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Review: ‘Swing It, Sunny’

Swing It Sunny

Sunny Side Up, the story loosely based on the lives of sister-and-brother team of Jennifer and Matthew Holm, wrapped up so well that it never occurred to me there would be a sequel. But lucky for me, there is! Although the story will be better understood by those who have read the first volume, this […]

Check Out the Top Ten Kids’ Graphic Novels of 2017!


The list is live! Every year, the Good Comics for Kids bloggers get together and pick the top ten graphic novels of the previous year. The Top Ten Graphic Novels of 2017 list is live now at the SLJ site; check it out, and stay tuned here for more reviews and news once we’ve slept […]

Review: Graveyard Shakes

Graveyard Shakes

Released in time for Halloween, Graveyard Shakes was an excellent choice to help get the spook on. But though Halloween is gone for another year, horror is always in high demand in my library! Graveyard Shakes By Laura Terry. Graphix. 2017. ISBN 9780545889544 PBK, $12.99. 204pp. Grades 4 and up Sisters Katia and Victoria both […]

Review: Brave


Middle School is brutal. I know. I’ve been there for the last 15 years. (They won’t let me graduate!) Watching the ups and downs of my students is a real eye opener, and though it’s been a long time since I was really that age, it’s hard not to remember that sometimes lonely and confusing […]

Interview: ‘The Once and Future Queen’

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It’s a pretty daring move to try retelling the King Arthur legend one more time, but in The Once and Future Queen, writers D.J. Kirkbride and Adam Knave and artist Nick Brokenshire rise to the task by moving beyond the usual tropes and reinventing not just the characters but the whole structure of the story. […]

Review: Mighty Jack and the Goblin King

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I have to admit, I didn’t exactly remember all the details of where I had left off in volume 1 of the Mighty Jack series. But it didn’t make a difference. While this is a solid volume 2 that doesn’t exactly stand on its own, it’s easy to pick up the pieces and move on […]

Review: ‘Spacebat and The Fugitives: Tacos @ The End of the World’

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Spacebat and The Fugitives: Tacos @ The End of the World Writer/artist: Chris Sheridan Top Shelf Productions; $14.99 First of all, don’t confuse Spacebat with Space Bat. The former is the main character in a new all-ages sci-fi adventure comic from Motorcycle Samurai‘s Chris Sheridan. The latter is the bat who was seen clinging to […]

Review: All Faire’s in Middle School

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Newbery Honor winner Victoria Jamieson is back with another middle grade graphic novel that is sure to please a growing fandom of middle grade students who just can’t get enough. Readers who are loving Svetlana Chmakova’s Awkward and Brave and Raina Telgemeier’s titles will be thrilled to pick up this latest addition to the middle-grade […]

Review: ‘Poppies of Iraq’

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Poppies of Iraq Writers: Brigitte Findakly and Lewis Trondheim Artist: Lewis Trondheim Drawn and Quarterly; $21.95 By virtue of the circumstances of her birth, Brigitte Findakly had quite an interesting and important story to tell. By virtue of her profession and that of her husband, she had the perfect way to tell it. The result […]

Presentation: Adult Graphic Novels for Teens

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On Tuesday, I had the privilege of attending the Mass Library Systems Teen Summit, where I made a presentation on “Adult Graphic Novels for Teens.” Here’s the PowerPoint deck, which is mostly book recommendations. I started out with a brief discussion of the topic and what sorts of adult books work well for teens—keeping in […]