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Delicates by Brenna ThummlerMarjorie Glatt's life hasn't been the same ever since shediscovered a group of ghosts hiding in her family's laundromat. Wendell,who died young and now must wander Earth as a ghost with nothing more than asheet for a body, soon became one of Marjorie's only friends. But whenMarjorie finally gets accepted by the popular kids at school, she begins toworry that if anyone learns about her secret ghost friends, she'll belabeled as a freak who sees dead people. With Marjorie's insistence onkeeping Wendell's ghost identity a secret from her new friends, Wendellbegins to feel even more invisible than he already is. Eliza Duncanfeels invisible too. She's an avid photographer, and her zealous interestin finding and photographing ghosts gets her labeled as "different"by all the other kids in school. Constantly feeling on the outside, Eliza beginsto feel like a ghost herself. Marjorie must soon come to terms withthe price she pays to be accepted by the popular kids. Is it worth losing herfriend, Wendell? Is she partially to blame for the bullying Elizaendures? Delicates tells a powerful story about what it means to fitin, and those left on the outside. It shows what it's like to feelinvisible, and the importance of feeling seen. Above all, it is a story ofasking for help when all seems dark, and bringing help and light to those whoneed it most.
Publication Date: 2021-03-23
Stephen Mccranie's Space Boy Volume 9 by Stephen McCranie (Illustrator)A sci-fi drama of a high school aged girl who belongs in a different time, a boy possessed by emptiness as deep as space, an alien artifact, mysterious murder, and a love that crosses light years. Poison has tainted the flavor of a high-ranking government agent and they are after Amy! Amy and Oliver survive the drone attack and hide at the dance, hoping for safety in numbers. Little do they know, a rogue agent of the First Contact Project is closing in on them with an EMP grenade that can disconnect everyone at the school--and she not afraid to get her hands a little dirty. Amy soon learns more about the tragic secret of Oliver and the Arno before being taken into custody by the agency controlling Oliver.
Publication Date: 2021-03-09
The Legend of Auntie Po by Shing Yin KhorPart historical fiction, part fable, and 100 percent adventure. Thirteen-year-old Mei reimagines the myths of Paul Bunyan as starring a Chinese heroine while she works in a Sierra Nevada logging camp in 1885. Aware of the racial tumult in the years after the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act, Mei tries to remain blissfully focused on her job, her close friendship with the camp foreman's daughter, and telling stories about Paul Bunyan--reinvented as Po Pan Yin (Auntie Po), an elderly Chinese matriarch. Anchoring herself with stories of Auntie Po, Mei navigates the difficulty and politics of lumber camp work and her growing romantic feelings for her friend Bee. The Legend of Auntie Po is about who gets to own a myth, and about immigrant families and communities holding on to rituals and traditions while staking out their own place in the United States.
Publication Date: 2021-06-15
Secrets of Camp Whatever Vol. 1 by Chris Grine"Just the right amount of chills for tweens who enjoy supernatural suspense." -- KIRKUS Perfect for fans of Lumberjanes and Brain Camp, there's more than mosquitos at Camp Whatever and Willow will need to face truths about herself and her family as summer camp dread goes head to head with the supernatural. Eleven year-old Willow doesn't want to go to her dad's weird old summer camp any more than she wants her family to move to the weird old town where that camp is located. But her family--and fate itself--seem to have plans of their own. Soon Willow finds herself neck-deep in a confounding mystery involving stolen snacks, suspected vampires, and missing campers, all shrouded in the sinister fog that hides a generation of secrets at Camp ... Whatever it's called.
Publication Date: 2021-03-30
Shark Summer by Ira Marcks"Shark Summer is bursting with vibrant, expressive art....The characters are distinct and relatable...It's a lovely read!"--Molly Knox Ostertag, author of the Witch Boy series "Eloquently chronicled in Marcks's cinematic panels, friendships are formed and repaired, parental relationships articulated, and inner conflicts expressed and resolved. A winning production." --Kirkus When a Hollywood film crew arrives on Martha's Vineyard with a mechanical shark and a youth film contest boasting a huge cash prize, disgraced pitcher Gayle "Blue Streak" Briar sees a chance to turn a bad season into the best summer ever. After recruiting aspiring cinematographer Elijah Jones and moody director Maddie Grey, Gayle and her crew set out to uncover the truth of the island's own phantom shark and win the prize money. But these unlikely friends are about to discover what happens when you turn your camera toward the bad things lurking below the surface.
Publication Date: 2021-05-25
Stephen Mccranie's Space Boy Volume 10 by Stephen McCranie (Illustrator)The origin of Space Boy revealed! Deep in space, the Arno closes in on their destination...the artifact. Oliver spends his days in school, with his little brother, and battling Wargles! After his father, Wyatt, gave him a family heirloom, a compass, Oliver fears he broke it when the needle starts spinning uncontrollably. This new discovery alarms his father who begins to suspect that the ship they all live on may be in grave danger. However, Wyatt's warnings and suspicions only bring dismissal and rebuke from his superiors along with a demotion to the maintaince crew. Will Wyatt and Oliver figure out what's happening to the Arno in time to save everyone? A sci-fi drama of a high school aged girl who belongs in a different time, a boy possessed by emptiness as deep as space, an alien artifact, mysterious murder, and a love that crosses light years.
Publication Date: 2021-07-06
Sprite and the Gardener by Joe Whitt; Rii Abrego"A delightful flower-scented tale of community and harmony with nature." -- K. O'Neill, creator of The Tea Dragon Society series Long, long ago, sprites were the caretakers of gardens. Every flower was grown by their hand. But when humans appeared and began growing their own gardens, the sprites' magical talents soon became a thing of the past. When Wisteria, an ambitious, kind-hearted sprite, starts to ask questions about the way things used to be, she'll begin to unearth her long-lost talent of gardening. But her newly honed skills might not be the welcome surprise she intends them to be. The Sprite and the Gardener, the debut graphic novel by Joe Whitt and Rii Abrego, is bursting with whimsical art and vibrant characters. Join our neighborhood of sprites in this beautiful, gentle fantasy where both gardens and friendships begin to blossom.
Publication Date: 2021-05-11
Stephen Mccranie's Space Boy Volume 11 by Stephen McCranie (Illustrator)Oliver is faced with the choice that will drive the course for the rest of his life, as the young boy needs to learn to cope with the new world around him. On top of that, the saga of the Arno and the mysterious Artifact thickens, and the people on Earth struggle to find answers. With shocking reveals and moments that pull at your heartstrings, this is not a volume you will want to miss.
Publication Date: 2021-11-23
Treasure in the Lake by Jason Pamment (Illustrator)Grand adventures stories often begin where you least expect them... Iris knows this because she's read them all. However, as a thirteen-year-old stuck in the tiny town of Bugden, real adventure seems like a distant dream. But when Iris and her best friend, Sam, stumble upon an unusually dry river on the outskirts of town, they're led to a discovery beyond anything Iris has ever read about: a hidden city and a forgotten tale of friendship. In Jason Pamment's middle grade graphic novel debut, perfect for fans of Hilda and This Was Our Pact, can Iris and Sam uncover the truth in time to keep their own friendship afloat, or will history repeat itself and pull them apart forever?
Publication Date: 2021-09-07
Death and Sparkles by Rob JustusAdventure Time meets The Good Place in this zany-yet-philosophical graphic novel buddy comedy about the unlikely friendship between Death, a grim reaper who's never had a friend, and Sparkles, The Last Unicorn, a celebrity influencer who is somehow immune to Death's touch. Being Death is no way to live. Sure, you're all-powerful, but collecting souls involves a ton of paperwork, and it's impossible to have friends when everything you touch instantly dies. Being Sparkles the Last Unicorn isn't as fun as you'd imagine, either. Maybe it seems like the whole world wants to be your bestie, but really people just want you to pose with them for selfies, or use you to help them sell stuff. Everything changes when Death and Sparkles meet and realize they might just be one another's first chance at a real friend. But before they can even enjoy the bromance, the whole world starts freaking out about this unlikely pair. Will fame or BFFdom prevail? Laugh-out-loud hilarious, gently philosophical, and full of delightfully zany exuberance, this buddy comedy turns friendship on its head--literally--and will have readers believing in the power of cupcakes for breakfast and cosmic camaraderie. HILARIOUS BUDDY COMEDY: Move over, Wayne and Garth! Move over, Beavis and Butthead! Readers will love this spin on the classic mismatched BFF dynamic featuring two of the most powerful beings around: the guy in charge of taking everyone's life, and the most magical creature still in existence on Earth. Never have two beings been less alike or more adorable. PERFECT FOR RELUCTANT READERS: With bright, vibrant illustrations, big fun fonts, expressive sound effects throughout, an irreverent spirit, and a heart full of cupcakes, this graphic novel will entice even the most skeptical of young readers. BIG THEMES: Self-awareness; empathy; bravery; commercialism; celebrity influencers; and the courage to stand up for what you believe in, even if that's the hard thing to do--all of these important themes weave throughout the book in subtle ways that will resonate with readers without feeling heavy-handed. THE FIRST ADVENTURE OF MANY: This is the first book in a planned series about the adventures of Death and Sparkles. The next book will be out in Fall 2022! LIKE LIVING IN CANDYLAND: Rob Justus's expressive, vivid art makes readers feel like they're living in Candyland. With tons to see on every page, and countless visual gags per spread, this book will delight graphic novel fans and bring new readers to the genre. Perfect for: * Reluctant readers * Parents * Fans of graphic novels * Fans of unicorns * Educators
Publication Date: 2021-10-05
The Dragon Path by Ethan YoungIn this action-adventure fantasy, young Prince Sing must overcome monstrous obstacles to help his clan return to their homeland. The Wong Clan must leave their ruined homeland for a better life in the mythical Old Land, but to get there they must follow the dragon path, where their sworn enemies, the Dragon Tribe, rule. During a surprise attack, Prince Sing is separated from his clan. With the help of Ming, a powerful mystic from the Old Land, and Midnight, a monstrous warrior beast, Prince Sing must do all he can to save both his family and the Dragon Tribe from mutual destruction.
Publication Date: 2021-05-18
Garlic and the Vampire by Bree Paulsen (Illustrator)An enchanting, farm-fresh debut graphic novel starring an unusual heroine who is braver than she realizes, for middle grade readers looking for a cozy, adventuresome read in the vein of Witch Boy or Be Prepared. Garlic feels as though she's always doing something wrong. At least with her friend Carrot by her side and the kindly Witch Agnes encouraging her, Garlic is happy to just tend her garden, where it's nice and safe. But when her village of vegetable folk learns that a bloodthirsty vampire has moved into the nearby castle, they all agree that, in spite of her fear and self-doubt, Garlic is the obvious choice to confront him. And with everyone counting on her, Garlic reluctantly agrees to face the mysterious vampire, hoping she has what it takes. After all, garlic drives away vampires...right
Publication Date: 2021-09-28
A-Okay by Jarad Greene (Illustrator)A-Okay by Jarad Greene is a vulnerable and heartfelt semi-autobiographical middle grade graphic novel about acne, identity, and finding your place. When Jay starts eighth grade with a few pimples he doesn't think much of it at first...except to wonder if the embarrassing acne will disappear as quickly as it arrived. But when his acne goes from bad to worse, Jay's prescribed a powerful medication that comes with some serious side effects. Regardless, he's convinced it'll all be worth it if clear skin is on the horizon! Meanwhile, school isn't going exactly as planned. All of Jay's friends are in different classes; he has no one to sit with at lunch; his best friend, Brace, is avoiding him; and--to top it off--Jay doesn't understand why he doesn't share the same feelings two of his fellow classmates, a boy named Mark and a girl named Amy, have for him. Eighth grade can be tough, but Jay has to believe everything's going to be a-okay...right
Publication Date: 2021-11-02
Lilla the Accidental Witch by Eleanor CrewesA Kirkus's Best Middle Grade Books of 2021 Pick Magic is tough. Family is tougher. Boys are a complete mystery. Follow Lilla as she stumbles her way through each of them in Eleanor Crewes's uniquely illustrated debut middle-grade graphic novel. Thirteen-year-old Lilla feels she is a bit different. She's quiet and shy and sometimes feels uncomfortable in the company of boys. She'd much rather spend time by herself drawing and daydreaming. This summer, while staying with her aunt in rural Italy, Lilla discovers a book of magic which reveals that she is a witch with special powers, the magic of 'Strega'. But unbeknownst to her, an ancient witch, Stregamama, threatens to ruin more than just her summer. Lilla is soon faced with a choice that could change her life forever.
