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Rocket Robinson and the Pharaoh’s Fortune

Author/Illustrator: Sean O’Neill Website: Rocket Robinson Grade levels: 4-5, 6-8 Subject: History/Social Studies Genres: Mystery, Adventure Special Attractions: Anthology, Child Lead Characters, Webcomic Synopsis: Cairo, 1933. The Egyptian capital is a buzzing hive of treasure-hunters, thrill-seekers, and adventurers, but to 12-year-old Ronald “Rocket” Robinson, it’s just another sticker on his well-worn suitcase. All that changes when Rocket and his pet monkey, Screech, find a strange note written in Egyptian hieroglyphs which launches Rocket into an adventure more incredible than anything he’s ever seen at the Saturday matinee. Publishers Weekly review Geek Dad review Boing Boing review Awards: – One of the Best […] Read More

Explorer: the Mystery Boxes

Editor: Kazu Kabuishi Publisher: Scholastic Grade levels: 4–5, 6–8 Genre: Mystery, Fantasy Special attractions: Anthology, For adults too Seven clever stories answer one simple question: What’s in the box? Funny, fantastic, spooky, and suspenseful, each of these unique and beautifully illustrated short graphic works revolves around a central theme: a mysterious box and the marvels — or mayhem — inside. Artists include middle school favorites Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet) and Raina Telgemeier (Smile), as well as Dave Roman,  Jason Caffoe, Stuart Livingston, Johane Matte, Rad Sechrist (all contributors to the groundbreaking comics anthology series Flight), and up-and-coming artist Emily Carroll. (from publisher’s […] Read More