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Intermediate Book List: Fiction

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 Baby-Sitters Club

Volumes: 4; complete
Written and Illustrated by: Raina Telgemeier
Genre: Fiction
Black and White
Softcover
SRP: Vol.1 11.99, Vols.2-3 10.99, Vol.4 9.99

Synopsis: The Baby-Sitters Club is a group of girls who offer a babysitting service to the neighbourhood. Each girl is unique and has their own issues. For example, Stacey is diabetic, and the volume focusing on her describes what that means, and how it affects her life. The stories centre around the girls working together and forming friendships to help each other with their individual problems.

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image not available Burnout

Volumes: 1; complete
Written by: Rebecca Donner
Illustrated by: Inaki Miranda
Genre: Fiction
Black-and-white
Softcover, digest-sized
SRP: 11.99

Synopsis: Danni has a hard time coping with her dad leaving and an even harder time when her mom moves them in with her new, alcoholic boyfriend. Danni must turn a blind eye to what's going on at home, and distracts herself with a crush on her step-brother, Haskell. Haskell has his own way of dealing with his situation and sneaks out of the house every night to commit acts of ecoterrorism against loggers. When Danni follows him in order to find out his secret, she becomes involved in the danger and excitement. Their romance blossoms, but Danni soon realizes that their deeds aren't victimless as she risks losing her best friend and Haskell goes too far in his actions, setting the forest ablaze and disappearing. While Danni copes with everything, her mom finally stands up to her abusive boyfriend and the two leave to start a new life.
Part of the Minx line of books aimed at teenage girls.

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image not available Clubbing

Volumes: 1; complete
Written by: Andi Watson
Illustrated by: Josh Howard
Genre: Fiction
Black-and-white
Softcover, digest-sized
SRP: 11.99

Synopsis: Charlotte "Lottie" Brook has been caught trying to get into a chic London nightclub with a fake ID, and is now forced to spend the summer with her grandparents in the country. However, all is not lost for this hipster, as although she has a hard time adjusting to a life without platform heels and iPods, and finds it difficult to relate to the local teens, she does find herself embroiled in a murder mystery that results in a more exciting summer than she could have imagined.
Part of the Minx line of books aimed at teenage girls.

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image not available Confessions of a Blabbermouth

Volumes: 1; complete
Written by: Mike Carey and Louise Carey (his 15-year old daughter)
Illutrated by: Aaron Alexovich
Genre: Fiction
Black-and-white
Softcover, digest-sized
SRP: 11.99

Synopsis: Tasha is an avid blogger. Her newest reason to blog? Her mom's new novelist boyfriend and his daughter who seems to be the complete opposite to Tasha. At first Tasha is unwilling to give this new girl a chance, but soon realizes she needs her help, and the blog that she once used as a social weapon, she now uses as a weapon for good. This is a moving and humorous story about personal growth, and understanding how and when to use one's words.
Also by this author: Re-Gifters
Also by this illustrator: Kimmie 66
Part of the Minx line of books aimed at teenage girls.

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image not available Drama

Volumes: 1; complete
Written and Illustrated by: Raina Telgemeier
Genre: Fiction
Colour
Softcover, digest-sized
SRP: 11.99

Synopsis: Callie is a 7th grader who loves working on stage crew. Now she's challenged herself to produce a cannon that will fire without fire for her school play. While she sets her mind to this difficult task, she overcomes other hurdles in her romantic life: being kissed and jilted by the boy she's had a crush on for ages, then falling for a boy who is discovering his sexuality. This book deals with homosexuality and romance in a non-sensationalized way, which allows Callie's character arc to shine through. In the end, she learns that she's capable of accomplishing things she sets her mind to, she has very good friends who she wants to support and see thrive, and that she doesn't need a boyfriend to be happy with her life. It's a very uplifting book, with realistic characters, and a lot of humour and heart.
Also by this creator: Smile

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image not available Emiko Superstar

Volumes: 1; complete
Written by: Mariko Tamaki Canadian!
Illustrated by: Steve Rolston Canadian!
Genre: Fiction
Black-and-white
Softcover, digest-sized
SRP: 11.99

