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Posted to Campbell Unclassified on July 3, 2020 at 2:12 PM by Genesis Gaule
If you are a fan of graphic novels and comic books, here are three great selections available on Overdrive you can read right now on your tablet or web browser!
Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Becoming your most unattractive self when you hit adolescence is like a rite of passage, but what if you added dental trauma on top of it? Smile recounts Telgemeier's dental nightmares and social struggles she endured between the sixth and ninth grades. Even readers who weren't/aren’t forced to wear braces will identify with the author's troubles with friends, feelings for the boy who ignores her, and difficulties figuring out just who she is.
Suggested Age: 10 and up (dental trauma, surgery/blood, puberty, bullying)
The Stonekeeper (Amulet Series, Book 1) by Kazu Kibuishi
After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather, but the ancient house holds a dangerous magic amulet and a portal to a strange world filled with creepy man-eating monsters, sentient robots, and talking animals. Their way home blocked and their mother's life on the line, what is Emily willing to risk to save the people she loves?
Suggested Age: 10 and up (creepy imagery, death, life-and-death action)
They Called Us Enemy by George Takei
Before he braved new frontiers in Star Trek, George Takei was a four-year-old boy and one of over 100,000 Japanese Americans imprisoned by the U.S. government in American concentration camps during World War II. Takei recounts his child-like innocence of the horrific events as well as the political climate and his parents recounted stories; beautifully highlighted by Harmony Becker's black and white illustrations.
Suggested Age: 15 and up (war, dehumanization, racial violence, politics, grief and loss)
Be sure to check out our Overdrive catalog for more great graphic novels and comic books!
Tag(s): World War II, recommendations, overdrive, middle school, high school, graphic novels, fantasy, e-books, coming-of-age, autobiography
Posted to Campbell Unclassified on June 12, 2020 at 11:28 AM by Genesis Gaule
Tag(s): women, recommendations, memoirs, historical fiction, graphic novels, fiction, coming-of-age
Posted to Campbell Unclassified on June 12, 2020 at 11:26 AM by Genesis Gaule
Did you read comic books as a kid? I did and enjoyed them. If we enjoyed the illustrations in comic books that brought action and personality off the page and into our mind’s eye as a child, can we no longer do that as adults? Didn’t we grin, even snicker at the fantastic use of living language like CRASH!, ZONK! and ARRRGH! I know I did and still do. There is no age limit on Graphic Novels.
Let’s look at this from a nonfiction angle. If I had an encounter with a dragonfly or beautiful bird in my yard, I might want to learn more about it. In the Adult Nonfiction section, I will find a 300-page book that will identify the dragonfly or bird on half a page or a different book that might go into great detail over many pages with a few pictures scattered throughout. If I look in the Easy Section, I’ll find books with 20-40 pages and oodles of pictures and photographs. There will be illustrations to explain the words I don’t understand. After reading the children’s book, I will have learned a great deal, and if I want more there is always the Adult Nonfiction to checkout next.
Let’s apply this theory to Nonfiction Graphic Novels. I love the historical ones best. Have you ever read a history book and wished for pictures. Some have illustrations that can be helpful. An occasional photograph is fantastic, but there have been many moments where there was no documentation. No one was there to take a picture or maybe cameras didn’t even exist, yet. What if an artist drew that world changing moment! The artwork in a Graphic Novel walks life onto the page. It enhances every word put forward for us. Yes, our imaginations are great but often limited by our experience. Nonfiction Graphic Novels expand our imagination in an active presentation.
Age appropriate? To mean, it means I can browse the entire Library and make discoveries every day!
Tag(s): recommendations, picture book, graphic novel, children, Charlotte Helgeson, bestsellers, age appropriate