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5 Worlds: The Sand WarriorScience fiction/ FantasyGrades 4-8

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Starred reviews from Booklist and Publishers Weekly.(by Mark Siegel, Alexis Siegel, Xanthe Bouma, Matt Rockefeller and Boya Sun. NY: Random House Books for Young Readers, 2017). A clumsy sand dancer who never seems to add up to her missing older sister must work with two others to save their threatened world from the brink of extinction. Starred reviews from Booklist and Publishers Weekly.
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A Fire StoryGrades 5+


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Starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, and Publishers Weekly.(by Brian Fies. New York, NY: Amulet, 2019). This is a firsthand account of the tragic wildfires that burned through Northern California on Monday, October 9, 2017 resulting in 44 fatalities and the destruction of thousands of homes and structures. It started as a webcomic and has received the following awards: Emmy Award for Best Public/Current/Community Affairs-Featured Segment on PBS station KQED; First Place Feature Story in California Newspaper Publishers Association (CNPA) and Shortlisted for the 2018 Cartoonist Studio Prize by Slate and the Center for the Cartoon Studies.
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Action Philosophers (The Tenth Anniversary Uberedition!)PhilosophyGrades 7+Humor Wordplay


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Awards: Xeric Grant; Best 2007 Great Graphic Novels for Teens by ALA; 2010 Ignatz Outstanding Debut Award nomination.(by Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey. Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Books, 2014). A fun introduction to early and modern philosophers and cultural histories. Part 1 covers ancient philosophy (Socrates, Confucius, Plato, Aristotle, Diogenes, and others). Part 2 covers medieval philosophy (St. Augustine, Bodhidharma, St. Thomas Aquinas, Machiavelli, and others). Part 3 covers modern philosophy (Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza, Hume, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Thomas Jefferson, Immanuel Kant, Kierkegaard, and others). Part 4 sums up contemporary philosophy (Marx, Mill, Nietzsche, William James, Freud, Jung, Wittgenstein, Jean-Paul Sartre, Joseph Campbell, Ayn Rand, and others).
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Action Presidents: George WashingtonAmerican historyGrades 3-7Humor Wordplay


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Starred reviews from Booklist and Finalist for the 2019 Excellence in Graphic Literature Award in MIddle Grade Nonfiction.By Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey. New York: HarperCollins, 2020). This is the first of a (to-date) for book series that relays historically accurate and highly entertaining, facts about four of our American Presidents through bold and hilarious comic-style illustration. These books are filled with timelines, maps, charts, and more, readers will keep learning until the last page.the good, the bad, and the ugly aspects of these great American leaders with humor and thoughtful insight. Book 1 is about George Washington, Book Abraham LIncoln, Book 3 Theodore Roosevelt, and Book 4 is John F. Kennedy.
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Age of Reptiles: Omnibus Volume 1 (series)Historical fictionGrades 7+



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Wordless brilliant illustration depict life in the age of dinosaurs.(series by Ricardo Delgado. Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Publications, 2012). A wordless rendering of dinosaurs whose stories are told through brilliant illustration depicting what life was like in the age of dinosaurs. Note this is at times gory, and while fictional can be integrated into science - particularly scientific inquiry - as students identify dinosaurs and time periods and sort through facts vs. fiction. This can also be used for developing visual literacy as students must rely on visual storytelling alone.
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Alexander Hamilton: The Graphic History of an American Founding FatherAmerican historyGrades 6+


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See Worth A Thousand Words: Using Graphic Novels to Teach Visual Literacy (pp, 140-144): how to use to teach citizenship.(by Jonathan Hennessey and Justin Greenwood. New York, NY: Ten Speed Press, 2017). Readers learn about the influences in Hamilton's life; his role in the Revolutionary war; participation in developing the Constitution; role as first Secretary of the Treasury: his tumultuous relationship with Jefferson and then Aaron Burr - and their fatal duel. Readers learn about the impact his policies had on the Civil War, on America's rise as a superpower, on our banking and Treasury system, and on our world today. It addresses social studies themes such as: historical events; culture and cultural diversity; continuity and change among and between cultures; national and community institutions; the powers and challenges of governance; citizenship and civic ideals and practices; and global connections.
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All's Faire in Middle SchoolFictionGrades 4-8Humor Wordplay
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Multiple honors and awards. Published only one week before our publication deadline, it has already received starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly; is a New York Times Editor's Choice, and An Autumn Kids' Indie Next List top pickSee Worth A Thousand Words: Using Graphic Novels to Teach Visual Literacy (p. 102): how to teach character development.(by Victoria Jamieson. New York, NY: Dial Books, 2017). Until now, Imogene's been homeschooled by her parents who work at the Renaissance Faire. She is now a Squire-in-Training and her quest is to survive middle school. The story is sensitively and beautifully told and this book is a wonderful motivator when studying the Renaissance and being different from others. Published only one week before our publication deadline, it has already received starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly; is a New York Times Editor's Choice, and An Autumn Kids' Indie Next List top pick.
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All Summer LongFictionGrades 5-8
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Multiple honors and awards. Kirkus Reviews Best of 2018; 2019 YALSA Great Graphic Novel Reading List Selection' 2019 Little Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List Selection; Eisner Award Nominee; Kirkus starred review.(By Hope Larson. New York: Farrar Strauss Giroux, 2018) First of two books. This is a coming of age story where thirteen year old Bina who prides herself in being a "weirdo and part-time punk' finds herself alone for the summer. Her best friend, Austin is off to soccer camp and Bina must learn to deal with boredom. She finds an unexpected friend in Austin's sister, which helps, but when Austin comes back things are weird. In the end, they realize that they're changing and while their friendship is changing too, their long term and future friendship still means a lot to them.
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Amelia Rules! The Whole World's Crazy (First of the series)FictionGrades 4+Humor Wordplay
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New York Times bestseller. See in Worth A Thousand Words: Using Graphic Novels to Teach Visual Literacy: to teach vocabulary (p.86), character development (p. 102) and literary devices (pp.101-102).(First of the series by Jimmy Gowlney. New York, NY: Atheneum, 2002). This book is great fun, brilliantly executes visual storytelling, and has wonderful wordplay. The endearing but flawed and snarky characters face all sorts of growing up issues such as divorce, friendships and rivalries, parent in the military and leaving for active duty, and more. Awards include: four Eisner Nominations in 2008 (including "Best Title for a Younger Audience"), and three Harvey Award nominations in 2009.
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American Born ChineseFictionGrades 4+
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Numerous awards. See Worth A Thousand Words: Using Graphic Novels to Teach Visual Literacy to teach close reading (pp.87-95),metaphor (p.97), character development (p. 102), and literary devices (pp.101-102).(by Gene Luen Yang. New York, NY: First Second, 2006). Yang brilliantly weaves three seemingly independent stories together – all about cultural and individual identity. One story is of Jin Wang a Chinese-American boy who yearns to fit into the predominantly White neighborhood he just moved into. The second is an old Chinese fable of the Monkey King, the most powerful monkey on earth who wants to be more than a monkey. The third is of Chin-Kee, the ultimate negative Chinese stereotype who visits his American cousin Danny and is an embarrassment. This book is great for units on diversity, social studies themes (culture and diversity; and global connections), and folklore - particularly how folklore shapes cultural and individual identities. Awards include: Eisner Award, ALA Best Books for Young Adults, YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens, ALA Best Books for Young Adults, Booklist Editors' Choice; Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of the Year, YALSA Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifelong learners, CYBIL Award, Reuben and Printz Awards.
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AmericusFictionGrades 7+
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YALSA Great Graphic Novel Teens; Graphic Novel Reporter Best Graphic Novel of the Year.(by MK Reed and Jonathan Hill. New York, NY: First Second, 2011). Neil Barton lives in small-town America and has to face high school without his best friend. Making matters worse, his mom is one of many who want to ban his favorite book series from the local library. This is a story about friendship, censorship, identity and courage. It is a great choice when discussing ramifications of the First Amendment and free speech. Awards include: YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens; Graphic Novel Reporter Best Graphic Novel of the Year.
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Amulet: The Stone KeeperFictionGrades 3-7
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YALSA Best Books Young Adults 2009, Young Reader's Choice Award 2011.(First in the series by Kazu Kabuishi. New York, NY: Scholastic Graphix, 2008). After a tragic accident, a girl and her brother, and mom have to move into their grandfather's old home. There, they find themselves swept in an alternate world they must save. Filled with adventure and wonderfully developed characters. Awards include: YALSA Best Books for Young Adults in 2009, Young Reader's Choice Award 2011, and 2013 Goodreads "Best Graphic Novels for Children" list.
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Animal Crackers: Circus MayhemScience fiction/ FantasyGrades 3+

