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Elementary Book List: Adventure/Fantasy

All the books in this list have been read by either Jenn (proprietor of Comics in the Classroom), or one of her staff. They are certified to be appropriate for the elementary age group and have been chosen for their benefit to classrooms and libraries.

Some books on the Elementary List are also available on the Intermediate List. This is because we feel these books have a wide-ranging appeal. We have noted where books are targeted for older readers at the Elementary level.

All books will be reduced by 25% at time of ordering.


Index

image not available Adventures in Oz

Volumes: 1; completed
Written and Illustrated by: Eric Shanower
Genre: Fantasy
Colour
Softcover, 258 pages
SRP: 50.00

Synopsis: In this richly illustrated book, Dorothy returns to the Emerald City to live with the new queen, Ozma. There, she encounters all the magical and imaginative adventures readers want from Oz, as Dorothy sets out to protect an apple tree. If she fails, Oz will lose its magic. Lavish illustrations capture the feel of Oz perfectly, making the reader feel as if they are right there along with Dorothy.

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image not available Alison Dare

Volumes: 2; complete
Written by: J. Torres Canadian!
Illustrated by: J. Bone Canadian!
Genre: Adventure
Black and White
Softcover
SRP: 12.99 each

Synopsis: Alison Dare is the 12 year-old daughter of an archaeologist/adventurer and the masked hero known as the Blue Scarab. She has a love of danger and adventure, but her parents, wanting her to be safe, enrol her at St. Joan of Arc Academy for Girls, hoping she will settle down. However, she still manages to get into all sorts of adventures. The stories have an Egyptian element, as the Blue Scarab is an Egyptian hero, and the strong female character will appeal to girls.
Also by this author: Jason and the Argobots, Legion of Superheroes in the 31st Century, Teen Titans Go!

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image not available Asterix

Volumes: 24; ongoing
Asterix Omnibus


Volumes: 2; ongoing

Written by: Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo
Illustrated by: Albert Uderzo
Genre: Humour, Historiography
Colour
Softcover and Hardcover
SRP: SC - 15.95 each, HC - 19.95 each

Synopsis: The year is 50 BC. Gaul is entirely occupied by the Romans. Well, not entirely... one small village of indomitable Gauls still holds out against the invaders. The village is home of Asterix, Obelix, and many other unforgettable characters. The secret is in the magic potion, made by the druid Getafix. The books each comprise a stand-alone adventure in which Asterix and Obelix generally fight the Romans, and meet other races. There is a range of humour, allowing the books to appeal to a wide audience. Also, the books serve as a good introduction to the Romans, as well as other ancient civilizations, as they are quite historically accurate. Translated from French.

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image not available Binky the Space Cat

Volumes: 3; ongoing
Written and Illustrated by: Ashley Spires Canadian!
Genre: Humour, Science Fiction
Colour
Softcover, digest-sized
SRP: 7.95

Synopsis: Binky is no ordinary house cat. He has recently become a card-carrying member of F.U.R.S.T. - Felines of the Universe Ready for Space Travel. Now, he can travel into outer space, in other words, everything outside the house. Inside his house, Binky has been fighting the good fight against the alien menace, which his humans refer to as bugs. Not being very bright, these humans appear to not realize that the bugs are aliens and so Binky must protect them. Binky's goal of space travel leads him to build a rocket ship in his litter box, but right when he's blasting off, he realizes that, if he leaves, his humans won't have anyone to protect them from aliens. So, he aborts his mission. This is a cute and funny tale about being brave, whether it's in taking on the risks of outer space, or protecting one's family from aliens. Nominated for the Joe Shuster Canadian Comic Book Creators Award for Kids in 2010 and 2011.

