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Great Graphic Novels (#GGN2021) Nominees Round Up, August 13 Edition

Click here to see all of the current Great Graphic Novels nominees along with more information about the list and past years’ selections.

Heartstopper, vol. 1 by Alice Oseman
Graphix / Scholastic
Publication Date: May 5, 2020
ISBN: 9781338617436

Charlie Spring is halfway through Year 10 (British equivalent to 9th grade) when he is placed into a new vertical class group and is seated next to Year 11 student Nick Nelson. Shy, openly gay Charlie is worried that rugby player Nick will end up being a bully, but the two strike up a friendship. As they grow closer, Charlie struggles with what he assumes is an unrequited crush, and Nick starts to question if his feelings for Charlie are romantic. And if they are, what does that mean in regards to his identity?

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Great Graphic Novels (#GGN2021) Nominees Round Up, March 12 Edition

Click here to see all of the current Great Graphic Novels nominees along with more information about the list and past years’ selections.

Fights: One Boy’s Triumph Over Violence by Joel Christian Gill
Oni Press
Publication Date: January 21, 2020
ISBN: 9781549303357

Joel Christian Gill narrates what it was like for him to grow up in a single-parent household in the 1980s, from childhood to young adulthoodBlack, broke, and surrounded by uncertainty. Bouncing around between caretakers, schools, and residences, Gill shares a version of his turbulent adolescence, marked by pervasive violencesexual, emotional, and physicaland the scant, but powerful, pockets of connection and fulfillment he finds in friendships, reading, and drawing.

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#QP2019 Nominees Round Up, May 8 Edition

Don’t Cosplay With My Heart by Cecil Castellucci
Scholastic Press
Publication Date: January 2, 2018
ISBN: 9781338125498 

Edan Kupferman’s life sucks–or at least it does now.  Her father is being “sequestered” as his bookkeeping practices for some major motion pictures are pending trial, her mother is too depressed to leave the bedroom, and her grandma has swooped in to try and pick up the slack.  Fortunately, Edan has Gargantua, the antihero of her favorite graphic novel/cartoon Team Tomorrow.

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#GGN2019 Nominees Round Up, March 29 Edition

Shade the Changing Girl 2: Little Runaway by Cecil Castellucci and Marley Zarcone
Young Animal / DC Comics
Publication Date: February 6, 2018
ISBN: 978-1401275457

When Loma swathed herself in a coat of madness to escape life on Meta, taking over the body of Megan Boyer was merely a means to an end. However, inhabiting the skin of a narcissistic high schooler comes with consequences. In this second installment of the series, Shade the Changing Girl, Loma decides to trade in the high school drama for her bucket list of Earth adventures. First up: meet her idol, the 1950’s sitcom star, Honey Rich.

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Is This the Real Life?: Graphic Novels

September brings a lot of things: cooler temperatures, pumpkin everything, the start of a new school year, Library Card Sign-up Month, and Banned Books Week, to name just a few. This year, Banned Books Week is focusing on comics and I thought I would share some contemporary, realistic graphic novels. What other recommendations do you have?

Seconds by Bryan O’Malley
Katie’s life was going pretty well– until it wasn’t. She soon discovers a way to do things over… and soon Katie can’t stop redoing anything that goes wrong.

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
Rose and her family spend their summers at Awago Beach. This summer is different. Her parents won’t stop fighting and she and her friend get tangled up in some local drama.

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Books For Every Class In Your Schedule (Part 3)

Photo by JohnathanLobel. CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.
Photo by JohnathanLobel. CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

Today we will finish up our class schedule with books on math, history and art!

Period 6: Math – Gretchen Kolderup
Nothing But the Truth (and a Few White Lies) by Justina Chen
Patty Ho is half-Taiwanese and half-white, a math genius, and in trouble with her mother after a fortune teller sees a white boy in her future. When her mom ships her off to math camp for the summer, she thinks she’s in for months of boredom surrounded by Asian math nerds.
But things might not be as desperate as they seem (she does meet a cute boy!), and Patty might just learn something about her family and herself. Well-developed characters and a relatable story of discovering who people are beneath the surface.


They’re Out There and They Look Like Us: Aliens in YA Lit

Photo Aug 05, 11 00 29 PMWhen I hear the words “space alien,” I admit I immediately think of little green men. Stereotypical, I admit. I’ve read many teen books where you know from the get-go it’s an alien because the alien doesn’t look human. He/she/it is often an exchange student or visitor from another planet, and the action takes place on Earth or on other planets. Kate Gilmore’s Exchange Student, Allison Goodman’s Singing the Dogstar Blues or Annette Curtis Klause’s Alien Secrets are examples.

I prefer books where the aliens pass for human and the characters don’t know that there’s an alien among them.

To quote from I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore:

We look like you.
We talk like you.
We live among you — but
We are not you.
We have powers you dream of having.


Copycat Covers: YA Book Covers That Make You Look Twice

DoppelgangersOkay, I admit it. I’m getting older and having more trouble remembering things like the names of YA books I’ve read. I can sometimes remember them by their distinctive covers, but lately, that’s gotten harder because of the trend to make all the books look similar to one another. I don’t know if that’s deliberate by the publishers or just because there are so many YA books being published now (particularly paranormal books), and there are an finite number of covers artists can come up with. I know that the topic of covers is one that we never get tired of writing about, judging by the number of recent posts on the topic.

I could go on and on about how the covers of these books, mainly paranormals, objectify the female body, or parts of the female body, and portray the female characters in a passive role without giving the reader any hint about what the female character is actually doing in the books, but I’m going to leave that for a future post.


Connecting with Authors on Twitter

In 140-character messages called tweets, Twitter allows people from all walks of life to share thoughts, links to webpages, and images. Add a select group of followers and you can keep your messages between friends — or add celebrities, organizations, and movements whose messages will take your feed to a bigger scale. You can follow people with mundane insights like me @LPerenic, or learn about major political change from President Obama (@BarackObama). If you aren’t sure where to begin and browsing is how you often stumble upon new things, a good place to start is the discover feature on Twitter, where you have the option to browse categories, including books. This category has 60-some rotating suggestions of book-related tweeters (twits? tweeps?) who might be fun to follow.


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