#GGN2019 Nominees Round Up, September 13 Edition

Forgiveness is Really Strange by Masi Noor, Marina Cantacuzino, and Sophie Standing
Singing Dragon
Publication Date: February 21, 2018
ISBN: 978-1785921247

In this short graphic novel, social physiologist Dr. Masi Noor and The Forgiveness Project Founder, Marina Cantacuzino, explore the concept of forgiveness by summarizing the most recent research and exploring personal stories of forgiveness in extreme situations. The authors present the intricacies of forgiveness in a clear balanced manner, demonstrating the personal and social ramifications of choosing retribution over forgiveness, yet also the harm of forgiving in situations like domestic abuse when forgiveness only gives more power to the perpetrator. The quotations and interviews of individuals who chose forgiveness in extremely challenging situations make the otherwise scientific presentation personal and emotional. The moving stories showcase those such as South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Chairman, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, parents who lost children in the Israeli Palestinian conflict, and both victims and perpetrators of racial and sectarian violence.

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#GGN 2019 Nominees Round Up, September 6 Edition

Ark Land by Scott A. Ford
Publication Date: June 19, 2018
ISBN: 9781771484565

Kairn is a scavenger in Ark Land, where giant alien arks fall from the sky and crash land to earth, carrying with them alien tech and lifeforms. The first ark in Kairn’s Ark Land crashed 84 years ago; since then, alien flora and fauna have integrated with those of earth.

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#GGN2019 Nominees Round Up, August 30 Edition

Mech Cadet Yu by Greg Pak, Illustrations by Takeshi Miyazawa
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Publication Date: June 5, 2018
ISBN: 978-1684151950

Stanford Yu was a handy janitor at the elite Sky Corps Academy, cleaning up after all the students and cadets. After leaving the bonding ceremony, Stanford runs into one of the alien robots and was surprisingly chosen by the robot to bond with, an honor usually given to trained Mech Cadets. Now, Stanford Yu is the newest Mech Cadet, and the only things standing in his way, are his mother and the other cadets. In order to prove himself, he must train hard, learn to trust the other cadets and fight as a team in order to save the planet from the Sharg.

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#GGN2019 Nominees Round Up, August 23 Edition

Spill Zone: Broken Vow by Scott Westerfeld and Alex Puvilland
First Second
Publication Date: July 10, 2018
ISBN: 9781626721500

Addison’s life changed forever when the Spill Zone first appeared three years ago. With her parents missing and presumed dead somewhere within the Zone, Addison has been supporting her little sister Lexa by selling the illegal photographs she takes of the Zone’s twisted reality, but her last trip left her permanently changed. Desperate to get her sister away from the Zone so that they can live a normal life, Addison plans to use the payoff from her last trip to start a new life somewhere else, but Lexa and her possessed doll, Vespertine, have other plans. Now the US and North Korean governments are after them, and if Addison wants to save her family, she can no longer ignore the lasting effects of the Zone.

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#GGN2019 Nominees Round Up, August 16 Edition

Iceman Vol. 2: Absolute Zero by Sina Grace and Illustrated by Robert Gill and Rachel Rosenberg
Marvel Comics
Publication Date: May 8, 2018
ISBN: 978-1302908805

Now that Bobby Drake has come out to his parents, he is figuring out how to express himself as a gay man and a mutant. These struggles aren’t any easier with time-displaced younger version of himself hanging out, a love interest in L.A., queer dating rumors, and a jealous and vengeful Daken training Bobby’s former student.

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#GGN2019 Nominees Round Up, August 9 Edition

Sheets by Brenna Thummler
Lion Forge
Publication Date: August 28, 2018
ISBN: 9781549303470

Marj Glatt is a young teen struggling to run her family’s laundromat after her mom passes away and her dad has retreated into his grief. She’s also dealing with meddlesome Mr. Saubertuck, who is pressuring her into giving him the laundromat for nothing. Amidst Mr. Saubertuck’s sabotage attempts, Marj is facing off with a supernatural pest in the laundromat, Wendell the ghost.

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#GGN2019 Nominees Round Up, August 2 Edition

I Hear the Sunspot: Theory of Happiness by Yuki Fumino
One Peace Books
Publication Date: February 13, 2018
ISBN: 978-1944937416

After Taichi agreed to be Kohei’s class notetaker, the two became close (possibly more than?) friends, but a misunderstanding during spring break has split them apart. When Taichi finally sees Kohei again, he is mentoring Maya, another student with a hearing impairment, and for some unknown reason, she does everything she can to keep Taichi away from them. Confused by his feelings for Kohei and feeling like he doesn’t belong at school, Taichi struggles to understand his place in world. When he is given the opportunity to work at a company that provides services to people who are deaf, he has to decide whether it is worth it to lose Kohei forever in order to try to make the world an easier place to live in for people like Kohei and Maya.

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#GGN2019 Nominees Round Up, July 26 Edition

Dead Weight: Murder at Camp Bloom by Terry Blas, Molly Muldoon and Matthew Seely
Oni Press
Published April 24, 2018
ISBN 978-1620104811

Four teens are set to spend their summer at a weight-loss camp deep in the woods of Oregon. Camp newcomer, Jesse, quickly bonds with Noah, Tony and Kate after Jesse and Noah witness a murder while sneaking some time away from the camp. A blurry photo reveals the murderer to be someone on the camp’s staff, and the four teens follow clues that lead them to discover many hidden secrets about Camp Bloom’s staff and campers…and even themselves.

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#GGN2019 Nominees Round Up, July 19 Edition

Animus by Antoine Revoy
First Second
Published May 8, 2018
ISBN 978-1626721838

In Kyoto, Japan, there is playground with a peculiar resident named Toothless. Despite a frightening introduction to this masked boy that send friends, Hisao and Sayuri fleeing in fear, they are drawn back to this eerie place where Toothless explains to them the magic of the playground. When an impossible tragedy befalls one of their friends, Hisao and Sayuri set out on a fantastical journey to uncover the mystery that keeps Toothless tethered to the playground and to hopefully help their injured friend.

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