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  1. 1. Christine Conwell Brenna Klassen Katrina Lacerna Rory Tomsu
  2. 2. Summary: Anya has enough problems—she has an embarrassing Russian mother, is self-conscious about her body, and has a crush on a boy who will never notice her. The last thing she needs is to fall to the bottom of a deep well. At first it is scary when she finds the remains of a body, but not so much when she meets Emily, the ghostly owner of the bones. When she is rescued, Emily follows Anya home and soon life with her ghost BFF is going great. Unfortunately after some differing points of view, it seems like Emily may be taking the “forever” part a little too seriously.Recommendation: The art is simple in its black and gray tones and striking whites which will attract readers. I’m glad the length of the novel is longer than most graphic novels (its 220 pages) so the reader is really allowed to get embedded in the characters’ lives. Many readers can relate to Anya’s life. When Emily helps her get attention of the Sean, Anya feels she should help Emily by trying to solve her murder. That’s when the plot starts throwing twists and turns at the reader so quickly it will keep you guessing how their story will end.Awards: 2012 YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens; 2011 Kirkus Best Teen Books of the Year; School Library Journal’s Best Fiction Books of 2011; Horn Book’s Best Fiction Books of 2011
  3. 3. Summary: Fist Stick Knife Gun is the true story of Geoffrey Canada’s upbringing in the South Bronx of New York. He accounts the first time he became aware of violence at the age of four when his brothers were forced to fight another boy in order to get a stolen jacket back. The story moves through the years of his childhood and he tells various stories of violence in the streets to gain a place in the hierarchy of the block.Recommendation: This story is gritty and real, the reader can easily see the pain in Geoffrey’s face and his words help the reader understand why he did the things he did. While the content may seem mature, it is important to remember the age the author was when he was experiencing these violent and often traumatic events. At the end of the book, there is an epilogue where Canada tells the reader what became of his life. He has become the president and CEO of the Harlem Children’s Zone, a nonprofit organization that provides free programs for both children and adults to help combat violence in their areas. This book shows what violence can do to a community and the epilogue shows how people are working against violence to help make communities a better place to grow up in.Awards: 2011 YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens
  4. 4. Summary: The Plain Janes begins with the fictional bombing of a café in Metro City where the protagonist, Jane, was walking near and soon after her parents, out of fear, moved her to the suburban Kent Waters. Though invited to sit with the popular kids, Jane attempts to make friends with the school misfits, all coincidently named Jane. They eventually become friends over the idea of creating a group called P.L.A.I.N. (people loving art in neighborhoods) that places art in spontaneous places. These art attacks generate all sorts of publicity (both bad and good) that eventually lead to the constriction of all teenagers indoors and the eventual rebellion of all teenagers in unison.Recommendation: An easily relatable story about fitting in and making friends in a new school. Realistic drawings make this a great transition for those new to graphic novels and fans of realistic fiction.Awards: 2008 YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens
  5. 5. Summary: A humorous retelling of Homer’s Odyssey for younger readers, featuring stick figures. After being banished from his homeland by his evil stepmother, Zozimos embarks on many adventures, culminating in an attempt to reclaim his rightful place at the throne.Recommendation: This fun reworking of classic literature is a great introduction to Greek mythology. While it follows the thematic structure of the Odyssey, Ford adds enough twists and turns to make it a wholly unique story on its own. A very entertaining adventure tale filled with dry humor and simple but effective artwork.Awards/Notable: 2012 YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers
  6. 6. Summary: Oddly Normal is everything but normal. She’s an outcast at school with a witch for a mother and a human for a father (which resulted in her pointy ears and bright green hair) and she is ignored by her parents. On her 10th birthday she makes a wish that they would just disappear—and they do. Good thing her Great Aunt hadn’t arrived for the party yet or else Oddly would be homeless. Auntie takes her to Fignation—the world her mother comes from—where they try to determine what happened to Oddly’s parents and if Oddly might have some supernatural powers she didn’t know about.Recommendation: Oddly is a girl many can relate too— she’s weird, she has no friends, her parents ignore her. Going to Fignation she gets the same thing—all the weird creatures there are normal and she’s the odd half-human! Luckily, she makes a few friends which readers will enjoy meeting since they play on classic monster types. Readers who enjoy mysteries will like trying to figure out what connection Oddly’s new literature professor has to her mother and her parents’ disappearance.Awards: ALA Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth 2006
