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Posted on July 3, 2020 at 2:12 PM by Genesis Gaule
If you are a fan of graphic novels and comic books, here are three great selections available on Overdrive you can read right now on your tablet or web browser!
Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Becoming your most unattractive self when you hit adolescence is like a rite of passage, but what if you added dental trauma on top of it? Smile recounts Telgemeier's dental nightmares and social struggles she endured between the sixth and ninth grades. Even readers who weren't/aren’t forced to wear braces will identify with the author's troubles with friends, feelings for the boy who ignores her, and difficulties figuring out just who she is.
Suggested Age: 10 and up (dental trauma, surgery/blood, puberty, bullying)
The Stonekeeper (Amulet Series, Book 1) by Kazu Kibuishi
After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather, but the ancient house holds a dangerous magic amulet and a portal to a strange world filled with creepy man-eating monsters, sentient robots, and talking animals. Their way home blocked and their mother's life on the line, what is Emily willing to risk to save the people she loves?
Suggested Age: 10 and up (creepy imagery, death, life-and-death action)
They Called Us Enemy by George Takei
Before he braved new frontiers in Star Trek, George Takei was a four-year-old boy and one of over 100,000 Japanese Americans imprisoned by the U.S. government in American concentration camps during World War II. Takei recounts his child-like innocence of the horrific events as well as the political climate and his parents recounted stories; beautifully highlighted by Harmony Becker's black and white illustrations.
Suggested Age: 15 and up (war, dehumanization, racial violence, politics, grief and loss)
Be sure to check out our Overdrive catalog for more great graphic novels and comic books!
Tag(s): World War II, recommendations, overdrive, middle school, high school, graphic novels, fantasy, e-books, coming-of-age, autobiography
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