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Graphic Novels for Women’s History Month

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Did you know that March is Women’s History Month? Here are some awesome non-fiction and fiction graphic novel titles to help you celebrate!

Alia’s Misson: Saving the Lost Books of Iraq by Mark Alan Stamaty 
Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Novel by Sidn 
Lily Renee, Escape Artist: From Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book Pioneer by Trina Robbins
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi 
Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall by Jim Ottaviani
White Little Duck: A Childhood in China by Andres Vera Martinez 
Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant Tony Cliff
Drama by Raina Telgemeier 
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind by Hayao Miyazaki
Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon Hale
A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel by Hope Larson
Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

Donner Dinner Party

Saturday, December 21st, 2013


Title: Donner Dinner Party
Author: Nathan Hale
Illustrator: Nathan Hale
Publisher: Abrams

Donner Dinner Party is the third book in Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales series, but it is a self-contained story. Narrated by the famous spy Nathan Hale (not to be confused with our author), this graphic novel follows the Reed Family, one of the families that made up the now infamous Donner Party. The graphic novel begins when the Reeds are preparing for their journey and continues through all of the horrors that befell them until they are rescued and finally reach Sutter’s Fort in California.

This graphic novel is an excellent common core book. It explores the trials of westward expansion with historical figures (Abe Lincoln makes an appearance and so does Daniel Boone’s grandson) and includes context for what is happening during that time (such as the Mexican-American War). The Donner Party’s progress is mapped throughout the story, marking important landmarks and showing just how grueling of a journey it was (even without the horrors the party encounters). Hale also includes a bibliography of the books used while researching the Donner-Reed Party as well as an email for readers to send questions and corrections to Correction Baby, who clarifies some seemingly far-fetched parts of the story.

Hale’s choice to follow a family that survives the horrors of the Sierra Nevada Mountains was a wise choice and his blend of history and (often times morbid) humor will have middle grade students eating up this historical graphic novel that even most adults would find informative!

Friends with Boys

Saturday, December 7th, 2013


Title: Friends with Boys
Author: Faith Erin Hicks
Illustrator: Faith Erin Hicks
Publisher: First Second

After years of homeschooling, it’s Maggie’s first day of high school. Her mother (and teacher) has mysteriously left the family, leaving Maggie’s three brothers and father to help her through the transition. It’s anything but easy. Public school has new rules and new people who already seem to have high school life all figured out. Even with her brothers walking the same halls, Maggie finds it difficult to navigate her way through her new environment. Being haunted by a ghost from the local graveyard isn’t helping anything.

Friends with Boys is a fast paced story about transitioning from homeschooling to public school, but it’s a story that most everyone will be able to relate to. It speaks strongly to the struggle of trying to figure out not only who you are, but who you want to be. Faith Erin Hick’s characters and energetic illustrations are immediately engaging, drawing the reader into Maggie’s family dynamic. It’s a true coming of age story with a paranormal twist. As if life isn’t complicated enough!

Graphic Novels for the Halloween Season

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

With Halloween coming up just around the corner, check out some of these graphic novel titles available at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library to help you get in the mood for tricks, treats, haunted houses and much more!

Have you read any of these titles? Or maybe you know some other graphic novels that are a little spooky or a whole lot scary that you think others might like to check out. Comment below and let us know!

“March: Book One” Brings History to Life

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013


This past weekend, people gathered in the nation’s capitol to mark the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech that was part of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963. On this 50th anniversary, Congressman John Lewis was one of ten speakers who was not only reminding us of the past, but was also calling on us to continue to march into the future towards a more tolerant, more united America.

For John Lewis, the march goes on. In March: Book One, co-written by Congressman Lewis and Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell, the life and ideas of Congressman Lewis come powerfully alive in words and pictures for a whole new generation.

Congressman Lewis credits a comic book—Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story (published in 1957 by The Fellowship of Reconciliation (which you can read here) —as the beginning of the long journey that leads to March: Book One.

March is currently on the best selling graphic novels lists and considered timely as the conversations of race, justice and equality resound in the media.

For more reviews and information about March and Congressman John Lewis check out:

‘March’ Sheds New Light On A Civil Rights Hero
John Lewis and Civil Rights March on in a New Graphic Novel
The Comic-Con Inauguration of Congressman And Civil Rights Pioneer John Lewis
John Lewis biography