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Real Friends by Shannon Hale

I saw this on a list of graphic novels put out by CommonSense media and thought it would be a good one for the kids to read. And, once it’s in the house, I might as well read it too.

Artist: LeUyen Pham

Published: 2017

Genre: middle grade graphic novel fictionalized memoir

Length: 213 pages

Setting: Salt Lake City, 1979-1986 Continue reading


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Two-Part Invention by Madeleine L’Engle

This is the fourth and final of L’Engle’s Crosswick Journals. I skipped the third one (The Irrational Season) because it focuses on L’Engle’s relationship to Christianity, and I’m just not interested in that topic, even if it is L’Engle writing.

Published: 1988

Genre: nonfiction memoir

Length: 232 pages

Setting: Crosswicks in 1987, NYC in the 1960s Continue reading

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You’re Never Weird On the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day

I’m a big fan of Felicia Day, having watched her in such delightful shows a The Guild, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and other geeky shows. This book has been on my radar for a while and I felt like a nonfiction book for a change.

Published: 2015

Genre: nonfiction memoir

Length: 260 pages Continue reading

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The Pianist by Wladyslaw Szpilman

The summer reading program a few years ago required trying to get bingo on a card full of different book genres. I wanted a history book and saw this book as I was scanning the shelves. I picked it up because it had been made into a movie and because it was about a pianist (I play the piano, so music books are always a plus).

Subtitle: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man’s Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945

Published: 1999 in the U.S., 1946 in Poland

Genre: nonfiction memoir

Length: 224 pages

Setting: Warsaw, 1939-1945 Continue reading

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Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

This is a book I’ve been hearing good things about for a while. I had wanted to listen to it as an audiobook, but it’s always checked out. So, when I saw it on the library shelf, I decided to pick it up and read it to the kids myself.

Published: 2014

Genre: middle grade memoir in verse

Length: 320 pages of verse, 337 pages with pictures

Font: Garth Graphic

Setting: Columbus, Ohio, Greenville, South Carolina, and New York City, 1963-mid-1970s Continue reading

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March: Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Ayden

This is the third and final installment of John Lewis’s story about the Civil Rights movement.

Published: 2016

Genre: memoir graphic novel

Artist: Nate Powell

Length: 256 pages

Setting: Washington, D. C. on January 20, 2009, and various southern locations in the mid-1960s Continue reading

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To Dance by Siena Cherson Siegel

I happened to see this book at the library and picked it up. It’s subtitle is “A Ballerina’s Graphic Novel”, which sounded like something different from what we’ve seen in a graphic novel. So, I brought it home from the library.

Artist: Mark Siegel

Published: 2006

Genre: memoir graphic novel for children

Length: 64 pages

Setting: mostly New York City, late 1970s to the 1980s Continue reading

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