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image not available Bone

Volumes: 9; complete
Written and Illustrated by: Jeff Smith
Genre: Fantasy Colour, Softcover
SRP: Vol.1: 13.99, Vol.2, 3: 10.99, Vol.4: 12.99, Vol.5-9: 10.99

Synopsis: After being run out of Boneville, the three Bone cousins, Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone are separated and lost in a vast uncharted desert. One by one, they find their way into a deep forested valley filled with wonderful and terrifying creatures, including a dragon and rat creatures. They also meet a vast array of characters, including Thorn, a girl who has a bigger role to play than she could imagine. This fantasy epic has won wide international recognition and acclaim.

One Volume: This reprints the entire series of Bone in one volume, in the original black-and-white format.
SRP: 46.00

Stupid, Stupid Rat Tales: This book collects two stories set in the Bone universe, both written by Tom Sniegoski. The first story, drawn by Jeff Smith tells the story of Big Johnson Bone, in his fight against Rat Creatures before becoming opening his trading post on the Rolling Bone River. The second story, drawn by Stan Sakai tells the story of two Rat Creatures as they rather unsuccessfully attempt to capture dinner. Both stories capture the fun and adventure of the Bone series.
SRP: 11.50
Also by this cartoonist: Little Mouse Gets Ready

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image not available Chickenhare

Volumes: 2; ongoing
Written and Illustrated by:
Genre: Humour, Fantasy
Colour, Softcover
SRP: 12.00 each

Synopsis: Chickenhare is a strange creature, part chicken, part hare, and all adventure. With his turtle friend Abe, and other pals they meet along the way, Chickenhare tries to avoid trouble, such as an insane taxidermist in volume one. The dark humour and implied violence make this book recommended for grade 6 and up.

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image not available Clockwork Girl
Volumes: 1; completed
Written by: Sean O'Reilly Canadian!, Kevin Hanna
Illustrated by: Grant Bond
Genre: Science Fiction
Colour, Hardcover
SRP: 19.00

Synopsis: This charming story, lavishly illustrated, tells the tale of a scientific expo set in a fantasy setting, in which two mad scientists compete with their new inventions: Clockwork Girl and Wolf Boy. Both creations are outcasts of society and their creators are feuding with one another. Despite this, their differences bring them together, and they become good friends. Unfortunately, this doesn't please their creators, whose interference in their friendship puts both of them at risk. Through nearly losing their creations, the two scientists reconcile with each other, and Clockwork Girl and Wolf Boy begin making their own inventions.

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image not available Coraline

Written by: Neil Gaiman
Genre: Fantasy

Illustrated Novel: Black-and-White, Softcover
Illustrated by: Dave McKean
SRP: 16.95

Graphic Novel: Colour, Softcover
Illustrated by: P. Craig Russell
SRP: 11.99

Synopsis: One of several children's books written by Neil Gaiman. This is a fantastical and sometimes dark story about a girl named Coraline, who discovers a mysterious door on a rainy day. The door leads to a creepy, alternate world that she must then try to escape. Coraline proves to be a highly resourceful girl with a great deal of courage as she fights to overcome the forces trying to trick her into abandoning her own world. Due to the darker content, this book is recommended for grade 6 and up.
Also by this author: Blueberry Girl, Crazy Hair, The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish, Wolves in the Walls.

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image not available Courtney Crumrin

Volumes: 1-4; ongoing
Written and Illustrated by: Ted Naifeh
Genre: Fantasy
Black-and-White
Softcover, digest-sized
SRP: 15.00 each

Synopsis: Courtney liked her life, and then her parents dragged her out to a high-to-do suburb to live with her creepy Great Uncle Aloysius in his spooky old house. And while her parents have slipped easily into their new social status, Courtney now has to deal with snobby classmates and the strange shadowy visitors that often come to visit her uncle. Courtney soon figures out how to deal with the strange and awkward events around her, and becomes a strong heroine.
Also by this author: Polly and the Pirates.

