Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans

katrinaDrowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans by Don Brown

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
First Published: April 4th, 2015
Publisher: HMH BFYR
Recommended Age: 10+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Nonfiction, Environment, Middle Grade, History


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On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina’s monstrous winds and surging water overwhelmed the protective levees around low-lying New Orleans, Louisiana. Eighty percent of the city flooded, in some places under twenty feet of water. Property damages across the Gulf Coast topped $100 billion. One thousand eight hundred and thirty-three people lost their lives. The tale of this historic storm and the drowning of an American city is one of selflessness, heroism, and courage—and also of incompetence, racism, and criminality. Continue reading

The Mortal Instruments: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1

34733254The Mortal Instruments: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1 by Cassandra Jean

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Distributor
First Published: November 7th, 2017
Publisher: Yen Press
Recommended Age: 10+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Action, Demons


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Hanging out with her best friend, Simon, is just about the most exciting thing in Clary’s life…that is, until she realizes there are people only she can see. But when her mother disappears and a monster attacks her, Clary has to embrace a world that she never even knew existed–a world full of vampires, werewolves, demons, and those who fight for the humans, Shadowhunters… Continue reading

Manga Classics: Jane Eyre

26591771Manga Classics: Jane Eyre by Stacy King

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Diamond Comics Distributors
First Published: November 15th, 2016
Publisher: Udon Entertainment
Recommended Age: 10+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Manga, Classics, Gothic, Romance


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As an orphaned child, Jane Eyre is first cruelly abused by her aunt, then cast out and sent to a charity school. Though she meets with further abuse, she receives an education, and eventually takes a job as a governess at the estate of Edward Rochester. Jane and Rochester begin to bond, but his dark moods trouble her. When Jane uncovers the terrible secret Rochester has been hiding, she flees and finds temporary refuge at the home of St. John Rivers. Continue reading

Hostage – Guy Delisle

hostageHostage by Guy Delisle

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Diamond Comics Distributors
First Published: May 4th, 2017
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly
Recommended Age: 13+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Nonfiction, Suspense


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In the middle of the night in 1997, Doctors Without Borders administrator Christophe André was kidnapped by armed men and taken away to an unknown destination in the Caucasus region. For three months, André was kept handcuffed in solitary confinement, with little to survive on and almost no contact with the outside world. Close to twenty years later, award-winning cartoonist Guy Delisle (Pyongyang, Jerusalem, Shenzhen, Burma Chronicles) recounts André’s harrowing experience in Hostage, a book that attests to the power of one man’s determination in the face of a hopeless situation. Continue reading

Taproot – LGBT Graphic Novel

6050313-01Taproot by Keezy Young

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Diamond Comics Distributors
First Published: September 26th, 2017
Publisher: Lion Forge
Recommended Age: 11+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Young Adult, LGBT, Nature, Ghosts, Fantasy, Necromancy


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Blue is having a hard time moving on. He’s in love with his best friend. He’s also dead. Luckily, Hamal can see ghosts, leaving Blue free to haunt him to his heart’s content. But something eerie is happening in town, leaving the local afterlife unsettled, and when Blue realizes Hamal’s strange ability may be putting him in danger, Blue has to find a way to protect him, even if it means… leaving him. Continue reading

The Tea Dragon Society

34895950The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Received: Diamond Comics Distributors
First Published: October 18th, 2017
Publisher: Oni Press
Recommended Age: 6+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Culture, Children’s, Fantasy, Dragons, Friendship


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From the award-winning author of Princess Princess Ever After comes The Tea Dragon Society, a charming all-ages book that follows the story of Greta, a blacksmith apprentice, and the people she meets as she becomes entwined in the enchanting world of tea dragons. Continue reading

Princess Princess Ever After

30025791Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O’Neill

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Diamond Comics Distributors
First Published: September 20th, 2016
Publisher: Oni Press
Recommended Age: 10+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Middle Grade, Fairy Tale Retellings, Lesbian, Fantasy, Humour


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When the heroic princess Amira rescues the kind-hearted princess Sadie from her tower prison, neither expects to find a true friend in the bargain. Yet as they adventure across the kingdom, they discover that they bring out the very best in the other person. They’ll need to join forces and use all the know-how, kindness, and bravery they have in order to defeat their greatest foe yet: a jealous sorceress, who wants to get rid of Sadie once and for all. Continue reading

Past Tense – Star Spider

35068944Past Tense by Star Spider

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: April 10th, 2018
Publisher: Harper Collins
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT, Family, Mental Illness, Friendship


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Julie Nolan is a pretty average girl with pretty average problems. She’s been in love with her best friend, Lorelei, ever since they met in grade three. Only Lorelei doesn’t know about it — she’s too busy trying to set Julie up with Henry, her ex, who Julie finds, in a word, vapid.

But life gets more complicated when Julie comes home to find her mother insisting that her heart is gone. Pretty soon it becomes clear: Julie’s mom believes that she has died.

How is Julie supposed to navigate her first year of high school now, while she’s making midnight trips to the graveyard to cover her mother with dirt, lay flowers and make up eulogies? And why is Henry the only person Julie feels comfortable turning to? If she wants to get through this, Julie’s going to have to find the strength she never knew she had, and to learn how to listen to both her mom’s heart and her own. Continue reading

Ark Angel (Alex Rider #6)

9780142407387Ark Angel by Anthony Horowitz

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: April 4th, 2005
Publisher: Puffin Books
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Espionage, Action, Mystery, Friendship


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The sniper’s bullet nearly killed him. But Alex Rider managed to survive . . . just in time for more trouble to come his way. When kidnappers attempt to snatch a fellow patient from the exclusive hospital where Alex is recovering, he knows he has to stop him. But the boy he saves is no ordinary patient: He is the son of Nikolai Drevin, one of the richest men in the world. The eccentric billionaire has been targeted by Force Three, a group of eco-terrorists who claim his project Ark Angel—the first luxury hotel in outer space—is a danger to the environment. Soon Alex discovers that Force Three will stop at nothing to destroy Ark Angel, even if it means sending four hundred tons of molten glass and steel hurtling down to Earth and killing millions . . . unless Alex can stop them.  Continue reading

Looking for Alaska – John Green

99561Looking for Alaska by John Green

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: March 3rd, 2005
Publisher: Dutton BFYR
Recommended Age: 13+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Boarding School, Carpe Diem, First Love, Mystery


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Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Then. . . .
After. Nothing is ever the same.
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