Book Genre: Graphic Novels

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Ivy
Sarah Oleksyk
Liz S
4

Sarah Oleksyk's graphic novel, Ivy, beautifully captures what it feels like to be an angst-ridden teenager living in a place and time you can't wait to escape. The main character, Ivy, is in her last year of high school in a small town in Maine. Her main passion in life is art, but...

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Jane Yolen
Josh
3

    This book is actually the sequel to another title called Foiled and in this title we again encounter  Aliera Carstairs, a fiesty teenager who makes good grades, practices really hard in fencing class and doesn't get into trouble. However she can't seem to do anything right...

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Simon Tofield
Mary P
4

This is a wordless tale of Simon's Cat and the new kitten who comes to live with him. The cats get into all kinds of antics with Simon, each other, and the variety of animals that inhabit their backyard. The pictures are highly amusing, and are great for children and adults alike. I loved the...

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Jeff Lemire
Emily
4

I loved this book, how messed up could it get you ask? Well... a lot! Fast paced, thrilling and then BAM! I can't wait for the next one :D

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Dan Bar-el
Janet Q
4

This fun Halloween-themed graphic novel will appeal to kids in 2nd grade and up. The illustrations by David Huyck are crisp and well-designed. The usual witches and vampires cleverly drawn and just a little bit scary. The three different stories by Dan Bar-El tend to be more on the funny...

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Guy Delisle
KristenA
4

In this graphic novel, Guy Delisle chronicles the year he spent in Burma when his wife worked there for Doctors Without Borders. He gives us diverse glimpses of day-to-day life in Southeast Asia under an incredibly repressive regime. His experiences range from the mundane -- taking care of his...

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Jeffrey Brown
KristenA
4

This book cracked me up. Jedi Academy is the hand-written and -drawn journal of Roan Novachez, a boy from Luke and Anakin Skywalker’s home planet of Tatooine. Roan desperately wanted to become a fighter pilot, but is rejected from the Pilot Academy. He has to settle for the Jedi Academy...

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Ken
4

This collection of Bernie Wrightson work for the Creepy and Eerie magazines is really good, Wrightson's heavy contrasting artwork works really well for these stories. Two of the stories were drawn by Carmine Infantino, and were inked by Wrightson, and while the stories themselves are quite good...

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Jamie Delano
Ken
3

The biggest problem with this graphic novel is it's unevenness. The first story arc is good with John Constantine gaining the help of Papa Midnight to stop a hunger demon that possesses people and causes them to gorge themselves while still starving to death. Then there is a stand alone issue...

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Steven T Seagle
L.F.
5

“Moral calculus can be harder than physics.” Lead character Ted Halker finds himself face to face with this exact conundrum in the recently released graphic novel, Genius. Writer Steven T. Seagle and artist Teddy Krisitiansen have collaborated on a number of projects, notably the Eisner...

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Joss Whedon
Emily
4

What a fun graphic novel, I really hope to see more Fray! Whedon takes the Buffyverse hundreds of years into the future long after magic has left the world. Meet Fray she likes to jump off of buildings and steal stuff, usually cause she's getting paid but eh sometimes a girl has to do what a...

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Ramón Pérez
Emily
2

uhhhhhhh this was really weird, it would have made a very strange movie, not sure i understood it all...

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Lucy Knisley
Becker
5

I love graphic memoirs. I love food memoirs. So it's no surprise that I really enjoyed this book! Knisley recounts her childhood & adolescence through the lens of food--from New York City, where her uncle owned a gourmet shop and her mother worked at a cheese shop & farmer's markets--and...

Becker
0

I love graphic memoirs. I love food memoirs. So it's no surprise that I really enjoyed this book! Knisley recounts her childhood & adolescence through the lens of food--from New York City, where her uncle owned a gourmet shop and her mother worked at a cheese shop & farmer's markets--and...

Becker
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I love graphic memoirs. I love food memoirs. So it's no surprise that I really enjoyed this book! Knisley recounts her childhood & adolescence through the lens of food--from New York City, where her uncle owned a gourmet shop and her mother worked at a cheese shop & farmer's markets--and...

Becker
0

I love graphic memoirs. I love food memoirs. So it's no surprise that I really enjoyed this book! Knisley recounts her childhood & adolescence through the lens of food--from New York City, where her uncle owned a gourmet shop and her mother worked at a cheese shop & farmer's markets--and...

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Amanda Cohen, Ryan Dunlavey
Becker
4

A graphic memoir? A cookbook? Why not be both? Amanda Cohen shares the story of  Dirt Candy, her all vegetable restaurant in New York, along with recipes, technique, and the reality of building a restaurant and working every day to make it the best it can be. The graphic format allows for...

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Jane Yolen
extra medium
4

So, Aliera is now Defender of the Seelie Court, whatever that means. Stuck with pretty boy/troll Avery as her annoying lackey, Aliera has no idea what she’s supposed to do and Avery isn’t helping (and could he please just shut up already!). When her best friend (and cousin) Caroline disappears,...

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Cristy C Road
Emily
4

This amazing graphic novel is moving and eye-opening. I had no idea Green Day was so awesome, but when seen through Road's eyes their punk, pansexual, glamrock selves are inspiring, powerful and near godlike. Really cool book about the exploration of identity, culture, sexuality and ultimately...

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Matt Doeden
Mary P
3

This book is a retelling of the Boston Tea Party as a graphic novel.  The pictures and text make it very accessible to children of a wide variety of ages.  The information given in this book is accurate and clear without an extreme amount of text.

At the end of the book, there...

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Matthew Inman
Jennifer H
5

If you are a cat lover or a cat owner, this book is a must read. It explains some of the weird cat behavior in comic form and may give you some secret insights into why your cat is always lurking on the stairs or sleeping on your laptop. And what other book have you found that explores the idea...

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Ellen Forney
Becker
4

When she was in her late 20s, cartoonist Ellen Forney  was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. While she was open to the idea of treatment, she also worried that the drugs--and having her disorder more under control--would impede her creativity, her very livelihood. In this graphic memoir, she...

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Derf
Becker
4

Author Derf Backderf graduated from high school with Jeffrey Dahmer in 1978. While they weren't close, they moved in the same outcast circles, and Backderf has a unique perspective on the early development of the man that would become one of the worst modern serial killers. Combining his...

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Jeff Lemire
Brett
5

Jeff Lemire presents the story of a man literally and figuratively under pressure. An underwater welder by trade, Jack is used to working on the seabed in a pressure suit. But as he anticipates becoming a father, he finds himself haunted by unresolved issues from his childhood involving his...

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Craig Thompson
Brett
4

Winner of the 2012 Eisner Award for Best Writer/Artist

This incredibly beautiful graphic novel from writer/artist Craig Thompson demonstrates how powerful the graphic format can be for storytelling. The novel takes place in a...