Publication Date: 2021-07-06
Artie and the Wolf Moon by Olivia Stephens (Illustrator)"A heartfelt, magical family drama you can really sink your teeth into." --Nilah Magruder, M.F.K. After sneaking out against her mother's wishes, Artie Irvin spots a massive wolf--then watches it don a bathrobe and transform into her mom. Thrilled to discover she comes from a line of werewolves, Artie asks her mom to share everything--including the story of Artie's late father. Her mom reluctantly agrees. And to help Artie figure out her own wolflike abilities, her mom recruits some old family friends. Artie thrives in her new community and even develops a crush on her new friend Maya. But as she learns the history of werewolves and her own parents' past, she'll find that wolves aren't the scariest thing in the woods--vampires are. "A breath of fresh air. . . . Full of robust characters, dynamic panels, and immersive landscapes, this coming-of-age story of family and the supernatural is one any reader will have a hard time putting down."--Shannon Wright, Twins "A book of cycles--love, loss, reunion, redemption. Readers will thoroughly enjoy getting lost in the beautifully rendered forests."--Wendy Xu, Mooncakes "A love letter to the power of family to help you grow, heal, and find yourself. . . . As rich and immersive as a big family dinner."--Melanie Gillman, Stage Dreams "An absolutely gorgeous, thrilling read."--Blue Delliquanti, O Human Star "Heartbreaking and heart mending."--Priya Huq, Piece by Piece: The Story of Nisrin's Hijab
Publication Date: 2021-09-07
Salt Magic by Hope Larson; Rebecca Mock (Illustrator)An epic graphic novel about a jealous witch, a withering curse, and one girl's journey to save her family-- no matter the cost. When Vonceil's older brother, Elber, comes home to their family's Oklahoma farm after serving on the front lines of World War I, things aren't what she expects. His experiences have changed him into a serious and responsible man who doesn't have time for Vonceil anymore. He even marries the girl he had left behind. Then a mysterious and captivating woman shows up at the farm and confronts Elber for leaving her in France. When he refuses to leave his wife, she puts a curse on the family well, turning the entire town's water supply into saltwater. Who is this lady dressed all in white, what has she done to the farm, and what does Vonceil's old uncle Dell know about her? To find out, Vonceil will have to strike out on her own and delve deep into the world of witchcraft, confronting dangerous relatives, shapeshifting animals, a capricious Sugar Witch, and the Lady in White herself--the foreboding Salt Witch. The journey will change Vonceil, but along the way she'll learn a lot about love and what it means to grow up. Hope Larson is the author and illustrator of the Eisner Award nominated All Summer Long and the illustrator of the Eisner Award winning A Wrinkle in Time- The Graphic Novel. Salt Magic is an utterly unique graphic fairy tale complete with striking illustrations by Rebecca Mock. A Mighty Girl Best Book of the Year A Booklist Editors' Choice
Publication Date: 2021-10-12
All Together Now by Hope Larson (Illustrator)Middle-schooler Bina is having the best time playing in her new band with her friends, Darcy and Enzo. But both the band and her friendships begin to crumble when Darcy and Enzo start dating, effectively relegating Bina to third-wheel status. To make matters worse, Bina's best friend, Austin, starts developing a crush on her . . . one she is not sure she reciprocates. Now Bina must follow her heart. Can she navigate its twists and turns before the lights come up and the music starts playing?New York Times-bestselling author Hope Larson delivers a pitch-perfect follow-up for fans of All Summer Long, music lovers, and anyone navigating the ups and downs of friendship.
Publication Date: 2020-08-04
Class Act by Jerry Craft (Illustrator)New York Times bestselling author Jerry Craft returns with a companion book to New Kid, winner of the 2020 Newbery Medal, the Coretta Scott King Author Award, and the Kirkus Prize. This time, it's Jordan's friend Drew who takes center stage in another laugh-out-loud funny, powerful, and important story about being one of the few kids of color in a prestigious private school. Eighth grader Drew Ellis is no stranger to the saying "You have to work twice as hard to be just as good." His grandmother has reminded him his entire life. But what if he works ten times as hard and still isn't afforded the same opportunities that his privileged classmates at the Riverdale Academy Day School take for granted? To make matters worse, Drew begins to feel as if his good friend Liam might be one of those privileged kids. He wants to pretend like everything is fine, but it's hard not to withdraw, and even their mutual friend Jordan doesn't know how to keep the group together. As the pressures mount, will Drew find a way to bridge the divide so he and his friends can truly accept each other? And most important, will he finally be able to accept himself? New Kid, the first graphic novel to win the Newbery Medal, is now joined by Jerry Craft's powerful Class Act.
Publication Date: 2020-10-06
Cub by Cynthia L. Copeland"Raina Telgemeier fans will lap this up." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books A laugh-out-loud funny and empowering graphic memoir about growing up and finding your voice. Twelve-year-old Cindy has just dipped a toe into seventh-grade drama--with its complicated friendships, bullies, and cute boys--when she earns an internship as a cub reporter at a local newspaper in the early 1970s. A (rare) young female reporter takes Cindy under her wing, and Cindy soon learns not only how to write a lede, but also how to respectfully question authority, how to assert herself in a world run by men, and--as the Watergate scandal unfolds--how brave reporting and writing can topple a corrupt world leader. Searching for her own scoops, Cindy doesn't always get it right, on paper or in real life. But whether she's writing features about ghost hunters, falling off her bicycle and into her first crush, or navigating shifting friendships, Cindy grows wiser and more confident through every awkward and hilarious mistake.
Publication Date: 2020-01-07
Fantastic Tales of Nothing by Alejandra Green; Fanny RodriguezIn the first book of this full-color fantasy graphic novel series filled with humor and hijinks, the fate of the land of Nothing hinges on Nathan and an unlikely team of magical beings to save the day--perfect for fans of Amulet and Estranged. Welcome to Nothing! Despite its name, this is a fantastic land where humans and magical volken coexist peacefully--at least they try . . . This is the tale of Nathan, an ordinary human (or so he thinks) living an ordinary life (or so he wishes). Everything changes when he meets Haven, a mysterious creature who is neither human nor volken. Oh, and the two of them are being chased by volken mercenaries--a grumpy wolf named Bardou and a delightful crow named Sina. Nathan soon learns he has mysterious powers, even though humans aren't supposed to have magic. But there's no time to dwell on that because this discovery sets the group on a perilous quest across windswept terrain, through haunted forests, and in ancient tombs. Nathan and his unlikely friends must prevent an impending war and defeat a dark evil to save their land. No pressure, of course. If they fail, everything will turn into, well . . . nothing.
Publication Date: 2020-11-17
Go with the Flow by Karen Schneemann; Lily WilliamsAbby: the activistSasha: the new girlBrit: the smart oneChristine: the goofballWhen these four best friends notice that the boys have brand-new football uniforms and equipment while the girls bathrooms are still shamefully bereft of feminine hygiene products, they decide to take matters into their own hands. They petition, they write letters, they make NOISE, and eventually maybe even go a little too far.This hilarious, poignant, and fresh coming-of-age story chronicles a year in the life of these four young women, from friends, to fights, to first crushes as they navigate the treacherous landscape of freshman year and learn that some fights are worth all the trouble.
Jo by Kathleen Gros (Illustrator)A modern-day graphic novel adaptation of Little Women that explores identity, friendships, and new experiences through the eyes of thirteen-year-old Jo March. A must-read for fans of Raina Telgemeier. With the start of eighth grade, Jo March decides it's time to get serious about her writing and joins the school newspaper. But even with her new friend Freddie cheering her on, becoming a hard-hitting journalist is a lot harder than Jo imagined. That's not all that's tough. Jo and her sisters--Meg, Beth, and Amy--are getting used to a new normal at home, with their dad deployed overseas and their mom, a nurse, working overtime. And while it helps to hang out with Laurie, the boy who just moved next door, things get complicated when he tells Jo he has feelings for her. Feelings that Jo doesn't have for him...or for any boy. Feelings she's never shared with anyone before. Feelings that Jo might have for Freddie. What does it take to figure out who you are? Jo March is about to find out.
Publication Date: 2020-09-22
Lumberjanes Vol. 14 by Kat LeyhThe Lumberjanes find a treasure map that leads to them to a buried prize...which comes to life and threatens to drain all the magic from the woods around them. That definitely sounds like the opposite of what they wanted! X MARKS THE SPOT...FOR TROUBLE! Ripley found a treasure map! The Roanoke scouts are eager to hunt down what they hope might be some kind of mystical hoard of gems and jewels, rad dinosaur bones, or maybe even more treasure maps (that you have to piece together to find an EVEN BIGGER prize, obviously)! What they end up finding is scattered pieces of an ancient Greek statue of a woman, who, when assembled, comes back to life as a vindictive ex-goddess!n. And she's looking to satisfy her hunger after thousands of years frozen in stone by draining any nearby magical resource...starting with the 'Janes! Writers Shannon Watters and Kat Leyh (Super Cakes) and artist Dozerdraws hunt for gold in the newest collection of stories from the New York Times bestseller and multiple Eisner Award and GLAAD Award-winning series where the ultimate treasure is friendship! Collects Lumberjanes #53-56.
Publication Date: 2020-05-26
Lumberjanes Vol. 15 by Kat LeyhThe New York Times bestselling graphic novel series continues with the biggest Lumberjanes birthday party yet - that is, if Jo can make it back in time to celebrate! BIRTHDAYS TO THE MAX! Jo's birthday is coming up, and April is determined to pull out all the stops for her best friend! But when her elaborate plans for a huge, over-the-top celebration fall through, April recruits the yetis and some fellow 'Janes to put on a play for Jo, instead. Meanwhile, Mal has been tasked with keeping Jo busy to protect the surprise, but she might've done TOO good a job. Will the birthday girl make it back in time for her own party? And does she even want to? Join the celebrations with this brand-new adventure written by Shannon Watters and Kat Leyh (Super Cakes) and illustrated by talented newcomer AnneMarie Rogers. Collects Lumberjanes #57-60.
