A Story About Cancer (with a Happy Ending) [India Desjardins]

I'm not sure whether this is my mistaken preconceived notions regarding how the story would go, but A Story About Cancer (with a Happy Ending) by India Desjardins and illustrated by Marianne Ferrer was a lot darker than I thought it would be. I guess the inclusion of a happy ending didn't mean that the story would…

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The Iliad [Gareth Hinds]

  I've always loved the story of Troy and the great battle that happened there and resultingly have read and watched my way through quite a number of renditions. I definitely have my favorites, and this graphic novel The Iliad by Gareth Hinds is one that I deeply enjoyed. It's really quite a lot of fun to…

Giraffe Asks for Help [Nyasha M. Chikowore]

Giraffe Asks for Help by Nyasha M. Chikowore is an incredibly cute little kids novel that centers around a young giraffe who has just had his sixth birthday and is looking forward to finally being able to reach some of the best leaves all by himself. But, as he goes on to get some of…

The Daughters of Salem [Thomas Gilbert]

I don't know what, really, it was that I expected to find from The Daughters of Salem by Thomas Gilbert but it definitely didn't match what came. And I think this largely comes from the degree to which this graphic novel is, for lack of a better phrase, incredibly graphic. The disturbing images that manage to sneak…

Consent [Donna Freitas]

  Consent by Donna Freitas is a rough book to read. Detailing the account of a young woman pursuing a PhD in her early twenties as she is subjected to the unwanted attentions of a Professor in her program. It is a very personal story to the author and yet it is a story that,…

Ahmed’s Journey [Jill Apperson Manly]

Ahmed's Journey by Jill Apperson Manly is a fairly quick children's book with engaging illustrations detailing the experience of a young boy who deals with the anxiety of participating in the traditional camel races of his country and family. A wonderful way of introducing more diversity into the available children's books, Ahmed's Journey portrays emotions and feelings…

Charming [Mette Bach]

The companion novel to Cinders, Charming by Mette Bach focuses on the alternate point of view of the love interest in this Cinderella story retelling. Another hi/lo title, this book seeks to increase interest and confidence in young readers who have struggled by appealing to common interests of today's teenager and using easy to read language.…