  7. 7. Summary: Paige Turner has just moved to New York with her family, and shes having some trouble adjusting to life in the big city. The only thing Paige has to count on from her previous life is her art so in the pages of her sketchbook she tries to make sense of her new surroundings. As she makes friends and starts to explore the city, she slowly brings her secret passion to be an artist out into the open—a move that is at the same time terrifying and rewarding for her.Recommendation: This is a graphic novel that defines the definition of art telling the story just as much as the text. The story is told as Paige’s sketchbook and there are so many subtle clues in her drawings that one really has to read the story on multiple levels. A great example of this is the full-page illustration of Paige sleeping before her first day at a new school. Her mind is thinking of a million questions—what if I’m behind, what if no one talks to me—and these questions are written in tiny font swimming above her head while four miniature Paiges sit on top of her head asking these questions. She can’t sleep and she says, “The inside of my head is a loud place.” This is a great graphic novel to give readers who enjoy realistic fiction along with girls who feel that graphic novels are just for guys.Awards: 2012 YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens
  8. 8. Summary: Imagine you are going about your normal day and suddenly there is a bright blue flash of light. When the light passes, the birds continue to chirp and the sun continues to shine, but not everything returns to normal . . . mankind now stands less than six inches tall.Recommendation: The illustrations and colors in this graphic novel are amazing and transport the reader into the story. Rather than telling teens to treat Mother Nature with respect, Michael Hague turns the tables and shows what would happen if Mother Nature were to seek her revenge. It contains some graphic images (i.e., violence and death) so it is much better suited for older tweens.Awards: 2009 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers
  9. 9. Summary: Young grizzly cub Toklo has big dreams of being a big, powerful bear and ruling the forest with his brother, Tobi, by his side. However, for now they are too little to take care of themselves and depend on their mother for food and shelter. When a dominant bear demands Toklo’s family leave his territory, they have no choice but to move on. Toklo wants to help his family, but he ends up doing more harm than good.Recommendation: Erin Hunter emphasizes the importance of a strong family dynamic and how sometimes the biggest help children can be to their parents is to just listen. A great read for reluctant readers and another great way of introducing tweens to manga.
  10. 10. Summary: Set in a rural part of France during World War II, the story follows siblings Paul and Marie and how the war has affected their lives. When their friend Henri’s family mysteriously disappears, they offer to hide Henri from the Nazis because of his Jewish ancestry. Outraged with the injustice of the war, Paul and Marie try to convince the French Resistance to let them help.Recommendation: I highly recommend any students studying World War II to read this book! This book is a great way to introduce students to World War II and to show them how even the littlest persons can make a big difference.Awards: 2011 YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens; Sydney Taylor Honor Book; Texas Maverick Graphic Novels List
  11. 11. Summary: Tina is a sophomore at Yarborough Academy, a private high school in Southern California. For a final project in her honors English class, Tina keeps an existential diary chronicling her sophomore year. During this time, Tina struggles with trying to figure out exactly who she is and where/how she fits in at Yarborough Academy. She has a falling out with her best friend, finds a new friend who only ends up betraying her trust, and finds “love” or something like it.Recommendation: The diary is written in a series of letters to Jean Paul Sartre, large illustrated pages with paragraphs of text, comic book style panels, and a series of small illustrations surrounded by text. Illustrations are simple line drawings, similar to how Tina would have drawn in her diary herself.
  12. 12. Summary: Flight is a collection of short comics by various artists, the majority of which center around the theme of flight.Recommendation: Every child has dreamed about flying and this book brings those dreams to life. The images and colors are so vibrant that they seem to leap off the page. In addition to stories about flying, there are also stories that deal with the subject and challenges of growing up.
  13. 13. Summary: A collection of Kibushi’s Copper webcomic series that centers on a boy, Copper, and his faithful dog, Fred. Copper is fearless and curious while Fred is more cautious and measured. The two explore a surreal, fantastical world together while learning life lessons along the way.Recommendation: In both subject matter and tone, Copper is reminiscent of another comic team: Calvin and Hobbes. Beautiful, whimsical artwork and gentle storylines act as an entry point into deeper meditations on friendship, identity, and mortality.Awards/Notable: Copper was nominated for the Will Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic in 2006.
