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Esther Keller

About Esther Keller

Esther Keller is the librarian at JHS 278, Marine Park in Brooklyn, NY. There she started the library's first graphic novel collection and strongly advocated for using comics in the classroom. Her collection is also the model for all middle school libraries in NYC. She started her career at the Brooklyn Public Library, and later jumped ship to the school system so she could have summer vacation and a job that would align with a growing family's schedule. On the side, she is a mother of 4 and regularly reviews for SLJ and School Library Connection (formerly LMC). In her past life, she served on the Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee where she solidified her love and dedication to comics.

Review: Primer

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There’s a new superhero in the DC universe, and she gets her power from … paint? Esther tells you all about it in her review of ‘Primer.’

Review: Displacement

In Kiku Hughes’ ‘Displacement,’ a teenage girl goes back in time to the internment camp where her grandmother was held. Through her eyes, we see the everyday life of the Americans who were held in the camps and the extraordinary events that occurred there.

Review: Nat Enough

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A middle-school story with a good dose of humor, ‘Nat Enough’ is a story about making friends, losing friends, and finding your own voice.

Review: The Bug Zapper

I didn’t know what to expect when Tom Eaton reached out to me about his self-published Bug Zapper comics. I’m a bit of a snob and very weary about self-published works, but after all ‘Bone’ by Jeff Smith was first self-published, so I don’t know what my problem is.

Roundtables: Can You Listen to a Graphic Novel?

Can you listen to a comic? The GC4K bloggers discuss what they think about audiobooks in general and comics adaptations in particular.

Review: Banned Book Club

Esther tries something new with a look at ‘Banned Book Club,’ the story of a group of college students in South Korea who are determined to read books banned by their autocratic government.

Review: Dragon Hoops

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Gene Yuen Lang’s ‘Dragon Hoops’ was getting a lot of buzz even before it was published, and Esther tells us why!

Review: 5 Worlds The Read Maze

The third volume of this series amps up the adventure while continuing the meticulous world-building of the previous volumes.

Review: Drew and Jot: Dueling Doodles

Two boys create their own superhero fantasy world in this comic that tells a story on several levels.

Books in Brief: It’s Not Halloween…

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Short takes on three middle-grade books with a supernatural flair.