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Punny!(by Scott Christian Sava and Mike Holmes. New York, NY: First Second, 2017). This story is engaging and full of good puns, clown car chases from beginning to tend. Its story, design, and art are full of wonderful magic as good and evil face off to save a circus and its very special animals.
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Anya's GhostScience fiction/ FantasyGrades 7+
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School Library Best Books of the Year, Eisner Award Winner, Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, CYBIL Award.(by Vera Brosgol. New York, NY: First Second, 2011). A coming of age story, Anya's embarrassed by her family, is self-conscious about her body, and feels she doesn't fit in. Then she meets a ghost at the bottom of a well. Things change. NOTE: Some mature content for cigarette smoking. Awards include: School Library Best Books of the Year, Eisner Award Winner, Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, CYBIL Award.
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Apocalypse TacoScience fiction/ FantasyGrades 3-7Humor Wordplay
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A blend of humor and end-of-the-world eerie.(by Nathan Hale.New York: Abrams, 2019.) Friends Sid, Axi and Ivan volunteer to make a late-night fast food run for their high school theater crew but but when they return they realize the world around them isn't quite right. Somehow, on their food run they crossed into an alternate, alien dimension where the aliens made sister copies of the boys' original world. It will take some original thinking and a lot of bravery for them to get out of this one.
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Aquicorn CoveFantasy/ EcologyGrades 3-6
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Learning to be a guardian. Starred review: School Library Journal.(by Katie O'Neil. Portland, OR ONI Press, 2018.) After her seaside town is ravaged by a storm Lana (who returns with her father) decides to help clear the debris and restore it all. In doing so, she explores a familiar beach and discovers an incredible cology of Aquicorns, small magical seahorse creatures who live in the coral reef. When a second storm threatens their town, choices are made by the adults that Lena can't abide by. She realizes she must find the strength to stand on her own to protect the cove and its magical inhabitants.
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Around the WorldBiographyGrades 3-7


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Starred reviews: Kirkus, School Library Journal, Booklist, Bulletin of the Center of Children's Books; Eisner nominations.(by Matt Phelan. Boston: Candlewick Press, 2011). A nonfiction graphic novel about the lives of three famous adventurers of the late 1900’s: Thomas Stevens, Nellie Bly and Joshua Slocum. Inspired by Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days it can be integrated into language arts; science themes (science as inquiry; science and technology standards; history and nature of science standards); and social studies themes (historical events; continuity and change among and between cultures; national and community institutions; and global connections). Awards: Kirkus, School Library Journal, Booklist, and Bulletin of the Center of Children's Books starred reviews; nomination for two Eisner Awards; Winner of the Carolyn Field Award.
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Aster and the Accidental MagicFantasyGrades 3-7Humor Wordplay

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Starred review: Bulletin.(by Tom Pico and karensac. New York: Random House Graphic (2020). Aster is really unhappy about being packed up with her family to move to the middle of nowhere. Her Mom and dad both busy scientists are distracted by vital work they must complete in order to save the town while her older brother leaves after summer to go back to school. Aster is stuck by herself until she meets a mysterious old woman with a herd of dogs - one of which she gives to Aster. Aster nd Buzz (her dog) run into a trickster spirit and that's when things really start to happen.
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Astronaut Academy: Zero GravityScience fictionGrades 3-6Humor Wordplay

