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New Kid by Jerry Craft

This graphic novel just won the Newbery Award for best children’s literature for 2020. It’s the first time a graphic novel has ever won the award. We’re always up for a good graphic novel, so of course I had to get it from the library.

Published: 2019

Genre: middle grade fiction graphic novel

Length: 249 pages

Setting: a big city I assumed was NYC (or at least a NYC surrogate) and a private school within that city

Summary: Short version: The trials and tribulations of Jordan, a black kid, starting middle school at a predominantly white private school Continue reading

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White Bird by R. J. Palacio

This is a graphic novel I saw at the library. I picked it up because it was a Wonder story, and we highly enjoyed reading Wonder.

Published: 2019

Genre: YA historical fiction graphic novel

Length: 204 pages

Setting: except for a brief beginning and ending set in present day U.S., it’s set in late 1930s-mid 1940s France

Summary: Short version: The life of Rose, a Jewish girl, surviving Nazi-occupied France during WWII Continue reading

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Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

Mr. Curiosity picked this one up from the library. We went to a different library branch, so had to peruse the graphic novels and bring home lots of books that looked interesting.

Published: 2011

Genre: YA ghost story graphic novel

Length: 221 pages

Setting: a random U.S. city, present day

Summary: Short version: Anya meets a ghost who seems helpful, until she’s not Continue reading

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On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden

I saw this graphic novel on the library shelves. I thought it looked interesting and brought it home for the family to read.

Published: 2018 and as a webcomic

Genre: science fiction graphic novel

Length: 533 pages

Setting: out in space sometime in the future

Summary: Short version: Mia joins a restoration crew and searches for her old girlfriend Continue reading

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Best Friends by Shannon Hale

This is the graphic novel sequel to Real Friends. I saw a review somewhere since the book was published recently and decided to pick it up from the library for the family to read.

Artist: LeUyen Pham

Published: 2019

Genre: middle grade graphic novel memoir

Length: 256 pages

Setting: Utah, in Shannon’s 6th grade life, the fall after the events of Real Friends

Summary: Short version: Shannon’s life as a sixth grader trying to keep friends and stay cool Continue reading

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Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell

As soon as I discovered Rainbow Rowell had written a graphic novel, I put it on the hold list for the library. Of course it’s a First Second publication – all the best graphic novels seem to come from them these days.

Illustrator: Faith Erin Hicks

Published: 2019

Genre: YA fiction graphic novel

Length: 211

Setting: a pumpkin patch in October, present day

Summary: Short version: Two friends spend their last day working together at the pumpkin patch Continue reading

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Check Please Book 1: #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu

The back of Bloom had several other graphic novels published by First Second with quick blurbs about each one. I picked this one as our next read, mainly because it was about hockey (which I play) and baking pies. Sounds like an interesting combination.

Published: 2018

Genre: YA fiction graphic novel

Length: 288 pages

Setting: Samwell College (near Boston), 2013-2015

Summary: Short version: Bittie’s first two years on Samwell’s hockey team Continue reading

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