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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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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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Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

This is a Rick Riordan Presents book that Miss Adventure read and then insisted I read. One of the librarians was raving about the book, which is why we brought it home in the first place.

Published: 2019

Genre: middle grade sci-fi

Length: 382 pages

Setting: Miami, Florida, present day

Fonts: International Typeface, Bookman Old Style Pro, Monotype, Crille Bold Italic Std

Summary: Short version: Sal has some unique difficulties settling into his new school 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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Sword and Pen by Rachel Caine

This is the fifth and last book in the Great Library series. The family got to borrow it from a friend who ordered a copy of the book, which was great because I didn’t even realize it was out already.

Published: 2019

Genre: YA fantasy

Length: 354 pages

Setting: Alexandria, soon after the events of Smoke and Iron

Summary: Short version: The gang have to save the Great Library from internal and external attack Continue reading

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Walkaway by Cory Doctorow

This was a book on my Kindle. I’m sure I put it there because of my enjoyment of Little Brother. I needed something other than Discworld to read on vacation.

Published: 2017

Genre: science fiction

Length: 384 pages

Setting: mostly Canada, near future

Summary: Short version: A new society develop by walking away from the economic rat race Continue reading

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Binti: The Complete Trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor

I’ve been hearing about the book as a great example of science fiction by a black author and decided to pick it up. Luckily, my library had the novellas collected into a single book.

Published: 2019 as a collection, 2015-2017 as novellas

Genre: 358 pages

Setting: mostly the desert African city of Himba, and the planet Oozma Uni

Summary: Short version: Binti’s event-filled life after she’s accepted to an off-world school Continue reading

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