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Secondary Book List: Fiction

All the books in this list have been read by either Jenn or Amy. 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 Secondary List are also available on the Elementary and Intermediate 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 12 Reasons Why I Love Her

Volumes: 1, complete
Written by: Jamie S. Rich
Illustrated by: Joelle Jones
Genre: Romance
Black-and-white
Softcover, digest-sized
SRP: 18.00

Synopsis: The development and decline of the relationship of Gwen and Evan is told through a series of twelve vignettes placed out of chronological order. The artist uses a variety of art styles to convey different moods and ways to tell the story. The touching tale is penned by Jamie S. Rich, well-known for his ability to detail the nuances and subtleties of real-life emotional drama.
Also by Jamie S. Rich: Cut My Hair, The Everlasting, Have You Seen the Horizon Lately?, and Love the Way You Love
Also by Joelle Jones: Token.

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image not available The Amazon

1 volume; complete
Written by: Steven T. Seagle
Illustrated by: Tim Sale
Genre: Fiction
colour
hardcover; 86 pages
SRP: 16.00

Originally written as a four issue miniseries, this book was recently reprinted as a hardcover. What the writer discovered, revisiting the work after two decades, is that, rather than the expected decline into irrelevance, this tale, dealing with the media spin and the deforestation of the Amazon, is perhaps more relevant today. The story revolves around reporter Malcolm Hilliard and his quest for a story and a Pulitzer. He travels to the Amazon to investigate the disappearance of an American worker, who had been working for a timber-mining company. He soon discovers that this worker is responsible for sabotage on that very company, having been taken in by the Jatapo tribe and led to see the true nature of the Amazon. Now speaking as The Amazon herself, the American seeks to stop lumber-mining at all cost. The story is told in two narrative streams &¦8211; the reporter's journal writings and scenes of what he experienced, and the final printed article that the reporter publishes. With these two narratives side by side, it is easy to examine how the media alters information for the public, while also delving into environmental issues.
Also by Steven T. Seagle: It's a Bird

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image not available Asterios Polyp

1 volume; complete
Written and Illustrated by: David Mazzucchelli
Genre: Fiction
colour
hardcover; 344 pages
SRP: 34.00

The intention of this work is to explore the narrative techniques that only work in a graphic novel. The result is a highly cerebral work using innovative narrative techniques, which lends to deep exploration and examination. The story surrounds the life of Asterios Polyp, a professor of architecture at Ithaca, whose life is changed when his apartment building burns down. At a stage in his life when he feels like he has nothing as a result of his narcissism, Asterios sets out to re-invent himself as a car mechanic in the town of Apogee. His contact with characters there, along with his self-exploration through dreams and flashbacks, leads him to an understanding that intellectual pursuits cannot replace the need for happiness. Asterios is weighed down by the absence of his twin brother, whose presence he always feels (and whose presence is clearly seen at times in the narrative), his dying father, and his obsession to see the duality in everything. The rise and fall of his relationship with self-conscious found-artist Hana serves to underline his issues of the past, which he is attempting to escape in Apogee. Mazzucchelli explores various philosophies, including that of Plato and Pythagoras. Mazzucchelli has selected a unique colour palette, with two areas of narrative clearly denoted by colour: the past utilizes pinks and blues, while the present utilizes yellows and lavenders. The effect is striking, with the warmth of the past colours conveying passion, happiness, and hubris, while the cool colours of the present convey introspection, isolation, and humility. In the end, the two colour-palettes blend together to represent the unification of Asterios' two sides. Mazzucchelli frequently reduces characters to art styles that represent archetypes. Asterios himself is always shown in profile, emphasizing his obsession with duality and his own two-dimensional nature. Overall, Mazzucchelli sacrifices some heart in this story for the sake of his exercise in utilizing the format to its fullest. However, despite this, he has woven an engaging tale which does provoke a great deal of examination of the strengths and limitations of the medium.
Also by David Mazzuchelli: Batman Year One

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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.
Also by this illustrator: Dead @ 17
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 Mike Carey: Re-Gifters
Also by Aaron Alexovich: Kimmie 66
Part of the Minx line of books aimed at teenage girls.

