Altitude

Jean-Marc Rochette

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French artist Jean-Marc Rochette explores his intense relationship with mountain climbing and art in this beautifully illustrated coming-of-age memoir.

Appeals to

Mountaineering enthusiasts; readers who like gritty, contemplative memoirs

Content Notes

Language; gruesome injuries

Creator Identities:

  • Race and/or Nationality: 6802

Main Character Identities:

  • Race and/or Nationality: 5877
Recommended by

Megan Rupe

Aquicorn Cove

K. O'Neill

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Lana loves the sea thanks to her mother. When they visit their family’s coastal village to help with the post-storm cleanup, she finds a mysterious creature and immediately starts to care for it. Lana learns that the village and the nearby reef’s creatures have been out of balance for some time. Can Lana help?

Appeals to

Fans of O’Neill’s other works; readers who love gentle fantasy, and conservation

Content Notes

Parent death

Creator Identities:

  • Gender Identity: Nonbinary
Recommended by

Megan Rupe

As the Crow Flies

Melanie Gillman

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Charlie joins a Christian backpacking retreat, hoping for answers on her feelings about religion. On the way, she ends up confronting racism and her own quiet feelings of attraction towards other girls. As the discomfort from all of this rises she asks God why she's even here, doing this. The answer comes in looking at the amazing nature around her. It's a beautiful story of questioning and finding set in the natural world.

Appeals to

Teens questioning sexuality, questioning religion, and wanting a connection to nature.

Content Notes

Discussion of racism, sexism, and derogatory words for girls who like other girls.

Creator Identities:

  • Sexuality: Queer
  • Gender Identity: Nonbinary

Main Character Identities:

  • Race and/or Nationality: African-American
  • Gender Identity: Gender Nonconforming
Recommended by

Shannan Prukop

Be Prepared

Vera Brosgol

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Vera hopes that going to summer camp will help her finally fit in with her wealthier, all-American classmates. Except that she's going to Russian summer camp, and it won't be anything like what she expected.

Appeals to

Fans of lively childhood memoirs like those written by Raina Telgemeier, Cece Bell, and Victoria Jamieson

Content Notes

Bullying

  • Race and/or Nationality: 6941
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  • Recommended by

    Nic Willcox

    Blankets

    Craig Thompson

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    An autobiographical tale about a teenager's first love and crisis of faith. The winter background is part of the story.

    Appeals to

    Young adult/Adult readers

    Camp

    Kayla Miller

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    Olive is excited for sleepaway camp, but her homesick friend Willow is making it hard. Can Olive and Willow find a way to enjoy camp and keep their friendship?

    Appeals to

    Readers who love relatable slice of life stories; kids excited and/or nervous about going to camp

    Recommended by

    Megan Rupe

    Flamer

    Mike Curato

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    In addition to being a heartbreakingly accurate portrayal of a queer teen coming to terms with his identity amongst his homophobic peers, Flamer takes place at summer camp. The book teaches outdoors skills like different types of knots, how to find good firewood, and orienteering basics.

    Appeals to

    Queer teens, readers of tough topics

    Content Notes

    Homophobic, racist, and fatphobic content, as well as suicidal ideation.

    Creator Identities:

    • Race and/or Nationality: 6797
    • Sexuality: 7028

    Main Character Identities:

    • Race and/or Nationality: 6573
    • Sexuality: 5362
    • Religion: 5767
    Recommended by

    Shira Pilarski

    Golden Kamuy

    Satoru Noda

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    Former Japanese soldier Sugimoto Saichi (aka Immortal Sugimoto) teams up with Asirpa, an Ainu girl, to find a secret stash of Ainu gold. They will have to battle the harsh wilderness as well as other seekers--including members of the Japanese army!

    Appeals to

    Fans of gritty realistic action stories; historical fiction readers who enjoy stories such as Vinland Saga

    Creator Identities:

    • Race and/or Nationality: 6849

    Main Character Identities:

    • Race and/or Nationality: 5397
    • First Nation or Indigenous People: 7093
    Recommended by

    Megan Rupe

    Laid Back Camp

    Afro

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    Rin and Nadeshiko absolutely love to camp. They have adventures hiking, making friends, and eating delicious food.

    Appeals to

    Fans of the great outdoors and those who enjoy cute, slice of life stories.

