School bags ready with favourite pens and pencils, cool notebooks and gadgets?! Why not add a graphic novel or two to the mix just in time for back-to-school. Did you know there’s a fantastic teen graphic novel collection here at the Belleville Public Library? With so many to choose from here are a few stand-alone’s and series titles that have recently hit our shelves. Don’t let the images intimidate you these books cover to cover offer an interesting way to read a story. May even be a great way to motivate a reluctant reader. If the ten listed below are not enough, no worries, check out the latest here. And I have a special DIY planned for next month if you can decipher the code hidden throughout this month’s book list. Comment your answer below for a hint to next month’s cool DIY. Thanks for reading. – A
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me, May 7, 2019
by Mariko Tamaki, Rosemary Valero-O’Connell (Illustrator)
Laura Dean, the most popular girl in high school, was Frederica Riley’s dream girl: charming, confident, and SO cute. There’s just one problem: Laura Dean is maybe not the greatest girlfriend. Reeling from her latest break up, Freddy’s best friend, Doodle, introduces her to the Seek-Her, a mysterious medium, who leaves Freddy some cryptic parting words: break up with her. But Laura Dean keeps coming back, and as their relationship spirals further out of her control, Freddy has to wonder if it’s really Laura Dean that’s the problem. Maybe it’s Freddy, who is rapidly losing her friends, including Doodle, who needs her now more than ever. Fortunately for Freddy, there are new friends, and the insight of advice columnists like Anna Vice to help her through being a teenager in love.
Kiss Number 8 , March 12, 2019
by Colleen AF, Ellen T. Crenshaw (Illustrator)
Amanda can’t figure out what’s so exciting about kissing. It’s just a lot of teeth clanking, germ swapping, closing of eyes so you can’t see that godzilla-sized zit just inches from your own hormonal monstrosity. All of her seven kisses had been horrible in different ways, but nothing compared to the awfulness that followed kiss number eight.
Maker Comics: Bake Like a Pro! February 5, 2019
by Falynn Koch
Sage learns the simple science behind baking–and that’s the best kind of magic trick! In this DIY, you’ll learn how different combination of proteins, fats, and liquids will result in textures that lend themselves to perfect pies, breads, cookies, and more! Follow these simple recipes, and you’ll be able to bake a pizza and frost a cake–no magic necessary! With the easy step-by-step instructions you’ll make Chocolate chip cookies, Cornbread and Banana Bread and more. Also available, Maker Comics. Fix A Car
Dragon Ball Super, Volume 5 – August 1, 2019
by Akira Toriyama
Ever since Goku became Earth’s greatest hero and gathered the seven Dragon Balls to defeat the evil Boo, his life on Earth has grown a little dull. But new threats loom overhead, and Goku and his friends will have to defend the planet once again. The battle for the fate of the parallel world rages on! With Vegeta injured and his fusion with Goku failed, Goku must face off against God Zamas alone. But this enemy is unrelenting and powerful, and seems to be too strong—even for Goku! Will Goku and his friends be able to put a stop to this evil god once and for all?! View more titles to the series here.
Bloom, February 12, 2019
by Kevin Panetta, Savanna Ganucheau (Illustrator)
Now that high school is over, Ari is dying to move to the big city with his ultra-hip band―if he can just persuade his dad to let him quit his job at their struggling family bakery. Though he loved working there as a kid, Ari cannot fathom a life wasting away over rising dough and hot ovens. But while interviewing candidates for his replacement, Ari meets Hector, an easygoing guy who loves baking as much as Ari wants to escape it. As they become closer over batches of bread, love is ready to bloom . . . that is, if Ari doesn’t ruin everything.
Fence, Volume 2- January 5, 2019
by C.S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad (Artist)
Nicholas Cox is determined to prove himself in the world of competitive fencing, and earn his place on the Kings Row fencing team, alongside sullen fencing prodigy, Seiji Katayama, to win the right to go up against his golden-boy half-brother. Tryouts are well underway at King’s Row for a spot on the prodigious fencing team, and scrappy fencer Nicholas isn’t sure he’s going to make the grade in the face of surly upperclassmen, nearly impossibly odds, and his seemingly unstoppable roommate, the surly, sullen Seiji Katayama. It’ll take more than sheer determination to overcome a challenge this big! Add your name to the hold list for volume 3 here!
Colorblind, April 16, 2019
by Johnathan Harris, Anthony E. Zuiker (Illustrations)
Johnathan a fifteen-year-old African American from Long Beach, California, shares his story of being physically and verbally harassed because of his race, and of overcoming the discrimination to embrace all cultures, and then to be proud of his own.
Harley Quinn Volume 2, April 2, 2019
by Sam Humphries, John Timms (Illustrations)
A new era of Harley continues here, with writer Sam Humphries! While reading a mysterious Harley Quinn comic book, H.Q. accidentally breaks all of reality. And you know the saying: if you break it, you bought it! Now it’s up to Harley to travel through both time and space to fix all the continuity errors she created. Luckily, she’ll have a little help, ‘cuz riding shotgun is none other than special guest star Jonni DC, Continuity Cop! Good thing, too, because if Harley fails, it means her own mom will be lost forever. Gulp! That doesn’t sound very funny! This new era for the DCU‘s craziest antihero continues here in Harley Quinn Vol. 2. Collects issues #50-54 and #56.
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Volume 10 – March 19, 2019
by Ryan North, Derek Charm (Artist)
The Death of Squirrel Girl! Squirrel Girl attends a funeral – her own! But how is that possible? Who is that in the coffin? Hmm, wonder if it has anything to do with all those Skrulls who have recently surfaced… for more titles click here.
Hatsu-Haru, Volume 6 – January 26, 2016
by Shizuki Fujisawa
Summer break has been full of endings and new beginnings for Kai and Riko both. Suwa’s wedding saw the conclusion of Riko’s long-held first love, but only time will tell if its departure leaves room in her heart for another. Can Kai safely navigate dating when love is involved, or will his uncalculated swing in the dark throw everything off course?
Volume 7 and 8 are on order place your name on the hold list here.
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