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The outside circle

Title: The outside circle
By: Patti Laboucane-Benson

The Outside Circle is, simply put, amazing. It has what you'd expect of a great graphic novel—a wonderful story and lovely art—but what makes it stand out for me, someone who reads at least 2-3 graphic novels a week, is how it made me feel. All good graphic novels make ... [Read more]

graphic novel

Everything a reader could wish for

The Squire's Tale

Title: The Squire's Tale
By: Gerald Morris

The Squire's Tale series* has everything a reader could wish for: action, adventure, humor, romance, heroes in disguise, damsels in distress (who usually take care of themselves), overbearing villains, magic, and revenge. These are the tales of King Arthur and his knights as you've never seen them before. In this ... [Read more]

fiction, kids fiction

Well worth the time

The Photographer

Title: The Photographer
By: Emmanuel Guibert

Twenty minutes into this review, and I still can't find just the right words to describe how I feel about what I've just finished reading. I just know I need to write a review, to inform people that this exists, and that it should be read. The Photographer is a ... [Read more]

graphic novel

Real & fantastic

Hilda and the Midnight Giant

Title: Hilda and the Midnight Giant
By: Luke Pearson

As Americans, we like to think of England as the bustling city of London surrounded by the rolling green hills of the countryside. The reality is different, of course, but it is easy to disconnect from that reality when we live an ocean and the width of a continent away ... [Read more]

graphic novel


Bandette: in Presto!

Title: Bandette: in Presto!
By: Paul Tobin

If Catwoman and Batman had a daughter together, and that daughter was French, it's very possible you would get Bandette. A master class thief, yet interested in bringing justice to the "bad" criminals in Paris, Bandette is a mystery wrapped in an enigma. Why does she do what she does? ... [Read more]

teen fiction, graphic novel

Not his story


Title: Scarlet
By: A. C. Gaughen

It’s the story of Robin Hood, but it’s not his story. Instead the protagonist is Will Scarlet, but in a way we’ve never seen him before. This time around, he’s a she, and she’s every bit the thief of legend that we’ve heard about. Gaughen does a wonderful job writing ... [Read more]

fiction, kids fiction
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Win or die

The False Prince

Title: The False Prince
By: Jennifer A. Nielsen

What drew me to the first book of the as yet uncompleted Ascendance Trilogy by newcomer Jennifer A. Neilsen was the cover. (I’ll admit that I do judge books by the cover.) I was doubly intrigued when I read the summary on the inside flap, although I do NOT recommend ... [Read more]

teen fiction

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