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Heartstopper, vol. 1 by Alice Oseman
Graphix / Scholastic
Publication Date: May 5, 2020
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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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
Publication Date: January 21, 2020
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 adulthood—Black, broke, and
surrounded by uncertainty. Bouncing around between caretakers, schools, and
residences, Gill shares a version of his turbulent adolescence, marked by
pervasive violence—sexual, emotional,
and physical—and the scant, but
powerful, pockets of connection and fulfillment he finds in friendships,
reading, and drawing.
Continue reading Great Graphic Novels (#GGN2021) Nominees Round Up, March 12 Edition
Don’t Cosplay With My Heart by Cecil Castellucci
Publication Date: January 2, 2018
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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Shade the Changing Girl 2: Little Runaway by Cecil Castellucci and Marley Zarcone
Young Animal / DC Comics
Publication Date: February 6, 2018
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.
Continue reading #GGN2019 Nominees Round Up, March 29 Edition
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 Lee O’Malley
Katie’s life was going pretty well– until it wasn’t. She soon discovers a way to do things overâ€¦ 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. Continue reading Is This the Real Life?: Graphic Novels