  14. 14. Summary: After a piñata blow to the head, Korean-American teen Grace Kwon meets three versions of herself at varying stages in her life: ages 6, 29, and 70. Grace must prevent the three versions of herself from wreaking havoc on her current life. But saving the floundering school play, unrequited crushes, and sibling rivalry with her older sister Lily complicate matters.Recommendation: This is a sweet coming of age story that will appeal to young girls, especially those that feel out of place or outcast at school. An intriguing plot and lively, manga inspired illustrations mark Good as Lily an enjoyable read that serves up insight on friendship, rivalry, and romance.Awards/Notable: Good as Lily was published under DC Comics “Minx” imprint which exclusively released graphic novels for tween and teen girls. Minx only ran from 2007-2008. All titles are highly recommended if you can find them.
  15. 15. Summary: Chi is a little kitten out for a walk with her family one day when she finds herself lost. Luckily Yohei’s family runs across her and takes her home. They’d love to keep Chi but there is one strict rule in their apartment building—no pets allowed! What will they do if they can’t find Chi a new home?Recommendation: Konata must have been a cat in a previous life because he easily gets into the mind of Chi. This is a great manga for all ages, especially young tweens and cat lovers who will see a lot of familiar kitten-raising ground covered in the first volume (first trip to the vet, litter box training, etc.). The story is told from Chi’s point-of-view—her “meows” are presented as sound effects with her “actual” cat speech written in text. This manga is also unusual in that it is a Japanese series that is actually read left-to-right (American- style) instead of right-to-left (Japanese style) and the volume is in full-color which makes the artwork really stand out.Awards: Publishers Weekly Best Graphic Novels for 2010
  16. 16. Summary: Tony Chu wants to be a normal detective but he has a secret that makes him special and wanted by the special crimes division of the FDA—he is a cibopath. He gets psychic impressions from anything he eats. Ever since the great bird flu epidemic chicken has become the illegal substance of choice. Criminals will stop at nothing to get their hands on it. This means Tony gets to solve some strange and sickening crimes as long as he doesn’t mind nibbling on an occasional corpse to close a case.Recommendation: Chew takes a traditional detective story and gives it a unique twist. The humor is quirky dark while the illustrations are gritty but cute at the same time adding a fun atmosphere to the story’s world. Some might find Tony’s talent a bit morbid, but it is played for humor. Tony hates his talent and wishes he were normal. This is a great series for guys and reluctant readers. Warning: This series is for older tweens and teens as it does contain adult language that is appropriate to the story and not just gratuitously thrown in.Awards: 2011 YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens
  17. 17. Summary: Bella Swan has moved from the warm and sunny Phoenix, Arizona, to the gloomy Forks, Washington, to give her mother and her new husband more space. Bella finds herself in a new school gathering a lot of attention as the “new girl.” She becomes almost entranced with Edward Cullen, another student. Edward shows a variety of emotions toward getting to know her, from repulsed to intrigue. But when Bella is almost crushed by another classmate’s van, she is miraculously saved by Edward, who she knows was nowhere near her. As she tries to figure him out, they slowly become friends. Then on a camping trip, Bella learns from Jacob Black (a friend of the family) what Edward really is: a vampire. Bella confronts Edward and he explains that when he first encountered her, her scent was nearly irresistible to him which is why he tried to avoid her. Despite him being a vampire and attracted to the scent of her blood, the two fall in love.Recommendation: This is the first installment of the Twilight graphic novel. Illustrations are done in pen and ink with mixed media. For many backgrounds, photographs were utilized and altered to look more like they were drawn.
  18. 18. Summary: A young girl names Sheeta wears a powerful blue stone necklace that allows her to defy gravity. She is on the run from both the government and pirates who want the stone for their own gain. Sheeta meets Pazu, an orphan and budding inventor, and the two embark on an adventure to uncover the mystery of the blue stone and its connection to Laputa, the Castle in the Sky.Recommendation: This manga adaptation of the popular film has built-in appeal for Miyazaki fans and followers of Japanese animation. Those unfamiliar with the film will be enthralled by the imaginative, fantastical storyline. The book’s strongest point is (as expected) its brilliant illustrations which are rendered in vibrant full-color.
