Graphic Novels

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New kid

Jerry Craft

jGRAPHIC NOVEL Craft
Read Woke, Diverse Characters, Graphic Novels

Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade. As he makes the daily trip from his Washington Heights apartment to the upscale Riverdale Academy Day School, Jordan soon finds himself torn between two worlds--and not really fitting into either one. Can Jordan learn to navigate his new school culture while keeping his neighborhood friends and staying true to himself?

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Sea Sirens : a Trot & Cap'n Bill adventure

Amy Chu

jGRAPHIC NOVEL Chu
Read Woke, Diverse Characters, Graphic Novels, Fantasy

Trot, a Vietnamese American surfer girl, and Cap'n Bill, her cranky one-eyed cat, catch too big a wave and wipe out, sucked down into a magical underwater kingdom where an ancient deep-sea battle rages. The beautiful Sea Siren mermaids are under attack from the Serpent King and his slithery minions--and Trot and her feline become dangerously entangled in this war of tails and fins. This beautiful graphic novel was inspired by The Sea Fairies, L. Frank Baum's "underwater Wizard of Oz." It weaves Vietnamese mythology, fantastical ocean creatures, a deep-sea setting, quirky but sympathetic main characters, and fast-paced adventure into an imaginative, world-building story.--

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A retelling of Frank Baum's The Sea Fairies with Vietnamese mythological elements, lovely storytelling, and fabulous art! This one has something for everyone. -Casey

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Nightlights

Lorena Alvarez

jGRAPHIC NOVEL Alvarez
Read Woke, Graphic Novels, Horror

Every night, tiny stars appear out of the darkness in little Sandy's bedroom. She catches them and creates wonderful creatures to play with until she falls asleep, and in the morning brings them back to life in the whimsical drawings. When a mysterious new girl appears at school, Sandy's drawings are noticed for the first time, but Morfie's fascination with Sandy's talent soon turns into something far more sinister.

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Just enough cute, just enough frightening, just right for the upcoming fall. -Casey

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American born Chinese

Gene Luen Yang

GRAPHIC NOVEL Yang
Read Woke, Diverse Characters, Graphic Novels

Alternates three interrelated stories about the problems of young Chinese Americans trying to participate in the popular culture. Presented in comic book format.

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American Born Chinese is unmissable reading. -Casey

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Lowriders

Cathy Camper

jGRAPHIC NOVEL Camper Lowriders
Read Woke, Diverse Characters, Graphic Novels

Lupe, Flapjack, Elirio customize their car into a low rider for the Universal Car Competition to win the cash prize that will enable them to buy their own garage.

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This series is fantastic! If you're looking for an out of this world read, this one comes highly recommended. -Casey

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Cassandra, animal psychic

Isabelle Bottier

jGRAPHIC NOVEL Bottier Cassandra
Read Woke, Diverse Characters, Graphic Novels

While struggling to cope with major changes in her life, fourteen-year-old Cassandra decides to help others by using her ability to see what animals are thinking, beginning with finding a lost cat.

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This series is great! If you're looking for something fun to brighten your rainy week, give Cassandra's unique voice a try. -Casey

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Akissi : tales of mischief

Marguerite Abouet

jGRAPHIC NOVEL Abouet
Read Woke, Diverse Characters, Graphic Novels

Collects the adventures of Akissi, a young West African girl who is always getting into trouble.

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Be prepared

Vera Brosgol

jGRAPHIC NOVEL Brosgol
Read Woke, Graphic Novels

A misfit girl and her brother attend summer camp, where they struggle with primitive plumbing, snobby tentmates, and boys-versus-girls competitions.

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Pashmina

Nidhi Chanani

jGRAPHIC NOVEL Chanani
Read Woke, Diverse Characters, Graphic Novels

Priyanka Das has so many unanswered questions: Why did her mother abandon her home in India years ago? What was it like there? And most importantly, who is her father, and why did her mom leave him behind? But Pri's mom avoids these questions and the topic of India is permanently closed. For Pri, her mother's homeland can only exist in her imagination. That is, until she find a mysterious pashmina tucked away in a forgotten suitcase. When she wraps herself in it, she is transported to a place more vivid and colorful than any guidebook or Bollywood film.

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The prince and the dressmaker

Jen Wang

GRAPHIC NOVEL Wang
Read Woke, Graphic Novels

Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride--or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia--the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!

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I could gush about this one for days. It's definitely on my reread list for 2020 as well. -Casey