Tag Archives: graphic novel

Teen Boat! The Race for Boatlantis, Book Trailer

8 Jan

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, Review

14 Dec

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi

Plot: Upon starting this book, I had no background information about Iran and its history. I was shocked to learn how incredibly liberal the country was prior to the Revolution! The history presented in the book is overly simplified, which is intentional as it shows the events as seen through the eyes of a young girl (who tends to latch on to opinions of others, because she is too young to really have an opinion of her own). As the author comes of age during the book, the reader is able to watch her start to form her own identity and opinions. The illustrations are very stark and bold, and were less distracting to me than the illustrations in Maus (which were more like a sketch and included more lines and shading). Satrapi’s strength is showing
emotion on the faces of her characters. This book would be an excellent introduction to both the history and culture of Iran and its people. I wish I had more information available to me while I was reading the book, to help put it into context. Yet, it was fascinating to watch history unfold through the author’s eyes.

Would you recommend this book? Yes.

4 stars


Drama, Book Trailer

18 Sep

Redwall: The Graphic Novel, Review

10 Aug

Redwall: The Graphic Novel by Brian Jacques

Plot: This is the story of Redwall in a graphic format. The story follows the young mouse Matthias on his journey to become a warrior and protector of the Redwall Abbey. The story follows classic journey format, with the likeable, young protagonist leaving on an epic quest. He receives help from unlikely friends as well as spirits from the past, all of whom contribute to Matthias’s success in saving the Redwall Abbey from the evil Cluny. The illustrations are done as pencil sketch style, and the characters’ faces are quite expressive. The text is kept simple, but tells a complete story (with the help of the illustrations).

Would you recommend this book? Yes and no. I personally find the graphic novel format a bit distracting to read. The panels are sometimes difficult to read in order, and the large amount of illustrations on each page seem to jumble together too much for me. While I personally would rather read a text-only version, I can see the appeal of the graphic novel to other readers.

3 stars


American Born Chinese, Book Trailer

1 Feb

Check out this book, in honor of Chinese New Year!


Support Teen Literature Day-April 18

18 Apr

This week (April 14-20) is National Library Week. Today is Support Teen Literature Day. Read below about some novels you might enjoy that you may not have previously considered reading.

Each year the Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to teens. Check out the 2013 winners 🙂

1. Caring is Creepy by David Zimmerman
While trying to survive a long boring summer in rural Georgia, Lynn befriends a lonely soldier online.  When they meet face to face, tables are turned as Lynn tries to exert power in her out-of-control life.  Dangerous, amusing, role-bending, and definitely creepy!

2. Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman
With only a worn copy of the Girl Scout Handbook for reference, resourceful and tenacious Rory Hendrix must navigate the depressing landscape of a 1970s trailer park where she suffers abuse at the hands of a neighbor and neglect from her mother.

3. Juvenile in Justice by Richard Ross
Richard Ross’ riveting photographs give voices to incarcerated youth in juvenile detention centers across America.

4. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
Clay Johnson loses his web-designer job and begins working the night shift in a bookstore with only a few customers.  This marvelous mashup blends mystery, adventure, and romance into a literary and technological tale.

5. My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf
Written by a former classmate of Jeffery Dahmer, this graphic novel illustrates the teenage years of a future serial killer.

6. One Shot at Forever by Chris Ballard
This remarkable story follows the Macon Ironmen, a team of misfits with a hippie coach, through a record setting baseball season.

7. Pure by Juliana Baggott
In a world destroyed by nuclear detonations, only a privileged few have remained pure. Two teens from different sides of the Dome unite to search for answers to troubling questions about their origins.

8. The Round House by Louise Erdrich
An attack on 13-year-old Joe’s mother near their North Dakota Ojibwe reservation home leads him and his friends on a quest to solve the crime.  This coming-of-age story highlights friendship, family, tradition, and the uneasy relationship between the tribal and white communities.

9. Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
June thought she knew everything about her beloved uncle, Finn. After his death from a mysterious new illness called AIDS, his grieving boyfriend delivers Finn’s favorite teapot to June’s door, and she realizes nothing is what she thought it was: not her family, not her uncle, not even herself.

10. Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
Through a series of emails, letters, and FBI files, Bee follows the trail of her missing mother to the ends of the earth in this quirky, laugh-out-loud tale.

Anya’s Ghost, book trailer

24 Jun

This story is told in graphic novel format.