5 YA graphic novels to dive into this summer


Favorite: Vol. 3, ‘by Alice Oseman (Graphix, May 4)

In “Heartstopper: Vol. 3 ”, Oseman looks back on the love story of Charlie and Nick, two students trying to finish high school in Britain, and takes their romance to the next level. After two books in which Charlie and Nick settled their feelings for each other, they are now officially dating. The question is: who to tell? Although he is happy with Nick, Charlie isn’t sure if he’s ready for the whole school to know that they are together – he’s stressed out about the exams and doesn’t want to deal with everyone who is. speaks. He’s also still in shock after being exposed and bullied in the past. But not being in a relationship puts a strain on their relationship. When their school organizes a trip to Paris, Charlie and Nick find the perfect setting to find out how to be together.

Amazing doom, ‘by Matthew Bogart and Jesse Holden (HarperAlley, May 11)

“Incredible Doom” is for anyone who wants to step back in time. The book follows a group of ’90s outcasts: Allison, who tries to escape her abusive father, a magician who forces her to be his stage assistant; Sam, the guy Allison met online through an early Internet version; Richard, a “Star Trek” fan who is new to town and bullied in school; and Tina, the girl who stands up to Richard’s tormentors. They are all isolated in their own way, until life and computers bring them together. What follows is an adventure series featuring children trying to discover and protect each other as the internet age dawns.

The girl of the sea, ‘by Molly Knox Ostertag (Graphix, June 1)

A queer love story with a magical twist, “The Girl From the Sea” follows Morgan, a 15-year-old locked up tired of her life on the small island she calls home. One day, Morgan almost drowned, but she is saved by a mysterious girl named Keltie, who comes from the sea. Thinking that she is hallucinating, Morgan kisses Keltie, only to find that her kiss gave to Keltie, who is a selkie. (a mythical creature in the form of a seal who can transform into a human), the opportunity to remain human if Morgan accepts her love. Morgan is suddenly faced with a choice: go out and be with the person who loves her, or protect the identity she’s made for herself and lose Keltie. While Morgan tries to figure things out, Keltie has her own secret.

Nothing can go wrong, ‘by Prudence Shen, illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks, colored by Alison Acton (First Second, June 22)

Even books get a makeover sometimes, and that’s exactly what happened with “Nothing Can Go Wrong.” The book, originally published in 2013 in black and white, is now fully colored for this summer reissue. The book follows Charlie and Nate, high school kids across the spectrum of popularity – Charlie is the captain of the basketball team, who once dated the leader of the cheerleader team. , while Nate is the robotics team president. In an effort to maintain schools funding for their clubs, the cheerleaders and the robotics team join forces in a local competition, resulting in a history of unlikely friendships.

In the shadow of the fallen towers: the seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years after the September 11 attacks, ‘by Don Brown (Etch / HMH Books for Young Readers, Aug 10)

A month before the 20th anniversary of September 11, “In the Shadow of the Fallen Towers,” Don Brown’s account of the terrorist attacks and their aftermath. Brown details the events of that day, incorporating stories from speakers – including a reporter filming when the first plane hit the North Tower, a firefighter who assisted with rescue efforts, a member of the Secret Service in the skies over Air Force One with President George W. Bush and more. From there, Brown guides young readers through the national and international repercussions of the attacks, such as Guantánamo Bay, the war in Afghanistan and the increase in hate crimes against American Muslims. With striking illustrations and immersive storytelling, it’s a useful introduction for young readers who want to learn more about the meaning of 9/11.


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