A Thousand No’s [DJ Corchin]

A Thousand No's by DJ Corchin, while certainly inspirational in many ways, is not the book I expected when I picked this up. In truth, I was expecting something more of a comedy, slightly fueled by the image on the cover. But, this book isn't exactly the funny story of a girl wanting to get…

Beauty and the Beast [Jessica Gunderson]

Beauty and the Beast by Jessica Gunderson is a graphic novel retelling illustrated by Thais Damião. This story follows the original story rather than the Disney version, thus including Beauty's two sisters, her father's attempted rose theft, and no Gaston. A book I would recommend for young or beginning readers, this Beauty and the Beast is…

A Sparrow’s Roar [Christina Rose Chua and Paolo Chikiamco]

Christina Rose Chua and Paolo Chikiamco's A Sparrow's Roar is a graphic novel full of passion and heart. With their country near under attack from barbarians, when the leader of Esterpike is murdered, it falls upon her sister, Per, to impersonate her in order to convince the nearby Generals to join them in protecting her homeland…

My Monster Friends and Me [Annie Sarac]

Gosh, this book's cover is so friggin' cute. I absolutely adored reading Annie Sarac's My Monster Friends and Me. Illustrated by Alice Bereton, this is a clever and cute commentary on all the various aspects of life that, without context, can seem incredibly scary and how shining just a little light on it all makes everything turn…

Irena: Children of the Ghetto [Jean-David Morvan]

The second installment of Jean-David Morvan and Séverine Tréfouël's Irena: Children of the Ghetto, a biographical graphic novel about Irena Sendlerowa, a woman who saved thousands of young Jewish lives by smuggling them away to safety is a hard read just as the first was. In a way, book two is almost more difficult to read…

The Every Body Book [Rachel E. Simon]

With the fact that sex education in this country can often be dismal and useless, I've always found myself somewhat eager to request books that have been written to circumvent the problems this lack of adequate knowledge creates. The truth of the matter is that most schools just don't teach children and teenagers this information…