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Thorndyke Thoughts: Can't Get Enough Smile?

Hey Kids!

It seems no one can get enough of Raina Telgemeier's awesome graphic style. I've read some other great realistic fiction graphic novels lately that I'd like to share. Use this list to check what's available, because they're all great stories! 

Bear Hugs,
Thorndyke

Smile by Raina Telgemeier — Or check out an electronic copy on OverDrive with your Canton Library Card.

Drama by Raina Telgemeier ; with color by Gurihiru ; [lettering by John Green] — Or check out the electronic copy on OverDrive with your Canton Library Card.

Sisters by Raina Telgemeier ; with color by Braden Lamb — Or check out the electronic copy on OverDrive with your Canton Library Card.

New Book Club in a Bag Kit

Daytripper [kit] by Fábio Moon & Gabriel Bá — This graphic novel follows the life of one man, Bras de Olivias Dominguez. Every chapter features an important period in his life in Brazil, and each story ends the same way: with his death. In every chapter, Bras dies at different moments in his life, as the story follows him through his entire existence; one filled with possibilities of happiness and sorrow, good and bad, love and loneliness. A story about living life to its fullest, because any of us can die at any moment. CPL's Lunch and a Book Group gave this title 2 stars out of 5. Note: This kit contains 10 copies of the title.

Raina Telgemeier Read Alikes

Have you already read all of Raina Telgemeier's books (Smile, Drama, Sisters)? Try out one of these graphic novels next.

Roller girl by Victoria Jamieson


Comics Squad: recess! by edited by Jennifer L. Holm, Matthew Holm, and Jarrett J. Krosoczka ; comics by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Dav Pilkey, Dan Santat, Raina Telgemeier & Dave Roman, Ursula Vernon, Eric Wight, Gene Luen Yang



The dumbest idea ever! by Jimmy Gownley

2015 Eisner Awards Announced

The Eisner Awards have been celebrating the best in comics for 27 years. Highlights? This year, Saga by Brian K. Vaughan won Best Continuing Series, Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson won Best New Series,  and El Deafo by Cece Bell won Best Publication for Kids. Check out all the winners here.

Sixth Grade Graphic Novel Suggestions

Sixth Grade

A bag of marbles by based on the memoir by Joseph Joffo ; adapted by Kris ; illustrated by Vincent Bailly ; translated by Edward Gauvin

Battling Boy by Paul Pope ; color by Hilary Sycamore

Anna Sewell's Black Beauty: the graphic novel by adapted by June Brigman & Roy Richardson

Cat burglar black by Richard Sala

Mouse Guard. Vol. 1. Fall 1152 by story & art by David Petersen

Fifth Grade Graphic Novel Suggestions

Fifth Grade

Alison Dare: the heart of the maiden by [written by] J. Torres ; [illustrated by] J. Bone

True things: (adults don't want kids to know) by [by Jimmy Gownley]

The Amulet of Samarkand: a Bartimaeus graphic novel by adapted by Jonathan Stroud and Andrew Donkin ; art by Lee Sullivan ; color by Nicolas Chapuis ; lettering by Chris Dickey

The lightning thief: the graphic novel by Rick Riordan ; adapted by Robert Venditti ; art by Attila Futaki ; color by José Villarrubia ; layouts by Orpheus Collar ; lettering by Chris Dickey

Three thieves. Vol. 1. Tower of treasure by Scott Chantler

Fourth Grade Graphic Novel Suggestions

Fourth Grade

Around the world: three remarkable journeys by Matt Phelan

Azzi in between by written and illustrated by Sarah Garland

Broxo by Zack Giallongo

The storm in the barn by Matt Phelan

The wonderful Wizard Of Oz by adapted from the novel by L. Frank Baum ; writer, Eric Shanower ; artist, Skottie Young ; colorist, Jean-Francois Beaulieu ; letterer, Jeff Eckleberry

Third Grade Graphic Novel Suggestions

Third Grade

Ariol. 2, Thunder horse by [writer,] Emmanuel Guibert ; [artist,] Marc Boutavant ; [Joe Johnson, translation ; Michael Petranek, lettering]

Beauty and the squat bears by Émile Bravo ; [translation, J. Gustave McBride]

Binky the space cat by Ashley Spires

Spirited away. Vol. 1 by written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Sardine in outer space by stories by Emmanuel Guibert ; pictures by Joann Sfar ; color by Walter Pezzali ; translation by Sasha Watson

Second Grade Graphic Novel Suggestions

Second Grade

The adventures of Ook and Gluk: kung-fu cavemen from the future by Dav Pilkey

Backpack stories by Kevin O'Malley

Bake sale by Sara Varon

Mr. Men, Little Miss: Mr. Bump: lights, camera, bump! by [stories by John Hardman ; art by Matthew Britton]

Pranks and attacks! by Laurent Richard ; illustrated by Nicolas Ryser ; translation: Edward Gauvin

First Grade Graphic Novel Suggestions

First Grade

Arf and the greedy grabber by Philip Wooderson ; illustrated by Bridget MacKeith ; colors by Jessica Fuchs