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Series by Dave Roman. New York, NY: First Second, 2011). Life at Space Academy for a diverse group of kids who get into all sorts of trouble including: Hakata Soy (former space hero), Senor Panda (Spanish teacher who isn't what he appears to be), Doug Hiro (whose only goal is to walk in space), and rich-brat Maribelle Mellonbelly (who has it in for Hakata). There are dinosaur races, tough bunnies, robots, and more. This series is chock full of characters, adventure, mystery, and puns galore.
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Avatar The Last AirBender: The Promise (Series)Science fiction/ FantasyGrades 3+
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This series continues the Nickelodeon Avatar: The Last Airbender.(Series by Gene Luen Yang, Gurihiru, and Michael Heisler. Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Books, 2012). This series continues the Nickelodeon Avatar: The Last Airbender. While Zuko (the new Fire Lord), Earth King Kuei, and Aang (the last airbender) promised to restore the Four Nations to harmony, and Zuko promises to remove his nation's Earth colonies, there is great resistance that the old friends must meet.
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BabymouseFictionGrades 3-6Humor Wordplay
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Multiple awards. See Worth A Thousand Words: Using Graphic Novels to Teach Visual Literacy to teach: vocabulary (p. 86), metaphor (p.97), character development (p.102), literary devices (pp.101-102), visual and verbal imagery (pp.119-123).(Series by Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm. New York, NY: Random House Books for Young Readers, 2005). A feisty, daydreaming mouse deals with all sorts of school, family, and community adventures. This series is great fun and chock-full of adventures, humor, wordplay, wonderfully faceted characters, loads of cultural references, and even civic responsibilities. Several volumes can be used in social studies as well as language arts. Series awards include: 2006 Gryphon award, 2006 ALA Notable Children's Book Award, 2006 New York Book Show Award. (Grades 3-6)
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Bake SaleFictionGrades 3-6
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IRA-CBC Children's Choices; YALSA Great Graphic Novel Teens; Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year.(by Sara Varon. New York, NY: First Second, 2011). Both funny and literal, this book is about friendship, fulfilling dreams, playing music, and baking. There are mouth-watering baking recipes in the back to recreate the treats Cupcake and Eggplant create. Awards include: IRA-CBC Children's Choices; YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens; IRA Young Adult Choices; Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year.
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Barbarian LordScience fiction/ FantasyGrades 7+
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(by Matt Smith. New York, NY: Clarion Books, 2014). This story is a mix of Norse mythology with a smattering of Tolkien and a mild Game of Thrones. It is full of swordplay and sorcery it is the story of Donaar's farm, now run by his son, and the Skullmaster's plots to destroy him and take over the farm (with the help of a somewhat hapless witch).
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Bats: Learning to FlyScienceGrades 3-8



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School Library Journal starred review.(by Falynn Koch. New York, NY: First Second, 2017). Readers follow a little brown bat whose wing is injured by humans and taken to a bat rehabilitation center. He meets bats of various species he learns how to fly, what to eat and we learn all about bats and their habitats. It can be used to reinforce science themes: science as inquiry; physical science; life science; science and technology; and history and the nature of science. It received a School Library Journal starred review.
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Beanworld (series)FantasyGrades 4+Humor Wordplay
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See Worth A Thousand Words: Using Graphic Novels to Teach Visual Literacy to teach literary devices (pp.101-102)and citizenship (pp.140-144).(Series by Larry Marder. Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Books, 2009). These books contains adventure; a thoughtful look into the meaning of life, love, and family; sing-song-dialogue; and invigorating word play. The fun begins with the title of the first book, “Wahoolazuma!” to the names of his characters (such as Mr. Spook and Professor Garbanzo), to his Chow Band songs, to his playing with familiar and newly-coined words, and just doesn't end.
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Bera the One-Headed TrollFantasyGrades 2-6
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Starred review Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books.(by Eric Orchard. New York: First Second, 2016). Bera, a one-headed troll and pumpkin harvester finds a human baby one day. She learns that a wicked witch wants the baby and so tries to find a hero who can return it to its human family. It received a starred review from Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books.
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Big Ideas That Changed the World: Rocket to the MoonScience / Biography / World historyGrades 3-6


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Starred reviews: School Library Journal, School Library Connection, and Kirkus Reviews.(by Don Brown. New York:NY. Amulet Books, 2019). This is the first of a science series that chronicle how one specific creative idea was built upon and inspired others that eventually created a BIG IDEA that changed or saved our world. The first in this series details how over time the idea of using rockets (first for entertainment – fireworks) became tools of warfare that eventually propelled people to the moon. Other books in the series will cover: computing, th(e Industrial Revolution, atomic energy and more.
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Big Ideas That Changed the World: Machines that Think!Science/Biography/World historyGrades 3-6


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Starred reviews: School Library Journal, Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, and Kirkus Reviews.(by Don Brown. New York:NY. Amulet Books, 2020). This is the second of a science series that chronicle how one specific creative idea was built upon and inspired others that eventually created a BIG IDEA that changed or saved our world. From the abacus to artificial intelligence, from scientists Ada Lovelace, Alan Turing, Muhammad ibn Jusa al-Khwarizmi to Bill Bates - machines through the ages have worked with human minds and ingenuity to push boundaries in thought, science, creativity and the way we interact in the world around us.
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Bird Boy Volume 1: The Sword of Mali Manim(series)Fables/ FolkloreGrades 4-7
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2017 Eisner Award for Best Webcomic.(by Anne Szabla. Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse, 2016). This is the story of Bali, a small boy hoping to join others for the tribe's Smokewalk (a coming-of-age ritual he's physically too small for). He stumbles upon a legendary weapon (believed to be the legacy of hero Mali Mani) that could change everything. Szabla borrows background and visuals from Vikings and Pacific Northwest tribes, and add much of her own to create a beautiful, engaging tale for all. While only very recently published, awards already include: 2017 Eisner Award for Best Webcomic.
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Bluffton: My Summers With BusterHistorical fictionGrades 3-7
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Three Eisner Award nominations; Winner of the Jefferson Cup; Horn Book Fanfare Selection.(by Matt Phelan. Boston: Candlewick Press, 2013). Nonfiction: Wonderful look at Muskegon, Michigan at the turn of the 20th century and the childhood of Buster Keaton. This provides a wonderful glimpse into a lost time. Awards include: nominations for three Eisner Awards (including Best Graphic Album and Best Writer/Artist; Winner of the Jefferson Cup; A Horn Book Fanfare Selection.
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Boxers and Saints (two-boxed set)Historical fictionGrades 4-10
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Multiple awards/honors. See Worth A Thousand Words: Using Graphic Novels to Teach Visual Literacy to teach character development (p. 102), exploring citizenship (pp. 140-144).(by Gene Luen Yang. New York, NY: First Second, 2013). Nonfiction: a two-volume set that sensitively looks at the Boxer Rebellion - one volume from the side of Bao who leads the Chinese peasants and the other volume from Four-Girl (a.k.a. Vibiana) who tells the Christian’s side of the story. This two-book set teaches: diversity; perspective; character and narrative voices - all around the Boxer Rebellion. Awards include: National Book Award Finalist, Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, Horn Book Award, Wall Street Journal Best Books of the Year, Library Journal Best Book of the year, Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Books of the year.
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Brazen: Rebel ladies Who Rocked the WorldNonfictionGrades 6+


