Friday YA Graphic Novel Double Feature: Fake Blood by Whitney Gardner. Piper by Jay Asher (Author), Jessica Freeburg (Author), Jeff Stokely (Illustrator)

I usually like to have my Friday post be a couple books I can wholeheartedly recommend... This week, unfortunately I found these both kinda bleh. Fake Blood by Whitney Gardner Middler schooler AJ has a crush on Nia. AJ is scared. Nia likes vampires. AJ tries to get her interested by going to school dressed... Continue Reading →

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

Min’s family of supernatural, shapeshifting foxes lives on Jinju, an outer rim planet that just wasn’t able to be fully terraformed. She and her family stay in human form the majority of the time, and use their taboo abilities sparingly. Her brother was able to escape the dusty confines of their home by joining the... Continue Reading →

Friday Graphic Novel Double Feature: Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell. The King of Kazoo by Norm Feuti

Cardboard Kingdom by Chad SellThis graphic novel is awesome. Period. Chad Sell teams up with several other storytellers to create a neighborhood of fantasy made out of refrigerator boxes! A diverse cast of young people dressed up at Monsters, Princesses, and Robots, subtlety tackle issues of bullying, divorce, competition, parent expectations, and many more. The... Continue Reading →

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America Edited by Ibi Zoboi

17 stories featuring young people of color of differing socioeconomic backgrounds living all over the country. These coming-of-age stories feature conflicts dealing with themes such as sexuality, education, and love, while always holding onto a strong connection to history and family. Yet, these narratives also discuss issues inherently connected to people of color: skin color,... Continue Reading →

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