    Creator Identities:

    • Race and/or Nationality: 6849

    Main Character Identities:

    • Race and/or Nationality: 5397
    Recommended by

    Martha Boksenbaum

    Lumberjanes

    ND Stevenson

    Brooke Allen

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    Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley attend a summer camp where supernatural adventures find them at every turn. Luckily, these friends are more than up to the challenge!

    Appeals to

    Readers who like a bit of the supernatural in their outdoor adventures

    Creator Identities:

    • Sexuality: 7029
    • Gender Identity: Nonbinary

    Main Character Identities:

    • Sexuality: 5363
    • Gender Identity: 5929
    Recommended by

    Megan Rupe

    On the Camino

    Jason

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    In this thoughtful and occasionally humorous graphic memoir, cartoonist Jason chronicles his journey on the Camino de Santiago, a five hundred mile pilgrimage route through Spain.

    Appeals to

    Fans of travelogues; readers looking for a thoughtful slice-of-life tale

  • Race and/or Nationality: 6918
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  • Recommended by

    Megan Rupe

    Pilu of the Woods

    Mai K. Nguyen

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    Willow, a nature-loving young girl, is struggling with her emotions, school, and her family. After a fight with her older sister, Willow flees into the woods, where she meets Pilu, a lost tree spirit. Can Willow and Pilu find their way home?

    Appeals to

    Readers who love the true-to-life human dynamics and fantastical elements of K. O’Neill and Molly Ostertag’s work

    Creator Identities:

    • Race and/or Nationality: 6850, 7011
    Recommended by

    Megan Rupe

    Pumpkinheads

    Rainbow Rowell

    Faith Erin Hicks

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    It’s Josiah and Deja’s last night at the Pumpkin Patch, a fall-themed fair where they’ve worked all through high school. Josiah and Deja explore the fair in a last ditch quest to help Josiah confess his feelings for a girl he’s admired from afar.

    Appeals to

    Fans of fall activities and food; fans of slow, meandering romance

    Main Character Identities:

    • Race and/or Nationality: 5357
    • Sexuality: 5364
    Recommended by

    Megan Rupe

    Secrets of Camp Whatever

    Chris Grine

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    Willow is not enthusiastic about Camp Whatever--a camp on a deserted island with a mysterious and dangerous past! When she gets there, she finds herself in a place with strange, wonderful creatures and throws herself into exploring only to clash with the camp director. Can Willow help the island’s inhabitants protect themselves from an individual who wishes to harm them?

    Appeals to

    Fans of the supernatural shenanigans of Lumberjanes and Gravity Falls

    Content Notes

    A scary injury, but otherwise not much to be concerned about

    Main Character Identities:

    • Disability: 5805
    Recommended by

    Megan Rupe

    Survive in the Outdoors

    Mike Lawrence

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    Sophia and Alonso go on a fishing trip with their grandfather only to have it turn into a camping trip! Kids will learn wilderness survival crafts and skills in this installment of the Maker Comics series.

    Appeals to

    Kids curious about camping and wilderness survival

    Content Notes

    The scenes where a fish gets gutted and the grandfather gets hurt may upset some readers who easily become squeamish

    Main Character Identities:

    • Race and/or Nationality: 5356
    Recommended by

    Megan Rupe

    The Girl from the Sea

    Molly Knox Ostertag

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    Morgan has a plan to escape her home on a tiny island and live as her true self, but a mysterious girl named Keltie barges into her life and puts those plans in jeopardy. As Morgan falls for Keltie, Keltie’s plans to save her family of seals test their budding relationship.

    Appeals to

    Readers who liked the fantastical elements and realistic feels of Snapdragon and Ostertag’s Witch Boy series; people in the mood for a sweet queer romance; fans of fairy tale/folklore retellings

    Creator Identities:

    • Sexuality: 7029

    Main Character Identities:

    • Sexuality: 5363
    Recommended by

    Megan Rupe

    You & a Bike & a Road

    Eleanor Davis

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    Eleanor Davis attempts to bike from Tucson, Arizona to Georgia in this diary comic. Join Eleanor in her adventures across the South as she experiences the varied scenery, knee issues, and numerous interesting, kind people.

    Appeals to

    Cycling enthusiasts; fans of autobiographies; readers who have enjoyed Davis' other work

    Content Notes

    Some language; discussion of immigration detainment

    Recommended by

    Megan Rupe

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