Publication Date: 2020-08-18
Lumberjanes Vol. 16 by Shannon Watters (Created by)The New York Times bestselling series returns as Mal tries to prove her bravery...but ends up stranded in the Land of Lost Things! DINOSAURS, DANGER & DIMENSION-HOPPING AND ...OH MY! Mal wants to learn to be braver, but when she recruits Ripley to help her face her fears, she ends up somewhere she really should be afraid of--the Land of Lost Things, a pocket universe where dinosaurs still roam the earth, and time doesn't work the way it should. Stranded on her own in an alternate dimension, will Mal be able to find her way back home to camp? And back on the other side of the portal, will Molly, April, Jo, and Ripley be able to find Mal again and save her? Or are they about to get stuck, too? Writers Shannon Watters and Kat Leyh (Super Cakes) and artist AnneMarie Rogers present the newest collection of stories from the New York Times bestseller and multiple Eisner Award and GLAAD Award-winning series where you're never lost as long as you hold onto the ones you love most! Collects Lumberjanes #61-64.
Publication Date: 2020-12-22
One Year at Ellsmere by Faith Erin HicksWas boarding school supposed to be this hard?When studious thirteen-year-old Juniper wins a scholarship to the prestigious Ellsmere Academy, she expects to find a scholastic utopia. But living at Ellsmere is far from ideal: She is labeled a "special project," Ellsmere's queen bee is out to destroy her, and it's rumored that a mythical beast roams the forest next to the school.With revamped art and now in full color, One Year at Ellsmere is an endearing--and surprising--middle-grade friendship story from beloved house author Faith Erin Hicks!
Publication Date: 2020-07-14
The Phantom Twin by Lisa BrownIsabel spent her life following Jane's lead. Literally--of the two conjoined twins, Jane was always the stronger one, both physically and emotionally. But when Jane dies on the operating table during a risky attempt to separate the twins, Isabel is left alone.Or is she? Soon, Jane returns, attached to Isabel from shoulder to hip just like she used to be. Except Isabel is the only person who can see Jane--a ghost, a phantom limb, a phantom twin.Against a vivid backdrop of the hardscrabble life of circus sideshow freaks at the turn of the century, Isabel's story unfolds as an unforgettable coming-of-age tale from picture book star Lisa Brown.
Publication Date: 2020-03-03
Primer by Jennifer Muro; Thomas Krajewski; Gretel Lusky (Illustrator)Primer introduces a brand-new superhero with a colorful array of superpowers to explore. Ashley Rayburn is an upbeat girl with a decidedly downbeat past. Her father is a known criminal who once used Ashley to help him elude justice, and in his attempt to escape, a life was taken. He now sits in federal prison, but still casts a shadow over Ashley's life. In the meantime, Ashley has bounced from foster home to foster home and represents a real challenge to the social workers who try to help her--not because she's inherently bad, but because trouble always seems to find her. Ashley's latest set of presumably short-term foster parents are Kitch and Yuka Nolan. Like Ashley, Kitch happens to be an artist. Yuka, on the other hand, is a geneticist working for a very high-level tech company, one that's contracted out to work for the government and the military. And it's Yuka's latest top secret project that has her very concerned. Developed for the military, it's a set of body paints that, when applied to the wearer, grant them a wide range of special powers. Fearful that this invention will be misused, Yuka sneaks the set of paints home, substituting a dummy suitcase with an ordinary set of paints in their place. From here, signals get crossed. Ashley comes home from school one day with her new friend Luke and, thinking that the Nolans have purchased a surprise gift for her upcoming birthday, finds the set of paints. Being an artist, Ashley naturally assumes these are for her. It isn't long before she realizes that she's stumbled upon something much bigger and a lot more dangerous. Although she uses her newly discovered powers for good, it's not long before the military becomes wise to what happened to their secret weapon. And this spells big trouble not only for Ashley, but for her newfound family and friends as well.
Publication Date: 2020-06-23
Snapdragon by Kat LeyhSnap's town has a witch.And when Snap's dog goes missing, the first place she looks is the witch's house. She finds her dog there, recovering from being hit by a car, in the care of a woman named Jacks. She is a crocks-wearing, internet-savvy older woman whos collects roadkill, put their spirits to rest, and cleans and sells their articulated skeletons online. They make a deal: If Jacks teaches Snap how to take care of a crate of orphaned baby opossums that Snap rescued, Snap will assist Jacks with her work. But as Snap starts to gain an appreciation for what Jacks does and their friendship deepens . . . she realizes that Jacks may in fact have real magic and that she also may have a connection with Snap's family's past.
Publication Date: 2020-02-04
Stephen Mccranie's Space Boy Volume 6 by Stephen McCranie (Illustrator)To Amy, everyone has a flavor . . . and she has finally figured out Oliver's! His flavor is orange with a hint of cinnamon--bright and alive, full of passion and love. Amy's friends are hurting, Cassie and David broke up, Amy is failing history, and she is afraid Oliver is going somewhere far away and never coming back . . . but even if she can't fix everything for her friends, it still means something to be there with them. And working on her extra credit might just help Amy discover answers to some of the mysteries surrounding Oliver.
Publication Date: 2020
Stephen Mccranie's Space Boy Volume 7 by Stephen McCranie (Illustrator)To Amy, everyone has a flavor . . . and when Dr. Kim's chamomile tea and lemon becomes sour with anxiety, it plunges Amy into a conspiracy and new questions about Oliver's identity! Life is changing quickly for Amy and her friends. A new romance blossoms between Tammie and Schaefer, and Zeph reveals his feelings for Amy. But when Amy discovers startling new information about Oliver and a mysterious military organization, it threatens to come crashing down on her friends . . . with potentially tragic results!
Publication Date: 2020
Black Canary: Ignite by Meg Cabot; Cara McGee (Illustrator)From Meg Cabot, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Princess Diaries! Thirteen-year-old Dinah Lance knows exactly what she wants, who she is, and where she's going. First, she'll win the battle of the bands with her two best friends, then she'll join the Gotham City Junior Police Academy so she can solve crimes just like her dad. Who knows, her rock-star group of friends may even save the world, but first they'll need to agree on a band name. When a mysterious figure keeps getting in the way of Dinah's goals and threatens her friends and family, she'll learn more about herself, her mother's secret past, and navigating the various power chords of life. With expressive and energetic art by Cara McGee to match the trademark attitude and spunk of Meg Cabot's characters and dialogue, this mother-daughter story embraces the highs and lows of growing up without growing out of what makes us unique. It's an inspirational song that encourages readers to find their own special voices to sing along with Black Canary!
Publication Date: 2019-10-29
The Crossover (Graphic Novel) by Kwame Alexander; Dawud Anyabwile (Illustrator)Kwame Alexander'sNew York Timesbestseller and Newbery Medal-winningThe Crossover is vividly brought to life as a graphic novel with stunning illustrations by star talent Dawud Anyabwile. New York Times Bestseller · Newbery Medal Winner · Coretta Scott King Honor Award · 2015 YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults · 2015 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers ·Publishers Weekly Best Book ·School Library Journal Best Book ·KirkusReviewsBest Book "A beautifully measured novel of life and line." --New York Times Book Review The Crossoveris now a graphic novel! "With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . . The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. 'Cuz tonight I'm delivering," raps twelve-year-old Josh Bell. Thanks to their dad, he and his twin brother, Jordan, are kings on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood--he's got mad beats, too, which help him find his rhythm when it's all on the line. See the Bell family in a whole new light through Dawud Anyabwile's dynamic illustrations as the brothers' winning season unfolds, and the world as they know it begins to change.
Publication Date: 2019-09-24
Feathers by Jorge Corona; Skottie Young (Introduction by)There's a ghost in the Maze! Born covered in black feathers, abandoned as a baby in the slums of the Maze, Poe has lived his entire eleven-year-old life hidden away under the protection of his adoptive father, Gabriel. He spends his days secretly helping the Mice, bands of orphans who roam the slums, but there is a whisper of an altogether more sinister figure in the shadows, making street children disappear. When Bianca, an overprotected girl from the wealthy City beyond the Wall, escapes into the Maze in search of adventure, their worlds collide. As danger looms on all sides, a friendship grows between the city girl and the boy covered in feathers . . . a friendship that may just be enough to bring Bianca home, and lead Poe to his destiny. Jorge Corona (DC's We Are Robin) weaves a heartwarming tale of danger, friendship, and wild adventure in Feathers.
Publication Date: 2019-02-12
Hotel Dare by Terry Blas; Claudia Aguirre (Illustrator)It's not your typical family vacation when Olive, and her adopted siblings Darwin and Charlotte find themselves falling into other worlds as they explore Grandma Lupé's strange hotel. OPEN THE DOOR. ADVENTURE AWAITS. Olive and her adopted siblings Charlotte and Darwin are spending the summer with their estranged grandma at her creepy hotel and it's all work and no play. They're stuck inside doing boring chores but they soon stumble upon an incredible secret... Behind each room door of the hotel lies a portal to a different strange and mysterious place. The simple turn of a knob transports them to a distant magical world filled with space pirates. Behind the next door are bearded wizards. Down the hall is a doorway to a cotton-candied kingdom. But once the doors are opened, worlds start colliding, and only one family can save them before they tear themselves apart. Written by Terry Blas (The Amazing World of Gumball) and illustrated by the talented Claudia Aguirre (Kim & Kim), this world-hopping fantasy tale breaks down the door to imagination and dares you to embrace the idea that family is everything.
Publication Date: 2019-06-11
Lumberjanes Original Graphic Novel: the Shape of Friendship by Shannon Watters (Created by); Brooklyn Allen (Created by); Noelle Stevenson (Created by); Grace Ellis (Created by); Lilah Sturges; polterink (Illustrator)The second original graphic novel set in the critically-acclaimed Lumberjanes world! While adventuring in the woods, Jo, Mal, Molly, April, and Ripley discover the hiding place of a group of magical creatures called Pookas and they think they've found new friends. But what they don't know is that the Pookas are tired of hiding, and they've found the perfect way to join the outside world...by impersonating the Lumberjanes themselves and taking over Camp! To reclaim their identities, the 'Janes will have to work together to remember who they really are...and to help another group of friends accept themselves, too, in a story about looking inside yourself and learning to love who you meet there. Based on the New York Times bestseller and multiple Eisner Award and GLAAD Award-winning series, Lumberjanes: Shape of Friendship is written by New York Times best-selling author Lilah Sturges (The Magicians: Alice's Story, Jack of Fables) and illustrated by polterink (Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass).
Publication Date: 2019-11-26
Lumberjanes Vol. 11 by Shannon Watters (Created by); Brooklyn Allen (Created by); Grace Ellis (Created by); Maarta Laiho (As told to); Kat Leyh; Ayme Sotuyo (Illustrator); Noelle Stevenson (Created by)Time is freezing at camp, and it's up to Roanoke Cabin to stop the nefarious and mysterious forces behind it. When Molly makes a deal with a mysterious Voice in the woods surrounding Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's Camp for Hardcore Lady Types to slow down time, she isn't hoping for an endless summer! All she wants is more time to spend with her friends at camp, hiking and doing crafts, and playing music and having fun. What she doesn't bargain for is time starting to skip, and freeze, and make campers' ages jump forward and back... It's up to Roanoke Cabin to to set time right again, and save camp! This New York Times bestseller and multiple Eisner Award and GLAAD Award-winning series features danger, adventure, and life-long friendships! Get in on the fun with this brand-new adventure written by Shannon Watters and Kat Leyh (Super Cakes) and illustrated by Ayme Sotuyo.
