Buyer's Guide 2020: Graphic Novels (Intermediate)

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Measuring Up Cover Image
By Lily LaMotte, Ann Xu (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062973863
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Published: HarperAlley - October 27th, 2020

After moving to Seattle, Cici finds herself feeling out of place at her new school and wishing she was still with her grandma, A-má, in Taiwan. Her plan is solid: she is going to win the grand prize in a juniors cooking competition and get her A-má a ticket to Seattle for her 70th birthday. This story of family, food, and finding your own way will leave you inspired...and hungry!

-Sarah


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Twins: A Graphic Novel Cover Image
By Varian Johnson, Shannon Wright (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338236132
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Published: Graphix - October 6th, 2020

Shannon Wright and Varian Johnson combine their talents to create a vivid and witty graphic novel about twins forging separate identities. The pages burst with color and movement while the script is both honest and humorous. Not only do the artists capture the pains of middle school, they celebrate the love of family.

-Karlyn


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The Witches: The Graphic Novel Cover Image
By Roald Dahl, Pénélope Bagieu (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781338677430
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - September 1st, 2020

They wear gloves, and pointy shoes, and wigs. Most of all...they despise children! After meeting the Grand High Witch herself, a boy and his grandmother suddenly find themselves as the only ones who can save all the children from the witches’ evil plot. This contemporary and colorful graphic adaption of the beloved Roald Dahl story had me falling in love with The Witches all over again.

-Sarah


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Black Heroes of the Wild West: Featuring Stagecoach Mary, Bass Reeves, and Bob Lemmons: A Toon Graphic Cover Image
By James Otis Smith, Kadir Nelson (Introduction by)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781943145522
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Published: Toon Graphics - September 15th, 2020

This book strikes the perfect balance between fact and fun by including comic-book-style vignettes about three Black heroes from days of yore alongside real photographs of Black, Brown, and Native cowboys and homesteaders. For any child curious about the U.S. history that doesn’t show up in a John Wayne movie, this will perfectly whet their appetite to find out more.

-Linda


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A Cat Story Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062932044
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Published: Quill Tree Books - October 6th, 2020

Inspired by the Minnesota author’s travels in Malta and love-hate relationship with museums, this fun and unusual graphic novel tells the story of two stray cats who are searching for a mythical garden. Not only do they walk across several Mediterranean islands, they walk through dozens of famous paintings as well. A lovely fable for young readers.

-Linda


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Lightfall: The Girl & the Galdurian Cover Image
By Tim Probert, Tim Probert (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062990464
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Published: HarperAlley - September 1st, 2020

Bea and Cad are two exceptionally well-developed characters. The comradery between the two and their growing acceptance of each other’s strengths and faults is hugely heartwarming and sure to captivate readers. The absolutely stunning artwork is the frosting on a delightfully well-written cake. With unexpected twists and shining dialogue, Lightfall is a new series to watch!

-Anna


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Class Act Cover Image
By Jerry Craft, Jerry Craft (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062885500
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Published: Quill Tree Books - October 6th, 2020

Many middle grade graphic novels faithfully depict universal teenage drama, and while Class Act has its fair share of growth spurts, body odor, and budding relationships, it also dives deep into how race and privilege affect all aspects of our lives. Powerful and engaging, this companion to Newbery award-winning New Kid broadens our view of Jordan, Drew, and friends as they navigate their second year of prep school with humor and heart.

-Kristen