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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.***
Friends with Boys

Friends with Boys

illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks
edition:Paperback
also available: Paperback
tagged : horror

A coming-of-age tale with a spooky twist!

Maggie McKay hardly knows what to do with herself. After an idyllic childhood of homeschooling with her mother and rough-housing with her older brothers, it's time for Maggie to face the outside world, all on her own. But that means facing high school first. And it also means solving the mystery of the melancholy ghost who has silently followed Maggie throughout her entire life. Maybe it even means making a new friend—one who isn't one of her brothers.

F …

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The Next Day
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Such an important book. What would happen if you waited one more day?
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Hark! A Vagrant

Hark! A Vagrant

edition:Hardcover
tagged : literary

FEATURED ON MORE THAN TWENTY BEST-OF LISTS, INCLUDING TIME, AMAZON, E! AND PUBLISHERS WEEKLY!

Hark! A Vagrantis an uproarious romp through history and literature seen through the sharp, contemporary lens ofNew Yorker cartoonist and comics sensation Kate Beaton. No era or tome emerges unscathed as Beaton rightly skewers the Western world's revolutionaries, leaders, sycophants, and suffragists while equally honing her wit on the hapless heroes, heroines, and villains of the best-loved fiction.
She …

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Bitter Medicine

Bitter Medicine

A Graphic Memoir of Mental Illness
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

In 1976, Ben Martini was diagnosed with schizophrenia. A decade later, his brother Olivier was told he had the same disease. For the past thirty years the Martini family has struggled to comprehend and cope with a devastating illness, frustrated by a health care system lacking in resources and empathy, the imperfect science of medication, and the strain of mental illness on familial relationships.

Throughout it all, Olivier, an accomplished visual artist, drew. His sketches, comic strips, and por …

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Burma Chronicles

Burma Chronicles

edition:Paperback
tagged : literary

THE POPULAR TRAVELOGUE NOW IN PAPERBACK

From the author ofPyongyang: A Journey in North Korea andShenzhen: A Travelogue from China comesBurma Chronicles, an informative look at a country that uses concealment and isolation as social control. It is drawn with Guy Delisle's minimal line, interspersed with wordless vignettes and moments of his distinctive slapstick humor.

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Jerusalem

Jerusalem

Chronicles from the Holy City
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback
tagged : literary

"Neither Jewish nor Arab, Delisle explores Jerusalem and is able to observe this strange world with candidness and humor...But most of all, those stories convey what life in East Jerusalem is about for an expatriate."--Haaretz

"Engaging...[ Delisle] highlights the very complex lives of Israelis, Palestinians, and foreign residents."--Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Guy Delisle expertly lays the groundwork for a cultural road map of contemporary Jerusalem, utilizing the classic stranger in a stran …

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Shenzhen

Shenzhen

edition:Paperback
tagged : literary

Shenzhenis entertainingly compact with Guy Delisle's observations of life in urban southern China, sealed off from the rest of the country by electric fences and armed guards. With a dry wit and a clean line, Delisle makes the most of his time spent in Asia overseeing outsourced production for a French animation company. He brings to life the quick pace of Shenzhen's crowded streets. By translating his fish-out-of-water experiences into accessible graphic novels, Delisle skillfully notes the dif …

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Harvey

Harvey

by Herve Bouchard
translated by Helen Mixter
illustrated by Janice Nadeau
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback eBook

First ever winner of the Governor General's Award for both text and illustration

Harvey and his little brother are playing in the slushy streets of early spring when they learn, out of the blue, that their father has died of a heart attack. Everything changes and Harvey's favorite movie, The Incredible Shrinking Man, suddenly begins to dominate his fantasy life. When relatives try to get him to look at his father in his coffin, Harvey finds himself disappearing.

Brilliantly illustrated, emotionall …

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