Publication Date: 2019-04-02
Lumberjanes Vol. 12 by Shannon Watters (Created by); Noelle Stevenson (Created by); Brooklyn Allen (Created by)When Counselor Jen takes the Roanoke scouts on a mission to find a Jackalope, they end up stumbling on a young cowgirl who's been living in the woods surrounding camp with her herd of unusual critters! In the aftermath of the time shenanigans set off by Jo's Mysterious Time Thingy, the Roanoke scouts are a little bit uneasy on their feet. It's up to Jen to cheer them up and help them get back up and off adventuring again, with a quest to seek out the most mysterious mythological monster of all...the mighty JACKALOPE! This New York Times bestseller and multiple Eisner Award and GLAAD Award-winning series features danger, adventure, and life-long friendships. Get in on the fun with this brand-new adventure written by Shannon Watters and Kat Leyh (Super Cakes) and illustrated by Ayme Sotuyo.
Publication Date: 2019
Lumberjanes Vol. 13 by Shannon Watters (Created by); Noelle Stevenson (Created by); Grace Ellis (Created by); Brooklyn Allen (Created by); Kat Leyh; Dozerdraws (Illustrator); Maarta Laiho (Colorist (comics))On a rainy day at Lumberjanes camp, the Roanokes explore tabletop gaming (with bonus magic!), and the underground tunnels beneath the Mess Hall. The woods surrounding Miss Qinzella Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's Camp for Hardcore Lady-Types are home to more incredible magical critters and beings than anyone could possibly imagine...unfortunately, on this particular day, it's pouring rain, and each and every 'Jane has been tasked with just one job: stay inside, stay dry, and DON'T get into trouble. Confined to the Mess Hall, Jo and Molly give tabletop roleplaying a try, while Ripley, April, and Mal venture a little further afield after discovering a secret tunnel beneath the Kitchens...and the colossal prehistoric bug that lives there! Hey, they're not technically outside, right? Written by Shannon Watters and Kat Leyh (Super Cakes, Roadkill Witch), and illustrated by talented newcomer Dozerdraws, this New York Times bestseller, multiple Eisner-Award and GLAAD Award-winning series delivers the power of friendship and summer-time memories you'll never forget, plus a special short illustrated by co-creator Brooklyn Allen!
Publication Date: 2019-12-24
New Kid by Jerry Craft (Illustrator)Perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier and Gene Luen Yang, New Kid is a timely, honest graphic novel about starting over at a new school where diversity is low and the struggle to fit in is real, from award-winning author-illustrator Jerry Craft. Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade. As he makes the daily trip from his Washington Heights apartment to the upscale Riverdale Academy Day School, Jordan soon finds himself torn between two worlds--and not really fitting into either one. Can Jordan learn to navigate his new school culture while keeping his neighborhood friends and staying true to himself?
Publication Date: 2019-02-05
Operatic by Kyo MacLear; Byron Eggenschwiler (Illustrator)Somewhere in the universe, there is the perfect tune for you. It's almost the end of middle school, and Charlie has to find her perfect song for a music class assignment. The class learns about a different style of music each day, from hip-hop to metal to disco, but it's hard for Charlie to concentrate when she can't stop noticing her classmate Emile, or wondering about Luka, who hasn't been to school in weeks. On top of everything, she has been talked into participating in an end-of-year performance with her best friends. Then, the class learns about opera, and Charlie discovers the music of Maria Callas. The more she learns about Maria's life, the more Charlie admires her passion for singing and her ability to express herself fully through her music. Can Charlie follow the example of the ultimate diva, Maria Callas, when it comes to her own life? This evocatively illustrated graphic novel brilliantly captures the high drama of middle school by focusing on the desire of its finely drawn characters to sing and be heard.
Publication Date: 2019-04-02
Pilu of the Woods by Mai K. Nyugen"Pilu of the Woods is a heartwarming tale full of natural wonder, with wise and lovely messages about coping with grief, facing your feelings, and learning to forgive yourself." - KATIE O'NEILL (Eisner Award-winning author of The Tea Dragon Society) For fans of Hilda and the Troll comes PILU OF THE WOODS, a heartwarming and bittersweet story of friendship, loss, exploring complex emotions and finding your way home from debut creator Mai K. Nguyen. Willow loves the woods near her house. They're calm and quiet, so different from her own turbulent emotions, which she keeps locked away. When her emotions get the better of her one day, she decides to run away into the woods. There, she meets Pilu, a lost tree spirit who can't find her way back home--which turns out to be the magnolia grove Willow's mom used to take her to. Willow offers to help Pilu, and the two quickly become friends. But the journey is long, and Pilu isn't sure she's ready to return home yet--which infuriates Willow, who's determined to make up for her own mistakes by getting Pilu back safely. As a storm rages and Willow's emotions bubble to the surface, they suddenly take on a physical form, putting both girls in danger... and forcing Willow to confront her inner feelings once and for all. BONUS CONTENT: This edition includes blank journal pages in the back to encourage readers to keep their own notes about nature and their feelings.
Publication Date: 2019-04-16
Queen of the Sea by Dylan Meconis (Illustrator)Cult graphic novelist Dylan Meconis offers a rich reimagining of history in this beautifully detailed hybrid novel loosely based on the exile of Queen Elizabeth I by her sister, Queen Mary. When her sister seizes the throne, Queen Eleanor of Albion is banished to a tiny island off the coast of her kingdom, where the nuns of the convent spend their days peacefully praying, sewing, and gardening. But the island is also home to Margaret, a mysterious young orphan girl whose life is upturned when the cold, regal stranger arrives. As Margaret grows closer to Eleanor, she grapples with the revelation of the island's sinister true purpose as well as the truth of her own past. When Eleanor's life is threatened, Margaret is faced with a perilous choice between helping Eleanor and protecting herself. In a hybrid novel of fictionalized history, Dylan Meconis paints Margaret's world in soft greens, grays, and reds, transporting readers to a quiet, windswept island at the heart of a treasonous royal plot.
Publication Date: 2019-06-25
Sincerely, Harriet by Sarah Winifred Searle (Illustrator)Harriet Flores struggles with boredom and an unrequited crush while learning to manage her chronic illness through a long, hot, 1990s summer in Chicago. She uses her imagination to cope, which sometimes gets her into trouble, as she makes up fantastical fibs and wonders if there are ghosts upstairs. One neighbor, Pearl, encourages Harriet to read and write, leading Harriet to have a breakthrough and discover the power of storytelling.
Publication Date: 2019-05-07
Stephen Mccranie's Space Boy Volume 3 by Stephen McCranie (Illustrator)To Amy, everyone has a flavour. Her Agriculture Club mate Tamra is like banana, while another Club mate, Shafer, is like milk chocolate; two flavours that Amy thinks are in sync. Coming closer to fully adapting to her new life on Earth, Amy settles in to a solid group of friends at her school. Also, after a meeting with the mysterious Oliver, she decides to reach out to an old friend, which makes the transition all that much easier.
Publication Date: 2019-03-12
Stephen Mccranie's Space Boy Volume 4 by Stephen McCranie; Stephen McCranie (Illustrator)To Amy, everyone has a flavor. For instance, Doctor Kim is like chamomile tea with lemon. Amy is finally feeling that she's made a true connection with the mysterious, flavourless Oliver, but their entire relationship is rattled - possibly forever. Amy struggles to come to terms with that friendship ending and reaches out to an old friend. She'll discover that the help of friends from all points of her life makes everything better.
Publication Date: 2019-07-09
Stephen Mccranie's Space Boy Volume 5 by Stephen McCranie (Illustrator)To Amy, everyone has a flavor, and when that flavor begins to disappear, it spells trouble. After the crushing confrontation with Oliver, Amy is on the hunt for answers. This leads her to an old, moldy water containment facility, and leaves her with more questions than answers. At the same time, some of Amy s closest friends may be drifting apart.
Publication Date: 2019-11-05
Stephen Mccranie's Space Boy Volume 8 by Stephen McCranie (Illustrator)A sci-fi drama of a high school aged girl who belongs in a different time, a boy possessed by emptiness as deep as space, an alien artifact, mysterious murder, and a love that crosses light years. In the wake of the excitement leading to the school dance everyone's flavors seem subdued, but once Amy discovers a startling secret about Oliver, a burst of flavor is brought back into her life! Amy's suspicions over Oliver are put on hold when she goes to the homecoming dance with Cassie, but once there she takes an unexpected detour alone, and discovers the secret she has been looking for may have been in plain view all along. However, this new secret brings new dangers, confusion, and excitement along with it!
Publication Date: 2020-11-03
This Was Our Pact by Ryan AndrewsIt's the night of the annual Autumn Equinox Festival, when the town gathers to float paper lanterns down the river. Legend has it that after drifting out of sight, they'll soar off to the Milky Way and turn into brilliant stars. This year, Ben and his classmates are determined to find out where those lanterns really go, and they made a pact with two simple rules: No one turns for home. No one looks back.The plan is to follow the river on their bikes for as long as it takes to learn the truth, but it isn't long before the pact is broken by all except for Ben and (much to Ben's disappointment) Nathaniel, the one kid who just doesn't seem to fit in. Together, Nathaniel and Ben will travel down a winding road full of magic, wonder, and unexpected friendship.**And a talking bear.
Publication Date: 2019-06-11
Topside by J. N. Monk; Harry Bogosian (Illustrator)A wild outer-space fantasy about fixing your mistakes and the friends you meet along the way. When Jo, a headstrong maintenance technician, makes an error that destabilizes her planet's core, she only knows one way to fix things: leaving her underground home for a trip to the planet's dangerous, unruly surface. Soon she's wandering through deserts, riding on the backs of giant beasts, and cutting deals with con artists and bounty hunters. Meanwhile, agents of the core are in hot pursuit. J. N. Monk and Harry Bogosian (co-creators of the web-comic StarHammer) present a wild outer-space fantasy about fixing your mistakes and the friends you meet along the way.
Publication Date: 2019-10-01
Urban Legendz by Nick Bruno; Paul Downs; Michael Yates (Illustrator)After his mother's death, teen Dwayne is forced to uproot himself and move into the home where his mother grew up: a shabby apartment in Brooklyn. Overshadowed by his socially salient older brother, and pressured by his policeman father, Dwayne often feels out of place, a sentiment that is only intensified in these unfamiliar surroundings. Before too long, however, his personal problems are cast aside when he gets suckered into joining a new crew of young vigilantes, devoted to solving a series of sinister cases surrounding mysterious monsters that have been wreaking havoc throughout the city.
Publication Date: 2019-06-11
White Bird by R. J. PalacioInspired by her blockbuster phenomenon Wonder, R. J. Palacio makes her graphic novel debut with an unforgettable story of the power of kindness and unrelenting courage in a time of war. In R. J. Palacio's bestselling collection of stories Auggie & Me, which expands on characters in Wonder, readers were introduced to Julian's grandmother, Grandmère. Here, Palacio makes her graphic novel debut with Grandmère's heartrending story: how she, a young Jewish girl, was hidden by a family in a Nazi-occupied French village during World War II; how the boy she and her classmates once shunned became her savior and best friend. Sara's harrowing experience movingly demonstrates the power of kindness to change hearts, build bridges, and even save lives. As Grandmère tells Julian, "It always takes courage to be kind, but in those days, such kindness could cost you everything." With poignant symbolism and gorgeous artwork that brings Sara's story out of the past and cements it firmly in this moment in history, White Bird is sure to captivate anyone who was moved by the book Wonder or the blockbuster movie adaptation and its message. Praise for Wonder: #1 New York Times bestseller USA Today bestseller Time Magazine's 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time "In a wonder of a debut, Palacio has written a crackling page-turner filled with characters you can't help but root for." --Entertainment Weekly "Rich and memorable." --The New York Times "A beautiful, funny and sometimes sob-making story of quiet transformation." --The Wall Street Journal
Publication Date: 2019-10-01
All Summer Long by Hope Larson (Illustrator)All Summer Long, a coming-of-age middle-grade graphic novel about summer and friendships, written and illustrated by the Eisner Award-winning andNew York Times-bestselling Hope Larson. Thirteen-year-old Bina has a long summer ahead of her. She and her best friend, Austin, usually do everything together, but he's off to soccer camp for a month, and he's been acting kind of weird lately anyway. So it's up to Bina to see how much fun she can have on her own. At first it's a lot of guitar playing, boredom, and bad TV, but things look up when she finds an unlikely companion in Austin's older sister, who enjoys music just as much as Bina. But then Austin comes home from camp, andhe's acting even weirder than when he left. How Bina and Austin rise above their growing pains and reestablish their friendship and respect for their differences makes for a touching and funny coming-of-age story.
