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This One Summer

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Every year Rose and her parents go to a lake house on Awago beach. The summer is normally full of swimming, campfires, and other warm-weather fun with her summertime best friend Windy. However, this year is different. Rose’s parents are…

Native American Classics

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The 18 entries in this anthology were originally written by Native American authors in the early 19th and 20th centuries, and they are adapted here by contemporary authors and illustrators with various tribal affiliations. The poems, stories, and folklore retellings vary in…

The Reason for Dragons

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Wendell has it rough. He’s a skinny, nerdy teen surrounded by beefy, hyper-masculine types, like his well-meaning stepfather, Ted, or the bullies from school. Trying to prove himself on their terms is hard. When he attempts to learn the workings…

Will & Whit

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Wilhelmina “Will” Huckstep is afraid of the dark. As a teen, she should probably be more embarrassed about this, but she has her reasons. Besides, she can deal with it. She has supportive friends and her hobby is making creative…

Marble Season

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In this quasi-autobiographical tale, comic book legend Gilbert Hernandez paints a vibrant and pragmatic view of his memories of suburban family life in California during the 1960s. Firmly affixed in time with popular culture references from television programs, music, and,…

Sunny, vol. 1

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In the yard of the Star Kids group home sits a broken-down yellow car. The rusting Sunny 1200 may no longer function in any traditional sense, but it “runs on telepathy,” as one boy appreciatively puts it, serving the home’s…

Jane, the fox & me

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Illustrator Isabelle Arsenault recently won the illustrious Canadian Governor’s General Award for her illustrations for the original French publication of this title. Set in Quebec of the mid 1970s, with Fanny Britt’s exceptional text superbly translated into English by Christelle…

Cross Game, vols. 6-8

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Creator Mitsuru Adachi pitches a perfect game as he wraps up this heartwarming tale of loss, love, laughter, and baseball. If you haven’t read the first five omnibus volumes in this excellent shonen romantic sports dramedy, treat yourself and do…

The Loxleys and the War of 1812

This attractive book is a welcome addition to readers of historical fiction, particularly those who wish to familiarize themselves with the Canadian perspective of a pivotal war that impacted Canada, the United States, and Great Britain. The foreword pays homage…

Sumo

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I think I’ve gotten into the habit of reading graphic novels and expecting them to be lengthy series or intricate stand-alones that neatly wrap up every loose end. Sumo is neither of these things. This open-ended graphic novella is about…

Peanut

We all know moving can be hard. Transferring to a new school can be stressful. And even more so, making new friends can be traumatic. Sadie, however, has a plan to reinvent herself at her new high school. It’s easy…

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong

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Charlie is the quintessential well-liked jock. Everyone knows him and generally likes him, but this laidback guy only seems to get really excited about basketball and avoiding his mother’s phone calls. Charlie’s world gets pulled in several directions when the…

No Longer Human, vols. 1-3

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“I’ve lived a life full of shame.” “Human beings terrify me…” While surfing the Internet for inspiration, manga-ka Furuya is drawn to the voice behind an enigmatic online diary titled No Longer Human. In it, a broken young man named…

Common Grounds

Common Grounds is a lost treasure of the Modern Age of Comics. (That’s not hyperbole. I literally lost my copies of the original six-issue mini-series somewhere along the line and only recently rediscovered the series after chancing upon the trade…

Strugglers

If there’s one good thing about graphic novels achieving greater visibility on bookstore and library shelves, it’s the fact that small, independent projects that otherwise wouldn’t see the light of day get a chance to shine. A perfect case in…

Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes

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This winner of the 2012 Costa Award (UK) for best biography delineates the life of two women, circumstantially connected through author James Joyce. The narrator, Mary Talbot, scholar and wife of her co-author — well-known comic book creator Bryan Talbot…