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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: InvestiGators

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‘Kitten Construction Company’ creator John Patrick Green sends two goofy gators off to solve a mystery in his new book, InvestiGators.

Review: White Bird

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R.J. Palacio’s ‘White Bird’ needs to be read, says Esther Keller, and it’s a natural pick for fans of her novel ‘Wonder’

Review: Artemis Fowl

My 5th grader read this and was begging me for the next installment.

Review: I Survived. The Graphic Novel

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I have a confession to make. I have not read any of the I Survived series. In fact, for a very long time, I resisted buying them for my library, because I thought they were young a little young for middle school. But I caved due to the number of students asking if we had the series. If they asked for it, I thought it would be a good idea to have it. Today, there are many joyous faces when the students find a copy on the library shelves. So when I heard there was a graphic novel adaptation and then got my very own preview, I was thrilled to get a taste of the book.

Review: The Crossover

In 2015, Kwame Alexander “picked up” a Newbery award for his groundbreaking title, The Crossover. The book had everything in it. Verse, basketball action, heart and soul. It was really no wonder it was chosen for the most esteemed award in children’s literature. But I wondered how this title would look as a graphic novel.

Middle School. The Worst Years of My Life.

Stargazing by Jen Wang

Esther Keller looks at five graphic novels about navigating the highs and lows of middle school.

Review: Survivors of the Holocaust: True Stories of Six Extraordinary Children

My reading has been a bit morbid this summer. I finally finished the adaptation of Anne Frank’s Diary. I’ve read 2 accounts of the Japanese Internment. I’m in middle of a story about Nazi Saboteurs and to round it all out, I picked up another graphic novel about the Holocaust.

Review: Anne Frank’s Diary: A Graphic Adaptation

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Anne Frank’s Diary is just one person’s account of the Holocaust, but it’s an account that many people can relate to.

Review: ‘Rocket to the Moon’

This summer, I’ve been enjoying reading the plethora of literature about space, space travel, and of course the famed 1969 Moon Landing. I’ve read picture books and chapter books, but one of my favorite reads, I haven’t yet shared with any of them!

Review: They Called Us Enemy

I have been looking forward to the publication of this graphic novel for a very long time. It did not disappoint in the least bit.