Publication Date: 2018-05-01
Bad Machinery by John Allison (Artist)Time is a fickle creature, especially when there's wormhole in the science cupboard. When a strange boy who seems far too entranced by cell phones appears, it's up to Lottie, Shauna, and Mildred to figure out his strange purposes. The Case of the Forked Road, the seventh book in John Allison's award-winning Bad Machinery series, finds our young sleuths facing the intricacies of time and space itself. What is their science teacher hiding? Who is the mysterious Calvin, why is he dressed like it's 1960, and why is he obsessed with Communists? And another thing: just what is going on with Jack, Sonny, and Linton?
Publication Date: 2017-05-30
Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol (Illustrator)"Beautifully drawn, brutally funny, brilliantly honest. Vera is such a good cartoonist I almost can't stand it." --Raina Telgemeier, author ofSmile InBe Prepared, all Vera wants to do is fit in--but that's not easy for a Russian girl in the suburbs. Her friends live in fancy houses and their parents can afford to send them to the best summer camps. Vera's single mother can't afford that sort of luxury, but there's one summer camp in her price range--Russian summer camp. Vera is sure she's found the one place she can fit in, but camp is far from what she imagined. And nothing could prepare her for all the "cool girl" drama, endless Russian history lessons, and outhouses straight out of nightmares!
Publication Date: 2018-04-24
Castle in the Stars: the Moon-King by Alex AliceWhat if man journeyed into space in 1869, not 1969? In The Moon-King, the second volume in this breath-taking fantasy graphic novel series, Alex Alice draws on Jules Verne and nineteenth-century romanticism to create a watercolor world of adventure and wonder to enchant adults and younger readers alike. In anticipation of their maiden voyage, Seraphin and the Knights of Aether had prepared for everything--except treason. The villainous chamberlain wants to overthrow King Ludwig and claim the electro-aetheric technology for Prussia. The only escape for the king and his companions lies in the frosty skies above Bavaria. The aethership's first flight is asuccess, but their respite is short-lived. As long as the chamberlain is free to spread his lies, these travelers will find no safe harbor. To save the king's throne, they must push the ship even farther--out of the sky . . . and into the stars!
Publication Date: 2018-09-04
Crush by Svetlana ChmakovaFollowing the overwhelming success of AWKWARD and BRAVE, Svetlana Chmakova's award winning Berrybrook Middle School series continues with its next installment - CRUSH! Jorge seems to have it all together. He's big enough that nobody really messes with him, but he's also a genuinely sweet guy with a solid, reliable group of friends. The only time he ever really feels off his game is when he crosses paths with a certain girl... But when the group dynamic among the boys starts to shift, will Jorge be able to balance what his friends expect of him versus what he actually wants?
Publication Date: 2018-10-30
Fire Starters by Jennifer Storm; Scott B. Henderson (Illustrator)Looking for a little mischief after finding an old flare gun, Ron and Ben find themselves in trouble when the local gas bar on Agamiing Reserve goes up in flames, and they are wrongly accused of arson by the sheriff's son. As the investigation goes forward, community attitudes are revealed, and the truth slowly comes to light.
Publication Date: 2017-03-01
Hermes by George O'ConnorIn volume ten of Olympians, George O'Connor delves into the myth of Hermes, the trickster god. From his infancy, when he bewitches animals and bends them to his will (stealing a herd of Apollo's prize cattle in the bargain), to his adolescence and adulthood when he becomes father to the equally mischievous Pan, Hermes's story is wildly entertaining as he brings a little bit of chaos to everything he touches or creates. This volume is sure to be a fan favorite with its wit, charm, and storytelling.
Publication Date: 2018-01-30
Knights of the Waxing Moon by Aaron RenierSHIPWRECKED! After their perilous encounter with the sea-witches, Walker and the pirate crew of the Jacklight find refuge on a deserted island. But it might not be as deserted as it seems--shadowy creatures have been spotted in the jungle, and strange animal tracks appear overnight. When Walker, Shiv, and Genoa discover a secret passage and mysterious ruins, the dark history of the archipelago begins to unravel. Legend tells of a mad king, a fallen civilization, and a powerful royal family in search of their lost sister. And for reasons Walker can't understand, Genoa seems to be at the center of it all. In this triumphant follow-up in the epic Unsinkable Walker Bean graphic novel series, Aaron Renier is back with more breathtaking art and high-sea adventure, The Unsinkable Walker Bean and the Knights of the Waxing Moon.
Publication Date: 2018-10-23
Scarlett Hart by Marcus Sedgwick; Thomas Taylor (Illustrator)Scarlett Hart is the last of a long line of monster hunters, and this stubborn young orphan is determined to carry on her dead parents' work even if she's too young to be licensed by the monster hunters union. With the help of her loyal butler and a lot of awesome gadgets, Scarlett is out to slay monsters--and to take down the corrupt monster hunter who killed her parents! In a departure from the intense, literary teen fiction for which he is best known, Marcus Sedgwick has turned his pen to middle-grade adventure storytelling. Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter, with Thomas Taylor (known for his illustrations in the British editions of Harry Potter) on the art, is a joyous, goofy, and above-all sincere adventure in the tone of Tintin, Nancy Drew, and classic kids' adventure comics of the 1940s.
Publication Date: 2018-04-03
Sheets by Brenna Thummler (Artist)"For days after reading Brenna Thummler's SheetsI have been wandering my neighborhood, haunted, enchanted, and in need offreshly pressed clothing." -LemonySnicket Marjorie Glatt feels like a ghost. Apractical thirteen-year-old in charge of the family laundry business, her dailyroutine features unforgiving customers, unbearable P.E. classes, and thefastidious Mr. Saubertuck who is committed to destroying everything she's workedfor. Wendell is a ghost. A boy who lost hislife much too young, his daily routine features ineffective death therapy, asheet-dependent identity, and a dangerous need to seek purpose in the forbiddenhuman world. When their worlds collide,Marjorie is confronted by unexplainable disasters as Wendell transforms Glatt'sLaundry into his midnight playground, appearing as a mere sheet during the day.While Wendell attempts to create a new afterlife for himself, he unknowinglysabotages the life that Marjorie is struggling tomaintain. Sheets illustrates thedetermination of a young girl to fight, even when all parts of her world seem tobe conspiring against her. It proves that second chances are possible whetherlife feels over or life is over. But above all, it is a story of the forgivenessand unlikely friendship that can only transpire inside a hauntedlaundromat. "Brenna Thummler's first originalgraphic novel is a reason to celebrate. She announced herself as an artist toreckon with when she illustrated Mariah Marsden's adaptation of Anne of GreenGables. Now she's illustrated her own story of ghosts and family, loneliness andlaundromats. I'm sure you'll be captivated, and as eager as I am to see whatcomes next!"-Brian Selznick, author of Wonderstruck and The Inventionof Hugo Cabret "Sweet, sad, funny, warm, and beautiful. If I can beforgiven for using this word, this is one that will haunt me, in the bestway."-Dana Simpson
Publication Date: 2018-08-28
Short and Skinny by Mark TatulliNew from syndicated comic strip artist Mark Tatulli comes a full-color middle grade graphic memoir that centers on Mark's own experience in the summer after seventh grade. As a middle schooler, Mark finds himself on the smaller side of the physical spectrum--being short AND skinny has really wreaked havoc on his confidence. So to end his bullying woes and get the girl--or at least the confidence to talk to the girl--he starts to explore bulking up by way of the miracle cures in the backs of his comics. But his obsession with beefing up is soon derailed by a new obsession: Star Wars, the hottest thing to hit the summer of 1977. As he explores his creative outlets as well as his cures to body image woes, Mark sets out to make his own stamp on the film that he loves. Mark Tatulli's graphic memoir debut is a humorous and heartfelt take on body-image, finding a creative outlet, and spending a summer in the 70's.
Publication Date: 2018-10-16
Space Boy by Stephen McCranieAmy is finally feeling that she's made a true connection with the mysterious, flavorless Oliver, but their entire relationship is rattled--possibly forever. Amy struggles to come to terms with that friendship ending and reaches out to an old friend.
Publication Date: 2019-12-01
Stephen Mccranie's Space Boy by Stephen McCranieTo Amy, everyone has a flavour. Her mum is the flavour of mint-sharp and bright. Her dad is like hot chocolate - sweet and full of gentle warmth. Amy lives on a mining colony out in deep space, but when her dad loses his job the entire family is forced to move back to Earth. When Amy arrives on Earth, she feels like an alien in a strange land. The sky is beautiful but gravity is heavy and the people are weird. Stranger still is the boy she meets at her new school - a boy who has no flavour...
Publication Date: 2018-07-03
Stephen Mccranie's Space Boy Volume 2 by Stephen McCranie (Illustrator)To Amy, everyone has a flavour. Jemmah, her best friend from the colony, is the flavour of pineapple and jalapeno. Cassie, from Earth, is like red pepper. After being forced to leave her space-colony home when her dad was fired, Amy starts to adapt to a new life on Earth. High school seems difficult at first, but a close group of friends begin to make the transition easier for her. At the same time, Amy finds herself fascinated with a mysterious boy named Oliver, the only person Amy has yet to be able to place a flavour for.
Publication Date: 2018-11-13
Zo Zo Zo Zombie-Kun, Vol. 1 by Yasunari NagatoshiZombie boy isn't your average kid, and while being a zombie might not at first seem like an ideal lifestyle, you'd be amazed by what this little guy is capable of. A laugh-out-loud comedy sure to have boys and girls alike rocking in their chairs!
Publication Date: 2018-10-30
All's Faire in Middle School by Victoria JamiesonCalling all Raina Telgemeier fans! The Newbery Honor-winning author of Roller Girl is back with a heartwarming graphic novel about starting middle school, surviving your embarrassing family, and the Renaissance Faire. Eleven-year-old Imogene (Impy) has grown up with two parents working at the Renaissance Faire, and she's eager to begin her own training as a squire. First, though, she'll need to prove her bravery. Luckily Impy has just the quest in mind--she'll go to public school after a life of being homeschooled! But it's not easy to act like a noble knight-in-training in middle school. Impy falls in with a group of girls who seem really nice (until they don't) and starts to be embarrassed of her thrift shop apparel, her family's unusual lifestyle, and their small, messy apartment. Impy has always thought of herself as a heroic knight, but when she does something really mean in order to fit in, she begins to wonder whether she might be more of a dragon after all. As she did in Roller Girl, Victoria Jamieson perfectly--and authentically--captures the bittersweetness of middle school life with humor, warmth, and understanding.
