2013: The Year in Graphic Novels

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2013 has been another great year in reading manga and graphic novels!  This is our top 12 of the year, not in order of importance.  It is too hard to pick what should be #1!

1.) Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong. story by Prudence Shen, art by Faith Erin Hicks  

It is war: cheerleaders vs robotics club for their funding for the year, what could go wrong?

2.) A Devil and Her Love Song. story and art by Miyoshi Tomori  Manga from Shojo Beat.

3.) Primates:the Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas. story by Jim Ottavani, art by Maris Wicks

Birute Galdikas was also featured in the documentary: “Born to be Wild” which we also have available on DVD or Blue-ray!

4.)  Laddertop. (Volumes 1&2) story by Orson and Janice Card illustrations by Honoel Ibardolaza  New sci-fi series from the author of Ender's Game

5.) Boxers. and Saints. the new 2 volume set by the author of “American Born Chinese”, Gene Luen Yang.  

In graphic memoir fashion it chronicles the bloody Boxer rebellion from in China at the end of the 1800's.

6.) Little Fish: a Memoir From a Different Kind of Year.  story and art by Ramsey Beyer

Told through real-life journals, collages, lists, and drawings, this coming-of-age story illustrates the transformation of an 18-year-old girl from a small-town teenager into an independent city-dwelling college student.

7.) Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant. story and art Tony Cliff 

Delilah Dirk is a world traveler in a time where most women stayed home.  She uses her skills learned on the road to plunder and rob the corrupt and injust.

8.) Battling Boy. story and art by Paul Pope

New demi-god vs monster action!

9.)​Dawn of the Arcana. story and art by Rei Toma

Princess Nakaba of Senan is forced to marry Prince Caesar of the enemy country Belquat, tantamount to becoming a hostage. With only her attendant Loki at her side, Nakaba must find a way to cope with her hostile surroundings, her fake marriage…and a mysterious power!”

10.) Will and Whit. story and art by Laura Lee Gulledge

​From the author of “Page by Paige” comes the story of Will (Wilhemina) who crafts whimsical lamps to deal with her fear of the dark. As she wraps up another summer in her mountain town, she longs for unplugged adventures with her fellow creative friends, Autumn, Noel, and Reese. Little does she know that she will get her wish in the form of an arts carnival and a blackout, courtesy of a hurricane named Whitney, which forces Will to face her fear of darkness.

11.) ​Sherlock Bones. story by Yuma Ando and art by Yuki Sado

New manga! Mystery solving Sherlock Homes is reincarnated into a cute dog with his owner, Takeru as Dr. Watson

12.) Gris Grimly's Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus.

For the horror fan, a modern retelling of Mary Shelley's tale of Frankenstein.  

Please also check out YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) for their enormous list of great graphic novels of the past 2 years.

Super Power Saturdays - Teen NonFiction Flies!

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We are in our last month of Super Power Saturdays, everyone. So far we have explored all kinds of super powers in teen fiction and teen graphic novels. We have looked at super powers in fiction in Teen Super Powers, other types of powers including magic and even time travel in Teen Powers Abound: All Kinds of Powers, and super powers in graphic novels in Teen Graphic Novels: We Started It All!. Now it is time to turn our super charged eyes to nonfiction because superheroes, everyday heroes, powers of all kinds, and even comics and graphic novels permeate nonfiction lifting it up and giving it super strength! Adventure definitely awaits in nonfiction. So, for a masked adventure check these out:

For a sneak peek at Breakthrough: How One Teen Innovator is Changing the World by Jack Andraka check out the video below. Breakthrough is a memoir written by a teen who is not only an innovator in science, having created an early detection system for several types of cancers (WOW!), but a hero in his own right, standing up for himself, overcoming challenges and obstacles, and helping to pave the way for other teens to reach for their dreams and be who they are to the fullest. For more about Jack, his book, and his work check out his website Jack Andraka: “Make Something Cool…And Change the World”

For a list of these and other nonfiction reads see our Teen NonFiciton Flies! book list in our catalog.

And don’t miss our last blog post in the Super Power Saturdays series coming July 25th. We will look at how to create your own stories and characters in Draw Me! Write Me!

Happy “Super Powered” Reading!

Cool Pool Reads

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It's Summer!  The best place to be is at the pool, except when you are at the library!  When you are sitting in your deck chair hanging out in the sun (or shade), check out these reads to keep you cool.  

  • Mermaid Park by Beth Mayall
  • Surrounded By Sharks by Michael Northrop
  • Stotan by Chris Crutcher
  • Of Poseidon (First in the Syrena Legacy Trilogy) by Anna Banks
  • The Vicious Deep (First in the Vicious Deep Series) by Zoraida Cordova
  • Swim the Fly by Don Calame

Your New Year's Reading Resolutions

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Are you sick of hearing about how people are going to stop eating sweets in the New Year?  Or maybe they resolve to be less lazy.  Perhaps this will be the year that your brother finally kicks that bad habit of biting his nails.

This year, instead of focusing on what you DON'T want to do, why not make a resolution that encourages you to explore the world, discover new things, and increase your brain activity! Reading is a great New Year's resolution that helps you push yourself to grow, learn, and live more in the New Year.

How do you make a resolution about reading, you ask?

1.  There are lots of lists available online. A great site for different types of booklists can be found on List Challenges. If you're a Gilmore Girls Fan, they have the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge. Or if you think you want to be an English major in college, you can always look at the English Student Book Challenge. Make it your New Year's Resolution to read 20 books on that list.  More or less is fine–pick what works for you!

2.  Goodreads, a website that allows you to keep track of the books you read, also has a yearly book challenge. You can challenge yourself to read a certain number of books. Remember it's always helpful to make a reading list that has a reasonable goal. It is not likely that you will be able to read 500 books next year unless you are reading more than one book a day. Maybe start with 24. That is two books a month. If you finish your goal early, you can always raise your goal at that time. Goodreads also has great lists to look at to draw inspiration. You can even see what your friends (and librarians) are reading!

3. If you are looking to expand your reading repertoire, POPSUGAR has an awesome reading list that has items like: a book by a female author, a book that scares you, a book set somewhere you've always wanted to visit. The list goes on! You can even count one book for more than one category if you'd like. It's a fun way to read something you'd never thought of reading before.

What's your reading resolution? We'd love to hear from you!

Horror Fiction for Teens: Wickedpedia

Cole and Greg love playing practical jokes through Wikipedia. They edit key articles and watch their classmates crash and burn giving oral reports on historical figures. After the star soccer player steals Cole's girlfriend, the boys take their revenge by creating a Wikipedia page for him, an entry full of outlandish information including details about his bizarre death on the soccer field. It's all in good fun, until the soccer player is killed in a freak accident, just as Cole and Greg predicted. The uneasy boys vow to leave Wikipedia alone but someone continues to edit articles about classmates dying in gruesome ways and those entries start to come true as well. To his horror, Cole soon discovers that someone has created a Wikipedia page for him, and included a date of death. He has one week to figure out who's behind the murders, or else he's set to meet a pretty grisly end.


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