by Laura Scott
March 5-11 is Teen Tech Week, brought to you by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). You can celebrate this nationwide event by checking out these five tech-related graphic novels:
1. The Imitation Game: Alan Turing Decoded by Jim Ottaviani
Alan Turing was a brilliant mathematician and World War II code-breaker whose computational theories led to the development of the modern-day computer. However, his life as a gay man in 1950s England was far from easy. Jim Ottaviani’s graphic biography presents the historically accurate details of Turing’s career and personal life.
2. In Real Life by Cory Doctorow
Anda is a female online gamer who tries to stop gold farmers from exploiting her favorite MMORPG. But when she starts to communicate with a young Chinese gold farmer named Raymond, she gains a new perspective on the world.
3. Pluto by Naoki Urasawa
Naoki Urasawa’s Pluto re-imagines the classic robot manga Astro Boy as a high-tech thriller. Can Detective Gesicht uncover the truth behind a string of robotic murders before it’s too late?
4. Steve Jobs: Insanely Great by Jessie Hartland
In this graphic biography, Jessie Hartland explores the illustrious career of Steve Jobs, from its humble beginnings to his rise to power as Apple’s CEO. Through his life, readers can witness the evolution of the home computers and other forms of consumer technology.
5. The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Padua
During the nineteenth century, Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace shared plans for a calculating machine the likes of which the world had never seen. This graphic novel offers readers a humorous alternate history in which Lovelace and Babbage actually succeed in building their machine: the world’s very first computer.
To find out more about Teen Tech Week activities near you, please check with your local library or visit the Teen Tech Week website at teentechweek.ning.com
Laura Scott is an adult and teen Outreach Librarian at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library.