Publication Date: 2017-09-05
Artemis by George O'ConnorShunned even before she was born and destined to live a life of solitude, Artemis, Goddess of the Hunt, finds power through her skilled hunting ability and mighty bow. She slays those who wish to do harm to the innocent and takes care of the young and helpless. She protects women and young girls, helps in childbirth, soothes, and is unrivaled in her hunting abilities. In the latest volume of Olympians,New York Times-bestselling author George O'Connor continues to turn his extensive knowledge of the original Greek myths into rip-roaring graphic novel storytelling.
Publication Date: 2017-01-31
Brave by Svetlana ChmakovaIn his daydreams, Jensen is the biggest hero that ever was, saving the world and his friends on a daily basis. But his middle school reality is VERY different--math is hard, getting along with friends is hard...Even finding a partner for the class project is a huge problem when you always get picked last. And the pressure's on even more once the school newspaper's dynamic duo, Jenny and Akilah, draw Jensen into the whirlwind of school news, social-experiment projects, and behind-the-scenes club drama. Jensen has always played the middle school game one level at a time, but suddenly, someone's cranked up the difficulty setting. Will those daring daydreams of his finally work in his favor, or will he have to find real solutions to his real-life problems? The charming world of Berrybrook Middle School gets a little bigger in this highly anticipated follow-up to Svetlana Chmakova's award-winning Awkward with a story about a boy who learns his own way of being brave!
Publication Date: 2017-05-23
Castle in the Stars: the Space Race Of 1869 by Alex Alice (Illustrator)What if man journeyed into space in 1869, not 1969? In search of the mysterious element known as aether, Claire Dulac flew her hot-air balloon toward the edge of our stratosphere--and never returned. One year after her disappearance, her son and husband are delivered a tantalizing clue: a letter from an unknown sender who claims to have Claire's lost logbook. The letter summons them to a Bavarian castle, where an ambitious young king dreams of flying the skies in a ship powered by aether. But within the castle walls, danger lurks--there are those who would stop at nothing to conquer the stars.
Publication Date: 2017-09-12
Eagle Strike: an Alex Rider Graphic Novel by Anthony Horowitz; Antony Johnston; Kanako (Illustrator); Yuzuru (Illustrator)Teen superspy Alex Rider faces a pop star bent on world destruction and a lethal group of assassins in graphic novel adaptations of two of his thrilling adventures. When his relaxing holiday with Sabine Pleasure and her family is interrupted by a ruthless attack, teenage MI6 agent Alex Rider knows it's no accident. Determined to hunt down the hit man who sent Sabine's father into a coma, Alex plunges headfirst into a world of violence and mystery, uncovering a sinister plan to start a nuclear war. And once the missiles are launched, Alex has just ninety minutes to save the world. . . .
Publication Date: 2017-09-05
Fantasy Sports 3 by Sam Bosma (Illustrator)Wiz and Mug are back for another magical adventure as they continue their quests for the mighty Order of Mages! Wiz has always believed in the Order of Mages as a force for good; one that works to destroy tyrants and restore peace, but it seems that may not be the case at all. Prepare for revelations and mini golf in this latest addition to the wildly successful Fantasy Sports series!
Publication Date: 2017-08-22
The Case of the Unwelcome Visitor by John Allison (Artist)School is out for summer, and for the Tackleford mystery team, that means lazy days, balmy evenings, and... creeping existential dread that threatens the whole city. With half the team gallivanting off to exotic locales (like Aunty Kath's in Margate), can Linton, Jack, and Lottie solve this season's most dire case? The Case of the Unwelcome Visitor, the sixth book in John Allison's award-winning Bad Machinery series, pits our young heroes against the terrors of the unfamiliar and unknown. Lottie's mum and sister have both fallen in love (thanks to the internet), Linton is determined to save his father from the soul-sucking responsibility of a promotion, and why is Jack working at the local paper with team nemesis (and hot-shot reporter) Erin Winters? Isn't print meant to be dead? Could the link between these tangled threads be The Night Creeper, who prowls Tackleford's streets and leaves people in the hospital with a blank stare and a terrible smile on their face?
Publication Date: 2016-11-29
Compass South by Hope Larson; Rebecca Mock (Illustrator)It's 1860 in New York City. When 12-year-old twins Alexander and Cleopatra's father disappears, they join the Black Hook Gang and are caught by the police pulling off a heist. They agree to reveal the identity of the gang in exchange for tickets to New Orleans. But once there, Alex is shanghaied to work on a ship that is heading for San Francisco via Cape Horn. Cleo stows away on a steamer to New Granada where she hopes to catch a train to San Francisco to find her brother. Neither Alexandernor Cleo realizes the real danger they are in-they are being followed by pirates who think they hold the key to treasure. How they outwit the pirates and find each other makes for a fast-paced, breathtaking adventure. A Margaret Ferguson Book
Publication Date: 2016-06-28
The Golden Compass Graphic Novel, Volume 2 by Philip PullmanThe eagerly awaited second volume in the graphic novel adaptation of Philip Pullman's international bestseller The Golden Compass. This second volume of the graphic novel finds Lyra in the far North. With the help of Gyptian fighters, newfound witch allies, and the armored bear Iorek Byrnison, she means to rescue the children held captive by the notorious Gobblers. The stunning full-color art offers both new and returning readers a chance to experience the story of Lyra, an ordinary girl with an extraordinary role to play in the fates of multiple worlds, in an entirely unique way. Published in 50 countries with over 22 million copies sold, The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass are renowned for their engrossing storytelling and epic scope. These modern classics are must-reads for every book lover. Praise for The Golden Compass Graphic Novel, vol. 2: "Dreamy watercolors organized into neatly ordered panels lend themselves well to the fantastical setting, creating a sense of sweeping cinematic scope. Pullman's original magnum opus is heady and dense, and it may prove challenging for some; this adaptation, with its visual accessibility, can help those struggling with the novel's complexity achieve an understanding without watering down the intricacies."--Kirkus Reviews Praise for The Golden Compass Graphic Novel, vol. 1: "The story's signature fantasies--the d#65533;mons, the armored mercenary polar bears, and the alethiometer--are realized with compelling force (and, in the case of the d#65533;mons, humor). [This] retelling will bring Pullman's work new fans and give previous readers new pleasure." --Publishers Weekly, Starred "Whether this is a reader's first experience with the tale or they are already familiar with the story, they should be delighted by this rendition." --School Library Journal "The small and detailed but very clear panels are full of expressive faces, discernible action, and moody shadowing. Readers familiar with Pullman's novel will appreciate this artistic adaptation, as will readers who simply prefer graphic novels to prose." --Booklist From the Hardcover edition.
Publication Date: 2016-09-20
The Iron Hand by Scott Chantler (Illustrator)All the pieces finally fall into place in this action-packed finale to the Three Thieves graphic novel series. Now that Dessa has learned the truth about her past, she agrees to form an alliance with the badly injured Captain Drake against Greyfalcon. The pair travel together to the royal city to rescue Dessa's twin brother, Jared, from Greyfalcon's evil clutches and put Jared in his rightful place on the throne. But their plans go awry when they arrive to find Jared already on the throne! And it's nowhere near the joyful reunion one might expect --- instead, Dessa is captured and thrown into the dungeon! It's clear her brother is in no position to come to her aid, so she needs to find another way out. The three thieves have pulled off a number of tricky escapes together, but this time Dessa's on her own ... Or is she? The conclusion to Scott Chantler's thrilling, suspenseful and masterfully told fantasy-adventure series is sure to satisfy, as loose ends are tied and vexing questions get answered. The fast pace continues right to the end, with new twists and turns and some shocking revelations, while the characters' wit and humor continue to shine through. The high-voltage drama and bold illustrations make the books in this award-winning series popular reads, even while the complexity of the multiple plotlines enhances problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. And with so many clues cleverly revealed in the details of the artwork, these books are also terrific for developing visual literacy.
Publication Date: 2016-10-04
Scorpia: an Alex Rider Graphic Novel by Anthony Horowitz; Antony Johnston; Emma Vieceli (Illustrator); Kate Brown (Illustrator)Teen superspy Alex Rider faces a pop star bent on world destruction and a lethal group of assassins in graphic novel adaptations of two of his thrilling adventures. After learning a terrible secret about his father, teen spy Alex Rider travels to Venice to uncover the truth about his past. But the truth lies with a criminal organization known as Scorpia. When he agrees to train as an assassin and is given a target that he knows well, Alex must make a choice: work with MI6 once more or betray everything he believes in.
Publication Date: 2017-08-15
Snow White by Matt Phelan (Illustrator)Award-winning graphic novelist Matt Phelan delivers a darkly stylized noir Snow White set against the backdrop of Depression-era Manhattan. The scene: New York City. The dazzling lights cast shadows that grow ever darker as the glitzy prosperity of the Roaring Twenties screeches to a halt. Enter a cast of familiar characters: a young girl, Samantha White, returning after being sent away by her cruel stepmother, the Queen of the Follies, years earlier; her father, the King of Wall Street, who survives the stock market crash only to suffer a strange and sudden death; seven street urchins, brave protectors for a girl as pure as snow; and a mysterious stock ticker that holds the stepmother in its thrall, churning out ticker tape imprinted with the wicked words "Another . . . More Beautiful . . . KILL." In a moody, cinematic new telling of a beloved fairy tale, extraordinary graphic novelist Matt Phelan captures the essence of classic film noir on the page—and draws a striking distinction between good and evil.
Publication Date: 2016-09-13
Ares: Bringer of War by George O'Connor (Illustrator)A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The myth continues in the tenth year of the fabled Trojan War where two infamous gods of war go to battle. The spotlight is thrown on Ares, god of war, and primarily focuses on his battle with the clever and powerful Athena. As the battle culminates and the gods try to one-up each other to win, the human death toll mounts. Who will win this epic clash of power? And how many will have to die first?
Publication Date: 2015-01-27
Awkward by Svetlana ChmakovaCardinal rule #1 for surviving school: Don't get noticed by the mean kids. Cardinal rule #2 for surviving school: Seek out groups with similar interests and join them. On her first day at her new school, Penelope--Peppi--Torres reminds herself of these basics. But when she trips into a quiet boy in the hall, Jaime Thompson, she's already broken the first rule, and the mean kids start calling her the "nerder girlfriend." How does she handle this crisis? By shoving poor Jaime and running away! Falling back on rule two and surrounding herself with new friends in the art club, Peppi still can't help feeling ashamed about the way she treated Jaime. Things are already awkward enough between the two, but to make matters worse, he's a member of her own club's archrivals--the science club! And when the two clubs go to war, Peppi realizes that sometimes you have to break the rules to survive middle school!
Publication Date: 2015-07-21
Baba Yaga's Assistant by Marika McCoolaRussian folklore icon Baba Yaga mentors a lonely teen in a wry graphic novel that balances gleefully between the modern and the timeless. Most children think twice before braving a haunted wood filled with terrifying beasties to match wits with a witch, but not Masha. Her beloved grandma taught her many things: that stories are useful, that magic is fickle, that nothing is too difficult or too dirty to clean. The fearsome witch of folklore needs an assistant, and Masha needs an adventure. She may be clever enough to enter Baba Yaga’s house-on-chicken-legs, but within its walls, deceit is the rule. To earn her place, Masha must pass a series of tests, outfox a territorial bear, and make dinner for her host. No easy task, with children on the menu! Spooky and poignant, Marika McCoola’s stunning debut—with richly layered art by acclaimed graphic artist Emily Carroll—is a storytelling feat and a visual feast.
