I Kill Giants

by Joe Kelly and J.M. Ken Niimura. Berkeley, CA: Image Comics, 2009

This is an empowering story of reluctant but fearless 5th grader Barbara, who finds herself in the Principal’s office. This story though is about her fights and epic battles against giants and titans. The question is, are these battles real, are they metaphors, or are they just Barbara’s fantasy. This book plays brilliantly with metaphor while sensitively dealing with a parent’s death.

Awards include: Best Indy Book of 2008; Ten Best Comics of 2009 compiled by New York magazine's Dan Kois; YALSA 2010 Top Ten Graphic Novels for Teen; Gold Award at the 5th International Manga Award in 2012.

Grades 5+

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