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#GGN2019 Nominees Round Up, May 12 Edition

Silver Spoon, vol. 1 by Hiromu Arakawa
Yen Press
Publication Date: February 27, 2018
ISBN: 978-0316416191

Yuugo Hachiken has always been great at academics. It surprises everyone when he decides to enroll in Ooezo Agricultural High School instead of a regular high school. Yuugo’s plan is to coast through high school, since an agricultural school must be easier than a regular academic school, right? Wrong! Instead of doing math problems, and reciting poetry, Yuugo’s waking up at 5AM to do chores, raise animals, and learn to ride a horse. All the other students have been doing farm work their entire lives, and Yuugo is playing catch up. Can this city boy adapt to farm life, and survive high school?

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Back to School Anime for Book Lovers

School is back in session so I thought I would soften the end of summer break with some anime set in high schools! This month I submit to you a love story full of laugh out loud moments,  a ghost-seeing duo who can’t stay out of trouble, and a geek who gets drafted to be on a competitive cycling team.  As a bonus, all these shows are ongoing manga series, so you can watch and read (in your vast spare time)!

Back to School Anime for Book Lovers

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Women in Comics: Fantasy

Neuschwanstein Castle | Schwangau | Bavaria | Germany by Christian Junker - AHKGAP. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
Neuschwanstein Castle | Schwangau | Bavaria | Germany by Christian Junker – AHKGAP. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

Fantasy is in many ways the perfect genre for comics and graphic novels because the combination of text and art allows creators to even more vividly bring to life the worlds that they create. Given this, it is not surprising that so many comic books and graphic novels fall into this genre, including some of the most famous superhero stories. This post includes some of the best fantasy stories found in comics and graphic novels and offers many different options for fans of all types of fantasy.

castlewaiting-coverCastle Waiting by Linda Medley (2007 Great Graphic Novels For Teens) – Set in a world made up of anthropomorphized animals, bearded women, mysterious travellers, and magic, this graphic novel is in the style of traditional fables, but with a more modern focus. Though set at the castle of the title, which is isolated since a Sleeping Beauty-like incident decades before, the book is actually broken into a series of stories, each of which focuses on a smaller group of the castle’s inhabitants. It is an interesting and unique read that is perfect for fans of fairy tales and fables.

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Find a New Favorite Female Comic Artist or Graphic Novelist

graphic_novels2As a big fan of graphic novels and comics, I read across many genres from superhero comics to nonfiction to humor and beyond. While I love the work of many different authors, today I want to highlight some of the best work from female artists who create comics and graphic novels. The list below includes some books I have read and some I can’t wait to read, but they are all written or drawn (or both!) by women who are among the best in the field.

JapanAiJapan Ai by Aimee Major Steinberger (2009 Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens, 2009 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2009 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers – This book, drawn in Manga style, chronicles Aimee’s trip to Japan, where she immerses herself in Japan’s particular cuteness. More of a journal than a traditional comic, this is fun book that will leave you dreaming of a trip to Japan.


Find Your Next Supernatural Read

Photo by Denis Collette.
Photo by Denis Collette

With Halloween fast approaching, now is the perfect time to pick up a good book about the supernatural. But which type of supernatural creature are you in the mood for?

Are you a fan of vampires?
Vampires remain a popular book topic and there are almost as many different types of vampires as there are books about vampires. The following are sure to offer something for every type of vampire fan.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead (2008 Teens’ Top Ten) – Soon to be a movie, the Vampire Academy series takes place at a boarding school specifically for vampires and their half-human protectors. The first book follows Lissa, a vampire princess and her bodyguard, Rose, as they are brought to the boarding school and must try to integrate with the student body and prevent Lissa from becoming one of the Strigoi, the most dangerous vampires of all.

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Great Graphic Novels For Teens Top Ten 2012 (Part 1 of 3)

Did you know Great Graphic Novels for Teens has only been around since 2007? It is such an indispensable tool for so many readers, librarians and selectors that I somehow wonder how we functioned without it until so recently.  While I love the annual GGNFT list, I really look forward to the Top 10 every year and immediately read every one because 1) they are always outstanding, and 2) I end up reading things I never would have found or picked up on my own.  As expected, the 2012 GGNFT Top Ten list follows that trend with titles that explore everything from media and politics to kung-fu to the inner workings of a five-year-old’s brain. These ten books were selected to represent the best of the best graphic novels for this year because of their captivating stories and seamless visual storytelling.  Some of them push the boundaries artistically or conceptually while others offered a fresh new take on the classic format.  All of them showed a mastery of combining images and text to bring readers something they haven’t seen before.  Today’s post will feature three of the GGNFT Top 10 for 2012.

Based on the very real events in Iran following the 2009 elections, Zahra’s Paradise is a timely and haunting story about the family of a young man named Mehdi who goes missing during a political protest.  The reader follows the frantic search for him by his mother and brother. Authors Amir and Khalil show the complexity of a country that is as undeniably modern as it is steeped in religious tradition. Comparisons to Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis are inevitable, but they aren’t without merit. A must read for older teens and adults interested in learning more about the politics of the Middle East.


Debuting in June

June: for most librarians serving teens, it’s either the start of summer reading or the end of a school year. It’s also the reminder that the year’s nearly half over, and for avid readers, it’s time to reflect on the first six months of reading and consider potential award-worthy books. So take a few minutes at the end of this month and think about those books written by debut authors that might be worthy of being nominated for the William C Morris Award and submit your own nomination. But before diving in, check out these debut titles making their way to shelves this month.

Blood Red Road by Moira Young (Margaret McElderry/Simon and Schuster, 9781442429984) is another worthy entry into the post-apocalyptic/dystopian genre. Twin brother and sister Lugh and Saba live with their father and younger sister Emmi in a desolate world that’s frequently ravaged by dust stories. From the beginning of the book, readers are thrown into this storm that kills their father and brings with it a band of men who steal Lugh to places unknown. Unwilling to sit back and let her life be ruined before her life, Saba takes Emmi and herself on a quest through their world to find Lugh. Little did she anticipate that Lugh would be used as a pawn in a vicious world of drug cartels, and Saba now must fight for her life and the lives of those she loves. Fans of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Divergent by Veronica Roth will no doubt love the high stakes action in this fast-paced novel. The book’s written in a dialect that gives real place to the world and real voice to Saba, who might be even more of a hard-fisted girl than Katniss.