  19. 19. Summary: Yummy tells the real-life story of Robert “Yummy” Sandifer, an 11-year-old Chicago Black Disciples gang member who became famous in 1994 when he accidentally shot and killed a 14-year-old girl in a shooting gone wrong and eventually was executed by his own gang when they felt the hunt for Yummy was drawing too much attention to their activities. The story is told from the point-of-view of Roger, a fictional classmate.Recommendation: This is a great nonfiction graphic novel that could be used to interest reluctant readers and those learning about gang violence. The art is just as gritty and violent as the story. The story is not very action-packed; it is more a poignant look at Yummy’s life and death which brings up questions of if he was a criminal or a victim himself. Neri also includes an author’s note on why and how he wrote the story and a reference list.Awards: Nearly 25 awards and counting. For a full list see:
  20. 20. Summary: Death Weapon Meister Academy (DWMA) is a school run by Shanigami Death where students (meisters) are partnered with living weapons and trained to battle and absorb evil souls. The goal of meisters and weapons are to absorb the souls of 99 evil humans and 1 witch, greatly increasing the weapon’s power and transforming them into death scythes which can be used by Shanigami Death.Recommendation: Soul Eater is an excellent read for older teens. Readers will be intrigued with the relationship between meisters and their weapons as well as the hilarity of typical teenage angst. It contains some mature content which is not suitable for younger readers but relatable to teens.
  21. 21. Summary: First entry in the graphic adaptation of the popular series by Rick Riordan. Sixth-grader Percy Jackson finds out that he is a demigod, and is blamed for the theft of Zeuss lightning bolt. So Percy and his new friends from Camp Half Blood set out on a quest to find the lightening blot and clear his name.Recommendation: The book is well illustrated and the fantastic pacing speeds the story along nicely. Fans of the Percy Jackson series will enjoy reliving the story in a new, handsome graphic novel format. Reluctant readers can enjoy the essence of the original story in this easy to digest, streamlined adaptation.
  22. 22. Summary: Darren and Steve are best friends, each with their own weird obsessions. Darren is obsessed with spiders and Steve wants to be a monster. One day while Darren is running home from Steve’s house a cloaked figure hands him a flier for the Cirque du Freak. After their teacher finds the flier and forbids them to go, the boys just must attend and enjoy the show for their own reasons—Darren because of the monster-sized spider (Madam Octa) a man has trained and Steve because he knows that man (Mr. Crepsley) to be a vampire. Darren feels the urge to kidnap Madam Octa while Steve begs Crepsley to make him a vampire—a request that is denied. While Darren and Steve are training Madam Octa in Darren’s room, his sister breaks his concentration and the spider attacks Steve. In order to save Steve’s life, Darren makes a deal with Crepsley to become a vampire.Recommendation: The book was illustrated in a black and white anime style. A great hybrid of fantasy and manga, Cirque du Freak is a great cross over into manga and graphic novels from fantasy literature. Its grittiness is a welcome change from the vampire love stories popular right now. This manga series is an adaption of the fiction series by Darren Shan and has also spawned a film (Cirque du Freak: Vampire’s Assistant).Awards: 2010 YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens; 2010 Quick Picks for Reluctant YA Readers
  23. 23. Summary: A fashion manga series with a focus on two eighth grade girls, Choco and Mimi. They are best friends as well as polar opposites. Choco is serious and mature while Mimi is brash and silly. The stories are slices of Choco and Mimi’s life, centering on their friendship, school, boys, and clothes.Recommendation: ChocoMimi will appeal to pre-teen girls, especially those infatuated with Japanese “kawaii” culture. The book is overloaded with cutesy, whimsical illustrations as well as extremely detailed breakdowns of the girls’ fashion. This is an entertaining, breezy read for those interested in manga, fashion, and Japanese pop culture.
  24. 24. Summary: The Arrival tells the story of a man’s journey to a new country in order to begin a new and better life for his family. There is a wide variety of ethnicities represented, as well as strange new worlds and creatures. The only text is an invented alphabet which adds to the feeling of strangeness that immigrants must encounter.Recommendation: This story has a very deep and moving message; however, it will most likely go over the heads of tweens. The lack of text and strangeness of the world/creatures/language is also confusing. I highly recommend providing tweens with background and context on the story before they read.Awards: 2006 New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards Book of the Year; 2006 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards Premier’s Prize; 2007 Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year; 2008 YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens
  25. 25. Summary: Sadie and Saskia Dopple’s world has been turned upside down. They were living at Isambard Dunstan’s School for Wayward Children along with their best friend, and thief, Erik Morrissey Ganger. That is, until one day the very wealthy and mysterious writer Muzz Elliot came to the school and adopts only Saskia. Sadie is determined, along with Erik, to reunite with her sister and sets out to find her. At Muzz Elliot’s house, Saskia stumbles upon a very dangerous secret at the Elliot household.Recommendation: This book is half graphic novel (in the more traditional looking comic book style panels) and half text novel. However, on pages that do not contain panels, the font changes (size, shape, direction, etc.) to emphasize a point in the story. It is clear that the story’s artist is heavily influenced by animation, using this in his illustrations.