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This book addresses social studies themes such as historical events, culture, and cultural diversity. NOTE: Some of the content (i.e. political rebellion, torture, some brutal deaths which not not graphic may be somewhat disturbing to some).This is a collection of brief biographies of women who've significantly influenced our lives including: Clementine Delait (Bearded Lady), Nzinga (Queen of Ndongo and Matamba), Margaret Hamilton (actress: the Wicked Witch of the West), Delia Akelye (explorer), Leymah Gbowee (social worker), Giorgina Reid (lighthouse keeper), Sonita Alizadeh (rapper), Cheryl Bridges (athlete), Nellie Bly (journalist), Mae Jemison (astronaut), and more.
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Bunny vs. Monkey (series)Magical RealismGrades 2-5Humor Wordplay
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(First of the series by Jamie Smart. New York, NY: David Flickling Books, 2016). Monkey, sent into space but unbeknownst to him crash-lands in a peaceful nearby forest. He thinks it's a new world and claims it as his. When the friendly Bunny refuses to let him take over - the fun, friendships, and adventures begin.
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CardboardMagical RealismGrades 3-6
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Starred reviews from Booklist.(by Doug TenNapel. New York, NY: Scholastic Graphix, 2012). This is a wonderful, heartwarming, creative, empowering story about Cam. He and his Dad are devastated after his mother’s death and making matters worse, his father can only afford to give him a cardboard box for his birthday. But, when they bend the box into a man, it comes to life and the adventures begin – including saving the world from Marcus, the neighborhood bully.
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Caveboy Dave: More Scrawny than Brawny (series)FictionGrades 3-6Humor Wordplay
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Growing up and meeting expectations.(First of a series by Aaron Reynolds and Phil McAndrew. New York, NY: Viking Books for Young Readers, 2016). Caveboy Dave has a problem. How can he live up to his father and grandfather who already invented all the good stuff (like fire and the wheel). Somehow, Dave’s "Forf" (precursor to the 'fork') just doesn't cut it. All about finding oneself while juggling others’ expectations.
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Charlotte Bronte Before Jane Eyer (The Center for Cartoon Studies Presents)BiographyGrades 4-9
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Starred reviews: Booklist and Kirkus Reviews; YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens(by Glynnis Fawkes. Disney Hyperion, 2019). This charming book tells the story of Charlotte and her siblings and the hardships they faced growing up - from losing their mother, to going to a school for parishioners children that was poorly run, losing two siblings to illness at the school and then leaving. But through all this it is the grit and cohesion of this family that is so inspiring. Amidst all the stresses, the siblings stood together, created their own world from which most of their poems and stories come from. It is inspiring and enlightening and well worth the read.
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Cici's Journal: The Adventures of a Writer-in-TrainingFictionGrades 3-7
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(by Joris Chamblain and Aurelie Neyret. New York, NY: First Second, 2017). Cici wants to be an author someday and she starts with her journal. This book is her journal chronicling her quest to understand people and then write about them. Told through sequential art, journal prose, and 'newspaper clippings' this contains mixed-medium storytelling formats.
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City of SpiesHistorical fictionGrades 4-8
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New York City in the early 1940’s about civic responsibilities of uncovering Nazi spies. Wonderful nostalgic fun.(by Susan Kim & Laurence Klavan; artwork by Pascal Dizin. New York, NY: First Second, 2010). About two friends in the New York City during the early 1940’s and World War II who after watching a Newsreel in the movies feel it’s their civic responsibility to watch people around them in the hopes of uncovering Nazi spies.
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Cleopatra in Space: Target Practice (series)Science fiction/ FantasyGrades 3-7
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Starred review School Library Journal.(First of the series by Mike Maihack. New York, NY: Scholastic Graphix 2014). Young Egyptian princess Cleopatra finds herself transported to a very, very, distant future where legend says she saves the world. Our initially reluctant heroine is up to the task as she continues to face challenges and learn more about her destiny. It received a starred review from School Library Journal.
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Comics Squad: Recess (anthology; series). FictionGrades 3-7Humor Wordplay

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A comics collection from award-winning authors. Each volume covers a different topic, such as “Lunch.”(First of the series. Anthology. New York, NY: Random House Books for Young Readers, 2014). A fun comics collection from award-winning authors including Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Matt Phelan, Cece Bell, Nathan Hale, and others. Each volume covers a different topic, such as “Lunch.”
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Compass South (series)Historical fictionGrades 4-8
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Series. A New York Times Bestseller; starred reviews from Booklist, School Library Journal.(by Hope Larson and Rebecca Mock. New York, NY: Farrar Strauss and Giroux, 2016). High seas adventure set in 1860. It’s about twins Alexander and Cleopatra who join the Black Hook Gang after their father disappears in the hopes of surviving. They get caught in a heist and agree to reveal other gang members in exchange for tickets to New Orleans, where they only find more trouble. This and is the first in the Four Points series. Starred reviews from Booklist, and School Library Journal, A Margaret Ferguson Book.
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Coral Reefs: Cities of the OceansScienceGrades 3-8



