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The Professor’s Daughter

Author/Illustrator: Joann Sfar  & Emmanuel Guibert Publisher: First Second Grade levels: 9-12, Higher Education Subject: History/Social Studies Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Romance Special Attractions: Female Lead Characters, For adults too Synopsis: Imhotep IV is an Egyptian mummy who’s just opened his eyes for the first time in 3,000 years.  Lillian Bowell is the daughter of a renowned Egyptologist.  One day, when the Professor’s away, the two go out for an afternoon on the town.  The heap of trouble that they land in–brought on by Mozart, afternoon tea, and a passing gentleman’s sensitive nature–only deepens when they learn Imhotep IV’s father is in town.  Can Imhotep […] Read More

Rust series

Author/Illustrator: Royden Lepp Publisher: Archaia Grade levels: 2-3, 4-5, 6-8, 9-12 Genre: Science Fiction Special Attractions: Child Lead Characters, Teen Lead Characters, For adults too Synopsis: Life on the Taylor family farm was difficult enough before Jet Jones crashes into the barn, chased by a giant decommissioned war robot! Oldest son Roman Taylor struggles to keep his family’s small farm afloat as the area heals from a devastating world war. While the rest of his family may not trust the mysterious boy with the jetpack, Roman believes the secrets of Jet’s past may be the key to their survival. Titles in this series: […] Read More


Author/Illustrator: Nick Abadzis Publisher: First Second Grade levels: 4-5, 6-8, 9-12 Subject: Science, History/Social Studies Special Attractions: For adults too Synopsis: Laika was the abandoned puppy destined to become Earth’s first space traveler.  This is her journey. Nick Abadzis masterfully blends fiction and fact in the intertwined stories of three compelling lives. Along with Laika, there is Korolev, once a political prisoner, now a driven engineer at the top of the Soviet space program, and Yelena, the lab technician responsible for Laika’s health and life. This intense triangle is rendered with the pitch-perfect emotionality of classics like Because of Winn Dixie, Shiloh, […] Read More

First In Space

Author/Illustrator: James Vining Publisher: Oni Press Grade levels: 4-5, 6-8, 9-12 Subject: Science, History/Social Studies Special Attractions: For adults too Synopsis: In the early 60s, the space race was moving towards its climax. Prior to manned spaceflight, both Americans and Soviets were launching animals up in rockets in order to test the biological viability of manned spaceflight… often with tragic results. Extensively researched, First in Space is based on the true story of Ham, a chimpanzee that NASA trained for the first sub-orbital spaceflight. This rousing adventure provides a snapshot in time of mankind’s early steps at conquering the final frontier. (from the […] Read More

Crogan Adventures

Author/Illustrator: Chris Schweizer Publisher: Oni Press Grade levels: 4-5, 6-8, 9-12 Subject: History/Social Studies Genre: Historical Fiction, Adventure Special Attractions: For adults too Titles in this series: Crogan’s Vengeance: Sixteen individuals, three centuries, one family. It all starts here! CROGAN’S VENGEANCE, the first in an ongoing series of adventure graphic novels spanning continents and centuries as cartoonist Chris Schweizer climbs through the various branches of the Crogan clan’s family tree! Volume one of THE CROGAN ADVENTURES series introduces us to “Catfoot” Crogan, an honest sailor who finds himself thrust into a life of piracy! Crogan never wanted to be a pirate […] Read More

Clan Apis

Author/Illustrator: Jay Hosler Publisher: Active Synapse Grade levels: 4–5, 6–8, 9–12 Subject: Science Special Attractions: Anthropomorphic characters Synopsis: Clan Apis is the biography of a honey bee named Nyuki. Written and drawn by biologist Jay Hosler, this story explores an elaborate insect society. Nyuki has a lot to learn about life in the hive and not much time to do it. But, with help of her sister Dvorah, a dung beetle named Sisyphus, and a sarcastic flower named Bloomington, she might have a chance to figure it all out. Awards: 1998 Xeric Award, 3 Eisner Awards (2000: Best Limited Series, Best Title for a Younger Audience […] Read More

American Born Chinese

Author/Illustrator: Gene Yang Publisher: First Second Books Grade levels: 6-8, 9-12 Subject: Social Studies Genre: Fiction Special Attractions: Multicultural lead characters, Teen lead characters, Social issues, For adults, too Synopsis:  Jin Wang starts at a new school where he’s the only Chinese-American student. When a boy from Taiwan joins his class, Jin doesn’t want to be associated with an FOB like him. Jin just wants to be an all-American boy, because he’s in love with an all-American girl. Danny is an all-American boy: great at basketball, popular with the girls. But his obnoxious Chinese cousin Chin-Kee’s annual visit is such […] Read More

Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas

Author: Jim Ottaviani Illustrator: Maris Wicks Publisher: First Second Grade levels: 6–8, 9–12, Higher Ed Genre: Nonfiction, Biography Special attractions: Science, Female Lead Characters, For adults too Following 2011’s critically-acclaimed, bestselling science biography FEYNMAN, Jim Ottaviani returns with an action-packed account of the three great woman primatologists of the last century: Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas. These three ground-breaking researchers were all students of the great Louis Leakey, and each made profound contributions to primatology–and to our own understanding of ourselves. Tackling Goodall, Fossey, and Galdikas in turn, and covering the highlights of their respective careers, PRIMATES is an […] Read More