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Compass South by Hope Larson

We were at a different library than our usual one, so I thought I’d scan through their collection of graphic novels and see if they had anything interesting. This was one of the few we hadn’t read.

Illustrator: Rebecca Mock

Published: 2016

Genre: middle grade historical fiction graphic novel

Length: 224 pages

Setting: 1860, Manhattan, Isthmus of Panama, and sailing around Cape Horn

Summary: Short version: Twin orphans get on the wrong side of a gang Continue reading

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Saints by Gene Luen Yang

This is the companion book to Boxers which the family read recently.

Published: 2013

Genre: historical fiction with a touch of fantasy

Length: 170 pages

Setting: China during the Boxer Rebellion, around 1900

Summary: Short version: Boxers told from the point of view of a Christian girl Continue reading

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Sanity and Tallulah by Molly Brooks

I saw this reviewed somewhere on the web and immediately requested it from my library as being perfect from Miss Adventure. And, once it’s in the house, Mr. Curiosity and I will read pretty much any graphic novel.

Published: 2018

Genre: middle grade science fiction graphic novel

Length: 229 pages

Font: Gargle and Fontspring

Setting: Wilnick Station, in the backwoods of space, far future

Summary: Short version: Hijinks of two tween girls on a space station Continue reading

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Boxers by Gene Luen Yang

This is one of the few graphic novels for older kids listed on this CommonSense post. It’s been a while since we’ve read a graphic novel, so I requested this from the library.

Colors by: Lark Pien

Published: 2013

Genre: historical fiction with a touch of fantasy graphic novel

Length: 325 pages

Setting: Northern Shan-tung Province and Peking, China, 1894-1900

Summary: Short version: The disruption of Westerners on Chinese society in the late 1800s Continue reading

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The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

I’ve seen this book in several lists of excellent graphic novels. Each time, I check to see if my library has it. Finally they did and I snapped it up.

Published: 2018

Genre: historical fiction graphic novel

Length: 277 pages

Setting: pre-WWI Belgium

Summary: Short version: Frances, the dressmaker, is hired to make dresses for Prince Sebastian to wear Continue reading

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The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks

I’m not sure where I saw this first reviewed. In fact, I’ve likely been seeing it for a while since it’s a two-year old book. It’s just that my library system has just now gotten a copy. That’s why I keep checking whenever I see a good graphic novel.

Colorist: Jordie Bellaire

Published: 2016

Genre: middle grade graphic novel. It felt like historical fiction, but I don’t think it’s set in our world

Length: 232 pages

Setting: the city of Daido, a medieval Asian-style city

Summary: Short version: Kaidu learns his way around the city as a Dao recruit Continue reading

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Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel adapted by Mariah Mardsen

When I saw somewhere there was a graphic novel version of Anne of Green Gables, I had to get it immediately from my library. It’s one of my favorites, and I’m happy to consume it in different versions.

Illustrator: Brenna Thummler

Published: 2017

Genre: middle grade fiction graphic novel

Length: 230 pages

Setting: the town of Avonlea on Prince Edward Island, Canada, early 1900s

Summary: Short version: Orphan Anne growing up in Avonlea Continue reading

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