Category Archives: graphic novels

Tweens Spring Forward

Transitions.  Whether it is tweens careening towards adolescence or winter blossoming into spring, the change is predictable–even if the pace is not!  This is why fickle March seems an apt moment to catch up with two award-winning graphic novels about … Continue reading

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Crushes Now and Then

Heartthrob or heartache?  Sudden attraction or slow connection?  With Valentine’s Day approaching, and its card exchanges popular even in some pre-schools, the recent publication of Svetlana Chmakova’s Crush (2018) was aptly timed.  This continuation of the author/illustrator’s award-winning Berrybrook Middle … Continue reading

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Timely Questions

At the start of a new year, in our sometimes Kafkaesque world, it is good to realize that not all tales from the inner city are bad.  What exactly do I mean by that remark?  I hope you will be … Continue reading

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Great Graphic Gifts

Giving “experiences” rather than “things” is a trend this winter holiday season, making graphic literature a fashionable, two-for-one joy for the tween-and-up readers on your gift list.  They can hold a volume in their hands, actively scanning between text and … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays? Family Woes and Wins

Santa Claus may not be this season’s biggest holiday myth.  A more troubling fantasy here in North America may be the myth of the perfectly happy, affluent family—one celebrating its winter holidays with big smiles in a bright, cheerful home … Continue reading

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After the Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre

What do we tell school-aged children who see, read, or hear news about this past weekend’s massacre at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue?  You already may have had to deal with initial reactions, but I have some print resources to … Continue reading

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Beyond Halloween Thrills

Heralding Halloween, plastic ghosts and ghouls materialized on some front porches back in September.  This horde will rapidly increase–adding movie monsters, comic book creatures, and graveyard trappings—as October 31 approaches.  Yet the truly terrifying may not be what we see … Continue reading

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