Category Archives: Genre: Graphic Novel

Tenchi Muyo! Sasami Stories

Tenchi Muyo! Sasami Stories
Hitoshi Okuda

Quick Stats:
Page Count: 184images-4
Age Range: 9 and up
Year: 2003
Genre:Graphic Novel

This book was broken into three short stories, or chapters, and included the following: Wold at the Door, The Ferrous Chef and Help. At the end of each chapter the author, Hitoshi Okuda, has a short “dialogue” with the main character Sasami. Also published in this volume are 74 “episodes” published over 6 years for a Sasami fan club newsletter. This graphic novel is one of many stories in a series of books and dvds revolving around an 8-year old girl Sasami and her quirky life adventures.

This book would be enjoyable for anyone who has a love for Japanese Manga and graphic novels. The drawings/captions are insightful and expressive. Sasami is a sweet character that is kind to everyone and, as a bonus, she teaches life lessons along the way during her adventures.

Miss Miriah

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Filed under Age Range: 9 and up, Author: Hitoshi Okuda, Genre: Graphic Novel, Page Count: 100-200, Year: 2000s

Rapunzel’s Revenge

Rapunzel’s Revenge
Shannon Hale

I definitely do not want to cross her.

I definitely do not want to cross her.

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 144
Age Range: 10 and up
Year: 2008
Genre: Graphic Novel

Series: 1st of 2

Rapunzel has always lived with her mother, Mother Gothel, who has magical growing power and is preventing anyone else from growing anything on the land. When one day she recognizes a woman slaving away in the mine as Rapunzel’s real mother, Mother Gothel locks Rapunzel in a tree. She escapes using her extremely long hair like a lasso, and vows to go and free her mother. She meets Jack (of Jack and the Beanstalk, about whom the sequel is written), and together they travel back to rescue her mother and help out many others along the way.

If you love fairytales, but sometimes wish the female characters could be more awesome, this book is full of cool fight scenes with Rapunzel’s hair. Also, fans of the Wild West will like the use of that setting.

-Ms. Kate

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Filed under Age Range: 10 and up, Author: Shannon Hale, Genre: Graphic Novel, Page Count: 100-200, Part of a Series, Year: 2000s

Persepolis

Persepolis
Marjane Satrapi

This one looks good!

This one looks good!

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 160
Age Range: 13 and up
Year: 2003
Genre: Graphic Novel, Historical

Series: 1st of 2

Persepolis is the true story of a girl in Iran who grew up during the Islamic Revolution. It is a story about childhood, family, and learning lessons, but in the context of a dangerous time for people who would try to think for themselves. Through the eyes of a young girl–now grown up and writing books about her experience–the book also explains the history of Iran’s Islamic Revolution and the invasion of Iran by neighboring Iraq. Witty, funny, sometimes heartwarming but just as often heartbreaking, this book is rich with experiences and a history worth being shared.

This book can be intense, but it is well worth it; Persepolis is being used in Chicago Public Schools with 7th graders, but with some controversy due to the graphic content relating to torture and abuse. Students who read this may have questions that don’t necessarily have answers, but if they have an interest in history, human rights or graphic novels they will find this book both exciting and emotionally engaging.

-Mr. Jordan

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Filed under Age Range: 13 and up, Author: Marjane Satrapi, Genre: Graphic Novel, Genre: Historical, Page Count: 100-200, Part of a Series, Year: 2000s

Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute

Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute
Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Does he teach Computer Science?

Does he teach Computer Science?

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 96
Age Range: 8 and up
Year: 2009
Genre: Graphic Novel, Adventure

Series: 1st of 9 (so far)

The school lunch lady probably leads a super boring life, right? Wrong! She leads a SUPER life! Lunch Lady springs into action when she suspects that something is amiss with the school’s new substitute. Hopefully her awesome moves, sweet gadgets, and reliable sidekick, Betty, will be enough to defeat evil and look out for the three kids who get mixed up in the fray.

This is an easy, highly-engaging read. The details are hilarious, the school setting is relatable, and any readers whose imagination sometimes gets the better of them will like this action-packed ride (and the rest of the series!).

-Miss Barter

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Filed under Age Range: 8 and up, Author: Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Genre: Adventure, Genre: Graphic Novel, Page Count: 0-100, Part of a Series, Year: 2000s

Earthling!

Earthling!
Mark Fearing

Run for your life!

Run for your life!

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 245
Age Range: 8 and up
Year: 2012
Genre: Graphic Novel

Bud has just moved to a new town, and on his first morning he misses the regular bus and takes an alien school bus! Once he gets to the alien school, he learns that Earthlings are considered dangerous, and must pretend to be another alien. Complicating matters, the kind of alien he’s pretending to be is really good at sports, while he’s more scientifically inclined. He and his friend must figure out a way to both succeed at the ZeroBall tournament and get him back safely to Earth.

This book is great for anyone who likes humor, watching normal Earthling culture be portrayed as weird compared to alien culture. It’s also good for anyone who wants to see a story about friends who have to stick together to deal with the craziness of life at school that happens on any planet.

-Ms. Kate

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Filed under Age Range: 8 and up, Author: Mark Fearing, Genre: Graphic Novel, Page Count: 200-300, Year: 2010s

Tower of Treasure

Tower of Treasure
Scott Chantler

Dessa!?!? I didn't know Doomtree had a graphic novel.

Dessa!?!? I didn’t know Doomtree had a graphic novel.

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 112
Age Range: 9 and up
Year: 2010
Genre: Graphic Novel
Series: 1st of 3

Dessa is an acrobat traveling with a circus, but she’s really just trying to figure out where the man who kidnapped her twin brother is. Topper (a juggler/pick pocket) and Fisk (a strongman), convince her to help rob the Queen’s treasury. There they come across some information that may lead them to Dessa’s brother.

This book is full of exciting chase scenes and danger, where all of the characters’ circus talents come into use, which provides an exciting twist on a normal adventure story. The bold lines and bright colors of the artwork really add to the action of the story, so anyone who likes clever action stories with interesting characters will like it.

-Ms. Kate

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Filed under Age Range: 9 and up, Author: Scott Chantler, Genre: Graphic Novel, Page Count: 100-200, Part of a Series, Year: 2010s

Maus I

Maus I: A Survivors Tale: My Father Bleeds History
Art Spiegelman

This is a powerful, terrifying, hopeful book.

This is a powerful, terrifying, hopeful book.

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 160
Age Range: 12 and up
Year: 1986
Genre: Historical, Graphic Novel
Series: 1st of 2

Maus details the extraordinary true tale of Art Spiegelman’s father’s life in Nazi Germany during the Holocaust, as well as the relationship between Art and his father Vladek as Vladek tells his story. The graphic novel shows the Nazis as cats and the Jewish people as mice.

Anyone who loves graphic novels will surely love this book because the illustrations are amazing. Also, anyone interested in history and especially Nazi Germany and the Holocaust.

-Ms. Kost

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Filed under Age Range: 12 and up, Author: Art Spiegelman, Genre: Graphic Novel, Genre: Historical, Page Count: 100-200, Part of a Series, Year: 1980s