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Ghosts: A Not-So-Scary Roundup

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It’s that time of year, when we start thinking about ghosts and goblins and jack-o-lanterns and things that go bump in the night. There are plenty of comics and graphic novels with ghosts in them, but not all are scary. Here are some great reads that happen to have spirits in them. Ghosts by Raina […]

Review: ‘The Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy’s Big Day’

The Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy's Big Day

The Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy’s Big Day by Gale Galligan, based on the novel by Ann M. Martin Graphix, $10.99 Ages 8-12 The sixth installment of the super-popular Baby-Sitters Club graphic novel series revolves around a major, life-changing event. Kristy’s mom is getting married, which means Kristy is moving to a new, bigger house in a […]

Graphix Announces Two New Raina Telgemeier Books

Guts by Raina Telgemeier

The most exciting news of the New York Comic Con, just held, for anyone involved with graphic novels for young people was Graphix’s announcement of two new Raina Telgemeier books coming in 2019. Guts returns to the area that made her a superstar. It’s a graphic memoir, coming in September 2019, set before Smile. Telgemeier […]

Review: Making Friends

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Just in time for back to school, another middle grade story about friendship and the woes of middle school hits the shelf. But this story isn’t autobiographical and it has a magical twist. Making Friends By Kristen Gudsnuk. Graphix. 2018. ISBN 978133813922 hc, $24.99. 272pp. Grades 4 and up When Danielle’s great aunt passes away […]

Review: The Witch Boy

witch boy

On the surface, Witch Boy is a fantasy story about a reclusive family who practice magic. But below the surface, it’s a story of gender roles. Whether or not readers will dig that deep is entirely up to them. Whether or not they discuss it, again, is up to them. But young readers will have […]

Review: Time Shifters

time shifters

Time travel has always been an intriguing idea. What would happen if we could go back in time and change things? Could we improve our lives? In this entertaining graphic novel, author Chris Grine puts those ideas out there and leaves readers thinking, though they’ll be so entertained that they might not realize it. Time […]

Review: ‘Sparks!’

Sparks

Sparks! Writer: Ian Boothby Artist: Nina Matsumoto Graphix; $12.99 A baby has just fallen down a well. Quick, which common household pet would you most entrust with the rescue of the baby—a cat or a dog? Ian Boothby and Nina Matsumoto’s original graphic novel Sparks! is based on that very contrast between how we regard […]

Review: Dream Jumper 2

curse of the harvester

It’s been a while since I read the first volume of Dream Jumper, but the story starts off at a fast pace. It doesn’t really fill in what happened before, so readers will benefit from a quick re-read to appreciate the nuanced details. Dream Jumper: Curse of the Harvester By Greg Grunberg. Lucas Turnbloom Graphix. […]

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 […]

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 […]