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School-set comics

Comics do belong at school — and many of them, including the following graphic novels and graphic memoirs for middle graders and middle schoolers, even take place there. See also Guide/Reviews Database subject: Graphic novels; “Middle-Grade Graphic Novels Make Good”; and the Graphic Novels tag at Hbook.com. Other Boys by...
      

Review of Miss Quinces

Miss Quinces by Kat Fajardo; illus. by the author; color by Mariana Azzi Intermediate, Middle School    Graphix/Scholastic    256 pp.    g 5/22    978-1-338-53558-7    $24.99 Paper ed.  978-1-338-53559-4    $12.99 Spanish ed.  978-1-338-53565-5    $12.99 All Sue (Suyapa Yisel to her family) Gutiérrez wants to do this summer is hang out with her Comics...
      

Five questions for Talia Dutton

M Is for Monster (Surely/Abrams ComicArts, 14 years and up) by Talia Dutton is a comic-format, gothic, sci-fi, horror story about family and identity that takes for granted that people should identify their pronouns, and is published by a new queer graphic-novel imprint (curated by Mariko Tamaki). Happy Pride! 1....
      

Review of Sir Ladybug and Sir Ladybug and the Queen Bee

Sir Ladybug by Corey R. Tabor; illus. by the author Primary    Balzer + Bray/HarperAlley/HarperCollins    72 pp.    g 3/22    978-0-06-306906-0    $12.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-306908-4    $7.99 Sir Ladybug and the Queen Bee by Corey R. Tabor; illus. by the author Primary    Balzer + Bray/HarperAlley/HarperCollins    72 pp.    g 6/22    978-0-06-306909-1    $12.99 e-book ed. ...
      

Five questions for Kat Fajardo

The middle-grade graphic novel Miss Quinces, written and illustrated by Kat Fajardo, with color by Mariana Azzi (Graphix/Scholastic, 10–13 years; simultaneously published in Spanish as Srta. Quinces) takes place during the summer of Suyapa’s fifteenth year, when her family goes to Honduras to visit extended family. Cajoled into a quinceañera,...
      

Review of Otto: A Palindrama

Otto: A Palindrama by Jon Agee; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Dial    144 pp.    g 12/21    978-0-8037-4162-1    $17.99 Paper ed.  978-0-14-751349-6    $10.99 e-book ed.  978-0-5931-1284-7    $8.99 Idiosyncratic picture-book creator and consummate wordsmith Agee has crafted a graphic novel pulling together work from several past titles (including Go Hang a...
      

Graphic Memoirs: Why We Read Them. Why We Need Them.

When a new graphic memoir comes out, I need to read it. I can’t get enough of people’s stories about their own lives — and I love comics. What an easy hunger to satisfy nowadays as the number of books in this genre — for all age groups — continues...
      

Review of Big Apple Diaries

Big Apple Diaries by Alyssa Bermudez; illus. by the author Intermediate, Middle School    Roaring Brook    256 pp.    g 8/21    978-1-250-77428-6    $14.99 Bermudez mined her middle-school diaries to create this appealing debut graphic memoir set in NYC just before and after 9/11. Twelve-year-old Alyssa splits her time between her Puerto Rican...
      

Review of Messy Roots: A Graphic Memoir of a Wuhanese American

Messy Roots: A Graphic Memoir of a Wuhanese American by Laura Gao; illus. by the author; color and art assistance by Weiwei Xu High School    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    272 pp.    g 3/22    978-0-06-306777-6    $22.99 Paper ed.  978-0-06-306776-9    $14.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-306778-3    $10.99 In this graphic memoir, debut author Gao wrestles...
      

Grrl power graphic novels and memoirs

In comic form, these six recent fiction and nonfiction books for middle-grade and middle-school readers feature girl protagonists who are passionate, resilient, adventurous, and fallible. Their experiences and development showcase the breadth of the comic format…and true grrl power. Look for Sylvie Kantorovitz’s article “Graphic Memoirs: Why We Read Them....
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