I love graphic novels, so when a few turn up on the consideration list, it’s a treat. Back in 2010, Rapunzel’s Revenge, a bit of a mash up of the fairy tale and the old west by made it to the list, by Dean Hale, Shannon Hale and Nathan Hale, but we didn’t include any graphics on the 2011 list. I’m sure not because they weren’t out there that year, it really just depends on what’s popular with the kids and what they tell us is popular.
For 2012, we’re looking at:
Anya’s Ghost by Vera Bosgol, layers high school cliques, gym class and overall teen angst, with Russian immigrant point of view, a murder mystery and a ghost.
Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch, a mash up of Jewish legend and fairy tales, puts a few strong female characters front and center.
Level Up by Gene Luen Yang , the author of American Born Chinese (2006), is the story of a young man who abandons his dreams of being a video game designer to honor his father’s wishes of attending medical school.
— I found this last one particularly interesting; as the daughter of a first-generation Filipina, my mother, a doctor, told us our options for careers were medicine or law. I suppose I should be grateful that for her generation she really set the bar high for us, instead of just assuming we girls could only aspire to be teachers or nurses (no offense meant, please to these callings – my conflict with her was that I wanted to be a writer, having no aptitude for the sciences! My calling toward working in the arts was both a foreign and scary endeavor, to which she eventually warmed, and whole-heartedly supported).
Lost Trail: Nine Days Alone in the Wilderness – Donn Fendler’s harrowing tale of being lost as a youngster on Mt. Katahdin. His original story was published back in 1992 under Lost on a Mountain in Maine, so this is a new retelling for a new generation.
If you’ve read any of these, I’d love your comments on them.