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Ghosts

GHOSTS Front Cover

Title: Ghosts
Author: Raina Telgemeier

Series: N/A Expected Publish Date September 13, 2016
Recommended for: 8th – 12th grade
Pages: 256
Call Number/Link:  GN TEEN

 

 

 

 

Synopsis: Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn’t happy about leaving her friends for Bahía de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahía de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them. As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister’s sake — and her own.

Opinion:  I was asked to review an ARC copy of this book for my library.  I thought it was quite good.  Nice to see that there is going to be an interesting graphic book about Dia de los muertos.  This book is well written and respectful of the topic. I really liked the ways in which they explained the spirits though the ending is a bit different.  A must read if wanting to know more about the topic but definately meets a fans expectation of great visual quality at the level of a teen. I would recommend for middle and high school readers.

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Posted by on July 25, 2016 in Graphic Novels, Teen, Uncategorized

 

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Your Lie in April vol 1

23995516Title: Your Lie in April vol 1
Author: Naoshi Arakawa
Series: Your Lie in April
Recommended for:  Grade 6th and Up
Pages: 224
Call Number/Link:  GN Teen Lie

Synopsis: Kosei Arima was a piano prodigy until his cruel taskmaster of a mother died suddenly, changing his life forever. Driven by his pain to abandon piano, Kosei now lives in a monotonous, colorless world. Having resigned himself to a bland life, he is surprised when he meets Kaori Miyazono, a violinist with an unorthodox style. Can she bring Kosei back to music, and back to life?

Review: This is a manga that one of the teens recommended we buy at on of our Otaku Days. The first volume is spectacular, I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to read more. It has a lot that teens can relate to since it’s mainly about doing things that because you were forced to. It’s also about finding out how to love those things anyway. And about how sometimes you just have to break the rules/break out of the box if it’s what makes you happy. I’m extremely interested to see where the series goes. For those who like Fruits Basket, Strobe Edge, or Ouran High Host Club this would be a good recommendation.

 
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Posted by on July 6, 2016 in Graphic Novels, Teen

 

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Resistance

Resistance

Jacket (1)Title:: Resistance
Author: : Carla Jablonski ; illustrated by Leland Purvis ; color by Hilary Sycamore.
Series: Resistance trilogy
Recommended for: Grades 5-9
Pages: Unpaginated
Call Number/Link:  GN J JAB
Synopsis: A couple’s bucolic French town is almost untouched by the ravages of WWII. When their friend goes into hiding and his Jewish parents disappear, they realize they must take a stand.
Review:  This is a tough book, but important. It is about the occupation of France as told from the point of view of children. The authors work hard to make the story gripping without being melodramatic. The excellently capture the fear and uncertainty of war coupled with the power of family. End notes in the book talk a bit more about the war and reasonably discuss the idea that war is filled with shades of grey, explaining some of the ideas as to why people might collaborate with the Nazis.

 

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Nimona

Nimona
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Title: Nimona
Author: Noelle Stevenson
Recommended for:  Teens
Pages: 266
Call Number/Link:  GN TEEN STEVENSON, N.

Synopsis: Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are. But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit

Review:  Nimona,on a first read sounds like a send up of the tropes of fantasy and hero/villain sidekicks, but the story matures and grows into a tale of self-exploration and relationships. All of the characters get their excellently written moments of introspection. I enjoyed this title quite a bit.

Nimona is one of those rare things in narrative fiction: a complex female character. All too often, the quest for “strong” female protagonists, leads to a blandish heroine who’s strength, basically translates to “pretty/knows karate.” Nimona’s strength lies in a battling mixture of powerful darkness mixed with a very human vulnerability.

This is a graphic novel that shines for teens or adults both males and females. While not overtly violent or ribald, I would not recommend it for younger viewers. Many of the subtle nuances of character and the meditations on what makes one “good” or “bad” are a bit above the interest level of a younger reader.

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2015 in Fantasy, Graphic Novels, Teen

 

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Tokyo Ghoul

23353593Title: Tokyo Ghoul
Author: Sui Ishida
Series: Tokyo Ghoul
Recommended for: 8th Grade and Up
Pages: 224
Call Number/Link:  GN Teen Tokoyo

Synopsis: Shy Ken Kaneki is thrilled to go on a date with the beautiful Rize. But it turns out that she’s only interested in his body—eating it, that is. When a morally questionable rescue transforms him into the first half-human half-Ghoul hybrid, Ken is drawn into the dark and violent world of Ghouls, which exists alongside our own.

Review: This one is going to appeal to the action/adventure or horror crowd. It’s a bit violent, but no worse that most other mangas that I’ve read. I’ve only read vol 1 so far, but it’s very interesting concept. Ghouls don’t care about humans other than food. They’re like how humans would view most cows/pigs/chickens, etc. They’re cute but mainly we see them as food. However, for Ken, being human first, he’s caught in a moral dilemma. Normal food loses all appeal/taste and the only thing that makes his mouth water is now humans. But how can he eat someone who was just like him?! He would rather die than do that. And if he doesn’t find a balance that he can accept, that just may happen. Of course, he’s got a lot to learn about the Ghouls as well as they aren’t what he expected. I’m interested to see where this one goes and I think the teens will latch onto and love it easily.

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2015 in Graphic Novels, Teen

 

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