Publication Date: 2015-08-04
The Case of the Lonely One by John Allison (Artist)"a truly unique blend of fantastical occurrences, British small-town life, and middle-school troubles." - Booklist "Funny and clever" -- Kirkus A new school year brings a new classmate to Griswald's Grammar School! But he's a bit strange, and he really, really likes onions. When the whole school suddenly becomes best friends with him, Shauna seems to be the only one left out. It's up to her to peel back the mystery, one onion layer at a time. Join the team for another thrilling case, full of the cunning wit and high-flying adventure you can only get from John Allison's Bad Machinery.
Publication Date: 2015-10-21
The Fall of the House of West by Paul Pope; J. T. Petty; David Rubín (Illustrator)Aurora West is on the verge of solving the mystery of her mother's death, but it's hard keeping her efforts a secret from her grieving father, the legendary monster-hunter Haggard West. Between her school work and her hours training and hunting with her dad, Aurora is hard-pressed to find time to be a secret sleuth. But she's nothing if not persistent. What Aurora doesn't realize is that she's about to blow open a secret that may very well destroy what's left of her family...and, indeed, all of Arcopolis. From Paul Pope, the legendary creator ofBattling Boy, teamed up with JT Petty and David Rubín, comes the nail-biting sequel toThe New York Times bestsellingThe Rise of Aurora West!
Publication Date: 2015-10-13
Howtoons: [Re]Ignition Volume 1 by Tom Fowler (Artist); Fred Van Lente; Jordie Bellaire (Artist)The critically acclaimed, best-selling YA series returns with an all-new, sci-fi DIY adventure! Celine and Tuck's parents put them to sleep for centuries to ride out the energy crisis - but when they awake in the far future and Mom and Dad are missing, it's the kids who have to save the day! Celine and Tuck must explore a strange, new Earth using their gadgeteering skills to create projects and experiments to survive hostile tribes and bizarre mechanized threats - projects and experiments kids and parents can make themselves at home, and learn basic energy literacy at the same time! Collects HowToons: [Re]Ignition #1-5, along with backup strips/projects by series originators Nick Dragotta and MacArthur 'Genius' Grant winner Saul Griffith.
Publication Date: 2015-03-10
Last of the Sandwalkers by Jay HoslerNestled in the grass under the big palm tree by the edge of the desert there is an entire civilization--a civilization of beetles. In this bug's paradise, beetles write books, run restaurants, and even do scientific research. But not too much scientific research is allowed by the powerful elders, who guard a terrible secret about the world outside the shadow of the palm tree. Lucy is not one to quietly cooperate, however. This tiny field scientist defies the law of her safe but authoritarian home and leads a team of researchers out into the desert. Their mission is to discover something about the greater world...but what lies in wait for them is going to change everything Lucy thought she knew. Beetles are not the only living creatures in the world. Deftly combining suspenseful adventure storytelling with the principles and tools of scientific inquiry, entomologist and cartoonist Jay Hosler has created inLast of the Sandwalkers a tale that satisfies and fascinates even the most bug-averse among us.
Roller Girl by Victoria JamiesonThe Newbery Honor Award Winner and New York Times bestseller Roller Girl is a heartwarming graphic novel about friendship and surviving junior high through the power of roller derby--perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier's Smile! For most of her twelve years, Astrid has done everything with her best friend Nicole. But after Astrid falls in love with roller derby and signs up for derby camp, Nicole decides to go to dance camp instead. And so begins the most difficult summer of Astrid's life as she struggles to keep up with the older girls at camp, hang on to the friend she feels slipping away, and cautiously embark on a new friendship. As the end of summer nears and her first roller derby bout (and junior high!) draws closer, Astrid realizes that maybe she is strong enough to handle the bout, a lost friendship, and middle school... in short, strong enough to be a roller girl. In this graphic novel debut that earned a Newbery Honor and five starred reviews, real-life derby girl Victoria Jamieson has created an inspiring coming-of-age story about friendship, perseverence, and girl power!
Publication Date: 2015-03-10
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North (Text by); Erica Henderson (Illustrator)Wolverine, Deadpool, Doctor Doom, Thanos: There's one hero that's beaten them all-and now she's got her own ongoing series! (Not that she's bragging.) That's right, by popular demand, it's Squirrel Girl! (She's also starting college this semester.) It's the start of a brand-new set of adventures starring the nuttiest and most upbeat super hero in the world! Collecting: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl 1-5
Publication Date: 2015-09-01
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 2 by Marvel Comics (Text by)The breakout character of 2015 continues her one-woman crusade against injustice and jerks! These TAILS of the Squirrel Girl will present the Marvel Universe's most powerful super hero from a bunch of brand-new perspectives, several of them quite astonishing. Collecting: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl 5-8
Tell No Tales by Sam Maggs; Kendra Wells (Illustrator)A swashbuckling adventure inspired by the historical exploits of real-life female pirates Anne Bonny had it all--her own ship, a pirate crew, and a fearsome reputation--but a new enemy has her on the run and it'll take all of Anne's courage to stay afloat. The night before a major heist, Anne has an unsettling dream, and come morning, the robbery is thwarted by Woodes Rogers, a zealot who has sworn to eliminate piracy. With no plan to escape, Anne must persuade her crew to seek the meaning of her dream--or perish. Full of sass, solidarity, and swordplay, Tell No Talesis a graphic novel about belonging, belief, and how far we're willing to go to protect the ones we love.
Publication Date: 2021-02-09
Science Comics: the Digestive System by Jason Viola; Andy Ristaino (Illustrator)Every volume of Science Comics offers a complete introduction to a particular topic--dinosaurs, the solar system, volcanoes, bats, robots, and more. These gorgeously illustrated graphic novels offer wildly entertaining views of their subjects. Whether you're a fourth grader doing a natural science unit at school or a thirty-year-old with a secret passion for airplanes, these books are for you!In this volume, visit the inside of your mouth, stomach, liver, intestines, and other organs that make up the gastrointestinal tract! Your guide to the gut is a friendly bacterium who will take you on a journey beyond imagination. Uncover how food is transformed into nutrients! Explore strange and dangerous glands! Behold the wonders of saliva, mucus, and vomit! This is a trip to the toilet you will never forget!
Publication Date: 2021-03-23
Maker Comics: Survive in the Outdoors! by Mike LawrenceSophia and Alonso have been packed off to their Grandpa's for a fishing trip, and they're dreading spending a whole day in the woods without any cell service. But Grandpa opens their eyes to the wonders of the outdoors, it's dangers--from tick bites to hypothermia. And when a sprained ankle delays their return to civilization, the kids have to learn not only forest-friendly first aid, but how to safely spend the night in the woods when you don't have a tent! As with all the titles in the Maker Comics series, Survive the Outdoors is a step-by-step DIY guide that will help kids roll up their sleeves and get making with confidence, in the wilderness or in their own backyard!
Publication Date: 2021-06-29
Friends Forever by Shannon Hale; LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)Following up their mega-bestselling Real Friends and Best Friends graphic memoirs, Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham are back with Friends Forever, a story about learning to love yourself exactly as you are. Shannon is in eighth grade, and life is more complicated than ever. Everything keeps changing, her classmates are starting to date each other (but nobody wants to date her!), and no matter how hard she tries, Shannon can never seem to just be happy. As she works through her insecurities and undiagnosed depression, she worries about disappointing all the people who care about her. Is something wrong with her? Can she be the person everyone expects her to be? And who does she actually want to be? With their signature humor, warmth, and insight, Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham have crafted another incredible love letter to their younger selves and to readers everywhere, a reminder to us all that we are enough.
Publication Date: 2021-08-31
Seen: Rachel Carson by Birdie Willis; Rii Abrego (Illustrator)The second original graphic novel in a new series spotlighting the true stories of the real groundbreakers who changed our world for the better. Booklist Starred Review! "Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life." Meet Rachel Carson, the woman who changed the way America fought against the environmental crisis through her bestselling books, ultimately spurring the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Birdie Willis & Rii Abrego present the true story of the marine biologist whose dedication, compassion and integrity gave a new generation of Americans hope for a brighter tomorrow. It's about being seen. Both for who you are, and who you hope you can become. History is a mirror, and all too often, the history we're told in school reflects only a small subset of the population. In Seen: True Stories of Marginalized Trailblazers, you'll find the stories of the real groundbreakers who changed our world for the better. They're the heroes: the inventors, the artists, the activists, and more whose stories you won't want to miss. The people whose lives show us both where we are, and where we're going.
Publication Date: 2021-03-09
Harriet Tubman: Toward Freedom by Whit Taylor; Kazimir Lee (Artist); Carole Boston Weatherford (Introduction by)This illuminating graphic novel biography about Harriet Tubman sheds new light on one of American history's bravest heroes. Harriet Tubman did something exceptionally courageous: She escaped slavery. Then she did something impossible: She went back. She underwent some thirteen missions to rescue around seventy enslaved people, using and expanding a network of abolitionists that became known as the Underground Railroad. She spent her life as an activist, speaking out for Black people and women's suffrage. This modern account of her trip to save her brothers is detailed and authentic. Illustrated with care for the historical record, it offers insight into the life and mind of Tubman, displaying her as a woman with an unshakable desire to break the chains of an unjust society. It is a perfect anti-racist narrative for our times and deepens an understanding of just what freedom means to those who must fight for it.
Publication Date: 2021-06-15
Astronauts by Jim Ottaviani; Maris Wicks (Illustrator)America may have put the first man on the moon, but it was the Soviet space program that made Valentina Tereshkova the first woman in space. Meanwhile, in the United States, NASA's first female astronauts were racing toward milestones of their own. These trail-blazing women were admitted into Group 9, NASA's first mixed-gender class. They had the challenging task of convincing the powers that be that a woman's place is in space. But once they'd been admitted into the training program, they discovered that NASA had plenty to learn about how to make space travel possible for all humans. In Astronauts: Women on the Final Frontier, Jim Ottaviani and illustrator Maris Wicks capture the great humor and incredible drive of Mary Cleve, Valentina Tereshkova, and the first women in space.
Publication Date: 2020
Maker Comics: Grow a Garden! by Alexis Frederick-FrostViolet, Will, and Basil must be the unluckiest students at the Garden Gnome Academy. They've been stuck with Mr. Butternut, the school's most unpopular (and unusual) teacher. They have to learn about soil and compost while their classmates get to study exotic plants and butterflies. Although things get a little messy (and stinky) in his class, Mr. Butternut knows the secret to growing a great garden. Read along to get all the dirt on your favorite vegetables, from seed to harvest! Follow the easy step-by-step instructions in this book and learn to make: A compost binA seed potPotting mixA growlight shelfA cold frameA container garden
Publication Date: 2020-02-25
When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson (Illustrator); Omar Mohamed; Iman Geddy (Illustrator)Heartbreak and hope exist together in this remarkable graphic novel about growing up in a refugee camp, as told by a Somali refugee to the Newbery Honor-winning creator of Roller Girl. Omar and his younger brother, Hassan, have spent most of their lives in Dadaab, a refugee camp in Kenya. Life is hard there: never enough food, achingly dull, and without access to the medical care Omar knows his nonverbal brother needs. So when Omar has the opportunity to go to school, he knows it might be a chance to change their future . . . but it would also mean leaving his brother, the only family member he has left, every day. Heartbreak, hope, and gentle humor exist together in this graphic novel about a childhood spent waiting, and a young man who is able to create a sense of family and home in the most difficult of settings. It's an intimate, important, unforgettable look at the day-to-day life of a refugee, as told to New York Times Bestselling author/artist Victoria Jamieson by Omar Mohamed, the Somali man who lived the story.
