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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.

Goldie Vance: Larceny in La La Land |Review

Goldie Vance solves a Hollywood mystery in Larceny in La La Land, the latest volume of the teenage sleuth’s adventures—and the best so far, according to Esther Keller.

Grief and Loss in Comics | Roundtable

Sincerely, Harriet

At the end of a difficult year, the Good Comics for Kids team discusses graphic novels that can spark conversations around grief and loss.

The Goldie Vance Mysteries | Review

Like a modern-day Nancy Drew, teenage sleuth Goldie Vance teams up with her friends to solve mysteries at the resort hotel where she lives and works.

Allergic | Review

Allergic is a story about a girl’s struggle to find a dog that won’t leave her in sneezing fits, but it’s also a story about fitting in.

Review: Superman Smashes the Klan

Superman Smashes the Klan is a mix of old and new, a modern comic with a classic feel about a topic that is, unfortunately, timeless, writes Esther Keller.

Review: ‘Class Act’

In Class Act, his followup to New Kid, Jerry Craft continues his story of two Black students at an elite, mostly white, academy.

Review: ‘Animorphs Graphix #1: The Invasion’

Animorphs book cover

Following the success of the Baby-Sitters Club books, Graphix turns another classic chapter book series into a comic with their first Animorphs graphic novel.

Review: When Stars Are Scattered

Today, Esther reviews Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed’s true story of a child’s experiences in a refugee camp in Kenya.

Review: ‘History Comics: The Great Chicago Fire’

Book Cover

Today Esther reviews one of the first graphic novels in First Second’s new History Line.

Review: Primer

book cover

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.’