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The Next Day

The Next Day

Today, a new graphic novel review and post from guest blogger, Francisca Goldsmith: Graphic novels form one, muzzy edged slice of the sequential art pie. Comic strips, serials, and web comics also share this pie.  The Next Day, a project undertaken by researchers, the National Film Board of Canada, and artists and technicians who know [...]

In the Garden of Beasts

In the Garden of Beasts

The popularity of Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City (Crown, 2003) has never flagged — with adults. His new book, about the rise of the Nazi Party in early 1930s Berlin as witnessed by American Ambassador William Dodd and his family, in particular his daughter Martha, might do better with teens. The Holocaust [...]

Vaclav & Lena

Vaclav & Lena

This week’s big debut could not be more suited to teen readers. In Haley Tanner’s novel, Vaclav & Lena are both the children of Russian immigrants struggling to assimilate. Yes, Vaclav & Lena are both 9 for part one of the novel. But they are such interesting 9-year-olds, and readers will be caught up in their [...]

The Dragon’s Path

The Dragon's Path

Today’s guest blogger is Karyn Silverman. Take it away, Karyn!

The White Devil

White Devil UK

Another creepy gothic mystery today. It seems to me that gothic is trending right now. Just within the last couple months we’ve reviewed The Distant Hours, The Girl Who Would Speak for the Dead, and Bent Road. Justin Evans offers forbidden romance, a boarding school setting, murder, ghosts, secrets, and Lord Byron. Harper dubs it “Joe [...]

21: The Story of Roberto Clemente

21

In his new graphic novel, Wilfred Santiago captures the game of baseball, the life of one of its greatest players, and the culture in which Clemente lived. This is also the story of a humanitarian, and a man who struggled against racism. The book has a stylish website that mirrors the look of the graphic novel. [...]

Exposure

Exposure

Today we review a high-interest novel, set squarely in the world of today’s teens. In fact, Exposure was inspired by the author’s own experience. Therese Fowler’s teen son was arrested for sexting. Fowler states firmly that this is not her family’s story exactly, but she knows of what she writes. For more from the author, [...]

Literary Manga

A Single Match

This week’s guest blogger is Francisca Goldsmith, who will be reviewing and posting about graphic novels here every other week. From Francisca: With more awareness about Japan’s geography and history being in the news after its calamitous earthquakes last month, it’s a good time to look at manga’s more literary sides. Both Oji Suzuki, born [...]

Lost in Shangri-La

Lost in Shangri-La

“On May 13, 1945, twenty-four officers and enlisted men and women stationed on what was then Dutch New Guinea boarded a transport plane for a sightseeing trip over “Shangri-La,” a beautiful and mysterious valley surrounded by steep, jagged mountain peaks deep within the island’s uncharted jungle. But the pleasure tour became an unforgettable battle for survival when [...]

Blind Sight

Blind Sight

Meg Howrey’s debut is a coming-of-age novel about a boy–for a change! My favorite quote about this novel comes from Meg herself, on the Largehearted Boy blog, “Somewhere along the way, what started as a kind of spin on classic heroes journeys and test-and-quest myths also became a love story between this father and son.” [...]