Synopses & Reviews
and#160; Wilhelmina and#147;Willand#8221; Huxstep is a creative soul struggling to come to terms with a family tragedy. She crafts whimsical lamps, in part to deal with her fear of the dark. As she wraps up another summer in her mountain town, she longs for unplugged adventures with her fellow creative friends, Autumn, Noel, and Reese. Little does she know that she will get her wish in the form of an arts carnival and a blackout, courtesy of a hurricane named Whitney, which forces Will to face her fear of darkness.
Laura Lee Gulledgeand#8217;s signature visual metaphors will be on full display in this all-new graphic novel, a moving look at shedding light on the dark corners of life.
Praise for Will and Whit
"This sophomore offering shines as bright as the lamps Will surrounds herself with... Quirky, clever and insightful."
and#151;Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Gulledge creates engaging characters (especially Reese, Noeland#8217;s precocious younger sister), and draws them with believable expressivenessand#133; Gulledgeand#8217;s values are wholesome, and her energy is up-to-the minute fresh."
"The most striking feature about Gulledgeand#8217;s second graphic novel is the organic nature of the layouts. Action and dialogue flow smoothly from panel to panel, barely acknowledging their confines. Thick, sumptuous lines separate characters from richly detailed backgrounds, and this is all done in black and white. Gulledge populates her story with unique and likable characters who relate easily and naturally to one another."
and#151;School Library Journal
"Across the reaches of YA-targeted media, itand#8217;s rare to find a work with such a relentlessly upbeat tone and sense of uncompromising positivity as those found in this graphic novel."
"The shape and pacing of panels expertly capture the narrativeand#8217;s tone; occasionally the panels disappear altogether, giving the images a dreamy feel. Eloquent pointillist shadows reveal Willand#8217;s emotionsand#151;especially her fears and insecuritiesand#151;and her expansive imagination."
"Rendered in black and white panels, this graphic novel provides a surprisingly light-hearted story with a strong emotional core. Detailed backgrounds draw the reader into the scene, while the mixture of group shots and individual faces guides the narrative through social and introspective moments."
and#151;The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Willhemena learns to deal with the shadows from her past and take a big step toward adulthood. This is a satisfying coming-of-age story with a good plot and strong images."
and#151;Library Media Connection
YALSA's Great Graphic Novels for Teens List 2014 (Top Ten Title)
Texas Library Association Maverick Graphic Novel 2014 list
Kirkus Best Book of 2013
"A charming addition to the body of young adult literature that focuses on the trials and tribulations of the slightly nerdy girl. Telgemeier's autobiographical tale follows her from sixth grade, when her two front teeth are knocked out during a fluke accident, through high school, when, her teeth repaired, she bids good-bye to her childhood dentist. Like heroines stretching from Madeleine L'Engle's Vicky Austin through Judy Blume's Margaret to Mariko and Jillian Tamaki's Skim, Raina must navigate the confusing world of adolescence while keeping her sense of self intact. Many of her experiences are familiar, from unrequited crushes to betrayals by friends to embarrassing fashion choices. The dramatic story of her teeth, however, adds a fresh twist, as does her family's experience during the San Francisco earthquake in 1989. Although the ending is slightly pedantic, Telgemeier thoughtfully depicts her simultaneous feelings of exasperation and love toward her parents, as well as her joy at developing her artistic talent she's deft at illustrating her characters' emotions in a dynamic, playful style. This book should appeal to tweens looking for a story that reflects their fears and experiences and gives them hope that things get easier. Ages 913." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Telgemeier has created an utterly charming graphic memoir...sweetly reminiscent of Judy Blume's work....Irresistible, funny and touching — a must read for all teenage girls, whether en-braced or not." Kirkus Reviews
"Both adults and kids...are vividly and rapidly portrayed, giving quick access to the memoirist's world. Telgemeier's storytelling and full-color cartoony images form a story that will cheer and inspire any middle-schooler dealing with orthodontia." Booklist
"Handsomely illustrated and cleverly written by Telgemeier, Smile
is a simple, fast-paced, yet unforgettable story that will resonate with anyone who survived those tumultuous teen years. Younger readers will likely relate to Raina's tribulations at school and home, and those who are facing the dreaded braces will certainly feel grateful they didn't have to live through Raina's trauma." Chris Bolton, Powells.com
(read the entire Powells.com review
Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth. What follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached. And on top of all that, there's still more to deal with: a major earthquake, boy confusion, and friends who turn out to be not so friendly.
This coming-of-age true story is sure to resonate with anyone who has ever been in middle school, and especially those who have ever had a bit of their own dental drama.
High school drama! Pirates! Emotions! The Ignatz Award-winning comic about a young man who has the power to turn into a boat is back in a new full-color graphic novel, with a never-before-seen story that combines all the ANGST of being a teen with all the THRILL of being a boat!