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image not available C-Ton's Super A-Maze-ing Year of Crazy Comics

Volumes: 1; tbd
Written and Illustrated by: Clayton Hamner Canadian!
Genre: Humour, Fantasy
Colour
Softcover, oversized
SRP: 19.95

Synopsis: From the pages of Owl Magazine, C-Ton brings puzzles, mazes, blobs, and more in this hilarious and engaging collection of one and two page comics and illustrations. This is a rare book, which has content able to span multiple reading levels, from simple, full-page drawings to double page spreads of wacky creatures to elaborate mazes filled with tiny panels. This allows children to get more from the book each time they read it, as they will start reading the simpler pages, then moving onto the wordier pages as their reading level increases. This book is brightly coloured, weird, and wacky. It engages the imagination and also taps into kids' love of gross things. Nominated for the Joe Shuster Canadian Comic Book Creators Award for Kids in 2009.

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image not available Gargoyles

Volumes: 2; ongoing
Written by:
Illustrated by:
Genre: Fantasy
Colour
Softcover, digest-sized
SRP: 23.00 each

Synopsis: Based on the popular Disney cartoon from the 90s, Gargoyles centres around the story of five actual Gargoyles who have not assumed living form since they were in Scotland centuries ago, now find themselves awake in New York City in the 20th century. Having befriended a police officer named Elisa, they work to protect New York City, while keeping their presence a secret.

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image not available Herobear and the Kid

Volumes: 1; complete
Written and Illustrated by: Mike Kunkel
Genre: Fantasy
Colour
Softcover, oversized
SRP: 28.00

Synopsis: After his grandfather passes away, young Tyler inherits an old stuffed, toy bear and broken pocket watch. Much to Tyler's surprise, the toy bear comes to life, and proceeds to accompany him on many exciting adventures, as well as the simple adventures of everyday life.

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image not available Jason and the Argobots

Volumes: 2; complete
Written by: J. Torres Canadian!
Illustrated by: Mike Norton
Genre: Science Fiction
Black-and-White
Softcover, digest-sized
SRP: 15.00 each

Synopsis: Set in an undetermined future, Jason finds a giant cybernetic hand sticking out of a crevasse near his desert home, where he lives with his inventor grandfather and stubborn kid sister. Jason discovers that the hand belongs to a giant robot, which he eventually learns to control, just in time to become a hero. A good book for boys. Also by the author: Alison Dare.

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image not available Jellaby

Volumes: 2; complete
Written and Illustrated by: Kean Soo Canadian!
Genre: Fiction/Fantasy
Colour
Softcover
SRP: Vol.1 - 11.50, Vol.2 - 10.99

Synopsis: Elementary student Portia cannot stop getting into trouble in class, mostly due to daydreaming. Then one night she meets a sad and hungry dragon-type creature named Jellaby and finds the friend she'd been looking for. Together, Portia, Jellaby, and Portia's friend Jason face adventures such as bullies and a trip to the big city. This is a wonderful tale for kids of all ages (that includes adults). Jellaby vol.1 was winner of the Joe Shuster Canadian Comic Book Creators Award for Kids in 2009. Volume 2 was nominated in 2010.

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image not available Johnny Boo

Volumes: 4; ongoing
Written and Illustrated by: James Kochalka
Genre: Fantasy
Colour
Hardcover, digest-sized
SRP: 13.00 each

Synopsis: Johnny Boo is a little friendly ghost, with his own ghost sidekick and pal Squiggle. Together the two strive to find ice cream, but run into an ice cream monster, who, although seemingly harmless, still steals their ice cream. Using Johnny's Boo Power, and Squiggle's Squiggle Power, they manage to save the day. Everyone ends up happy at the end of this delightful children's book. The art is vivid and lively, and the writing is humorous and encourages friendship values.

