determined to make her mark on the cutting edge of cookery with her insect-based creations. Though her enthusiasm is infectious, it rubs some of her fellow cooks the wrong way, especially Chanda Flores, Yarrow's personal hero and executive chef of an exciting new restaurant. Her people have been eating bugs for centuries, and she's deeply suspicious of this newbie's attempt to turn her traditions into the next foodie trend. While Chanda and her scrappy team of talented devotees struggle to open on time, Yarrow must win over Chanda—and Milani, the neighbor she's been crushing on for weeks—or lose this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to achieve her dreams.

      Essay by Soleil Ho. Recipes. Character sketches. Black-and-white illustrations.

      Inkling

      by Kenneth Oppel

      Mar 2019

      Upper Elementary & Junior High

      The Rylance family needs help. Dad has writer’s block. Ethan promises to illustrate a school project—even though he can't draw. Sarah wants a puppy. And they all miss Mom. Enter Inkling, an inkblot that leaps off the page of Mr. Rylance's sketchbook.

      Black-and-white illustrations.

      Polar Bears Survival On the Ice: Science Comics

      by Jason Viola

      Feb 2019

      Science Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      Head out to the Arctic and learn about polar bears in this volume of Science Comics, an action-packed nonfiction graphic novel series for middle-grade readers!
      For countless generations, polar bears have made the ice their home. It's a habitat that changes from day to day, season to season, keeping these marine mammals on their furry toes! Polar bears are the ultimate survivors, adapting to an environment constantly in flux.
      Join two curious polar bear cubs as they play, hunt, and navigate life in the Arctic. With each season, they learn polar bear biology and behavior, as well as strategies and skills that will help them thrive in a landscape that is rapidly changing beyond their control.
      Glossary. Ice terminology. Notes. Further reading. Full-color illustrations penciled in blue lead and inked with brush pens, then colored and lettered digitally in Photoshop.

      The Monster Mall: The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo

      by Drew Weing

      Feb 2019

      Graphic Novels Elementary Plus

      In the second volume of this middle-grade series, Drew Weing delivers a fresh and funny take on the age-old battle between kids and closet-dwelling monsters.
      Now that Charles has helped Margo Maloo close a case, he thinks he's an expert on things that go bump in the night. But Margo knows he still has a lot to learn about Echo City's hidden monster society—he doesn't even know the difference between a poltergeist and a wraith! So as long as he doesn't get in the way, she lets him tag along on her adventures.
      As Margo's assistant, Charles meets a variety of monsters, from imps to vampires. And lately they all say the same thing: living secretly in Echo City is getting harder. Humans and their smartphones are encroaching on monster territory, eager to photograph paranormal activity and share it with the world. Some monsters are tired of hiding and ready to fight. Can Margo and Charles prevent all-out war between human and monsterkind?
      Notes on monsters. Full-color illustrations drawn in pencil, inked with pen and brushes, and colored with Photoshop.
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