Brave

June 29, 2017

Brave by Svetlana Chmakova Graphic Novel Realistic Fiction Review #1 * * * * Stars (Great!) The book is about a middle-schooler named Jensen who is teased for his looks and hobbies.  When the newspaper club asks him to help in a project about bullying and how it impacts us, he realizes that being brave is all it takes.

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Dumbest Idea Ever

June 29, 2017

The Dumbest Idea Ever by Jimmy Gownley Graphic Novel Realistic Fiction Review #1 At thirteen, Jimmy was popular, at the top of the class, and the leading scorer on his basketball team.  But all that changed when chicken pox forced him to miss the championship game.  Then things went from bad to worse when he got pneumonia and missed more school.  Before Jimmy knew it, his grades were sinking and…

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Goosebumps: Slappy’s Tales of Horror

June 12, 2017

Slappy’s Tales of Horror Goosebumps series by R. L. Stine Graphic Novel Horror Review #1 * * * Stars (Pretty good) “Slappy’s Tales of Horror” was pretty good.  I didn’t like how they ended each story and left you hanging off a cliff.  I did like each story, though.  I like how it requires you to think about what is actually happening.

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Invisible Emmie

June 5, 2017

Invisible Emmie by Terri Libenson Graphic Novel Realistic Fiction * * * Stars (Pretty good) Emmie is a 7th grader and despite her amazing art skills, she’s basically invisible to her peers. She’s not bullied or picked on, but she’s certainly not popular either. She has one good friend (Brianna), but they don’t have many classes together, so Emmie spends most of her school days feeling alone and somewhat anxious….

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Flash: Flashpoint

March 1, 2017

Flash: Flashpoint by Geoff Johns Adventure Comics Graphic Novel Mystery Science Fiction Thriller Review #1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) “Flashpoint” is the story of Barry Allen (the Flash) waking up in a totally different world than the one he had known.  With Aquaman and Wonder Woman clashing, and Batman being an entirely different person, Barry sets out to find how this happened, and how he can return…

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Tintin

March 1, 2017

The Adventures of Tintin by Hergé Adventure Comics Fantasy Graphic Novel Mystery Thriller Review #1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) Tintin is a wonderful story of a boy and his pet dog, Snowy.  Together they solve some of the most puzzling mysteries known to man.  Tintin has some of the most interesting supporting characters such as Captain Haddock, Thompson & Thomson, and the quirky professor Calculus.  Any mystery…

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Batman: Hush

March 1, 2017

Batman: Hush by Scott Snyder Adventure Comics Fantasy Graphic Novel Mystery Thriller Review #1 * * * * Stars (Great!) “Hush” is a great Batman story that actually has a wonderful mystery developing throughout the story.  Hush is a villain that seemingly knows Batman’s every move, and knows where to hit him in all the right places.  Bruce Wayne soon learns that the secrets of his past will soon catch…

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Batman: The Court of Owls

March 1, 2017

Batman: The Court of Owls Scott Snyder Comics Graphic Novel Superheroes Review #1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) “The Court of Owls” is one of the most famous Batman storylines about a mythical group of an underground government called the Court of Owls that watches Gotham’s every move.  Bruce Wayne’s father used to tell him that story when he was a child, but he soon realizes that the…

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Ghosts

October 11, 2016

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier Graphic Novel Realistic Fiction Supernatural Cat and her family move to the coastal town of Bahia de la Luna to help with her little sister Maya’s health issues (she has cystic fibrosis). The whole town seems to be obsessed with spirits and Dia de los Muertos is coming up fast!  Maya, too, becomes interested in ghosts – she has questions about death and the afterlife that…

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Book Review: El Deafo by Cece Bell

February 17, 2015

Book Review:  El Deafo by Cece Bell Recommended for readers 4th grade and up. Realistic Fiction/Graphic Novel Have you walked around with your eyes closed to see how it would feel to be blind? Think about what it might be like to be deaf. What would you miss hearing? Music? Television shows? Voices of family, friends, teachers? Take a look at El Deafo by Cece Bell. In this graphic novel, the author/artist tells the…

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