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image not available The Lava is a Floor

Volumes: 1; complete
Written and Illustrated by:
Genre: Fantasy
Colour
Hardcover
SRP: 14.00

Synopsis: Clarg and Blarg are brother and sister monsters who live in a volcano. Despite that, they often find themselves bored. One day, they decide to pretend to be the strangest creatures they know of - humans. In vivid images the artist demonstrates the monsters' imagination by showing what the monsters are really doing on the left-hand page and what they're imagining on the right-hand page. For example, as the monsters imagine getting dressed, they're really putting on a snake as a tie and a strange spiky creature as a hat. The book is incredibly imaginative and extremely colourful.

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image not available Little Vampire Vol.1

Volumes: 1; complete
Written and Illustrated by: Joann Sfar
Genre: Fantasy
Colour
Softcover, oversized
SRP: 16.25

Synopsis: This book collects three Little Vampire stories - "Little Vampire Goes to School", "Little Vampire Does Kung Fu", and "Little Vampire and the Canine Defenders Club." Little Vampire is just that, a little vampire. He lives with his undead parents in a haunted house, full of ghosts, monsters, and other strange things. Little Vampire is a little unlike other vampires though: he wants to go to school. But there is no school during the night, when vampires can be out and about. So the other creatures of the house go to school at night with Little Vampire, so he can have his wish fulfilled. While at school, Little Vampire completes the homework of Michael, the boy whose desk he shares. Michael, overjoyed, soon starts writing messages with Little Vampire, and eventually they meet and become friends. Together with Little Vampire's dog Phantomato (named for being a ghost and the colour of a tomato), the three get in and out of trouble in the real and ghostly world. The stories are endearing, very funny, and contain some grotesque elements a la Roald Dahl. Recommended for grade 5 and up.

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image not available Magic Trixie

Written and Illustrated by: Jill Thompson
Genre: Fantasy
Colour
Softcover, digest-sized
SRP: 9.99 each

Synopsis: Magic Trixie is a young witch with a black cat named Scratches. Her mother runs a catering business and Magic Trixie sometimes helps with broomstick deliveries. She has a variety of weird friends, like the Twins, who are vampires, Loupie Garou, a werewolf, Nefi, a mummy, and Stitch Patch, a patchwork boy. Trixie is a smart and funny young girl who learns valuable lessons in each volume about friendship and family. The stories are fast-paced, charming, and vividly illustrated.

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image not available Mouse Guard

Volumes: 3; ongoing
Written and Illustrated by: David Petersen
Genre: Fantasy
Colour
Hardcover
SRP: 32.00 each

Synopsis: Mouse Guard is a story of heroic mice who discover their village and lives are in danger, and must find a way to save the day. Each volume is a complete story, weaving together the stories of multiple characters in rich storytelling. The characters are interesting and complex, and their surroundings are beautifully rendered, giving the series an extremely lifelike feel. This series will appeal to fans of Bone, as it has a similar quest aspect, and highly sympathetic characters. The highly detailed illustrations capture the reader's imagination and provide good inspiration for aspiring artists. It is highly recommended.

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image not available Owly

Volumes: 5; ongoing
Written and Illustrated by: Andy Runton
Genre: Adventure
Black-and-white
Softcover, digest-sized
SRP: 15.00

Synopsis: Owly is a kind, yet lonely, little owl whose friend is a worm. Owly wants to make friends with everyone, even animals owls don't usually befriend. The stories are about understanding and acceptance, and being different, as Owly himself is an owl that cannot fly. The books are told through symbols and expressions rather than words, allowing it to appeal to a wide range of readers. It engages imagination, as readers figure out what is going on in the books without the aid of text.