  26. 26. Summary: An autobiographical coming-of-age tale centering on the author’s dental misadventures during adolescence. After tripping and knocking out her two front teeth, Raina begins a long, tortuous process to correct her condition including surgery, braces, and embarrassing headgear. Perhaps more painful are the taunts and teasing Raina must endure from her peers, including bullying from her “friends.”Recommendation: Pre-teen audiences will relate to this memoir about discovering oneself and struggling to find self-confidence. The warm hearted storytelling and full-color illustrations will easily draw readers in, as will the appealing and sympathetic protagonist.Awards/Notable: 2010 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award 2010 New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2010 2011 ALA Notable Children’s Book 2011 YALSA Top 10 Graphic Novels for Teens 2011 Children’s Choice Book Award Finalist 2011 Eisner Award for Best Publication for Teens
  27. 27. Summary: The comic adventures of various mameshiba (Japanese for “bean dog”). In “Journey to the Center of the Sink” the mameshibas must travel down the kitchen sink to rescue Pea 3 (the third pea in the pod) when a swimming accident goes horribly wrong. They end up facing mutant sewer chickens and tribal carrots. In “Beans in Space” Lentil, the smart bean, tries to teach the other mameshibas about space. After an experimental pea pod rocket actually catapults them into orbit they get to visit the moon, Mars, and meet some aliens who want to turn them into slaves in their new soon-to-be- opened jelly factory.Recommendation: Each bean dog has their own distinct personality (you can even purchase plushies of them). The humor is hilarious and very dead-pan in style. The book includes a chart of the mameshibas and extra short one- page comics as well. The stories are quick, laugh out loud funny, and good for all ages. The art is very reminiscent of an action-packed cartoon.
  28. 28. Summary: Zayne Carrick, a Padawan, showed up not surprisingly late to the banquet where the Jedi Masters announce the names of those Padawans who have been submitted to become a Jedi Knight. He had been chasing Gryph, a thief, and leaves again before the banquet is over to chase Gryph down (in an effort to prove himself). While he is gone, the Jedi Masters (in a preemptive strike to save the Galactic Empire from a prophecy) kill his fellow Padawans. When Zayne returns, they realize he has been spared, but before they can get to him Gryph helps him escape. Zayne then runs with the Empire on his tail. He receives help from extremely unlikely sources along the way. He tries to profess his innocence, but no one believes him and they think he has gone to the Dark Side. If the prophecy does come true and Zayne does bring down the Jedi Order he wants everyone to remember they started it.Recommendation: The first in the series of The Knights of the Old Republic. The illustrations are done in a typical colored comic book style. A must for any Star Wars fan, this series goes beyond the scope of the films, providing a richer background and story to the legacy and lore that is Star Wars. Full color illustrations allow the reader to feel like they’re in the galaxy themselves.
  29. 29. Summary: Mel, Doug, Naomi, and Jim are your average garage band and skateboard loving twelve year olds. At least they were, until the day Mel is kidnapped and taken to the Turtle Realm by the evil force Uros. Now it’s up to the three friends to fulfill an ancient prophecy, rescue their friend, overthrow evil, and restore the rightful queen to her throne.Recommendation: This series is an action packed, easy read and a great way to introduce young readers to the world of manga.