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Part of a comics science series.(by Maris Wicks. New York, NY: First Second, 2016). This book is shows and tells us all about the ecology, biology, and life of animals in and around coral reefs and their ecological significance to our world at large. It addresses science themes such as: science as inquiry, and life sciences.
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Cottons: The Secret of the Wind (series)Grades 4-7
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Series by Jim Pascoe, Illustrated by Heidi Arnhold. New York: First Second, 2018.. This is an intricate, complex story that has the feel of Watership Down meeting The Wind in the Willows. It is the story of the Vale of Industry and the Vale of Clouds; the story of fire, destruction, magic, and art. It is the story of how the Rabbits gained power over the Foxes, and how the foxes try to take it back. It is the story of Bridgebelle, the lone survivor of the fire that destroyed her warren in the Vale of Clouds now lives in the Vale of Industry. To her neighbors, Bridgebelle is an ordinary rabbit. While she’d love to spend her time on her “art”, she toils at the carrot factory and returns home to care for her ailing auntie. But Bridgebelle (unbeknown to most – at least in this first book) is not ordinary—she's a rabbit with talents beyond her own understanding. This is her story. This is a beautifully written and illustrated book that tells a complex story. Its rich illustrations, deep backstory, complex characters all relay a prevailing sense of dread throughout the book. This is balanced by Bridgebelle’s extraordinary “art.” The story is wonderfully engaging. Its relatively large cast of characters are complex, however, and their stories unfold in small interspersed snippets - younger readers may find it challenging to follow.
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Courtney Crumrin (series)Science fiction/ FantasyGrades 4-8
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Courtney moves to Hillsborough to a creepy mansion occupied by creatures and her even stranger family.(series by Ted Naifeh Portland, OR: ONI Press, 2012). After sustaining financial loss, Courtney and her parents move to Hillsborough to live with their creepy old uncle Aloysius where Courtney finds herself an outcast among her rich snobby classmates while living in an old, creepy mansion occupied by creatures even stranger than her parents and uncle.
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Cucumber Quest: The Doughnut Kingdom (First of the series)FantasyGrades 2-5
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A fun cross between The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the King Aurther legend, and Disney's evil witches.(First of the series by Gigi D.G. New York, NY: First Second, 2017). Cucumber (son of Lord Cabbage) must put off going to Puffington's Academy (for the magically gifted and/or incredibly wealthy) to save Doughnut Kingdom from evil Queen Cordelias. He doesn’t want to be a hero or give up his place at school. His little sister Almond on the other hand is dying to go on this quest, but Mom insists it's too dangerous for the young girl. Almond has her own plans! This first book has loads of stereotype breaking, action and humor and is a fun cross between The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and The Once and Future King).
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Dinosaurs: Fossils and FeathersScienceGrades 3-8



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Part of the Comics Series.(by MK Reed and Joe Flood. New York, NY: First Second, 2016). Readers learn about dinosaurs, how they lived in their natural habitats, and how paleontologists through history pieced together what we know about dinosaurs today. It can be used in science for: science as inquiry; physical science; life science; and history and the nature of science.
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Dogs of WarHistorical fictionGrades 5-10


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Starred reviews: School Library Journal and The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books.(by Sheila Keenan and Nathan Fox. New York, NY: Scholastic Graphix, 2013). Tells the roles dogs played in World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War. Aside from learning about the roles dogs have played in modern warfare, this book can be used as an in social studies to teaching about World War I, World War II, and/or the Vietnam War.. Awards include: Eisner nomination for Best Publication for Teens and starred reviews from School Library Journal and The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books.
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Dragons Beware! (First of a series)FictionGrades 2-5
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(by Rafael Rosado and Jorge Aguirre. New York, NY: First Second, 2015.) Claudette has a new mission with Marie and rother Gaston: to right wrongs and fight evil and get the dragon who ate her father's leg.But this valiant quest turns out to be more than they'd expected.This story is full of fast, funny, high adventure and is as much fun as its predecessor, Giants Beware!
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DramaFictionGrades 6-10
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NOTE: Deals sensitively and maturely with sexual identity issues. Booklist Editors' Choice; Publishers Weekly Best Book 2012, YALSA Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens.(by Raina Telgemeier. New York, NY: Scholastic Graphix 2012). Learning to navigate middle school, Cayla finds her place in the Drama club. Navigating a social life with two cute brothers is even harder. NOTE: Telgemeier deals sensitively and maturely with sexual identity issues. Awards include: Booklist Editors' Choice; Stonewall Book Award, Washington Post Best Book of 2012, Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2012, YALSA Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens.
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Dream Jumper Book One: Nightmare Escape (series)Science fiction/ FantasyGrades 3-7
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See Worth A Thousand Words: Using Graphic Novels to Teach Visual Literacy (pp. 101-102) to teach literary devices.(First of the series by Greg Grunberg and Lucas Trunbloom. New York, NY: Scholastic Graphix, 2016). Ben the last and possibly most talented dream jumper must save his friends from their nightmares and defeat the monster that’s been capturing them in their sleep.
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Dugout: The Zombie Steals HomeFantasyGrades 3-7Humor Wordplay
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Starred review: Booklist. Sports, zombies and sibling rivalry.(by Scott Morse. New York, NY: Scholastic Graphix, 2019.) Twins Stacy and Gina (sisters who are the youngest in a long line of local witches) pitch for rival baseball teams. Gina's leads her winning team while Stacy's team of misfits hasn't won a game all season. Their rivalry gets put on hold hen Gina casts a spell that spins out of control and the sisters have to work together to set things straight.
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El DeafoMemoirGrades 3-6Humor Wordplay
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Multiple honors/awards.including 2015 Newbery Award Honor Book. See Worth A Thousand Words: Using Graphic Novels to Teach Visual Literacy to teach metaphor (p.97, 101-102), character development (p.102..(by Cece Bell. New York, NY: Amulet Books, 2014). This is a memoir of how Ms. Bell learned adjusted and navigated in a hearing/speaking world after losing her hearing. This is a great anchor text for how to use contextual cues when reading or interacting socially (as Ms. Bell does an outstanding job describing how she used them), as well as for teaching metaphor and other literary devices. Awards include starred reviews (Kirkus Reviews, Horn Book, and Publishers Weekly) and 2015 Newbery Award Honor Book.
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Everything Awesome About Dinosaurs and other Prehistoric BeastsScienceGrades 2-5Humor Wordplay