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image not available Polly and the Pirates

Volumes: 2; complete
Written and Illustrated by: Ted Naifeh
Genre: Fantasy
Black-and-white
Softcover, digest-sized
SRP: 15.00

Synopsis: Polly is caught between the prim-and-proper boarding school set she's grown up with and the legendary legacy of the Pirate Queen of which she never knew she was a part. Suddenly Polly is faced with becoming the Pirate Queen while trying to overcome her insecurities. A great book for girls, containing lots of adventure, with a strong female character.
Also by this cartoonist: Courtney Crumrin

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image not available Pop Wonderland

Volumes: 2; ongoing
Written by:
Illustrated by:
Genre: Fairy Tales, Manga
Colour
Hardcover
SRP: 20.00 each

Synopsis: These are gorgeous manga-style adaptations of famous fairy tales. For example, "Thumbelina" is about a truly tiny girl the size of a woman's thumb. While Thumbelina sleeps, she is kidnapped by a toad as a bride for his son, but escapes with the help of fish and a butterfly. She is adopted by a field mouse when the weather turns cold. She becomes betrothed to a mole and nurses a swallow back to health, who flies away in the spring. When her sad wedding day to the mole arrives, the swallow returns and Thumbelina flies away with him to a pond where she meets the Prince of Flowers, a man just her size!

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image not available Scaredy Squirrel

Volumes: 6; ongoing
Written and Illustrated by: Melanie Watt Canadian!
Genre: Humour, Adventure
Colour
Hardcover
SRP: 16.95 each

Synopsis: Scaredy Squirrel is, as his name suggests, scared, of just about everything. He hates leaving his tree, because he's afraid of everything not in his tree. But, in each issue, Scaredy realizes he has to leave his tree to accomplish something. He plans carefully to cover all possible frightening things he might encounter. He puts on a suit of gadgets designed to help him fight the things he fears most. Finally, he leaves his tree. Invariably, Scaredy discovers that things aren't as scary as he'd imagined and he even starts to enjoy himself! These stories are quirky and humorous tales about overcoming fears and finding out what you can enjoy when you take risks. Scaredy Squirrel at Night was nominated for the Joe Shuster Canadian Comic Book Creators Award for Kids in 2010.

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image not available Scooby Doo

Volumes: 6; ongoing
Written and Illustrated by: various
Genre: Humour, Adventure
Colour
Softcover
SRP: Vols.1-4 10.75, Vol.5-6 9.50

Synopsis: Based on the perpetually successful cartoon, this series presents the wacky adventures of Scooby-Doo, with his pals Shaggy, Velma, Daphne, and Fred, as they encounter and solve mysteries.

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image not available Sketch Monsters: Escape of the Scribbles

Volumes: 2; ongoing Written by: Joshua Williamson
Illustrated by: Vinny Navarrete
Genre: Fantasy
Colour
Hardcover
SRP:
Synopsis: Mandy loves to draw. She uses drawing as a way to express her feelings, especially after her beloved big sister leaves for college. Her favourite thing to draw is monsters in the sketchbook her sister gave her before she left. But one night, something magical happens, and the monsters escape from Mandy's sketchbook! Now it's up to Mandy to collect her scribbles and return them to the sketchbook before they cause too much chaos. This is a touching story about a girl learning to come to terms with her emotions and not just bottle them up.
Also by Joshua Williamson and Vinny Navarrete: Dear Dracula

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image not available Sonic the Hedgehog Archives

Volumes: 12; ongoing
Written and Illustrated by: various
Genre: Action-Adventure
Colour
Softcover, digest-sized
SRP: 9.00 each

Synopsis: Based on the wildly popular video game franchise, these stories retain the action and adventure of the game, while exploring the characters. Each volume contains four issues of the series.

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image not available Spiral Bound

Volumes: 1; complete
Written and Illustrated by: Aaron Renier
Genre: Fantasy
Black-and-white
Softcover
SRP: 20.00

Synopsis: This story tales place in a fantastical world in which the water animals moved out of the pond generations ago to live in water-buggies and in which a rhino and hippo can form a rock band. When Ana, the rabbit, becomes an underground journalist with the help of her friend Emily, the bird, she must learn how to follow clues to break stories, without getting herself into trouble. Almost immediately she loses her notebook when she investigates the studio of Turnip the elephant, and accidentally wrecks Stucky the Hound's submarine for his art teacher's proposed sculpture garden. The next morning Ana anonymously breaks a front-page story about the sculpture garden, upsetting the whole town who don't want the sculpture garden to upset the pond monster. Ana and Emily launch a daring undercover operation disguised as Turnip to recover Ana's notebook, and then try to break the story of the year: whether there really is a pond monster! This is a story about friendship, following hunches, doing what's right, getting the truth, finding artistic expression, encouragement, and not judging people.

