NEW GRAPHIC BIOGRAPHIES
To Dance : A Memoir, by Siena Cherson Siegel, 2006. Summary: The author describes how she first decided she wanted to be a ballerina at the age of six, & how that dream carried her from her home in Puerto Rico to dance class in Boston to performing with the New York City Ballet.
The 14th Dalai Lama : A Manga Biography, by Tetsu Saiwai, 2010. Summary: At age two, Tenzin Gyatso was recognized as the reincarnation of his predecessor, the Thirteenth Dalai Lama-the manifestation of the Buddha of Compassion. This is the story of his extraordinary life, told vividly through the art of manga.
Yummy : The Last Days of a Southside Shorty, by G. Neri, 2010. Summary: A graphic novel based on the true story of Robert "Yummy" Sandifer, an eleven-year old African American gang member from Chicago who shot a young girl and was then shot by his own gang members.
NEW GRAPHIC NOVELS
Shadoweyes, written & illustrated by Ross Campbell, 2010. Summary: In the dystopian city of Dranac, moody teenager Scout Montana is an aspiring vigilante, but her first attempt is halted when she's hit in the head with a brick & knocked unconscious. When she awakens, she discovers that she's able to transform into a strange, blue, clawed, superhuman creature. In this new body she becomes the vigilante Shadoweyes...
Side-Scrollers, by writer and artist, Matthew Loux, 2006. Summary: Brian, Brad & Matt are launched off of their lazy rears & forced into a grand adventure. Determined to steer Amber away from Richard, chased by an irate football team, a vengeful troop of Girl Scouts, and a stalking evil cat that may actually be possessed by Satan, our heroes are thrust into a giant rock 'n' roll video game adventure.
Smile by Raina Telgemeier, 2010. Summary: Raina just wants to be a normal 6th grader. But one night she trips & falls, severely injuring her two front teeth. And on top of that, there's still more to deal with: a major earthquake, boy confusion, & friends who turn out to be not so friendly. This true story will resonate with anyone who has ever been in middle school, & especially those who have ever had a bit of their own dental drama.
Hetalia : Axis Powers. volume 1, by Hidekaz Himaruya, 2010. Summary: Offers a collection of four-panel comic strips which, depicting the world's powers as stereotypes, presents a politically incorrect comedy of the relationships between the Axis and Allied powers during the World Wars.