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image not available Copybook Tales

Volumes: 1, complete
Written by: J. Torres Canadian!
Illustrated by: Tim Levins Canadian!
Genre: Fiction
Black-and-white
Softcover
SRP: 25.00

Synopsis: This is a personal look on growing up, getting one's life together, and realizing you're growing up. The story takes place over the 80s and 90s, and is full of pop culture references from each decade. The story jumps back and forth from present to past, and allows an interesting analysis of how the artist depicts the time changes. The book deals with sexual orientation, discovering one's identity, and stupid ways to behave in youth. There are unresolved plot lines which would allow students room for interpretation, and the idea that not everything resolves itself. The book is comprised of a six issue series, short stories, and some original mini-comics.
Also by J. Torres: Love as a Foreign Language and Sidekicks: The Transfer Student

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image not available Cut My Hair

Volumes: 1, complete
Written by: Jamie S. Rich
Illustrated by: Various
Genre: Fiction, illustrated novel
Black-and-white
Softcover, digest-sized
SRP: 20.00

Synopsis: This is the first novel by Jamie S. Rich, well-known for his ability to detail the nuances and subtleties of real-life emotional drama. Mason is a teenager living in California, spending his nights getting into trouble in punk rock clubs, and his days reading comics. Of course, he quickly develops a love interest which immediately begins to turn his whole life upside-down. This novel is enhanced with illustrations by various artists.
Also by Jamie S. Rich: 12 Reasons Why I Love Her, The Everlasting, Have You Seen the Horizon Lately?, and Love the Way You Love

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image not available Demo

Volumes: 2, complete
Written by: Brian Wood
Illustrated by: Becky Cloonan
Genre: Fiction, Anthology Colour
Softcover
SRP: 22.99

Synopsis: This is a brilliant anthology, delving into themes and ideas that resonate with teenagers. Twelve short stories make up this book, each one tackling teenage anxiety and conflict, and how they deal with that conflict and the world around them. The stories have a strong sense of realism, as the types of conflicts centre around themes of identity, honesty, and a desire for independence. This book would be an excellent addition to any library, and is also recommended for the classroom, as the stories each provoke the reader to ask several questions, about the stories, and themselves.
Also by Brian Wood: DMZ

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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.
Also by Mariko Tamaki: Skim

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image not available Essex County
Volumes: 1, complete
Written and Illustrated by: Jeff Lemire Canadian!
Genre: Fiction
Black-and-white
Softcover
SRP: 40.00

Synopsis: This is the tale of Lester, an orphaned 10-year-old boy who goes to live on his uncle's farm in Essex County, the creator's home town. Lester spends his days wearing a superhero cape and mask, pretending he's defending earth from space invaders, while he and his uncle struggle to relate to each other. Lester soon meets Jimmy LeBeuf, former hockey star, who now runs the local gas station convenience store. Together, they escape into a world of superhero fantasy and hockey. The second part of the story tells the story of Jimmy's family, their generational relationship with hockey, and the experiences that have defined their family. The tale is told through the memories of Jimmy's great-uncle Lou LeBeuf, former Toronto Grizzlies captain, as he descends into old age. The final chapter reveals the blood ties of the characters in the book through flashbacks. A touching depiction of life in small-town Ontario, and how wounds can be healed through friendship and imagination.