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Fun, facts, puns, dinosaurs and more. Starred review from Kirkus Reviews.(by Mike Lowery. New York, NY: Scholastic Orchard Books, 2019.) This book is a collection of all things prehistoric - filled with fun facts, dinosaur jokes, comics, timelines, wild wacky facts and more. It is a treasure trove for all things funny, dinosaur, and prehistoric. Loads of fun and chock full of facts.
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Fagin the Jew: A Reinvention of Dickens's Classic Character (Second Edition)FictionGrades 6+
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The story of Fagin and Oliver Twist from Fagin's perspective, written in response to Eisner's unease stereotyping characters based on race.(Second Edition by Will Eisner. Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Books. 2013). Eisner tells the story of Fagin in Dickens’ Oliver Twist from Fagin's perspective. This book was written in response to Eisner's guilt after creating his character, Ebony, a young African-American boy in The Spirit. It is his attempt to raise reader awareness of the harmful effects caricaturing and stereotyping can have on others. This book pairs well with Dickens's Oliver Twist and Eisner's The Spirit.
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Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451: The Authorized Adaptation AdaptationScience fiction/ FantasyGrades 7+
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A modern classic adapted as a graphic novel with an introduction by Bradbury.
(Adaptation by Tim Hamilton. New York, NY: Hill and Wang, 2009). A modern classic adapted as a graphic novel with an introduction by Bradbury, with engaging art that makes the story literally come alive.
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Fish GirlMagical RealismGrades 4-7
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A somewhat unsettling story of self-discovery.(by Donna Jo Napol and David Wiesneri. New York, NY: Clarion Books, 2017). A somewhat unsettling story of self-discovery where Mira, a teen-mermaid starts questioning who, what, and where she is after a young girl (Livia - a frequent visitor to the boardwalk aquarium where Mira lives) befriends her.
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Flying Machines: How the Wright Brothers SoaredScienceGrades 5-10


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Part of the Science Comics.(by Alison Wilgus and Molly Brooks. New York, NY: First Second, 2017). It follows the Wright brothers and mankind’s race to fly. It details the brothers’ designs, their mechanical issues, their understanding and addressing weather issues, and how they dealt with International resistance to their work. In short this is about the sheer genius, bravery, and luck the Wright brothers exhibited on their journey to enabling human flight. It can be used in science for: science as inquiry; science and technology; history and nature of science.
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Four Points (series)FictionGrades 4-8
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Starred reviews: Booklist and School Library Journal.(series by Hope Larson and Rebecca Mock. New York, NY: Farrar Strauss and Giroux, 2016). High seas adventure set in late 19th century and how siblings must work together to face all sorts of dangers and challenges from pirates, gangs, and more. A Margaret Ferguson Book.
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Frank Frazetta's the Adventures of the Snow ManHistorical fictionGrades 7+


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Created by Frank Frazetta when he was 15 years old - over seventy years ago. A fascinating look at how Americans viewed Japanese, Germans, Canadians and Americans.(by Frank Frazetta, Forward by Frank Frazetta, Jr. Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Comics, 2015). This was created and originally published by Frank Frazetta when he was 15 years old - over seventy years ago. This comic is a testament to the artist/author and perception of American culture, stereotypes, and propaganda of World War II as it was written one year after the attack on Pearl Harbor. It addresses social studies themes such as: historical events; culture and cultural diversity; continuity and change among and between cultures; citizenship and civic ideals and practices; and global connections. A fascinating look at how Americans viewed Japanese, Germans, Canadians and Americans.
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Giants Beware! FictionGrades 2-5Humor Wordplay
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See Worth A Thousand Words: Using Graphic Novels to Teach Visual Literacy (pp, 83-84, 010-102) to teach literary devices (onomatopoeia).(First of a Chronicles of Claudette series by Rafael Rosado and Jorge Aguirre. New York, NY: First Second, 2012). Claudette, a spunky young girl with aspirations of slaying a giant teams up with Marie (aspiring princess) and brother Gaston (aspiring pastry chef) breaking stereotypes and expectations as they search to find and slay a giant. Starred reviews: Publishers Weekly; School Library Journal; California Library Association - Best Graphic Novels, Maine Student Book Award Master List, Kentucky Blue Grass Award Master List, Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List, Amelia Bloomer Project/Feminist Task Force, Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award Master List, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year.
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GhostFictionGrades 4-8

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Multiple awards and starred reviews. See Worth A Thousand Words: Using Graphic Novels to Teach Visual Literacy to teach foreshadowing (p.100) and literary devices (pp 83-84,101-102).(by Raina Telgemeier. New York, NY: Scholastic Graphix, 2016). A family moves to a strange town on the coast of Northern California because of Cantrina’s little sister Maya’s illness. This is all about facing fears (of change, death, ghosts) and coming together of family, friends, and town. Awards include: starred reviews from Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal; 2017 Eisner Award for Best Publication for Kids.
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Glass Town: The Imaginary World by the BrontesHistorical and Biographical FictionGrades 4-8
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Starred review from Library Journal.(by Isabel Greenberg. New York: Abrams, 2010). This is a graphic novel about the Bronte siblings and the imaginary world they created during their childhood and extended into their teens as they experimented and formed their own individual writing styles and content. Glass Town began as the Bronte siblings dealt with the loss of their two older siblings, Maria and Elizabeth. Glass Town became the imaginary world they could escape to and within it they created a world of love, friendship, war, triumph, and heartbreak. It is an enrapturing world and well worth visiting.
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Goosebumps: Slappy's Tales of Horror (series)HorrorGrades 3-6

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R.L. Stine's original prose stories adapted to graphic novel format , with an original story by Roman.(First of a series by R.L. Stine, Dave Roman, Gabriel Hernandez, Ted Naifeh, and Jamie Tolagson. New York, NY: Scholastic Graphix, 2015). Tolagson, Hernandez, and Naifeh, adapt R.L. Stine's original prose stories for the graphic novel format, with an original story by Roman. From evil ventriloquist dummies to chilling sibling and pet tales, and more this is fun and scary.
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Graveyard ShakesScience fiction/ FantasyGrades 3-6
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(by Laura Terry. New York, NY: Scholastic Graphix, 2017). Katia and Victoria are sisters who couldn't be more different. On scholarship at a private boarding school, each wrestles with not fitting in - until they stumble into the underworld of a nearby graveyard and realize they need each other.
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Gunnerkrigg Court: Orientation (series)Science fiction/ FantasyGrades 3-7
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Starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist; Harvey Award for Best Online Comics.(First of the series by Thomas Siddell. Los Angeles, CA: Archaia, 2015). With magic, mythology, and a goth-like boarding school, the series is about Young Antimony Carver who, stumbles into a mystery involving a second shadow, spooky woods, and a possessed robot. Along with Annie and and tech genius Katerina, they explore the school's secrets. Awards include: starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist; CYILS Award nomination; and Harvey Award.
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GutsMemoirGrades 3-7

