Blindingly wonderful. I read this in one sitting and promptly began recommending it to every yong person I encountered. (And there were several; I was at a family gathering.) This novel-in-verse tells the story of Xiomara, who is struggling with her overbearingly religious mother, as well as the space her body occupies in the world--a body everyone feels free to comment upon at will. It's also a story about why word matter. And when Xiomara finds the power of her voice and words, you will feel her triumph in your bones.
The Civil War has come to an abrupt halt after the dead begin to rise from the grave at Gettysburg. Now, in this alt-reconstruction world, enter Jane, a trained "shambler" killer, who must battle not only with the undead but with racist white people hell-bent on returning the country to a pre-civil war order. Alternative History + fearless heroine + zombies (shamblers) + astute social commentary = an incredible reading experience. I can't wait for Dread Nation # 2.
It’s the near-present and an otherwise normal day in Southern California. With one exception … the taps have suddenly run dry. Alyssa and her family have been coping with a drought and water-rationing for some time, but no one was ready for this, well no one except for the family of doomsday preppers living next door. With FEMA distracted by a mega-hurricane headed for the Gulf and their parents missing, Alyssa and her younger brother are on their own to fend off "water zombies" and stay alive in a world quickly spinning out of control. This is a a page-turning tale of survival that will appeal to a wide range of readers.
In the land of Orisha, magic has been outlawed, but many remember a time when magic flourished. Zehe is summoned by her ancestors to bring magic back. But to do so, she faces a dangerous journey. A powerful debut novel, this book tackles some difficult subjects such as spiritual oppression, government consumption, colonialism, and sexism. Readers are guided through the story from the perspective of three different characters, all of whom are complex and nuanced. An engaging and moving read that fans of YA fantasy will appreciate. Will magic be restored? Will it be worth the cost? You'll have to read to find out!
This was a really enjoyable read, full of nerdy Star Trek and Lord of the Rings references. This is a story about finding out where you come from, friendship, navigating racial identity, bullying, and family issues. This is also a story about learning how to love yourself. I'm hoping for a sequel to see what happens next with Darius. I recommend this book to anyone who felt like an outcast as a teenager.
A spectacular collection of well-known and lesser-known women (all of whom most definitely should be known) told in graphic novel format. It's remarkable how much information Bagieu conveys about each woman's life in a few short pages ... We are blessed with many compilations of impressive women at the moment, but this is one of the best. I can't wait to give a copy to my son when he's a few years older. Great for teens or adults.
A beautiful reminder that good people can come from terrible situations. Jarrett grows up with an addict for a mother, an unknown father and a prickly but loving set of grandparents. The artwork sets just the right tone for the story, emphasizing young Jarrett's melancholy and frustrations--and, his triumphs. I don't normally read graphic novels, but I dipped in to read a few pages and read it through in one sitting. Surprisingly, quite the uplifting memoir!
The beautiful and terrifying story of Clare, a young woman struggling to define herself as an individual after the demon that possessed her since childhood is exorcised. Who is she without her demon, her Only? Destructive relationships and sinister supernatural forces loom large in this wonderful and inspiring story of modern identity. A small southern town is the stage for a battle between good and evil as Clare is pitted against a secret society of older townsfolk and the evil they unleashed. Jimmy Cajoleas does a great job of making Clare and her situation relatable to anyone with seemingly insurmountable adversity, no matter who or what their demon(s) may be. I loved this book!