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Last-Minute Graphic Novels For Kids

Is it December 20th already? Maybe you have some names to check off your gift list, or maybe you want to pick up something for your kids to read on a holiday trip. Either way, these recommendations are here to help you find good graphic novels for the pre-teen set.


The Silver Six by A.J. Lieberman
ThomasM Says: Colorful sci-fi dystopia with an emphasis on teamwork
Amazon Says: A group of orphans on the run search for a new home among the stars. When a group of orphans discover they have a common connection, plucky heroine Phoebe leads them in a dar more...
Amazon Says: A group of orphans on the run search for a new home among the stars. When a group of orphans discover they have a common connection, plucky heroine Phoebe leads them in a daring escape from their orphanage to an uninhabited moon. But their idyllic paradise is shattered when the powerful corporate boss who caused the deaths of their parents sends a relentless henchman to track them down. Now, with nowhere left to turn and tired of being on the run, these resourceful kids decide there's only one thing left to do: Fight back! less...
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ThomasM Says: Extremely witty, a little trippy, and endlessly imaginative, much like the cartoon
Amazon Says: It's ADVENTURE TIME! Join Finn the Human, Jake the Dog, and Princess Bubblegum for all-new adventures through The Land of Ooo. The top-rated Cartoon Network show now has its o more...
Amazon Says: It's ADVENTURE TIME! Join Finn the Human, Jake the Dog, and Princess Bubblegum for all-new adventures through The Land of Ooo. The top-rated Cartoon Network show now has its own comic book! Don't miss the first collected volume of this critically acclaimed "all-ages classic" that has fans and critics alike calling it "the best new comic of 2012"! less...
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ThomasM Says: Seriously, there's never a dull moment in this series
Amazon Says: The all-ages hit of the year is back with a new volume collecting even more algebraic adventures! What happens when Jake the dog and Finn the human get a hold of Princess Bubb more...
Amazon Says: The all-ages hit of the year is back with a new volume collecting even more algebraic adventures! What happens when Jake the dog and Finn the human get a hold of Princess Bubblegum's time machine and travel into the future? Can you say ROBOT FINN & JAKE?! Find out more in this second, exciting edition! Collecting issues 5-9 of the smash hit ADVENTURE TIME comic series by Ryan North (DINOSAUR COMICS) and Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb (ICE AGE)! less...
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Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
ThomasM Says: Great for young sci-fi readers
Amazon Says: Zita’s life took a cosmic left turn in the blink of  an eye.  When her best friend is abducted by an alien doomsday cult, Zita leaps to the rescue and finds herself a stra more...
Amazon Says: Zita’s life took a cosmic left turn in the blink of  an eye.  When her best friend is abducted by an alien doomsday cult, Zita leaps to the rescue and finds herself a stranger on a strange planet. Humanoid chickens and neurotic robots are shocking enough as new experiences go, but Zita is even more surprised to find herself taking on the role of intergalactic hero. Before long, aliens in all shapes and sizes don’t even phase her. Neither do ancient prophecies, doomed planets, or even a friendly con man who takes a mysterious interest in Zita’s quest.  Zita the Spacegirl is a fun, captivating tale of friendship and redemption from Flight veteran Ben Hatke. It also has more whimsical, eye-catching, Miyazaki-esque monsters than you can shake a stick at. less...
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ThomasM Says: Rendered in blues and a clear reverence for Madeleine L'Engle's original novel
Amazon Says: The world already knows Meg and Charles Wallace Murry, Calvin O'Keefe, and the three Mrs--Who, Whatsit, and Which--the memorable and wonderful characters who fight off a dark more...
Amazon Says: The world already knows Meg and Charles Wallace Murry, Calvin O'Keefe, and the three Mrs--Who, Whatsit, and Which--the memorable and wonderful characters who fight off a dark force and save our universe in the Newbery award-winning classic A Wrinkle in Time. But in 50 years of publication, the book has never been illustrated.  Now, Hope Larson takes the classic story to a new level with her vividly imagined interpretations of tessering and favorite characters like the Happy Medium and Aunt Beast. Perfect for old fans and winning over new ones, this graphic novel adaptation is a must-read. less...
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ThomasM Says: A comics anthology for younger readers - consider the "Flight" series too as your reader grows
Amazon Says: Seven clever stories answer one simple question: what’s in the box? Funny, fantastic, spooky, and suspenseful, each of these unique and beautifully illustrated short graphic more...
Amazon Says: Seven clever stories answer one simple question: what’s in the box? Funny, fantastic, spooky, and suspenseful, each of these unique and beautifully illustrated short graphic works revolves around a central theme: a mysterious box and the marvels—or mayhem—inside. Artists include middle school favorites Kazu Kibuishi, Raina Telgemeier (Smile), and Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy), as well as Jason Caffoe, Stuart Livingston, Johane Matte, Rad Sechrist (all contributors to the groundbreaking comics anthology series Flight), and upcoming artist Emily Carroll. Praise for Explorer: Mystery Boxes STARRED REVIEW "An outstanding out-of-the box anthology from renowned comics veteran Kibuishi. With eye-popping full-color art and palettes ranging from candy-colored to ethereal earth tones, this is both a visual feast for the eyes and a healthy helping of thought for the soul. Superb.” –Kirkus Reviews, starred review STARRED REVIEW "Coherent for all its variety, there will be something here for most readers." –School Library Journal, starred review "This standout anthology will leave its audience with a fresh appetite for more from both the series and the individual contributors." –The Horn Book "Award-winning comics creator and editor of the celebrated Flight anthologies, Kibuishi offers yet another great anthology geared toward middle-school readers. Always clever and never boring, these diverse stories run the gamut from creepy to sarcastic to witty to cute to Zen to wacky to thoughtful. While the pieces feature different artists and styles, each one is complete and so well composed that the transitions from one to another do not seem jarring or out of place. A great introductory title for young or struggling middleschool readers starting to explore the world of graphic novels." –Booklist less...
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The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi
ThomasM Says: "Explorer" editor Kazu Kibuishi's own fantasy series
Amazon Says: Graphic novel star Kazu Kibuishi creates a world of terrible, man-eating demons, a mechanical rabbit, a giant robot---and two ordinary children on a life-or-death mission. Af more...
Amazon Says: Graphic novel star Kazu Kibuishi creates a world of terrible, man-eating demons, a mechanical rabbit, a giant robot---and two ordinary children on a life-or-death mission. After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather, but the strange house proves to be dangerous. Before long, a sinister creature lures the kids' mom through a door in the basement. Em and Navin, desperate not to lose her, follow her into an underground world inhabited by demons, robots, and talking animals. Eventually, they enlist the help of a small mechanical rabbit named Miskit. Together with Miskit, they face the most terrifying monster of all, and Em finally has the chance to save someone she loves. less...
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Smile by Raina Telgemeier
ThomasM Says: I think Raina Telgemeier's comics are made of gold and no one can convince me otherwise.
Amazon Says: From the artist of BSC Graphix comes this humorous coming-of-age true story about the dental drama that ensues after a trip-and-fall mishap. Raina just wants to be a normal s more...
Amazon Says: From the artist of BSC Graphix comes this humorous coming-of-age true story about the dental drama that ensues after a trip-and-fall mishap. 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. less...
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