For fans of Raina Telgemeiers Smile, a heartwarming graphic novel about friendship and surviving junior high through the power of roller derby.
For most of her twelve years, Astrid has done everything with her best friend Nicole. But after Astrid falls in love with roller derby and signs up for derby camp, Nicole decides to go to dance camp instead. And so begins the most difficult summer of Astrid's life as she struggles to keep up with the older girls at camp, hang on to the friend she feels slipping away, and cautiously embark on a new friendship. As the end of summer nears and her first roller derby bout (and junior high!) draws closer, Astrid realizes that maybe she is strong enough to handle the bout, a lost friendship, and middle school
in short, strong enough to be a roller girl.
In her graphic novel debut, real-life derby girl Victoria Jamieson has created an inspiring coming-of-age story about friendship, perseverence, and girl power!
A 2015 Newbery Honor Book
Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerfulandmdash;and very awkwardandmdash;hearing aid.
The Phonic Ear gives Cece the ability to hearandmdash;sometimes things she shouldnandrsquo;tandmdash;but also isolates her from her classmates. She really just wants to fit in and find a true friend, someone who appreciates her as she is. After some trouble, she is finally able to harness the power of the Phonic Ear and become andldquo;El Deafo, Listener for All.andrdquo; And more importantly, declare a place for herself in the world and find the friend sheandrsquo;s longed for.
PRAISE FOR EL DEAFO
andquot;A standout autobiography. Someone readers will enjoy getting to know.andquot;
--Publishers Weekly, starred review
andquot;Worthy of a superhero.andquot;
--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
andquot;This empowering autobiographical story belongs right next to Raina Telgemeierandrsquo;s Smile (2011) and Liz Princeandrsquo;s Tomboy.andquot;
Praise for Teen Boat!and#160;and#160;and#160;andldquo;While I am not the John Green who illustrated this book, I am a John Green who ABSOLUTELY LOVES the unadulterated brilliance that is Teen Boat!andrdquo; andmdash;John Green, author of The Fault in Our Starsand#160;and#160;Teen Boat has always felt different from the other kids, which makes sense, since heandrsquo;s the only one who can transform into a yacht. Now, just before his high school graduation, he embarks on an epic quest of self-discovery. He learns of a mysterious city called Boatlantis, where boats are at the top of the social ladder. Can it be true? Has he finally found the place where a half boy/half boat belongs? Or will he always be torn between two worlds?and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;
and#160; The highly anticipated second volume to the critically acclaimed Explorer series, The Lost Islands
is a collection of seven all-new stories written and illustrated by an award-winning roster of comics artists, with each story centered around the theme of hidden places. Edited by the New York Times
bestselling comics creator Kazu Kibuishi, this graphic anthology includes well-written, beautifully illustrated stories by Kazu (the Amulet series), Jason Caffoe (the Flight series), Raina Telgemeier (Drama
), Dave Roman (the Astronaut Academy series), Jake Parker (the Missile Mouse series), Michel Gagnand#233; (The Saga of Rex
), Katie and Steven Shanahan (the Flight series), and up-and-coming new artist Chrystin Garland.
Praise for Explorer 2: The Lost Islands
"A second gathering of new graphic tales, diverse of plot and atmosphere but thematically linked by island settings and every bit as stellar as its predecessorand#133;First rate."
--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"With this second showcase Kibuishi affirms his editorial savvy for amassing talented creators and providing a vehicle to let them do what they do best: use comics to tell funny, thoughtful, and just plain good stories."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Lost Islands is a great sequel to The Mystery Boxes (Abrams, 2012) that is masterfully told and beautifully drawn. A must-have for any collection."
--School Library Journal, starred review
"This sophomore effortand#8217;s solid artwork, dialogue, and stories will still be a great introductory title for young or struggling middle-school readers starting to explore the world of graphic novels."
"Variety of style is the real draw of Kibuishiand#8217;s graphic anthologies, and tweens reluctant to stray from their comic-book favorites will find the gamut of visual presentations eye-opening."
--The Bulletin of The Center for Childrenand#8217;s Books
"Another satisfying anthology that will leave readers eager for the next."
--The Horn Book
High school can be a time of terrible angstandmdash;Fs on tests, bullying jerks, broken hearts, and late-stage puberty are just some of the potential issues that all teen boys face. But what about the issues facing a Teen Boat? In this hilarious send-up of teen story tropes, the best-selling author Dave Roman and the cartoonist John Green deliver high school and high seas drama with a boatload of laughs.
About the Author
Raina Telgemeier graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her comics have been nominated for Ignatz and Eisner Awards, and her illustrations have been featured in magazines, books, and newspapers. Raina currently lives in Queens, New York.