Publication Date: 2020
How I Survived by Serapio Ittusardjuat; Matt Hoddy (Illustrator)After his snowmobile breaks down halfway across the sea ice on a trip back from a fishing camp, Serapio Ittusardjuat recounts the traditional skills and knowledge he leaned on to stay alive.This harrowing first-person account of four nights spent on the open sea ice--with few supplies and no water--shows young readers the determination and strength necessary to survive in the harsh Arctic climate, even when the worst occurs.
Publication Date: 2020-06-02
Identity by Corey Maison; Zuiker Anthony (As told to); Ahmara Smith (Illustrator)What do you do when you are born as one gender, but feel yourself to be another? Gender dysphoria affects thousands of people worldwide, but has been ignored or ridiculed in our culture. With this graphic novel, Corey Maison boldly shares her story of transitioning, so that other kids with gender dysphoria and related conditions will no longer feel so isolated, hopeless, or lost. Corey Maison was born a girl, trapped in a boy's body. Growing up, Corey was more interested in dolls than trucks; in dresses than jeans. Everything about Corey was female . . . except her physicality. Known as gender dysphoria, this condition is devastating if not acknowledged. But society is slow to be sympathetic to the idea that a person's gender is not entirely based on physiology, but instead is fluid, and a combination of emotional and psychological self-awareness along with, or sometimes more importantly, physical characteristics. IDENTITY tells the complex and moving tale of a young person who knows that their true gender is not the one they were assigned at birth. With unconditional love and support from her mother, Corey successfully starts the transition process with hopes of being comfortable in her own skin, being accepted by others, and raising awareness of young people who wish to transition. At 16-years-old, Corey has become a voice for other trans teens, battling bullies and helping others who are on their own individual journeys of identity.
Publication Date: 2020-09-22
Seen: Edmonia Lewis by Jasmine Walls; Bex Glendining (Illustrator)The first original graphic novel in a new series spotlighting the true stories of the real groundbreakers who changed our world for the better. "Sometimes the times were dark and the outlook was lonesome, but where there is a will, there is a way. I pitched in and dug at my work until now I am where I am." Meet Edmonia Lewis, the woman who changed America during the Civil War by becoming the first sculptor of African-American and Native American heritage to earn international acclaim. Jasmine Walls & Bex Glendining present the true story of courage, determination and perseverance through one of America's most violent eras to create true beauty that still reverberates today. It's about being seen. Both for who you are, and who you hope you can become. History is a mirror, and all too often, the history we're told in school reflects only a small subset of the population. In Seen: True Stories of Marginalized Trailblazers, you'll find the stories of the real groundbreakers who changed our world for the better. They're the heroes: the inventors, the artists, the activists, and more whose stories you won't want to miss. The people whose lives show us both where we are, and where we're going.
Publication Date: 2020-09-29
Becoming RBG by Debbie Levy; Whitney Gardner (Illustrator)From the New York Times bestselling author of I Dissent comes a biographical graphic novel about celebrated Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a modern feminist icon--a leader in the fight for equal treatment of girls and women in society and the workplace. She blazed trails to the peaks of the male-centric worlds of education and law, where women had rarely risen before. Ruth Bader Ginsburg has often said that true and lasting change in society and law is accomplished slowly, one step at a time. This is how she has evolved, too. Step by step, the shy little girl became a child who questioned unfairness, who became a student who persisted despite obstacles, who became an advocate who resisted injustice, who became a judge who revered the rule of law, who became...RBG.
Publication Date: 2019-11-05
Charlotte Brontë Before Jane Eyre by Glynnis Fawkes (Illustrator); Alison Bechdel (Introduction by)Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre is a beloved classic, celebrated today by readers of all ages and revered as a masterwork of literary prowess. But what of the famous writer herself? Charlotte, like her sisters Emily and Ann, was passionate about her work. She sought to cast an empathetic lens on characters often ignored by popular literature of the time, questioning societal assumptions with a sharp intellect and changing forever the landscape of western literature. This book presents a stunning examination of a woman who battled against the odds to make her voice heard.
Publication Date: 2019-09-24
Colorblind by Johnathan Harris; D. Elliott (Editor); Garry Leach (Illustrator); Anthony Zuiker (As told to)Johnathan, a fifteen-year-old African American from Long Beach, California, shares his story of being physically and verbally harassed because of his race, and of overcoming the discrimination to embrace all cultures, and then to be proud of his own. Colorblind: A Story of Racism is the third in a series of graphic novels written by young adults for their peers. Johnathan Harris is fifteen, and lives in Long Beach, California, where he loves playing soccer with his friends, and listening to their favorite rapper, Snoop Dogg, a Long Beach native. His mom, dad, and three brothers are tight, but one of the most influential family members for Johnathan is his Uncle Russell, a convict in prison, serving fifteen years to life . . . Uncle Russell taught Johnathan from a very young age to see people from the perspective of their cultures, and not just their skin color. He imbued a pride of his ancestry and cautioned against letting hatred into his heart. But when Johnathan was just eight years old, something happened that filled him with fear and the very hatred that Uncle Russell had warned him about. What happened to Johnathan made him see that a dream of a colorless world was just that. A dream. That event shook him to his core. Anger grew inside him like a hot coal. Uncle Russell had told him to "throw it away or you will get burned," but Johnathan was young and frightened. He was having a hard time forgiving, much less forgetting. Colorblind is Johnathan's story of confronting his own racism and overcoming it. It is a story of hope and optimism that all, young and old, should heed. Zuiker Press is proud to publish stories about important current topics for kids and adolescents, written by their peers, that will help them cope with the challenges they face in today's troubled world.
Publication Date: 2019-04-16
Maker Comics: Bake Like a Pro! by Falynn KochToday is the first day of Sage's magical internship! Her fellow wizards-in-training get to study pyromancy and transfiguration, but Sage has been assigned an internship in . . . baking? She doesn't think that sounds fun, or particularly magical! But her instructor, Korian, insists that baking is a tasty form of alchemy. In an enchanted kitchen where the ingredients insist that you eat them, Sage learns the simple science behind baking--and that's the best kind of magic trick!In Bake Like a Pro!, you'll learn how different combination of proteins, fats, and liquids will result in textures that lend themselves to perfect pies, breads, cookies, and more! Follow these simple recipes, and you'll be able to bake a pizza and frost a cake--no magic necessary!
Publication Date: 2019-02-05
Maker Comics: Create a Costume! by Sarah MyerThe comic convention is just a few short weeks away. All Bea and Connor need now are great costumes but won't they cost a fortune to make? Not if they follow some simple instructions from Bea's pet hamster: Costume Critter, the world's cutest cosplayer! With Create a Costume! you can create fun, easy, budget-friendly costumes. And you don't have to start from scratch: a few simple modifications can transform thrift store clothes into a variety of costumes. Even mastering the sewing machine isn't as hard as it looks! You can make amazing costumes--all you need are the right tools, a little know-how, and a lot of imagination.
Publication Date: 2019-08-06
Maker Comics: Draw a Comic! by J. P. CoovertThe International Comics Library is in a lot of trouble! If Maggie can't come up with $500,000 in a week, Dr. Carl is going to bulldoze her grandfather's library and turn it into a parking lot! To save the day, she'll need all her comic drawing skills, the loyal library watchdog, and her new assistant (that's you!). With Draw a Comic! you'll learn to create and print your own comics books! Follow these simple steps to sketch out your story ideas and ink a comic page. Learn which art supplies are best for drawing comics--you can use a pen, a brush, or even a computer! With the help of photocopy machine, you can even self-publish your own comics and share them with your friends!
Publication Date: 2019-10-22
Maker Comics: Fix a Car! by Chris SchweizerLena, Mason, Abner, Rocky, and Esther only have one thing in common: They're crazy about cars. A few of them already have their driver's licenses. And even though Rocky and Esther are too young to drive, they still have a lot questions. In Car Club, Ms. Gritt has all the answers. When is the best time to check the oil? How do you change a tire? And why is Mason's car making that squeaky noise?Before you get behind the wheel, learn what's going on underneath the hood. Follow along as Ms. Gritt covers all the basics of preventative maintenance and roadside repairs. Colorful diagrams illustrate the inner workings of complex parts and systems. With Maker Comics: Fix a Car!, you can keep your automobile in tip-top shape!
Publication Date: 2019-02-05
Wait, What? by Heather Corinna; Luke Howard (As told to); Isabella Rotman"This extremely modern guide to growing up excels in its field." - Kirkus (starred review) From Heather Corinna, founder and director of Scarleteen.com, and Isabella Rotman, cartoonist and sex educator, comes a graphic novel guide that covers essential topics for preteens and young teens about their changing bodies and feelings. Join friends Malia, Rico, Max, Sam and Alexis as they talk about all the weird and exciting parts of growing up! This supportive group of friends are guides for some tricky subjects. Using comics, activities and examples, they give encouragement and context for new and confusing feelings and experiences. Inclusive of different kinds of genders, sexualities, and other identities, they talk about important topics like: - Bodies, including puberty, body parts and body image - Sexual and gender identity - Gender roles and stereotypes - Crushes, relationships, and sexual feelings - Boundaries and consent - The media and cultural messages, specifically around bodies and sex - How to be sensitive, kind, accepting, and mature - Where to look for more information, support and help A fun and easy-to-read guide from expert sex educators that gives readers a good basis and an age-appropriate start with sex, bodies and relationships education! The perfect complement to any school curriculum.
Publication Date: 2019-09-03
Far Side of the Moon by Alex Irvine; Ben Bishop (Illustrator)When the Earth disappears behind the moon, Collins loses contact with his fellow astronauts on the moon's surface, with mission control at NASA, and with the entire human race, becoming more alone than any human being has ever been before. In total isolation for 21 hours, Collins awaits word that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin have managed to launch their moon lander successfully to return to the orbiter--a feat never accomplished before and rendered more problematic by the fuel burn of their difficult landing. In this singularly lonely and dramatic setting, Collins reviews the politics, science, and engineering that propelled the Apollo 11 mission across 239,000 miles of space to the moon.Fountas & Pinnell Level U
Publication Date: 2017-03-28
Iwo Jima by Joeming Dunn; Ben Dunn (Illustrator)When Professor Soames needs a discrete detective to discover who broke into his office, he immediately goes to Holmes and Watson. With only three students who could benefit from seeing the exam on the professor's desk, it is a quick study for duo. Follow the clues in the adventure of the three students. Graphic Planet is an imprint of Magic Wagon, a division of ABDO Group. Grades 3-8.
Publication Date: 2016-01-01
Human Body Theater by Maris WicksWelcome to theHuman Body Theater, where your master of ceremonies is going to lead you through a theatrical revue of each and every biological system of the human body! Starting out as a skeleton, the MC puts on a new layer of her costume (her body) with each "act." By turns goofy and intensely informative, theHuman Body Theater is always accessible and always entertaining. Maris Wicks is a biology nerd, and by the time you've read this book, you will be too! Harnessing her passion for science (and her background as a science educator for elementary and middle-school students), she has created a comics-format introduction to the human body that will make an expert of any reader -- young or old!
Publication Date: 2015-10-06
A Year Without Mom by Dasha TolstikovaA Year Without Mom follows twelve-year-old Dasha through a year full of turmoil after her mother leaves for America. It is the early 1990s in Moscow, and political change is in the air. But Dasha is more worried about her own challenges as she negotiates family, friendships and school without her mother. Just as she begins to find her own feet, she gets word that she is to join her mother in America -- a place that seems impossibly far from everything and everyone she loves. This gorgeous and subtly illustrated graphic novel signals the emergence of Dasha Tolstikova as a major new talent.