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Review: Boxers and Saints

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Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang. First Second. 2013. Review copy from publisher. Boxers & Saints, Volumes 1 & 2. Edited to add: National Book Awards shortlist The Plot: The story of the Boxer Rebellion is told through the eyes of a Boxer and a Christian. Each volume is a standalone; but it’s best [...]

Review: Saints

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Saints by Gene Luen Yang. First Second. 2013. Review copy from publisher. Boxers & Saints, Volume 2. The Plot: Saints traces the story of a young girl from the age of 8 to 15; part of her story overlaps with that of Bao from Boxers. Saints is not so much the story from the “other [...]

Review: Boxers

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Boxers by Gene Luen Yang. First Second. 2013. Review copy from publisher. Boxers & Saints, Volume 1. The Plot: In 1894, Little Bao is the youngest brother of three in Northern Shan-tung Province, China. He likes watching the traveling operas that visit the village in springtime; his older brothers tease him; he admires his father. [...]

Review: My Friend Dahmer

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My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf. Abrams Comic Arts. 2012. Personal copy. Graphic Novel. Alex Award Winner. It’s About: A graphic novel memoir by Derf Backderf, a classmate of Jeffrey Dahmer. This is not the story of a serial killer; it is a look at the childhood and teen years of Jeffrey Dahmer, before his [...]

Review: Relish

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Relish: My Life In The Kitchen by Lucy Knisley. First Second. 2013. Review copy from publisher. It’s About: Relish is a memoir/coming of age book about food and cooking, told in a graphic novel format. The Good: It’s a memoir. And coming of age book. About food. And cooking. In a graphic novel format. What else [...]

Review: The Silence of our Friends

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The Silence of Our Friends by Mark Long and Jim Demonakos, art by Nate Powell. First Second. 2012. Graphic Novel. Review copy from publisher. The Plot: Houston, 1968. Two stories are intertwined; the story of a white family and a black family. Jack Long is the race reporter for the evening news. Larry Thompson is [...]

Review: Bayou Volume One

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Bayou Volume One by Jeremy Love. Zuda Comics / DC Comics. 2009. Review copy borrowed from friend. Graphic Novel. The Plot: Charon, Mississippi, 1933. Two ten year old little girls are playing, Lee and Lily. One black, one white. One lie results in Lee’s father arrested and a lynching feared. To save her father, Lee [...]

Review: Yummy

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Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri, illustrated by Randy DuBurke. Lee & Low. 2010. Graphic Novel. Review copy from publisher. It’s About: A fictionalized account of the life and death of eleven year old Robert “Yummy” Sandifer. The Good: Yummy’s story was brought to national attention in a 1994 Time [...]

Images and Issues Beyond the Dominant

Images and Issues Beyond the Dominant: Including Diversity in Your Graphic Novel Collection, YALSA YA Lit Symposium, November 6 Presenters: Robin Brenner, Francisca Goldsmith, Gina Gagliano I really enjoy working at a library for the blind and handicapped. One drawback? The collection is primarily audiobooks and Braille; so no graphic novel collection. Still, it’s a [...]