The woodshed mystery by adapted by Joeming Dunn ; illustrated by Ben Dunn ; [colored by Robby Bevard ; lettered by Joeming Dunn & Doug Dlin]

Eek & Ack: vs. the Wolfman by Blake A. Hoena ; illustrated by Steve Harpster

Okay, Andy! by Maxwell Eaton III

Okie Dokie Donuts: "open for business!" by [Chris Eliopoulos]

Graphic Novels for Older Girls

The secret valley by Jeff Weigel

Adventure time ; pixel princesses by created by Pendleton Ward ; written by Danielle Corsetto ; illustrated by Zack Sterling with Tessa Stone, Corey Lewis, Chrystin Garland, Paulina Ganucheau ; inks by Stephanie Hocutt and Aubrey Aiese ; tones by Amanda Lafrenais ; letters by Kel McDonald ; "The mind of Gunter" by Meredith McClaren ; tones by Amanda Lafrenais

Jane, the fox & me by Fanny Britt, Isabelle Arsenault ; translated by Christelle Morelli and Susan Ouriou

Ernest & Rebecca. [1], "My best friend is a germ" by Guillaume Bianco, writer ; Antonello Dalena, artist ; Cecilia Giumento, colorist ; [Joe Johnson, translation]

The Dare! Detectives. Vol. 1, "The snow-pea plot" by Ben Caldwell ; additional colors and inks by Bill Hallier and Mike Mucci

Graphic Novels for Girls

Britt Wilson's cat dad, king of the Goblins by Wilson, Britt, artist, author

Spirited away. Vol. 1 by written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Hilda and the bird parade by Luke Pearson

Pippi fixes everything by Astrid Lindgren & Ingrid Vang Nyman ; translated by Tiina Nunnally

Comics Squad: recess! by edited by Jennifer L. Holm, Matthew Holm, and Jarrett J. Krosoczka ; comics by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Dav Pilkey, Dan Santat, Raina Telgemeier & Dave Roman, Ursula Vernon, Eric Wight, Gene Luen Yang

Babymouse. Vol. 1, Queen of the world! by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm

Smile by Raina Telgemeier

Fiction for Cat Lovers

Whittington by Alan Armstrong ; illustrated by S.D. Schindler

A summer spell by Sue Bentley ; illustrated by Angela Swan

My unwilling witch goes to ballet school by Hiawyn Oram, Sarah Warburton

Wild things by written & illustrated by Clay Carmichael

Suggested Reads for 12th Grade

Here are some great books for 12th grade, complete with fiction and graphic novels. Make sure to check out our other high school lists as well!

Fiction

The fall by Bethany Griffin

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

We were liars by E. Lockhart

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Sex and violence: a novel by Carrie Mesrobian

Suggested Reads for 11th Grade

Here are some great books for 11th grade, complete with fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novels. Make sure to check out our other high school lists as well!

Fiction

The diviners by Libba Bray

The impossible knife of memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

Why we broke up: novel by Daniel Handler ; art by Maira Kalman

Dr. Bird's advice for sad poets by Evan Roskos

September girls by Bennett Madison

The coldest girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Nonfiction

Suggested Reads for Tenth Grade

Here are some suggested reads for tenth grade, with fiction, historical fiction, graphic novels and everything in between. make sure to also check out our other high school lists!

Fiction

The story of Owen: dragon slayer of Trondheim by E. K. Johnston

The midnight dress by Karen Foxlee

The summer prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson

If I ever get out of here: a novel with paintings by Eric Gansworth

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Historical Fiction

Code name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Suggested Reads for 9th Grade

There are a ton of great books for ninth grade readers; here are a few from the last several years that really stand out.

Fiction

Dodger by Terry Pratchett


Killer of enemies by Joseph Bruchac


A brief history of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper


The fault in our stars by John Green


Reality Boy by a novel by A.S. King

Nonfiction

Popular a memoir: Vintage wisdom for a modern geek by Maya Van Wagenen

Hole in my life by Jack Gantos

Suggested Reads for 8th Grade

There are so many great books out there for eight graders! Below are some particularly good ones from recent years, spanning fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, and everything in between.

Fiction

The earth, my butt, and other big, round things by Carolyn Mackler

Far far away by Tom McNeal, a sinister take on Hansel and Gretel


Akata witch by Nnedi Okorafor, essentially Harry Potter set in Nigeria

Eat, brains, love by Jeff Hart


Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Historical Fiction

How I became a ghost: a Choctaw trail of tears story by Tim Tingle

Nonfiction

Great Graphic Novels

Kindergarten

A day in the life of Doctor Bugspit by Elise Gravel


Mr. Ball makes a to-do list by Michael Townsend


Mr. Pants: it's go time! by words by Scott McCormick ; pictures by R.H. Lazzell


Mr. Men, Little Miss: Little Miss Daredevil: the Incredible Race! by [stories by John Hardman ; art by Bryan Beach]


The Glorkian warrior delivers a pizza by James Kochalka






Need more suggestions?


First Grade

Chi's sweet home. Vol. 4 by Konami Kanata ; [translation, Ed Chavez]