  30. 30. Anya’s Ghost (Rory)Vera BrosgolFirst Second, 2011$15.99 (Paperback) ISBN: 978-1-596-43552-0Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence (Brenna)Geoffrey CanadaBeacon Press, 2010$14.00 (Paperback) ISBN: 978-0-807-04461-2The Plain Janes (Brenna)Cecil Castellucci & Jim RuggMinx, 2007$9.99 (Paperback) ISBN: 978-1-401-21115-8Stickman Odyssey, Book 1: An Epic Doodle (Katrina)Christopher FordPhilomel, 2011$12.99 (Hardcover) ISBN: 978-0-399-25426-0
  31. 31. Oddly Normal, Volume 1 (Rory)Otis FramptonViper Comics, 2006$11.95 (Paperback) ISBN: 978-0-977-78830-9Page by Paige (Rory)Laura Lee GulledgeAmulet Books, 2011$9.95 (Paperback) ISBN: 978-0-810-99722-6In the Small (Christine)Michael HagueLittle, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2008$12.99 (Paperback) ISBN: 978-0-316-01322-2Seekers: Toklo’s Story (Christine)Written by Erin Hunter, illustrated by Bettina M. KurkoskiHarperCollins, 2010$6.99 (Paperback) ISBN: 978-0-061-72380-3
  32. 32. Resistance: Book 1 (Christine)Written by Carla Jablonski, illustrated by Leland PurvisFirst Second, 2010$13.99 (Paperback) ISBN: 978-1-596-43291-8Tinas Mouth: An Existential Comic Diary (Brenna)Written by Keshni Kashyap, illustrated by Mari ArakiHoughton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012$18.95 (Hardcover) ISBN: 978-0-618-94519-1Flight, Volume One (Christine)Kazu Kibuishi, editorVillard, 2007$19.95 (Paperback) ISBN: 978-0-345-49636-2Copper (Katrina)Kazu KibuishiGRAPHIX, 2010$12.99 (Paperback) ISBN: 978-0-545-09893-9
  33. 33. Good as Lily (Katrina)Written by Derek Kirk Kim, illustrated by Jesse HammMinx, 2007$9.99 (Paperback), ISBN: 978-1-401-21381-7Chi’s Sweet Home, Volume 1 (Rory)Kanata KonamiVertical, 2010$13.95 (Paperback) ISBN: 978-1-934-28781-1Chew: Omnivore Edition Volume 1 (Rory)Written by John Layman, illustrated by Rob GuilloryImage Comics, 2010$34.95 (Hardcover) ISBN: 978-1-607-06293-6Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Volume 1 (Brenna)Written by Stephenie Meyer, illustrated by Young KimYen Press, 2010$19.99 (Hardcover) ISBN: 978-0-759-52943-4
  34. 34. Castle in the Sky, Volume 1 (Katrina)Hayao MiyazakiVIZ Media, 2003$9.95 (Paperback) ISBN: 978-1-591-16170-7Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty (Rory)Written by G. Neri, illustrated by Randy DuburkeLee & Low Books, 2010$16.95 (Paperback) ISBN: 978-1-584-30267-4Soul Eater, Volume 1Atsushi OhkuboYen Press, 2009$11.99 (Paperback) ISBN: 978-0-759-53001-0The Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Lightning Thief: Graphic Novel (Katrina)Based on the novel by Rick Riordan, adapted by Robert Venditti, illustrated by Attila Futaki & Jose VillarrubiaHyperion Books, 2010$19.99 (Hardcover) ISBN: 978-1-423-11696-7
  35. 35. Cirque du Freak: The Manga, Volume 1 (Brenna)Written by Darren Shan, illustrated by Takahiro AraiYen Press, 2009$11.99 (Paperback) ISBN: 978-0-759-53041-6ChocoMimi, Volume 1 (Katrina)Konami SonodaVIZ Media, 2009$7.99 (Paperback) ISBN: 978-1-421-52758-1The Arrival (Christine)Shaun TanArthur A. Levine Books, 2007$19.99 (Hardcover) ISBN: 978-0-439-89529-3The Doppelganger Chronicles: The First Escape (Brenna)G.P. TaylorSaltRiver, 2008$19.99 (Hardcover) ISBN: 978-1-414-31947-6
  36. 36. Smile (Katrina)Raina TelgemeierGRAPHIX, 2010$10.99 (Paperback) ISBN: 978-0-545-13206-0Mameshiba: On the Loose! (Rory)Written by James Turner, illustrated by Jorge Monlongo & Gemma CorrellVIZ Media, 2011$6.99 (Paperback) ISBN: 978-1-421-53880-8Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic, Volume 1: Commencement (Brenna)Various AuthorsDark Horse, 2006$18.99 (Paperback) ISBN: 978-1-593-07640-5Vermonia #1: Quest for the Silver Tiger (Christine)YoYoCandlewick, 2009$7.99 (Paperback) ISBN: 978-0-763-64554-0