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Multiple Awards: NYTimes Best Comic 2019; Forbes Best Graphic Novel 2019 Honorable Mention; TIME Best Book of the Year; School Library Journal Best Book of the Year; Starred reviews from Publishers Weekly School Library Journal(by Raina Telgemeier. NY Scholastic Graphix, 2019.) This is a true story about how one night Raina woke up with a terrible stomach ache and while everyone just thought it was a bug, they soon realize that it coincides with her stresses about food, school, friends, and life. While quite a challenging experience, Raina shares it with a thoughtful, charming warmth as he faces her fears.
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Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword (series)FantasyGrades 3-7
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Starred reviews: School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews,The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books,and Publishers Weekly.(First of a series by Barry Deutsch. New York, NY: Amulet Books, 2010). About a snarky, adventure-loving, wisecracking, sword-wielding Orthodox Jewish girl who battles and outsmarts all kinds of witches, trolls, and assorted monsters. Starred reviews from School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews,The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, and Publishers Weekly.
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Herman Melville's Moby DickFictionGrades 7+
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Nice adaptation of the classic.(by Chaboute, translated by Laure Dupont. Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Books, 2017). While the original classic’s prose are cerebral, long and wandering, so too are Chaboute’s images. The story unfolds leisurely where the image framing and designs give light to the potent, often poetic words. We recommend your students the affect of the two formats.
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Hey, KiddoMemoirGrades 7+
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National Book Award Finalist; Starred reviews from Kirkus, School Library Journal, and PUblisher's Weekly.(by Jarrett J. Krosoczka. New York: Scholastic Graphix, 2018.) Life for Krosoczka being raised by his grandparents because his mom, a heroin addict is in and out of rehab, he doesn't know where his father is or even what his name is, and so he finds himself living with two loving albeit opinionated grandparents who thought they were through raising children It is only as a teenager that JArret begins to piece together the truth of his family, reckons with his mother and tracks down his father This is a powerful, gripping story for mature readers.
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How to Make Awesome ComicsHow toGrades 2-5



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See Worth A Thousand Words: Using Graphic Novels to Teach Visual and Verbal Literacy pp (124-125) to teach how to create/write comics.(by Neill Cameron. New York, NY: David Fickling Books, 2017). This is a wonderful book for aspiring artists and writers on how to brainstorm, draw, and write stories, graphic novels, and awesome characters.
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Howtoons: The Possibilities are Endless! ScienceGrades 3-10



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Fifteen build-it-yourself science and engineering projects.(By Saul Griffith, Joost Bonsen, and Nick Dragotta. Berkeley, CA: Image Comics, 2007). Science through the expertise of siblings Tucker (Tuck) and Celine who conquer summer boredom with fifteen build-it-yourself science and engineering projects. It can be used in science for: science as inquiry; physical science; science and technology; science in personal and social perspectives; and history and the nature of science.
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Howtoons: (Re)Ignition (Six volume series)ScienceGrades 3-10Humor Wordplay

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Science - ecology.(Re)Ignition (Six volume series by Fred Van Lente, Tom Fowler, and Jordie Bellaire. Berkeley, CA: Image Comics, 2014). In this volume, science is presented through a story of two siblings, Tuck and Celine who escape an ecological apocalypse, find safety on a new planet and while waiting for their parents to find them, use the planet’s resources for fuel, food, and shelter. It can be used in science for: science as inquiry; physical science; science and technology; science in personal and social perspectives; and history and the nature of science.
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Howtoons: Tools of Mass ConstructionScienceGrades 3-10


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Science and engineering. Awesome, wonderful fun.(by Dr. Saul Griffith, Nick Dragotta, Ingrid Dragotta, Arwen Griffith, Joost Bonsen, Jeff Parker, Warren Simons, Sandy Jarrel, Meredith McClaren, Jason Marzloff, Leigh B. Estabrooks Lee Loughridge, Rich Starkings, Comicraft, Jimmy Betancourt and Andrea Dunlap. Berkeley, CA: Image Comics, 2014). Science with siblings Celine and Tuck share awesome toys and inventions while we learn science and engineering. It is awesome, wonderful fun. It can be used in science for: science as inquiry; physical science; science and technology; science in personal and social perspectives; and history and the nature of science.
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Human Body Theater: A Non-fiction Revue (Part of the Science Comics series)ScienceGrades 3-8



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YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens, and YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers.(by Maris Wicks. New York, NY: First Second, 2015). In this book presents a theatrical revue of each and every biological part and system of our bodies. It begins with the skeleton and layers body elements from inside out. It can be used in science for: science as inquiry; physical science; and history and the nature of science. A YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens
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I Kill GiantsFictionGrades 5+
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Major awards/honors. Made into a film. See Worth A Thousand Words: Using Graphic Novels to Teach Visual and Verbal Literacy to teach hyperbole (p. 96) metaphor (p.97) and literary devices in general (pp.101-102).(by Joe Kelly and JMKen Nimura. Berkeley, CA: Image Comics, 2009). This is an empowering story of reluctant but fearless 5th grader Barbara, who finds herself in the Principal’s office. This story though is about her fights and epic battles against giants and titans. The question is, are these battles real, are they metaphors, or are they just Barbara’s fantasy. This book plays brilliantly with metaphor while sensitively dealing with a parent’s death. Awards include: Best Indie Book of 2008; Ten Best Comics of 2009 compiled by New York magazine's Dan Kois; YALSA 2010 Top Ten Graphic Novels for Teen; Gold Award at the 5th International Manga Award in 2012.
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Invader Zim createdScience fiction/ FantasyGrades 4+Humor Wordplay
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NOTE: while rife with corny jokes, there are a few mean pranks played.(created by Jhonen Vasquez. Written by Jhonen Vasquez and Eric Trueheart. Portland, OR: ONI Press, 2016). Zim, sent to earth (with his pet robot Gir) by "The Almighty Tallest" (who just get rid of him), believes he's here to study Earth's weaknesses. Dib, a boy in Zim's class, knows Zim's an alien but no one believes him. It's one corny joke after another with a few mean pranks that can be used as talking points about bullying, appropriateness, and civic/moral responsibility.
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Journey into Mohawk CountryAmerican historyGrades 3+