Synopsis: Emiko is a confused teenager, seeking to figure out how to be "cool". When she finds out about a performance art event called "The Freak Show", she imagines it to be the gateway to a new world of cool which she's only imagined. At "The FreakShow", she sees the myriad of ways one can be cool, and begins to figure out what she can perform and how she can dress in order to be accepted by this group of social misfits. When her first foray into performance poetry ends with her being booed off the stage, she finds an ally in Henry, a journalist covering the event, who shares her passion for art. One day, she happens to find the diary of her babysitting employer and, without thinking about the repercussions, uses it as her performance art at the next Freak Show. Soon, Emiko is the most popular girl around, but at the expense of her friendship with Henry and the guilt she feels in doing something she knows is wrong. She realizes that she has to find her own artistic voice before it's too late.
Part of the Minx line of books aimed at teenage girls.

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image not available Good as Lily

Volumes: 1; complete
Written by: Derek Kirk Kim Canadian!
Illustrated by: Jesse Hamm
Genre: Fiction
Black-and-white
Softcover, digest-sized
SRP: 11.99

Synopsis: Grace is a Korean teenager in the last semester of high school, with an acceptance letter to Stanford. At her surprise birthday party, Grace meets a strange old woman who sells her a pinata that is not only nigh-impossible to break, but is also empty of candy. Later that night, when Grace realizes she's left one of her gifts at the park, she returns, only to find herself rescuing a small child and a woman, and arguing with them and an old lady, and all of them are Grace, but at different ages. Despite getting her into some trouble, Grace's various selves help her figure out what's important to her and see things she was completely blind to before. As each self resolves the things that bother her, they disappear, leaving Grace with a greater understanding of how to live her life.
Part of the Minx line of books aimed at teenage girls.

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image not available Hardy Boys

Volumes: 19; ongoing
Written by: Scott Lobdell
Illustrated by: various
Genre: Mystery
Colour
Softcover, digest-sized
SRP: 8.95

Synopsis: Based on the classic novels by Franklin W. Dixon, these graphic versions update the stories for a new generation of readers. Joe and Frank Hardy solve puzzles and mysteries continue to save the day now with the help of modern technology.

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image not available Kimmie66

Volumes: 1; complete
Written and Illustrated by Aaron Alexovich
Genre: Science Fiction
Black-and-white
Softcover, digest-sized
SRP: 11.99

Synopsis: Telly Kade is an ordinary 23rd century teen who is never far from the internet. She even has a pair of VR goggles that lets her hang out with online vampires. One day she gets a suicide note from her best friend, Kimmie66. Now she must work to find out whether something has happened to Kimmie66 or whether someone is pulling a terrible prank.
Also by this illustrator: Confessions of a Blabbermouth
Part of the Minx line of books aimed at teenage girls.

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image not available Love as a Foreign Language

Volumes: 2; complete
Written by: J. Torres Canadian!
Illustrated by: Eric Kim Canadian!
Genre: Fiction
Black-and-white
Softcover, digest-sized
SRP: 15.00 each

Synopsis: A manga-style book about Joel, a Canadian who is teaching English in Korea. The only problem is that he hates Korea. However, his year of teaching is almost over, and he intends to resign immediately and get back to some sense of normalcy. However, just as he's about to do so, he meets Hana, the new secretary at the school, and his dream girl. Now Joel must try to get past their cultural barrier. This is an excellent book for ESL students, as it deals strongly with ideas of culture shock, and how one can come to belong in a country not their own. It resonates particularly strongly with Korean ESL students, as it does include some Korean text (translated at the back), and includes Korean cultural elements.
Also by this author: Sidekicks: The Transfer Student

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image not available Max Finder Collected Casebook

Volumes: 5; ongoing
Written by: Liam O'Donnell Canadian!
Illustrated by: Michael Cho Canadian!
Genre: Mystery
Colour
Softcover, digest-sized
SRP: 11.95

Synopsis: From Owl Magazine comes the collected adventures of Max Finder and Alison Santos. Each case has grade 7 students Max and Alison searching for clues to the various mysteries that occur in their hometown of Whispering Meadows. Along the way, Max reveals fun facts. The end of each case leaves the reader to figure out who did it according to the clues. This allows kids to use their own detective skills, rather than simply letting the protagonists solve the mystery for them. A great way to get kids using their imagination and critical thinking skills. Each book contains 10 mysteries, 10 puzzles, along with the solutions to both.

