Title: Swing it, Sunny Author: Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm Genre: Middle Grade, Graphic Novel Publisher: Graphix Source: Library Format: Ebook Release Date: September 12, 2017 Rating: ★★★★★
Summer’s over and it’s time for Sunny Lewin to enter the strange and unfriendly hallways of . . . middle school. When her Gramps calls her from Florida to ask how she’s doing, she always tells him she’s fine. But the truth? Sunny is NOT having the best time. Not only is the whole middle school thing confusing . . . but life at home is confusing, too. Sunny misses her brother Dale, who’s been sent to boarding school. But when Dale comes back, she STILL misses him . . . because he’s changed. Luckily Sunny’s got her best friend and a mysterious new neighbor on her side . . . because she is NOT going let all this confusion get her down. Instead, she’s going to remain Sunny-side up!
This is a great sequel to Sunny Side Up!
Sunny’s brother has been sent to boarding school to take care of his addictions and misbehaviour. Sunny spent the summer with her grandfather in the previous book, and she has to face her day to day life without her older brother in this book.
Sunny’s new neighbour is a teenage girl who teaches her how to use a swing flag. It was like baton twirling with a flag. This was a great activity for Sunny to occupy her time, instead of worrying about her brother.
There were loads of references to things from the 70s. Sunny and her friend watched shows like General Hospital and Gilligan’s Island. She even bought a pet rock as a gift for her brother. I think the parents of middle grade readers would love these references.
I really enjoyed this book!
What to read next:
All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson
Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol
Have you read Swing it, Sunny? What did you think of it?
Title: Harley Quinn, Vol. 1: Harley vs. Apokolips Author: Sam Humphries Genre: Graphic Novel Publisher: DC Comics Source: Purchased Format: Paperback Release Date: December 11, 2018 Rating: ★★★★★
You read that right. It’s Harley Quinn vs. Apokolips. The whole. Entire. Planet. Wait… what? A new era for Harley begins here in Harley Quinn Vol. 1, as writer Sam Humphries takes charge!
While on a tropical vacation, Harley Quinn is kidnapped by two Female Furies from Apokolips–and they’re making her an offer she can’t refuse: join the Furies, get super powers and do anything she wants! It’s a sweet deal, and all Harley has to do in return is hunt down rogue Fury Petite Tina. The bad news: Petite Tina is anything but petite!
Harley Quinn’s story starts a new era in this brand-new graphic novel! Writer Sam Humphries jumps behind the wheel, beginning with this all-new Vol. 1 jumping-on point. Collects Harley Quinn #43-49.
This volume is the start of the current series of Harley Quinn comics. Harley is one of my favourite superhero characters, so I was so excited to read this graphic novel!
This was a great story. Harley faced a few different villains in this book, including Granny Goodness. This book had three different storylines, so it was full of things to read!
I love when Harley reads comics and refers to the writers of her comics. It’s a great way of breaking the fourth wall, by recognizing that you are actually reading a comic!
I loved this graphic novel! I can’t wait to read the next one!
What to read next:
Harley Quinn, Vol. 2: Harley Destroys the Universe by Sam Humphries
Have you read Harley Quinn, Vol. 1: Harley vs. Apokolips? What did you think of it?
Title: Teen Titans: Raven Author: Kami Garcia, Gabriel Picolo Genre: Young Adult, Graphic Novel Publisher: DC Ink Source: Purchased Format: Paperback Release Date: July 2, 2019 Rating: ★★★★★
When a tragic accident takes the life of 17-year-old Raven Roth’s foster mom—and Raven’s memory—she moves to New Orleans to recover and finish her senior year of high school.
Starting over isn’t easy. Raven remembers everyday stuff like how to solve math equations and make pasta, but she can’t remember her favorite song or who she was before the accident. And when impossible things start happening, Raven begins to think it might even be better not to know who she was before.
