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Summer Reading 2018 - Getting Graphic

As we all know, a picture is worth a thousand words. Graphic novels can add depth to any story through its illustrations. More emotion, more action, and more humor.

All Summer Long by Hope Larson

Bina and Austin always spend the whole summer together, working on their “summer fun index.” But this summer Austin is going to soccer camp. And he’s not returning Bina’s texts. What will she do without him?

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Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol

Vera wants to go to summer camp like all the popular girls at her school. But her mom sends her to a Russian summer camp. Which is not what she expected. At all. An ode to the importance of indoor plumbing. And friendship. Summer camp was never made so real.

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Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Pénélope Bagieu

Portraits of 29 gutsy, trailblazing women. Some you might have heard of. Some not. All are riveting. I didn’t want this book to end. I wanted MORE.

Baby Monkey, Private Eye by Brian Selznick

Because Baby Monkey. Because pants.
No matter that this is considered an “early reader,” this is one of the best and funniest books I have ever had the pleasure to read. I could stare at the details of the pictures for days. And the index? Forget it. Best thing ever written.

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Dog Man (Dog Man, #1) by Dav Pilkey

Dog Man is the hero that we have all been waiting for. With the head of a dog, and the body of a man, George and Harold’s latest creation is a true hero. I was having a bad day, and after laughing my way through this whole book, everything was made better. Pilkey is the solution. Always.

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Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson

The graphic novel version of Anderson’s 1999 novel of the same name. Melinda was raped at a summer party. She doesn’t think anyone will believe that it happened. Especially because of who raped her. Through her art she is finally able to come to terms with what happened to her and to speak.

A Graphix Book: Wings of Fire Graphic Novel #1: The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland

Five dragonets. Left alone on a mountain to fulfill a prophecy. Will Clay and his friends be strong enough to end the war of the dragon tribes?

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A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel by Hope Larson

Meg’s father has been missing. Most think that he is dead. Meg and her younger brother, Charles Wallace, believe that they can find him. With the help of three odd, but magical women, the siblings travel through time and space to find their father and bring him home.

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