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image not available The Everlasting

Volumes: 1, complete
Written by: Jamie S. Rich
Genre: Fiction, Novel, Romance
Softcover
SRP: 23.00

Synopsis: The second in a series of novels by Jamie S. Rich, loosely connected with "Cut My Hair" through character relationships. Lance Scott is a 25-year-old web designer living in Portland, Oregon with his cat and cool roommate. He spends his time sleeping late, listening to alternative music, and visiting local coffee shops where he trades pop culture references with friends. He wants just one thing, however, to finally meet the girl of his dreams. Then, when he least expects it, there are three girls, who all seem like they might be the one. Now Lance is torn between reminiscing about past failures and wondering about future ones, and especially wondering about a certain blue-haired girl who only complicates things further. A deeply personal look at relationships and the ways they can confound and inspire.
Note: this is not a graphic novel.
Also by Jamie S. Rich: 12 Reasons Why I Love Her, Cut My Hair, Have You Seen the Horizon Lately?, and Love the Way You Love

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image not available From Hell

Volumes: 1, complete
Written by: Alan Moore
Illustrated by: Eddie Campbell
Genre: Historical Fiction
Black-and-white
Softcover, oversized
SRP: 45.00

Synopsis: From Hell is the story of Jack the Ripper. Detailing the events leading up to the famous Whitechapel killings, and the cover-up that followed, this book examines the psychology of this madman. By drawing on a wide variety of primary sources including eyewitness accounts, the author has created an extremely plausible theory about who Jack the Ripper was, and why he did what he did, tying the story closely with the Masonic organization, and the royal family. The evidence is well-researched and examined, and the reader leaves with the feeling that the crime has finally been solved. The artist has also drawn on primary source documents to create a visually accurate 19th century London. The story is one that has intrigued people for more than a century, and will certainly engage high-school students. The subject matter is rather gruesome, so there is violent imagery in the book. However, the richness of the text will draw the most reluctant readers through this story of mystery and court intrigue. This work was also made into a motion picture in 2001, titled "From Hell".
Also written by Alan Moore: Batman: Killing Joke, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, V for Vendetta, and Watchmen

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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.
Also by Derek Kirk Kim: Same Difference and Other Stories

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image not available Have You Seen the Horizon Lately?

Volumes: 1, complete
Written by: Jamie S. Rich
Genre: Fiction, Novel, Romance
Softcover, digest-sized
SRP: 22.00

Synopsis: This is the third in a series of novel by Jamie S. Rich, loosely connected with "Cut My Hair", and more closely with "The Everlasting" through a family relationship. This story, somewhat less realistic than "The Everlasting" centres on Percival Mendelssohn, writer of what some consider to be the greatest work of his generation. However, one day he just disappeared, went into hiding, never to be heard from again. Now, Julia Jimenez has found him, and disrupted his perfectly orderly life, and she refuses to go away. Little by little Percival lets her into his life and through their awkward yet tempting conversations, he begins to reveal the grief of lost love, and discover the road to his own salvation.
Note: this is not a graphic novel.
Also by Jamie S. Rich: 12 Reasons Why I Love Her, Cut My Hair, The Everlasting, Love the Way You Love

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image not available Jungle Book

Volumes: 1; complete
Written by: Rudyard Kipling and adapted by Jean-Blaise Mitildjian
Illustrated by: TieKo
Genre: Historical Fiction
Colour
Hardcover
SRP: 20.00

Synopsis: Adapted from Rudyard Kipling's famous story and realistically illustrated, this is the tale of Mowgli, a young orphan taken in by a wolf pack and raised in the jungle. Although he befriends the wolves, Baloo the bear, and Bagheera the panther, he must develop cunning and strength to survive the dangers of the jungle, such as Shere Khan the tiger. When Mowgli discovers the world of man and, more particularly, the world of woman, he must learn to survive in an equally dangerous environment. At the end of the story, there is a Kipling biography, analysis of the story, historical information about British India, and excerpts from the original story.

