Tag Archive for First Second

Tune: Vanishing Point

Andy Go is just a regular college student wondering what to do with his life. He’s only got one year left to go at the College of Visual Arts in San Francisco, but he’s suddenly decided that he’s going to…

Bloody Chester

It’s the height of the railroad boom in the Wild West. Chester Kates, better known as Bloody Chester, or, much to his chagrin, Lady Kate, lives as an outcast in the town of Averill. After yet another fight with some…

Marathon

Marathon

490 BCE – The Athenians have just pulled off the impossible and out-flanked the Persians in a battle on the fields of Marathon. But it was not a defeat. The Persians retreated to their ships and set sail for Athens.…

Americus

Neil Barton is a typical middle school student in the typical small town of Americus, Oklahoma. Sure, he’s quiet, reads a lot, and doesn’t have many friends except for his best friend Danny Burns, but otherwise, he’s typical. Average, you…

The Moon Moth

The Moon Moth

Originally a short story published in 1961, The Moon Moth has everything you might expect from classic science fiction- a futuristic, technologically advanced, space-faring society; complicated alien societal rules; and a plucky, young hero pitting himself against the odds. The…

Resistance, book 3: Victory

Things are heating up quickly for Paul and his sisters Marie and Sylvie. Members of the French Resistance during World War II, the three siblings begin to realize that war is only shades of gray and the black-and-white divides they…

Friends with Boys

It’s not just Maggie’s first day of high school. It’s also her first day in a real school. Until now, Maggie has been home-schooled by her mom, but it’s time for her to join her three older brothers in the…

Refesh Refresh

The fact that their fathers are soldiers in Iraq preoccupies the three male protagonists of this tale living in a small town in Oregon. The friends are haunted by their fathers’ absences, their fears for their fathers’ safety and their…

The Unsinkable Walker Bean

Pirates, merwitches, enchanted objects, and plenty of swachbuckling action pack the pages of Aaron Renier’s The Unsinkable Walker Bean. Like many kids, Walker Bean grew up hearing tales of Atlantis, a city lost to the depths of the ocean by…

Mush! Sled Dogs with Issues

Anthropomorphism reigns supreme in this witty and often harsh glimpse into the world of sled dogs in the frozen north. Two tales are told simultaneously, that of dysfunctional relationship between the humans, Boss and the Boss’s Mate, and that of…

Same Difference

Our actions affect those around us, though we may not realize this at the time, and quite often this leads us to have our fair share of regrets about things we did in the past. Back when Simon was in…

Dawn Land

“When the Owner-Creator made the world, he made the mountains, the trees, and the animal people. Something was missing. The Earth was not complete. He decided it was time to make the human beings. He looked around for something to…

Prime Baby

As third grader Thaddeus knows all too well, babies screw up everything. He was content to be the only child and enjoy being the sole beneficiary of attention in his family, but along came an “unexpected blessing” in the form…

Feynman

Feynman by Jim Ottaviani

Although it offers an engaging story of a life of scientific discovery, I found Feynman to be a frustrating book. Not because it’s about particle physics and quantum electrodynamics (QED) and other things I don’t understand; on the contrary, I…

Koko Be Good

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Jon and Koko are young adults in San Francisco who both aspire to be better people by following the ill-fitting examples of others. Jon plans to leave everything behind and follow his girlfriend Emily to Peru, where she will teach…

Zahra’s Paradise

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What started as a webcomic – serialized online since 2010 – Zahra’s Paradise is a story that will make readers cry, rejoice, and ultimately feel despair at the story of a woman searching for her son in the aftermath of…