The Unsinkable Walker Bean

by Aaron Renier. New York, NY: First Second, 2010

Takes place during colonial times. Walker Bean helps his grandfather (who's been cursed by a pair of witchy undersea lobster-women named Tartessa and Remora) by returning a magical skull to the mysterious Mango Islands. Stowing away on a ship, Walker teams up with a dog named Perrogi, a boy named Shiv, and a tough-talking girl named Genoa. Together they use maps, illustrated clues and all sorts of surprises and danger to work things out.

Awards include: Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award ML, YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens, Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award Maser List, Texas Maverick Graphic Novels List, YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens; starred reviews from Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal.

Grades 4-7

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