{comic} anya’s ghost

This was another one where I had to wait to see first hand what all the fuss was about. [Winner of the 2011 Cybils Award for Graphic Novels (Young Adult) and is on the 2012 YALSA (Top 10) Great Graphic Novels for Teens]. The patience and persistence was worth it. Vera Brosgol’s Anya’s Ghost reallyContinue reading “{comic} anya’s ghost”

{comic} are you my mother?

Alison Bechdel wrote about her and her father in Fun Home (Houghton Mifflin, 2006). She is back to write a book about her and her mother. While you could probably enjoy Are You My Mother? without having read Fun Home, I think this latest memoir works better with a familiarity with the former (also, Fun HomeContinue reading “{comic} are you my mother?”

{comic} Page by Paige

Natalya had been acting more peculiar than usual. I figured it was the lingering effects of David Almond’s My Name is Mina which inspired all sorts of strange yet creative behavior. After finally getting to Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge, a comic I had picked up at the Library and N had readContinue reading “{comic} Page by Paige”

{comic} level up

After American Born Chinese I was eager to read something else by Gene Luen Yang and the Library finally got a copy of Level Up. If I had written this review after reading Level Up it probably would have consisted of a copy/paste synopsis and a shrug. I don’t expect to connect nor identify inContinue reading “{comic} level up”

{book} illustrated tale: the last dragon

The dragon may be the last of its kind, but The Last Dragon is not—however its kind might be classified. Is it a long comic? Is it a picture book? Illustrated tale? Curious. I expected The Last Dragon to be good, and it was—just not in the ways I thought it would be;* which isn’t necessarilyContinue reading “{book} illustrated tale: the last dragon”

{book} Amulet series, 1-4

How many heroines in juvenile fiction have lost their mother early on? Now how many have brought their mothers along on their adventures? Thanking the daughter for lending me her copies of Amulet to re-read up to the latest: (book 4) The Last Council, we started listing all the things we love about the series.Continue reading “{book} Amulet series, 1-4”

friends with boys (1)

in full disclosure: my ability to get my hands on the latest Faith Erin Hicks comic (advanced reader’s copy) was thanks to NetGalley and First Second. What follows is a free and honest review. Being homeschooled and raised with three brothers had its problems, but Maggie’s life is about to get a lot more complicatedContinue reading “friends with boys (1)”

the good neighbors (trilogy)

“Long ago, mortals called us The Fair Folk, The People of Peace, The Good Neighbors. They called us these things not because we were fair or peaceful or good, but because they feared us. As they will again.” ~Aubrey (The Good Neighbors: Kin, 77) The Good Neighbors by Holly Black & Ted Naifeh book one: Kin Graphix,Continue reading “the good neighbors (trilogy)”

the war at ellsmere

The War at Ellsmere by Faith Erin Hicks SLG Publishing, 2008. tradepaper, 144 pages. Middle School Fiction. (Juvenile, YA) Jun is the newest scholarship student at the prestigious Ellsmere girls’ boarding school – but to a lot of the privileged rich girls, “scholarship student” is just a code for “charity case.” Fortunately, Jun has anContinue reading “the war at ellsmere”

bake sale

Bake Sale by Sara Varon First Second Books, 2011; Hardcover, 158 pages (including recipes) Calling all Foodies, your graphic novel is here! Many of the book recs put the ages 9-12, but lovers of the cupcake trend and bakers in general will own Sara Varon’s Bake Sale regardless of age. Things appear to be going well forContinue reading “bake sale”