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image not available Nancy Drew

Volumes: 20; ongoing
Written by: Stefan Petrucha and Sarah Kinney
Illustrated by: Sho Murase
Genre: Mystery
Colour
Softcover, digest-sized
SRP: 8.95 each

Synopsis: Based on the classic novels by Carolyn Keene, these graphic versions update the stories for a new generation of readers. Nancy Drew encounters intrigue and adventure as she solves puzzles and mysteries.

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image not availablePlain Janes

Volumes: 2; complete
Written by: Cecil Castellucci Canadian!
Illutrated by: Jim Rugg
Genre: Fiction
Black-and-white
Softcover, digest-sized
SRP: 11.95

Synopsis: Jane is a fairly typical teenager, trying to find the right way to express herself amidst personal drama. After the big city faces disaster, Jane's family relocates her to the suburbs to be safer. There, Jane finds some like-minded friends, specifically seeking out those who don't belong, and rallies them to form PLAIN - People Loving Art in Neighbourhoods. They act as "art terrorists", trying to shake up the status quo by creating art out of the landscape, for example, putting bubbles in the city fountain, and wrapping objects on the street as Christmas presents. While their efforts to make personal statements work adults into an indignant frenzy, it fuels ideals of individuality and personal expression in the teenagers.
Part of the Minx line of books aimed at teenage girls.

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image not available Re-Gifters

Volumes: 1; complete
Written by: Mike Carey
Illustrated by: Sonny Liew and Marc Hempel
Genre: Fiction
Black-and-white
Softcover, digest-sized
SRP: 11.95

Synopsis: Jen Dik Seong, better known as "Dixie" to her friends, is a Korean American living in L.A.'s Koreatown. Her favourite thing to do in her free time is practice the martial art hapkido. She's so good at it that she's headed for the championship. But an untimely encounter with surfer-boy Adam leads her unwittingly down the road to love, and she has to fight to retain her focus in the upcoming tournament.
Also by this author: Confessions of a Blabbermouth
Part of the Minx line of books aimed at teenage girls.

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image not available Simpsons

Volumes: 17; ongoing
Written by: Ian Boothby Canadian! and various
Illustrated by: various
Genre: Humour
Colour
Softcover
SRP: 17.95-22.95, contact for individual pricing

Synopsis: These books present new stories centred around North America's most popular cartoon family, mostly written by Canadian Ian Boothby. The series preserves the wit and art style of the TV show.

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image not available Token

Volumes: 1; complete
Written by: Alisa Kwitney
Illustrated by: Joelle Jones
Genre: Fiction
Black-and-white
Softcover, digest-sized
SRP: 11.99

Synopsis: Shira Spektor is a fifteen-year-old girl living in South Beach in 1987 When her father becomes involved with his secretary, tension grows between Shira and her dad. Just when things seem darkest, Shira meets a strange, good-looking man who distracts her from her everyday life. She also discovers a new thrill when she steals a ring from a jewellery store. As things with her father grow worse, she finds herself drawn into romance and danger with the strange boy, who teaches her how to steal effectively. But, just as things seem perfect, Shira's father reveals his intention to marry his secretary, her dear friend Minerva falls terribly ill, her father discovers the thefts, and her first love breaks her heart. She works to recover from rock-bottom through a newfound knowledge of herself. This is a story of teenage confusion, as Shira deals with the maturation of her relationship with her father, copes with great loss for the first time, deals with the conundrum of wanting to be both accepted and unique, and finds herself doing things she never would have imagined.
Part of the Minx line of books aimed at teenage girls.

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