Genre Feature – Graphic Novels

Graphic Novels (aka Comic Books) are often decried as junk, and children are often encouraged to “make the jump” from comics to “real books.” However, scientists and teachers alike are starting to support the use of comics as a unique teaching tool that not only makes learning more enjoyable, but also helps readers understand concepts more clearly. J.A. Micheline outlines the merits of comics quite nicely at the Guardian.

But why take her word for it? Come try some of the new items from our Graphic collection.

c5d19c013a5014e5cdac3d127b4d9c29.jpgEl Deafo by Cece Bell

“Starting at a new school is scary, even more so with a giant hearing aid strapped to your chest! At her old school, everyone in Cece’s class was deaf. Here she is different. She is sure the kids are staring at the Phonic Ear, the powerful aid that will help her hear her teacher. Too bad it also seems certain to repel potential friends.”

An unforgettable book about growing up, and all the super and super embarrassing moments along the way.”


Tommysaurus REX by Doug TenNapel

“A tale about a boy and his T Rex! Ely is an everyboy trying to cope with the death of his dog Tommy. When he finds a live, 40-foot Tyrannosaurus Rex trapped in a cave behind his grandfather’s house, Ely embarks on an adventure to tame this seemingly friendly giant, convince the town his new pet isn’t a threat, and keep his dinosaur safe from the jealous town bully.”


Compass South by Hope Larson and Rebecca Mock

When 12-year-old twins Alexander and Cleopatra’s father disappears, they set off on a across-country adventure full of mysteries, heists, and swashbuckling across 1860’s America.


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