As a follow up to last week’s graphic novel 101 post, today I’m highlighting great new graphic novel titles that are now or will be soon be available at the Pike School library.
Battling Boy by Paul Pope
Author Paul Pope is well versed in the world of superheroes and thrill seekers, having written and illustrated Eisner Award-winning volumes for Batman, Adventure Time and many unique standalone books. In his latest work, Acropolis is in great need of a hero. Monstrous, blood hungry creatures are terrorizing the city and abducting children. Battling Boy is the fast-paced chronicle of the new hero that emerges in Acropolis when local heroic Haggard West is defeated. Everyone questions whether the 12-year-old demigod armed with unlikely weaponry – a magic credit card and a trunk of enchanted t-shirts – will be able to take on the monsters, even himself.
Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang
Two separate books looking at the same topic from two different points of view, Boxers follows Little Bao who joins the violent fighting society during the Boxer Rebellion, a group that aims to eliminate imposing cultures and figures from China. Meanwhile in Saints, Vibiana changes her name and joins a missionary group when her family rejects her. Both characters struggle with the balance of religion and culture, personal identity and national identity, self-seeking compassion and conformity. The historical context of The Boxer Rebellion sheds light on Chinese foreign policy from both sides of the conflict, and especially on the author and his own identity-seeking experience.
The Great American Dust Bowl by Don Brown
This highly vivid and uniquely organized nonfiction graphic novel covers the scientific, geographic and social aspects of a duster, or savage dust storm, and the impact on locals of the Southern plains. Author Don Brown transports readers to the 1930s creating a historical context that heightens the severity of what began as a gusty dust cloud and snowballed into one of the nation’s largest natural catastrophes.
Bad Girls by Jane Yolen
Note: this title is not truly a graphic novel, rather a traditional nonfiction text enhanced by illustrations and panels each chapter
Bad Girls is a collective biography of women in history – some well known figures and others who have slipped through the cracks. The punny table of contents (“Lizzie Borden: One Wacky Woman”) is just the start. The narrative text reads as both comical and informative, with brief, entertaining chapters about each woman. Written at a high middle grade reading level, Bad Girls aims to set the rumors and legends straight, all while reminding readers how the role of women has been significant all through the ages.
Which new graphic novel will you be getting your hands on?
Blog post by Library Assistant Erin McCall