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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 Aaron Alexovich: 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, Romance
Black-and-white
Softcover, digest-sized
SRP: 15.00

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 J. Torres: Complete Copybook Tales, and Sidekicks: The Transfer Student

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image not available Moving Pictures

1 volume; complete
Written by: Kathryn ImmonenCanadian!
Illustrated by: Stuart ImmonenCanadian!
Genre: Historical Fiction
black and white
softcover, 136 pages
SRP: 19.00

From the jacket: "During the Second World War, French efforts to inventory, categorize and hide the collections of the major galleries collided with the German's Military Art Commission's attempt to do the same. This is (not) that story." Indeed, this book both is and is not the story of working with art collections. The main character, Ila Gardner, driven by her love of art, and her desire to see even the most mediocre works protected from the war, makes the decision to remain in France while her friends make courageous attempts to leave for safety. Her story is presented in two different time periods: the past, in which she is happy simply working with art and spending precious time with her friends; and the present, in which Rolf Hauptmann of the Military Art Commission interrogates her, betraying her own courage in contrast to her decision not to act to protect herself. Ila's interrogation is made more complex due to the fact that she's become drawn into a personal relationship with Hauptmann, leaving the reader to wonder if her courage would be sustained in the face of a different interrogator. The story does not have a traditional resolution, leaving one feeling that this is simply an episode in a much larger, more complex tale: that of simply trying to survive. In this case, Ila seems to choose inaction as the best route to that end. There is a lot of room for interpretation in this book, beyond simply looking at it in context of the war.
Also by Stuart Immonen: Superman: Secret Identity, and Ultimate Spider-Man
Also by Kathryn Immonen: Runaways

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image not available Penny Arcade

Volumes: 5, ongoing
Written and Illustrated by: Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik
Genre: Fiction, Geek, Webcomic
Black-and-white
Softcover
SRP: 15.00

Synopsis: Penny Arcade is a very popular web comic, now reprinted and bound in trade paperback format. The focus of the strip are Tycho and Gabe, both absolutely obsessed with video games and computers. It doesn't matter what sort of system it is, they must have it and play it! There's tons of humour in this 'geek' context, but the audience is also entertained by Gabe and Tycho's attempts to interact with the real world.

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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: 11.99

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 Pride of Baghdad

Volumes: 1, complete
Written by: Brian K. Vaughan
Illustrated by: Niko Henrichon Canadian!
Genre: Historical Fiction
Colour
Softcover
SRP: 15.99

Synopsis: This lushly painted graphic novel tells the story of a group of lions that escape from a zoo in Baghdad when it is bombed. It is, in fact, a true story, as in 2003 this actually happened. The lions try to survive, looking for food, trying to find shelter, and protecting each other, despite the odds. The lions discuss the benefits of zoos versus freedom, which is a good jumping-off point for in-class discussion. What goes on beyond the news, the deadliness of oil, and the lion as a symbol are strong ideas in the book.
Also by Brian K. Vaughan Y the Last Man

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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: 11.99

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 Mike Carey: Confessions of a Blabbermouth
Part of the Minx line of books aimed at teenage girls.

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image not available Same Difference and Other Stories

Volumes: 1, complete
Written and Illustrated by: Derek Kirk Kim
Genre: Fiction
Black-and-white
Softcover, digest-sized
SRP: 18.00

Synopsis: Derek Kirk Kim's semi-autobiographical debut quickly won him acclaim around the industry. It is a personal examination of the 20-something Korean-American's experience, through a blend of personal drama and rich humour. The story is told through a series of vignettes, and the characters and situations are so realistic, they almost leap from the page. Highly recommended for schools with a Korean population.

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image not available Scooter Girl

Volumes: 1, complete
Written and Illustrated by: Chynna Clugston-Flores
Genre: Fiction, Romance
Black-and-white
Softcover, digest-sized
SRP: 18.00

Synopsis: Scooter Girl is a delightful mod romance. Ashton Archer is the coolest boy at school, and for good reason, he's got it all, even a Vespa. At least, that's what he thinks, until he sees Margaret Sheldon on her Lambretta. And then everything promptly falls apart - his family declares bankruptcy, his scooter gets run over, and his popularity suddenly disappears. Even though Margaret seems to be his bad luck charm, he can't stop thinking about her. Contains some profanity.
Written and illustrated by Chynna Clugston.

