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Bone Sharps, Cowboys, & Thunder Lizards

Author/Illustrator: Jim Ottaviani and Zander Cannon, Kevin Cannon, Shad Petosky, and Charles R. Knight

Hopeless Maine

Author/Illustrator: Tom and Nimue Brown Publisher: http://www.hopelessmaine.com Grade levels: 6-8, 9-12 Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Adventure Special Attractions: Female Lead Characters, Teen Lead Characters, Multicultural Lead Characters Synopsis: Being Hopeless isn’t just a state of mind. Trapped on an island off the coast of Maine, the people of Hopeless find life a little darker and more dangerous with every day that passes. The number of orphans rises continually, but who can say what happens to their parents? Plenty of the bodies are never found. This is not the stuff of happy, careless childhoods, it is instead fertile ground for personal demons. In Hopeless, […] Read More

Hilda and the Midnight Giant

Author/Illustrator: Luke Pearson Publisher: Nobrow Grade levels: 4-5, 6-8, 9-12 Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Mythology and Folktales Special Attractions: Female Lead Characters, Teen Lead Characters Synopsis: Hilda finds her world turned upside down as she faces the prospect of leaving her snow-capped birthplace for the hum of the megalopolis. Her mother, an architect, has been offered a prestigious position in the bustling metropolis that she would find hard to reject. Besides, the tiny elven creatures making a daily habit of bombarding them with threats isn’t making Hilda’s case any better. As she seeks ways to stall her mother’s decision, Hilda rushes to befriend the […] Read More

Templar

Author/Illustrator: Jordan Mechner, LeUyen Pham & Alex Puvilland Publisher: First Second Grade levels: 9-12, Higher Education Subject: History/Social Studies Genre: Adventure, Historical Fiction, Political Special Attractions: Social issues Synopsis: Martin is one of a handful of Templar Knights to escape when the king of France and the pope conspire to destroy the noble order. The king aims to frame the Templars for heresy, execute all of them, and make off with their legendary treasure. That’s the plan, anyway, but Martin and several other surviving knights mount a counter-campaign to regain the lost treasure of the Knights Templar. Note: Book One of Templar was previously published in […] Read More

Untold Tales of Bigfoot

Author/Illustrator: Vince Dorse Publisher: http://untoldtalesofbigfoot.com/ Grade Levels: 2-3, 4-5, 6-8, 9-12 Genre: Fantasy Special Attractions: Webcomic, Anthropomorphic Characters, For adults too Synopsis: Untold Tales of Bigfoot is the story of an adorably inept dog named Scout who gets lost in the woods during an ill-fated camping trip and runs smack-dab into a lonely Bigfoot looking for a friend. Will Bigfoot finally make a friend? Will Scout ever get home? Webcomics Alliance author interview Geek Pittsburg author interview Author page Read the comic here! Awards: 2012 National Cartoonists Society Reuben Divisional Award for Bests Online Comic (Long Form)

Teen Boat

Author/Illustrator: Dave Roman, John Green Publisher: Clarion Grade levels: 6-8, 9-12 Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Humor Special Attractions: Teen Lead Characters, Social Issues Synopsis: High school can be a time of terrible angst, Fs on tests, bullying jerks, broken hearts, and late-stage puberty are just some of the potential issues that all teen boys face. But what about the issues facing a Teen Boat? In this hilarious send-up of teen story tropes, the best-selling author Dave Roman and the cartoonist John Green deliver high school and high seas drama with a boatload of laughs. Books YA Love review In the Next Room review School […] Read More

The Thief of Always

Author/Illustrator: Clive Barker, Kris Oprisko, Gabriel Hernandez Publisher: IDW Publishing Grade levels: 4-5, 6-8, 9-12 Genre: Horror Special Attractions: Adaptation, Child Lead Characters, Teen Lead Characters, For adults too Synopsis: Mr. Hood’s Holiday House has stood for a thousand years, welcoming countless children into its embrace. It is a place of miracles, a blissful round of treats and seasons, where every childhood whim may be satisfied… for a price! A graphic adaptation of Clive Barker’s hit novel, featuring full color art by Gabriel Hernandez. Publishers Weekly review Author’s book page Publisher’s book page  

The Silence of Our Friends

Author/Illustrator: Mark Long, Jim Demonakos, & Nate Powell Publisher: First Second Grade levels: 6-8, 9-12 Subject: History/Social Studies Genres: Historical Fiction, Biography/Autobiography Special Attractions: Social Issues Synopsis: As the civil rights struggle heats up in Texas, two families—one white, one black—find common ground. This semi-autobiographical tale is set in 1967 Texas, against the backdrop of the fight for civil rights. A white family from a notoriously racist neighborhood in the suburbs and a black family from its poorest ward cross Houston’s color line, overcoming humiliation, degradation, and violence to win the freedom of five black college students unjustly charged with the murder of a […] Read More

The Ride Home

Author/Illustrator: Joey Weiser Publisher: AdHouse books Grade levels: 2-3, 4-5, 6-8, 9-12 Genres: Fantasy, Adventure Special Attractions: Anthropomorphic Characters Synopsis: Follow the adventures of Nodo The Van-Gnome as he tries to find his lost home on wheels. During his quest he’ll meet sewer dragons, junkyard trolls, and a cow or two. A fun, all-ages romp of a story created by Joey Weiser. Comics Worth Reading review Graphic Novel Resources review Author’s book page Publisher’s book page    

The Reasons for Dragons

Author/Illustrator: Chris Northrop & Jeff Stokely Publisher: Archaia Grade levels: 6-8, 9-12 Genres: Fantasy, Adventure Special Attractions: Teen Lead Characters Synopsis: The Reason for Dragons, by Chris Northrop and Jeff Stokely (Fraggle Rock), tells the story of Wendell, a high school outcast who lives a lonely, suburban existence, losing himself in books in order to avoid his distant, motorcycle-riding stepfather, Ted. When the school bullies convince Wendell to venture into the forest around their neighborhood and explore the long-abandoned Renaissance Faire grounds they all believe to be haunted, Wendell is surprised to find a man living in the barn—and even more surprised by the […] Read More