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Literary Graphic Novels for Secondary School

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I think the attraction of a graphic novel for students is that they can read it in one day. This works for both reluctant readers (GNs are not as intimidating), as well as for students who love stories: They want to read as many as possible, as quickly as possible. Also, some stories are better told in a graphic fashion. In the best GNs, the pictures are the poetry which convey the legendary 1000 words. I'm trying to stock my library with as many alternative reads for students as possible. A great resource for buying and chatting about graphic novels is The Beguiling out of Toronto. ***Please preview these titles. Some may not be appropriate for your students.***
Bigfoot
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With a humourous touch, this novella captures the heartaches and difficulties of being a teenager in the internet age.

Some mature content.
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Two Generals
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I loved that this book also included the history of local places rather than just "over there".

A great way of capturing a personal experience of WWII for posterity.
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Tyranny

Tyranny

edition:Paperback

In Tyranny, brisk, spare text and illustrations that deal head-on with anorexia propel the reader along on Anna’s journey as she falls prey to the eating disorder, personified as her tormentor, Tyranny.

The novel starts with a single question: “How did I get here?” The answer lies in the pages that follow, and it’s far from simple. Pressured by media, friends, the workplace, personal relationships, and fashion trends, Anna descends into a seemingly unending cycle of misery. And whenever s …

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Hyena in Petticoats

Hyena in Petticoats

The Story Of Suffragette Nellie Mcclung
edition:Paperback
tagged : canada
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The Klondike

The Klondike

edition:Paperback
tagged : literary

THE HISTORY OF THE GOLD RUSH BROUGH TO LIFE
The Klondike gold rush shook the Yukon on the eve of the twentieth century and stands today as the defining era in the taming of North America and especially Canada's Great North. The history of how a handful of colorful characters sparked the largest mobilization of gold seekers in history is brought vividly to life in this debut graphic novel by the cartoonist Zach Worton. His stunning depictions of the Canadian wilderness are as much a part of the a …

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The Never Weres

The Never Weres

edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover

Three teens become humanity's only hope for survival.

Late in the next century, the human race is on the verge of extinction. A mysterious virus has resulted in no births in almost a generation. Despite the impending doom, three urban teenagers try to live their lives with hope.

Mia strives to preserve humanity's compassion through her art and her volunteer work with Mrs. C and the other "oldies." Tech-savvy Xian spends her time tinkering with the robots she's sure will inherit the Earth. Jes …

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Dear Diary,

Today Lisa said, "Everyone thinks they are unique." That is not unique!!

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This book wowed me. Subtly and sensitively deals with a girl's coming-of-age.

Some mature content.
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