Weekly Book List: Week 40 (Graphic Novel)

The Wrenchies / Farel Dalrymple

Sherwood and Orson should never have gone into that cave. That day, a door was opened from our world into a dark and profane realm … and earth’s destiny was changed forever. In this demented future, whatever life remains on earth is oppressed by the evil shadowsmen. Only a gang of ruthless and powerful children called the Wrenchies can hope to stand against them. When Hollis, a lonely boy from our world, is magically given access to the future world of the Wrenchies, he finally finds a place he belongs. But it is not an easy world to live in, and Hollis’s quest is bigger than he ever dreamed of. (TEEN GRAPHIC DALRYMPLE)

The Influencing Machine / Brooke Gladstone

The cohost of NPR’s “On the Media” narrates, in cartoon form, two millennia of history of the influence of the media on the populace, from newspapers in Caesar’s Rome to the penny press of the American Revolution to today. (GRAPHIC GLADSTONE)


Lucky Penny / Ananth Hirsh

Penny, a young 20-something who describes herself as having a “weird tattoo and a smoking habit,” is once again down on her luck. Recently both jobless and homeless, she moves into her best friend’s storage unit, where her primary companion is a stray cat. Even though Penny concludes she is bad luck to those around her, she is tenacious about improving her situation—even if it means she must work in a laundromat for a precocious, sarcastic (and, later we learn, vengeful) preteen. (TEEN GRAPHIC HIRSH)

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen / Lucy Knisley

“Lucy Knisley loves food. The daughter of a chef and a gourmet, this talented young cartoonist comes by her obsession honestly. In her forthright, thoughtful, and funny memoir, Lucy traces key episodes in her life thus far, framed by what she was eating at the time and lessons learned about food, cooking, and life. Each chapter is bookended with an illustrated recipe– many of them treasured family dishes, and a few of them Lucy’s original inventions. (GRAPHIC KNISLEY)

Watchmen / Alan Moore

Exceptional graphic artwork brings to life the story of the Watchmen as they race against time to find a killer, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance. (GRAPHIC WATCHMEN)


The Undertaking of Lily Chen / Danica Novgorodoff

In contemporary China, Deshi accidentally kills his older brother, Wei, by shoving him in front of a moving jeep, and his furious mother, calling on the ancient tradition of ghost marriage, demands that he find the unmarried Wei a corpse bride, a recently deceased single woman who will accompany him in the afterlife. Guilt-ridden Deshi seeks the help of a matchmaker, a grave robber, and a hospital attendant before he runs into stubborn, spirited Lily, who would make a perfect bride if she weren’t so alive. (TEEN GRAPHIC NOVGORODOFF)

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood / Marjane Satrapi

The great-granddaughter of Iran’s last emperor and the daughter of ardent Marxists describes growing up in Tehran in a country plagued by political upheaval and vast contraditions between public and private life. (GRAPHIC SATRAPI)


Nimona / Noelle Stevenson

Lord Blackheart, a villain with a vendetta, and his sidekick, Nimona, an impulsive young shapeshifter, must prove to the kingdom that Sir Goldenloin and the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are. (TEEN GRAPHIC STEVENSON)


Cardboard / Dough Tennapel

After Cam’s father gives him a cardboard box for his birthday, they fashion it into a man that comes to life, but things spin out of control when a bully steals a scrap of the cardboard to create creatures that disobey his orders and multiply into an army. (TEEN GRAPHIC TENNAPEL)


American Born Chinese / Gene Luen Yang

As alienated kids go, Jin Wang is fairly run-of-the-mill: he eats lunch by himself in a corner of the schoolyard, gets picked on by bullies and jocks and develops a sweat-inducing crush on a pretty classmate. And, oh, yes, his parents are from Taiwan. This much-anticipated, affecting story about growing up different is more than just the story of a Chinese-American childhood; it’s a fable for every kid born into a body and a life they wished they could escape. (TEEN GRAPHIC YANG)

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