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Review: The Secret of the Stone Frog

Esther Keller
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Those readers familiar with Toon Bok’s comics for emergent readers will be pleasantly surprised by their latest release. Geared to a slightly older and literary audience, this latest release is a masterpiece.

Review: The Clockwork Girl

Esther Keller
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The Clockwork Girl, a fantasy-adventure for middle school readers, originally ran as a six-issue comic. Arcana Studios collected those issues into a single volume in 2008, which is now being reprinted through HarperCollins. As its publishing history suggests, The Clockwork Girl continues to find new audiences among readers looking for a fanciful yet heartwarming tale. [...]

Review: Take What You Can Carry

Esther Keller
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Take What You Can Carry is the story of two boys. The first is Ken, a Japanese American boy. During World War II, Ken is sent to live in a relocation camp while his father is in government custody.  In order to help his mother and sister survive, Ken turns to stealing. The second is [...]

Review: Witch & Wizard

Esther Keller
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Sometimes, I feel like my students are slow to catch onto fads. The Witch & Wizard series by James Patterson has been around for some time in novel form, but it’s only this year that the series has become a hot – something everyone wants to check out. So the addition of two graphic novel series to this franchise will only excite already devoted readers.

Review: Garfield & Co. Volume 1-2

Lori Henderson
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The comic strip “Garfield” first appeared in newspapers back in 1978, but the fat, sarcastic orange-and-black-striped cat has remained popular up through today. Kids and adults alike cannot seem to get enough of him. He has appeared in books, on TV and even had a couple of movies! His latest TV incarnation has become the [...]

Review: Twilight, vol. 2

Esther Keller
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If you listen to the talk amongst YA librarians, they’ll tell you that the Twilight phenomenon has passed. And for the most part it has. So it makes one wonder how well the 2nd volume of the Twilight graphic novel will do. But there is still a pocket of teens and preteens who are interested in the series.

Review: Hereville

Esther Keller

Since its release Hereville by Barry Deutsch has received many accolades, from rave reviews to a Sydney Taylor Book Award in 2011. The book has an interesting blend of fantasy, girl power, and a window to another world. Robin Brenner and I sat down to discuss this book from our two different worlds.

Review: Papercutz Slices

Esther Keller
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Not everyone understands the art of satire and often the humor hurts and well… slices to the core.  Which is exactly what the folks at Papercutz attempted to do. They’ve taken the most popular series and using the sly, wry, and hysterical humor of satire poked fun at today’s pop culture.

Review: Page by Paige

Esther Keller
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Moving to a new city in the middle of high school and mid-year is a challenge for any teen. For Paige Turner it’s an opportunity to discover herself.

Roundtable: Americus

Esther Keller
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Each year the American Library Association sets one week aside to celebrate the freedom to read which has become known as Banned Books Week. Librarians are often at the forefront of censorship battles. But they are not the only ones affected. Most often it is children and ordinary citizens that suffer when their freedom to read is compromised. This year, just in time for Banned Books Week, First Second Publishers released a graphic novel that grapples with these topics. Originally serialized at Saveapathea.com Americus is now a published graphic novel .