But as she grows closer to her new friends, her foster sister, Max, and Tommy Torres, a guy who accepts her for who she is now, Raven has to decide if she’s ready to face what’s buried in the past… and the darkness building inside her.
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia and first-time graphic novel artist Gabriel Picolo comes this riveting tale of finding the strength to face who you are and learning to trust others—and yourself.
I didn’t know anything about Raven before reading this graphic novel, but I loved her!
This is a great origin story for Raven. She gets into a car accident right at the beginning, and gets amnesia. Since she can’t remember who she is, she learns about herself along with the reader. This was a great technique to introduce Raven’s powers while not explaining things she already knew.
I loved the illustrations in the book too. It was mostly in shades of black, white, and gray with the exception of Raven. She often had purple accents in her clothes or her hair. This made her stand out. There were some parts in full colour, especially when characters liked each other or went on dates. This was a great contrast in colours.
I loved this graphic novel! I’m excited to read the rest of the series!
What to read next:
Mera: Tidebreaker by Danielle Paige, Stephen Byrne
Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale by Lauren Myracle, Isaac Goodhart
Have you read Teen Titans: Raven? What did you think of it?
Title: The Tea Dragon Society Author: Katie O’Neill Genre: Children’s, Graphic Novel, LGBT Publisher: Oni Press Source: Owlcrate Format: Paperback Release Date: October 18, 2017 Rating: ★★★★
From the award-winning author of Princess Princess Ever Aftercomes The Tea Dragon Society, a charming all-ages book that follows the story of Greta, a blacksmith apprentice, and the people she meets as she becomes entwined in the enchanting world of tea dragons.
After discovering a lost tea dragon in the marketplace, Greta learns about the dying art form of tea dragon care-taking from the kind tea shop owners, Hesekiel and Erik. As she befriends them and their shy ward, Minette, Greta sees how the craft enriches their lives—and eventually her own.
This is a short and sweet graphic novel.
In the Tea Dragon Society, they harvest tea that grows in the form of leaves on dragons. Their owners have a special bond with the dragons, allowing them to harvest the leaves. The dragons are named after various kinds of tea, such as Jasmine and Chamomile, and they grow those types of tea.
I loved the importance of friendship in this story. The members of the Tea Dragon Society have to form a special friendship with their dragons. The dragons united Hesekiel and Erik, and Greta and Minette. Greta also learns the importance of passing down knowledge to the next generations so skills, such as blacksmithing, are not lost.
I loved this story. I’m excited to read the next book in the series!
What to read next:
The Tea Dragon Festival by Katie O’Neill
Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O’Neill
Have you read The Tea Dragon Society? What did you think of it?
Title: Doctor Who: The Many Lives of Doctor Who Author: Richard Dinnick Genre: Graphic Novel, Science Fiction Publisher: Titan Source: Purchased Format: Paperback Release Date: September 26, 2018 Rating: ★★★★★
The ultimate celebration of Doctor Who – a perfect introduction for new fans and a brilliant tribute for long-time Whovians!
When you die, your life flashes before your eyes – and the Doctor’s had a lot of lives! The Thirteenth Doctor relives unseen adventures from all her past selves!
This story takes place during the Twelfth Doctor’s regeneration into the Thirteenth Doctor. He thinks back on each of his different regenerations as the Doctor. It’s a great recap of the entire series.
I loved that each version of the Doctor was illustrated by a different person. They all had distinct personalities, so they were all illustrated differently in this book. Some of the ones that were more quirky, like the Fourth Doctor, had more of a cartoon drawing, while more serious characters, like the Ninth Doctor, has more realistic graphics. My favourite illustrations were of the new Thirteenth Doctor, because they were so realistic that they looked like photographs of her!
I’m not as familiar with the Doctors from the original series, but I could recognize some of the characters. I wish there were more of my favourite characters in the recent Doctor stories. For the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors, other characters were in their stories who I think are from their comic series. I wish there were more recognizable companions with those Doctors.