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image not available Star Wars Adventures

Volumes: 7; ongoing
Written and Illustrated by: various
Genre: Science Fiction
Colour
Softcover, digest-sized
SRP: 9.00 each

Synopsis: This series follows the adventures of the most beloved characters of the original Star Wars Trilogy. For example, "Star Wars Adventures: Han Solo and the Hollow Moon of Khorya" follows Han Solo and Chewbacca in their smuggling job long before they join the Rebel Alliance in Star Wars: A New Hope.

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image not available Star Wars Clone Wars Adventures

Volumes: 10; complete
Written and Illustrated by: various
Genre: Science Fiction
Colour
Softcover, digest-sized
SRP: 8.00 each
Synopsis: Star Wars Clone Wars Adventures are four-story anthologies based in the Star Wars universe, and inspired by Cartoon Network's Clone Wars cartoons. New stories of Jedi and Empire are told, using characters and settings that are familiar, while introducing new heroes and villains.

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image not available Three Thieves

Volumes: 3; ongoing
Written and Illustrated by: Scott Chantler Canadian!
Genre: Fantasy
Colour
Softcover
SRP: 8.95
Synopsis: Dessa Redd, a circus acrobat, is searching for her long-lost twin brother, who was kidnapped when they were children. When her company arrives in Kingsbridge, she comes closer than ever to finding out what happened to her brother. She teams up with Topper, the circus juggler, and self-proclaimed "world's greatest thief", as well as strongman Fisk. Together, they travel through a series of adventures, righting wrongs where they see them, searching for clues about her brother's whereabouts, and getting closer with each adventure. This series will be 7 volumes in length. Three Thieves: Tower of Treasure won the 2011 Joe Shuster Awards Comics for Kids Award. Also by Scott Chantler: Northwest Passage

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image not available T Runt!

Volumes: 1; complete
Written by: Derek McCulloch
Illustrated by: Jimmie Robinson
Genre: Fantasy
Colour
Hardcover
SRP: 15.00

Synopsis: It's the cretaceous period, and Vergrandis is the littlest dinosaur in his family. Vergrandis doesn't particularly like being the smallest dinosaur in his family and, on a walk one day, feeling sorry for himself, he comes across a group or tiny animals bullying an even tinier animal. Vergrandis, knowing just how that tiny animal feels, steps in and protects the little guy. He realizes that he may be the smallest in his family, but he isn't the smallest in the jungle, and maybe he doesn't really mind what size he is. In the end, Vergrandis gets bigger and soon is the biggest member of his family, but he always remembers there's always someone bigger and always someone smaller. The most important thing is to treat others the way he wants to be treated. This is a great little book aimed at ages 4-8 about bullying, friendship, and overcoming adversity.

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image not available Zita the Space Girl

Volumes: 2; ongoing
Written and Illustrated by: Ben Hatke
Genre: Sci-Fi
Colour
Softcover
SRP: 12.99

Synopsis: One day, Zita and her friend Joseph find a weird device with a big red button. When Zita presses the button, Joseph gets sucked into a portal by weird smoke tentacles. Worrying about her friend, Zita follows Joseph through the portal. They both end up on a remote planet, with only 3 days left until it's destroyed. Unfortunately, they end up in different parts of the planet. Now, Zita must work to find her friend Joseph, who is being held by a society which believes he can save the planet! Zita meets a few strange and wonderful creatures which help her in her journey. This is a story full of fun and adventure, about doing the right thing, about believing in people, and accepting them despite their faults.

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