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by Faith Erin Hicks. Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Publications, 2013

Superhero girl is a multifaceted nuanced character who while having super powers is so very 'normal.'  While chock-full of superheroes and  full of fun and adventure, this book is really about  real life....

First in the series by Kazu Kibuishi. New York, NY: Scholastic Graphix, 2008

After a tragic accident, a girl and her brother, and mom have to move into their grandfather's old home. There, they find themselves swept in an alternate world they must save.  Filled with adv...

by Margaret Atwood, Johnnie Christmas, and Tamra Bonvillain. Milwaukie, OR. Dark Horse Books, 2016

A genetic engineer, Strig Feleedus accidently spills a serum on himself, mutates into a man-owl-cat, and finds himself deep in a comic book pulp-inspired adventure fightin...

by Scott Christian Sava and Mike Holmes. New York, NY: First Second, 2017

This story is engaging and full of good puns, clown car chases from beginning to tend. Its story, design, and art are full of wonderful magic as good and evil face off to save a circus and its ver...

Series by Dave Roman. New York, NY: First Second, 2011

Life at Space Academy for a diverse group of kids who get into all sorts of trouble including: Hakata Soy (former space hero), Senor Panda (Spanish teacher who isn't what he appears to be), Doug Hiro (whose only goa...

Series by Gene Luen Yang, Gurihiru, and Michael Heisler. Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Books, 2012

This series continues the Nickelodeon Avatar: The Last Airbender. While Zuko (the new Fire Lord), Earth King Kuei, and Aang (the last airbender) promised to restore the Four N...

Series by Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm. New York, NY: Random House Books for Young Readers, 2005

A feisty, day dreaming mouse deals with all sorts of school, family, and community adventures. This series is great fun and chock-full of adventures, humor, wordplay, wond...

by Matt Smith. New York, NY: Clarion Books, 2014

This story is a mix of Norse mythology with a smattering of Tolkien and a mild Game of Thrones. It is full of swordplay and sorcery it is the story of Donaar's farm, now run by his son, and the Skullmaster's plots to dest...

by Eric Orchard. New York: First Second, 2016

Bera, a one-headed troll and pumpkin harvester finds a human baby one day. She learns that a wicked witch wants the baby and so tries to find a hero who can return it to its human family.

It received a starred review from Bu...

by Anne Szabla. Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse, 2016

This is the story of Bali, a small boy hoping to join others for the tribe's Smokewalk (a coming-of-age ritual he's physically too small for).  He stumbles upon a legendary weapon (believed to be the legacy of hero Mali Ma...

by J. Torres and Sean Dove. Portland, OR: ONI Press, 2016

Three wisecracking "borbots" (brother robots) who resemble a cross between Voltron and Transformers team up to fight a giant that threatens their city. This series is full of wordplay, alliteration, idioms, puns,...

First of the series Dav Pilkey. New York, NY: Scholastic Graphix, 1997

These graphic novels chronicle the adventures of two boys and their Principal (who unbeknownst to him is also Captain Underpants). The boys, pranksters, turn their nemesis into Captain Underpants and...

by Mairghread Scott and Robin Robinson. New York, NY: First Second, 2018  

There are two types of fairies - Seelie and Unseelie who are in the midst of a cold Iron War. The problem is that there’s only a thin veil between the fairy and human world and young Isabel...

First of the series by Mike Maihack. New York, NY: Scholastic Graphix 2014

Young Egyptian princess Cleopatra finds herself transported to a very, very, distant future where legend says she saves the world. Our initially reluctant heroine is up to the task as she continu...

Series by Jim Pascoe, illustrated by Heidi Arnhold. New York, NY: First Second, 2018

This is an intricate, complex story that has the feel of Watership Down meeting The Wind in the Willows.  It is the story of the Vale of Industry and the Vale of Clouds; the story of fi...

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