Tag Archive for First Second

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…

Orcs: Forged for War

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Orcs: Forged for War is the first graphic novel set in the fantasy universe created in Stan Nicholls’s Orcs novels. Lots of science fiction and fantasy series are adding graphic novels these days and some series pull it off better…

Brain Camp

Camp Fielding, an educational summer camp, promises to turn any teenager into a prodigy. So when Jenna and Lucas, two ordinary 14-year-olds who constantly disappoint their parents, are offered last minute spots, their families jump at the chance. But not…

Prince of Persia

The Prince of Persia made his first appearance in a video game. This, a comic book foray for the character, adds to the mythology. Using the mythic form of story telling is where this text is at is strongest. It…

Anya’s Ghost

First her mom tries to feed her greasy syrniki, then she gets ignored by the boy she has a crush on, the weird nerd tries to catch her eye, she has a fight with her only friend over cigarettes… and…

Bake Sale

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Cupcake and Eggplant are best friends. Cupcake has a bakery in the city and plays the drums in a band. When Eggplant talks about his trip to Turkey to visit his aunt, Cupcake is super excited for him and even…

Level Up

Level Up is definitely proof of the old adage that you should never judge a book by its cover. Take one glance at its charming Game Boy-inspired cover design and you might assume you’re about to read a graphic novel…

Nursery Rhyme Comics

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This treasury of fifty familiar and not-so-familiar nursery rhymes was illustrated and freshly interpreted by fifty well-known and not-so-well known comic book illustrators (with several familiar illustrators from outside the comic book realm) with copious colour and wild abandon to…

Astronaut Academy, vol. 1: Zero Gravity

Astronaut Academy offers a school experience like no other. With classes like Dinosaur Racing, Anti-Gravity Gymnastics, and Spanish, there is something for everyone in this school. The new kid that Astronaut Academy follows is one Hakata Soy. Hakata needs to…

American Born Chinese

Everyone has bad days—and when you’re growing up and discovering yourself, those bad days are magnified times a thousand. Gene Luen Yang, author and illustrator of American Born Chinese (color by Lark Pien), turns that teenage angst into a wonderful,…