This is a great introduction to the new Doctor!
What to read next:
Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor, Vol. 1: A New Beginning by Jody Houser
Have you read Doctor Who: The Many Lives of Doctor Who? What did you think of it?
Title: Moth and Whisper Vol. 1 Author: Ted Anderson and Jen Hickman Genre: LGBT, Graphic Novel Publisher: Aftershock Comics Source: Publisher via NetGalley Format: Ebook Release Date: April 16, 2019 Rating: ★★★★★
Everyone knows that the two greatest thieves in the city are the Moth and the Whisper. Very few know that the Moth and the Whisper disappeared six months ago. And what nobody knows is that the new Moth and Whisper are actually one person pretending to be both of them. One supremely skilled but uncertain young genderfluid thief: Niki, the child of the Moth and the Whisper.
Niki has been trained by their parents in the arts of stealth and infiltration, but they’re still just a teenager, and now they’re alone, searching for their parents in a hostile cyberpunk dystopia. Corporations run the streets while crime lords like Ambrose Wolfe run the alleys-identity is a commodity and privacy is impossible. The truth about Niki’s parents and their disappearance is out there, but can Niki survive long enough to find it?
A YA cyberpunk thriller starring a genderqueer super-thief, MOTH & WHISPER is the brainchild of Ted Anderson (My Little Pony, Adventure Time) and Jen Hickman (Jem and the Holograms, The Dead), that just HAD to be told at AfterShock!
This is an amazing new graphic novel with a genderqueer main character.
I was hooked on this story right from the beginning. It started with Niki pulling off some stealth thefts by changing their identity. It was so exciting to see them change their entire look with a special mask that draws on make-up. The plot was very exciting and the book was hard to put down!
It is so important to see genderqueer characters in books so that readers can relate to the characters. Niki’s genre idenity is only a small part of their story, but it helps out when they can change their look into either a man or a woman. It made the thefts more intense when they could disappear into a crowd by changing their identity in that way.
I loved this story!
Thank you Aftershock Comics for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
What to read next:
The Umbrella Academy, Vol. 1: Apocalypse Suite by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá
Have you read Moth and Whisper Vol. 1? What did you think of it?
Title: Queen of the Sea Author: Dylan Meconis Genre: Children’s, Graphic Novel Publisher: Candlewick Press Source: Publisher via NetGalley Format: Ebook Release Date: June 25, 2019 Rating: ★★★★
Cult graphic novelist Dylan Meconis offers a rich reimagining of history in this hybrid novel loosely based on the exile of Queen Elizabeth I by her sister, Queen Mary.
When her sister seizes the throne, Queen Eleanor of Albion is banished to a tiny island off the coast of her kingdom, where the nuns of the convent spend their days peacefully praying, sewing, and gardening. But the island is also home to Margaret, a mysterious young orphan girl whose life is upturned when the cold, regal stranger arrives. As Margaret grows closer to Eleanor, she grapples with the revelation of the island’s sinister true purpose as well as the truth of her own past. When Eleanor’s life is threatened, Margaret is faced with a perilous choice between helping Eleanor and protecting herself.
I love reading adaptations of true events. This graphic novel tells an alternative story about Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Mary I. Their names are changed to Eleanor and Catherine, but the premise of the story is the same: that the daughter of the King banished her half-sister from the kingdom so that she couldn’t steal her throne.
I’ve read other books about Queen Elizabeth I, so I know the story of what happened. This book follows Margaret, who is a fictional character. She lives on the convent island, which houses Eleanor (the Elizabeth character) while she hides from her sister. This story includes mysterious shipwrecks, spies, and a hidden cave, which were not part of the true history. These aspects make it an exciting story for a children’s graphic novel.
This is a fun story! I loved it!
Thank you Candlewick Press for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
What to read next:
Fables, Vol. 1: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham
Have you read Queen of the Sea? What did you think of it?