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Multiple awards/honors. See Worth A Thousand Words: Using Graphic Novels to Teach Visual and Verbal Literacy (pp.140-144) to teach citizenship.(by Harmen Meyndertsz Van den Bogaert and George O’Connor. New York, NY: First Second, 2006). Through words of Harmen Meyndertsz Van den Bogaert (as found in his journal) and George O’Connor’s art, we read about and experience the winter of 1634 and Bogaert’s exploits as he travels with a small group from the tip of Manhattan Island to Iroquois country where they hope to establish trade routes and rights to strengthen the faltering Dutch trade. It addresses social studies themes such as: historical events; continuity and change among and between cultures; national and community institutions; the powers and challenges of governance; citizenship and civic ideals and practices; and global connections. Awards include: Teen Age (New York Public Library), and YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens.
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Korgi: Book 1 (Series)FantasyAll ages
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A wordless) graphic novel. While appropriate for all ages, middle-school aged students may feel that the concept of the story is a bit childish.(Series by Christian Slade. Marietta, GA: Top Shelf Productions, 2007). This graphic novel tells its story only using images, and is for all ages. This is about a fantasy world where korgis are magical creatures. It is innovative, inviting, and whimsical. While it is entirely appropriate for all ages, some middle-school aged students may feel that the concept of the story is a bit childish.
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Knights of the Lunch Table: The Dodgeball Chronicles (First of the series)FictionGrades 3-6Humor Wordplay

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Starred review from School Library Journal.(First of the series by Frank Cammuso. New York, NY: Scholastic Graphix, 2008). Artie King just wants to get through Camelot Middle School without attracting too much attention but by second period he’s already tripped the principal by mistake and can’t seem to stay clear of the Big Mo and The Horde – bullies who rule the school. He’s made friends though in the lunchroom and together they hope to survive the trials and tribulations of middle school. Starred School Library Journal review.
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LaikaHistorical fictionGrades 3-7


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Multiple awards/honors.See Worth A Thousand Words: Using Graphic Novels to Teach Visual and Verbal Literacy (pp.140-144) to teach exploring citizenship.(by Nick Abadzis. New York, NY: First Second, 2007). Historical fiction about the US/Russian space race and Laika, the first sentient being (a dog) sent up to space and the struggles her trainer had with the mission. While this is about Laika and the space race, it gives an eye-opening view of what Cold War Russia was like. It addresses social studies themes such as: historical events; culture and cultural diversity; continuity and change among and between cultures; national and community institutions; the powers and challenges of governance; citizenship and civic ideals and practices; and global connections. Awards include: Publishers Weekly Best books of the Year, YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens, Eisner Award Winner, and Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year.
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Last of the SandWalkersScienceGrades 4+



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Deftly integrates storytelling with entomology and scientific inquiry. A YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens.(by Jay Hosler. New York, NY: First Second, 2015). This is about one beetle’s quest to leave her home and how she discovers the big world around her. It’s full of very cool beetle facts and integrates storytelling, entomology, and scientific inquiry. It can be used in science for: science as inquiry; physical science; science and technology; science in personal and social perspectives; and history and the nature of science. It is a YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens.
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Legend Trilogy (Legend, Prodigy, and Champion) Based on the bestselling trilogyScience fictionGrades 6+
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A dystopian novel.(Based on the bestselling trilogy by Marie Lu; adapted by Leigh Dragoon, illustrated by Kaari. New York, NY: Putnam's Sons, 2015). This is a dystopian graphic novel about the United States in the future. June - a prodigy born into the Republic's elite, and Day - from the slums of the Lake Sector, cross paths and together try to make their lives and the Republic a better place.
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Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland Adapted and illustratedFictionGrades 3+

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(Adapted and illustrated by Rod Espinosa. Milwaukie: OR. Dark Horse Books, 2013). A graphic novel adaptation of Lewis Caroll's classic story told in beautifully illustrated panels of luscious, vibrant colors.
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Lewis & ClarkHistorical fictionGrades 4+


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See Worth A Thousand Words: Using Graphic Novels to Teach Visual and Verbal Literacy (pp.140-144) to teach exploring citizenship.(by Nick Bertozzi. New York, NY: First Second, 2011). This book is historical Fiction about the planning and fulfillment of Lewis and Clark’s famous expedition. It is on the Texas Maverick Graphic Novels List.
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Lilly Renee, Escape ArtistBiographyGrades 4+

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Biography of Lily Renee Wilheim. Contains an Appendix explaining: Kristallnacht, concentration vs. internment camps, Chamberlain vs. Churchill, Queen Wilhelmina, and more.(by Trina Robbins, Anne Timmons and Mo Oh. Minneapolis, MN: Graphic Universe, 2011). This is a biography of Lily Renee Wilheim who grew up in a Jewish home of privilege in Vienna, Austria in the 1930’s. This is about Lily’s escape on the Kindertransport (an agreement between Germany and England to send Jewish children out of the country in the late 1930’s) and the life she made as a teen and adult in the United States (as a comic book artist). Aside from Lily’s story, this book contains an awesome Appendix explaining: Kristallnacht, concentration vs. internment camps, Chamberlain vs. Churchill, Queen Wilhelmina, and more. It’s an outstanding resource for classroom use as a biography and as anchor text studying World War II. It addresses social studies themes such as: historical events; culture and cultural diversity; continuity and change among and between cultures; national and community institutions; the powers and challenges of governance; citizenship and civic ideals and practices; and global connections.