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Intermediate Book List

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 Intermediate List are also available on the Elementary and Secondary Lists. This is because we feel these books have a wide-ranging appeal.

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





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, digest-sized
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

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image not available Asterix

Volumes: 24; ongoing
Asterix Omnibus


Volumes: 2; ongoing

Written by: Renee Goscinny
Illustrated by: 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 Bone

Volumes: 9; ongoing
Written and Illustrated by: Jeff Smith
Genre: Fantasy Colour
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

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image not available Castle Waiting

Volumes: 2; ongoing
Written and Illustrated by: Linda Medley
Genre: Fantasy
Black-and-white
Hardcover, digest-sized
SRP: 37.00

Synopsis: Castle Waiting is an inventive amalgamation of timeless fairy tale tropes, centred around the character of Jain and the strange place known as Castle Waiting. The story begins when pregnant Jain leaves a less-than-desirable home to find the legendary sanctuary of Castle Waiting. When she finally finds this well-hidden castle, she meets an unlikely cast of characters, including the stork steward, Rackham, the horse warrior Chess, the bearded nuns, well-meaning Simon, the gruff woodsman, and an infestation of poltersprites. This is a strongly feminist tale about acceptance, strength, and proving one's own capacity for growth and achievement. It will appeal to a variety of age groups, as a simple fairy tale full of quirky characters, and as a witty metaphor for everyday life. It is also a great way to deconstruct traditional fairy tales within the English curriculum.

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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.

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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.
Also by this author: Stardust

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image not available Courtney Crumrin

Volumes: 3; ongoing
Written and Illustrated by: Ted Naifeh
Genre: Fantasy
Black-and-White
Hardcover, digest-sized
SRP: 24.99 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 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 Jellaby

Volumes: 2; complete
Written and Illustrated by: Kean Soo Canadian!
Genre: Fiction/Fantasy
Colour
Softcover
SRP: 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 won the 2009 Joe Shuster Canadian Comic Book Creator Award in the Comics for Kids category. Volume 2 was nominated in 2010.

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image not available Magic Trixie

Volumes: 3; complete
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: 4; 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 Annotated Northwest Passage

Volumes: 1; complete
Written and Illustrated by Scott Chantler Canadian!
Genre: Historical Fiction
Black-and-white
Hardcover
SRP: 20.00
Synopsis: This historical adventure by Canadian Scott Chantler is set in 1755 in Rupert's Land. Kids can learn about this period of Canadian history, along with the frontier politics surrounding English-French relations over the fur trade and the European relationship with the First Nations. The action-packed storyline will keep kids interested and entertained, allowing them to learn while having fun. This edition contains the three original books as well as notes about Chantler's inspiration and research.

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image not available Olympians

Volumes: 5; ongoing
Written and Illustrated by: George O'Connor
Genre: Mythology
Colour
Softcover; app.80 pages

Vol.1: Zeus - 11.99
Vol.2: Athena - 11.99
Vol.3: Hera - 11.99
Vol.4: Hades - 11.99 Vol.5: Poseidon - 11.99

George O'Connor applies a clear love for Greek mythology to these books, designed to introduce an audience to the world of Greek mythology. He uses only primary sources, such as Theogony and Ovid's Metamorphoses, as well as the sources on www.theoi.com. He then retells the origin and other stories of the god in a dynamic way, with creative and innovative illustrations. By no means are these books meant to be comprehensive; there are a few spots where O'Connor deliberately omits or simplifies episodes in order to create better narrative. Even so, the stories are highly accurate and entertaining, allowing students to be drawn into the world of Greek myth. Each book also includes notes and character pages which give key information about specific characters in each book.

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image not available Polly and the Pirates

Volumes: 2; complete
Written by: Ted Naifeh
Illustrated by: Ted Naifeh and Robbi Rodriguez
Genre: Adventure
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 creator: Courtney Crumrin

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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: 5; 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 Tellos

Volumes: 1; complete
Written by: Todd Dezago
Illustrated by: Mike Wieringo
Genre: Fantasy
Colour
Softcover
SRP: 20.00

Synopsis: Jarek doesn't live an ordinary life. His best friend is a man-tiger named Koj, and he is an inhabitant of the magical world Tellos. Things get even less ordinary, when Jarek becomes the bearer of a magical talisman which identifies him as the one who will be able to save Tellos from the evil Malesur. He is joined and protected by the pirate Serra, and rogues Hawke and Rikk. It is a dangerous mission, and there is hardship along the way, but there are also Djinn and dragons, and several revelations about Hawke's secret and Jarek's forgotten past.

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