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image not available Signal to Noise

Volumes: 1, complete
Written by: Neil Gaiman
Illustrated by: Dave McKean
Genre: Fiction
Colour
Softcover, oversized
SRP: 28.00

Synopsis: This beautiful graphic novel describes the last days of a famous film maker who learns he is dying. Before he dies, he wants to make one last film. It's the story of a European village who are convinced that the new millennium, 1000 AD, will bring the end of the world. Unfortunately, he cannot possibly make this movie, except in his mind, with only the comic reader as his audience. This new edition includes three related short stories, a new introduction, and an extra chapter created for the radio drama. The art is a mastery of mixed media, with layers of imagery filling each page. This book would be excellent in a classroom, as it deals with many themes of life and death, and presents it with noteworthy art.
Also by Neil Gaiman: Coraline, Sandman, and Stardust.
Also by Dave McKean: Coraline Illustrated Novel

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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 Strangers in Paradise

Volumes: 6, complete
Written and Illustrated by: Terry Moore
Genre: Fiction, Romance
Black-and-white
Softcover, digest-sized
SRP: 22.00 each

Synopsis: Strangers in Paradise tells the story of mainly three characters, Katchoo, Francine, and David. In a complex story of love-triangles, the mob, and art, these three characters try to understand themselves and one another. The story hinges on Katchoo's love for her best friend Francine, which Francine does not always deal well with. David is in love with Katchoo, however, David's mob-boss sister Darcy is the reason behind Katchoo's dark past. Other characters enter the story, each rich in their eccentricities. The characters are extremely complex, and thus extremely real, despite the occasional far-fetched plot-lines. The mood of the stories moves through humorous, tragic, violent, and touching. These graphic novels are a good addition to any library or classroom due to their gay-positive stance, the love between Francine and Katchoo being central and pivotal to the tale.
Also by Terry Moore: Runaways

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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.
Also by Joelle Jones: 12 Reasons Why I Love Her

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image not available Waterbaby
Volumes: 1; complete
Written and Illustrated by: Ross Campbell
Genre: Fiction
Black-and-white
Softcover, digest-sized
SRP: 11.99

Synopsis: Water Baby is a story about sharks, real and metaphorical. Brody is a teenage surfer-girl, she's tough and deeply flawed. When a shark bites off her leg, she has to find a way to cope with a new prosthetic and terrifying dreams and hallucinations in which she is either victim or shark herself. Brody and her best friend Louisa embark on a road trip to drive home Brody's freeloading ex-boyfriend Jake, and through their adventures and conflict, and picking up the manipulative Chrissie, each of them demonstrate their role as predator or prey in their relationships. Although the trip serves to bring Brody and Louisa closer as friends, Brody does begin to resolve her anger and angst over losing her leg. Once Chrissie abandons them, stealing the car, Brody, Louisa, and Jake resolve their conflicts through shared adversity, and by the end of the story, Brody has finally purged all her sharks and is ready to move on, determined to get her life back to normal.
Part of the Minx line of books aimed at teenage girls.
Also by Ross Campbell: Shadoweyes and Wet Moon

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image not available Wet Moon

Volumes: 6, ongoing
Written and Illustrated by: Ross Campbell
Genre: Fiction
Black-and-white
Softcover, digest-sized
SRP: 18.00 each

Synopsis: Wet Moon is a fairly plot-less character driven story, surrounding the day-to-day life of Cleo Lovedrop. Cleo and her friends live in Georgia, where they go to school, and hang out, and talk about life, romance, and pop culture. All the characters in the book have deep personal issues, and deal with various levels of insecurity, and self-examination. One character, Fern, has deformed limbs, yet is portrayed as a powerful, sexy character. Sexuality is dealt with as a matter of course in the book, and there is some graphic sexual content in volume 3. The book has a distinctive feel to it, artistically. The girls are drawn with curves, and embody the form of real women more than most books on the market today. They also tend to be tattooed, and pierced, and dressed in the goth/punk style. The overall impression of this book is that you are reading a story about real girls with real girl issues, coming to grips with their identity and the world around them. This is the sort of book that makes girls proud to be individual.
Contains sexual situations and language.
Also by Ross Campbell: Shadoweyes and Waterbaby

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