“All-Action Classics” Series: [Graphic Novels]
Bram Stoker and Michael Mucci. Dracula. (Sterling, 2007)
Mark Twain, Tim Mucci, and Rad Sechrist. Tom Sawyer. (Sterling, 2007)
Frank Cammuso. “Knights of the Lunch Table” (Series): [Graphic Novels]
The Dodgeball Chronicles. (Scholastic, 2008)
The Dragon Players. (Scholastic, 2009)
Timothy Decker. For Liberty: The Story of the Boston Massacre. (Calkins Creek, 2009)
Ricardo Delgado. “Age of Reptiles” (Series):
Tribal Warfare. (Dark Horse Comics, 1993) [Graphic Novel]
The Hunt. (Dark Horse Comics, 1997) [Graphic Novel]
Glenn Eichler and Joe Infurnari. Mush: Sled Dogs With Issues. (First Second, 2011)
Hair-brained philosopher, reluctant hero, conniving backstabber, blue-blood snob, hey, dogs are people
Jonathan Fetter-Vorm. Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb. (Hill and Wang, 2012)
Look through the eyes of the men who changed the world. See the dawn of a new age. Look on a world
that is changed forever. How better to explore the making of the first atomic bomb?
Paul Fleisher. Parasites: Latching On to a Free Lunch. (Twenty-First Century Books, 2006) [Nonfiction]
Jeff Kinney. Diary of a Wimpy Kid. (Amulet Books, 2007)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules. (Amulet Books, 2008)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw. (Amulet Books, 2009)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book. (Amulet Books, 200)
Jarrett J. Krosoczka. "Lunch Lady" (Series)
Everyone complains that there are not enough graphic novels for younger readers. Well here is a new
series just aimed at those 9-12 year olds. Its high adventure in a school setting with villainy and triumph
and goofy gadgets. Just what to give kids who have read "Captain Underpants" twelve times.
Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute. (Knopf, 2009)
Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians. (Knopf, 2009)
Lunch Lady and the Author Visit Vendetta. (Knopf, 2009)
Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown. (Knopf, 2010)
Lunch Lady and the Bakesale Bandit. (Knop, 2010)
Lunch Lady and the Field Trip Fiasco. (Knopf, 2011)
Lunch Lady and the Mutant Mathletes. (Knopf, 2012)
Even Lunch Lady and the Breakfast Bunch aren't enough to stop the superhuman mathletes of Willowby
Academy. Could there be another secret superhero at Thompson Brook Elementary School?
Martin Howard & Colin Stimpson. How to Cook Children: A Grisly Recipe Book. (Pavilion, 2008)
James Patterson and NaRae Lee. Maxium Ride: The Manga. (Yen Press, 2009)
Maximum Ride might be the perfect book for adaptation to Manga. All the action, the visual splendor, the
wonder of kids on the wing, it all pops right off the page. This very quick read is the perfect intro to the
series for struggling readers and a fantastic addition to the series for those who already know and love
Lincoln Pierce. "Big Nate" (Series):
Big Nate: In a Class By Himself. (Harper, 2010)
Getting a detention slip from a teacher who doesn't even bother to write your name, just "Kid with the
wierd hair"? That's a bad day! Wet stains on your gym shorts, 148 servings of green beans, and having
your teacher find your list of nicknames for her, that's a world record bad day.
Big Nate Strikes Again. (Harper, 2010)
Darren Shan, art by Takahiro Arai. "Cirque Du Freak" (Series) [Manga]
Jeff Smith. “Bone” Series: [Comic Books]
Out From Boneville. (Scholastic, 2005)
The Great Cow Race. (GRAPHIX, 2005)
Eyes of the Storm. (GRAPHIX, 2006)
The Dragonslayer. (GRAPHIX, 2006)
Rock Jaw: Master of the Eastern Border. (GRAPHIX, 2007)
Old Man’s Cave. (GRAPHIX, 2007)
Ghost Circles. (GRAPHIX, 2008)
Treasure Hunters. (GRAPHIX, 2008)
Crown of Horns. (GRAPHIX, 2009)
Jeff Smith. Bone: The Complete Epic in One Volume. (Cartoon Books, 2004) [Comic Books]
Andrew Solway. What's Living in Your Bedroom? (Heinemann, 2004) [Nonfiction]
Doug TenNapel. Bad Island. (Graphix, 2011)
A sci-fi riff on Jules Verne's The Mysterious Island? In comic book form? By Doug TenNapel? With flying
robots? That's just not fair.
Doug TenNapel. Cardboard. (Graphix, 2012)
It’s Pinocchio! Well, with self-replicating monsters bent on destroying the world and replacing it with
their own demonic cardboard reality. Bwahahaha!!!
Doug TenNapel. Ghostopolis. Graphix, 2010.
This riff on The Wizard of Oz supercharges everything:
The wizard isn't some benign old man behind a curtain, he is a mighty sorcerer who is not about to give
up control of his kingdom.
There is no Glenda the good witch but a twelve foot black man with a Jesus complex.
No flying monkeys, just demonic man-sized bugs.
And Toto is a skeleton horse.
No Garth, you aren't in Kansas anymore, this is the afterlife!
Drew Weing. Set to Sea. (Fantagraphics Books, 2010)
A huge lug of a man struggles to find the words to tell a story, and instead finds a story to tell, all told
with very few words at all. This is why people read comics.
Chris Wooding. Malice. (Scholastic, 2009)
Come get pulled into a dark world of mechanized evil, a comic book hell that is all too real for those kids
who dare to escape the deadly monotony of daily life. Told both in words and comic-style pictures, this
first tale in a new series just jumps off the page.
Chris Wooding. Havoc. (Scholastic, October 2010)
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Bob Harrell. Monster on the Hill. (Top Shelf Productions, 2013)
Being a town monster isn't as easy as it sounds. There's the chasing and the random destruction, and
tourists want a good show. It's a lot of pressure. Rayburn would be happier if he could just have a quiet
cup of tea and curl up with a good book. What is a sensitive monster to do? This is Calvin and Hobbes
meets Big Nate in a funny comic book fantasy world.
Wei Dong Chen and Xiao Long Liang. Heroes and Chaos. [Legends from China: Three Kingdoms, Vol.
01] (Jr. Comics, 2013)
Do you want classic epic adventure on a massive scale? Forget Greece. Forget Rome. China was the
Texas of the classical world; everything was bigger there. When 200,000 rebel troops enter the capital
and execute the emperor, three cowboys, I mean peasants, defy the new ruler and his vast army,
complete with a man-to-man showdown worthy of the OK Corral.