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Take Me Out to the Ballgame!

If you are big into baseball, check out some of these teen novels where baseball plays an important part in the story:

CatchThe Catch by Rick Jasper

YA JASPER, R.

When Danny makes a catch that ends up on SportsCenter’s Top Plays, he is approached by a sports-gear executive with an offer too tempting to pass up.

 

PitcherThe Pitcher by William Hazelgrove

YA HAZELGROVE, W.

The pitcher, is a classic story of baseball, the price of dreams, and the lessons of life. A mythic baseball story about a broken down World Series Pitcher is mourning over the death of his wife and an under-priveledged Mexican-American boy who lives across the street and wants to learn to pitch. This is a mainstream contemporary novel about dreams lost and found.

 

BigFieldThe Big Field by Mike Lupica

YA LUPICA, M.

When fourteen-year-old baseball player Hutch feels threatened by the arrival of a new teammate named Darryl, he tries to work through his insecurities about both Darryl and his remote and silent father, who was once a great ballplayer too.

 

BiggieBiggie by Derek E. Sullivan

YA SULLIVAN, D.

Henry “Biggie” Abbott has hidden behind his weight for years, and although he is the son and stepson of two of Finch, Minnesota’s most famous athletes, he prefers academic success until the girl of his dreams suggests he join the baseball team, and, with his stepbrother’s help, he discovers he is a great pitcher.

 

ProspectThe Prospect by Jason Glaser

YA GLASER, J.

Nick Cosimo is a star pitcher on his high school team and always puts his team first, but when a scout appears in the stands he has to decide if he is going to change his game to make an impression on the scout.

 

BatboyThe Batboy by Mike Lupica

YA LUPICA, M.

It is every baseball kid’s dream summer job: batboy for your hometown Major League team. Yet for fourteen year-old Brian, the job means more than just the chance to hang around his idols. Baseball was the job his father loved so much, in the end he couldn’t leave it. Yet he could leave his family. Now Brian sees the job as the way to win back his father. There is no winning back some people, though. Just ask Hank Bishop–once the most popular player in baseball before he was banned for using steroids. Now he is making his comeback. And an unlikely friendship slowly develops between this man in need of a family and this boy in need of a father.

 

highheatHigh Heat by Carl Deuker

YA DEUKER, C.

When sophomore Shane Hunter’s father is arrested for money laundering at his Lexus dealership, the star pitcher’s life of affluence and private school begins to fall apart.

 

samuraishortstopSamurai Shortstop by Alan Gratz

YA GRATZ, A.

While obtaining a Western education at a prestigious Japanese boarding school in 1890, sixteen-year-old Toyo also receives traditional samurai training which has profound effects on both his baseball game and his relationship with his father.

 

ShakespeareBatsShakespeare Bats Cleanup by Ronald Koertge

YA KOERTGE, R.

When a fourteen-year-old baseball player catches mononucleosis, he discovers that keeping a journal and experimenting with poetry not only helps fill the time, it also helps him deal with life, love, and loss.

 

center fieldCenter Field by Robert Lipsyte

YA LIPSYTE, R.

Mike lives for baseball and hopes to follow his idol into the major leagues one day, but he is distracted by a new player who might take his place in center field, an ankle injury, problems at home, and a growing awareness that something sinister is happening at school.

 

UnderBaseballMoonUnder the Baseball Moon by John H. Ritter

YA RITTER, J.

Andy and Glory, two fifteen-year-olds from Ocean Beach, California, pursue their respective dreams of becoming a famous musician and a professional softball player.

 

Mexican White BoyMexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Peña

YA PENA, M.

Sixteen-year-old Danny searches for his identity amidst the confusion of being half-Mexican and half-white while spending a summer with his cousin and new friends on the baseball fields and back alleys of San Diego County, California.

 

7Days7 Days at the Hot Corner by Terry Trueman

YA TRUEMAN, T.

Varsity baseball player Scott Latimer struggles with his own prejudices and those of others when his best friend reveals that he is gay.

 

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on May 6, 2015 Categories: Action/Adventure, Fiction, Guys Reads, Historical Fiction, Realistic Fiction

YALSA Announces Teens’ Top Ten Nominees!

Check out the video below to see the nominees and then click on a title to find it in our collection.  The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Teens will vote online between August 15 and Teen Read Week for their favorites and the winners will be announced the week after Teen Read Week.

Consumed by Basketball?

Are you enjoying March Madness? Want to find a novel that centers on basketball? Check out our list below!

TrueLegendTrue Legend by Mike Lupica

YA LUPICA, M.

Fifteen-year-old Drew “True” Robinson loves being the best point-guard prospect in high school basketball, but learns the consequences of fame through a former player, as well as through the man who expects to be his manager when True reaches the NBA.

 

SwaggerSwagger by Carl Deuker

YA DEUKER, C.

High school senior point guard Jonas Dolan is on the fast track to a basketball career until an unthinkable choice puts his future on the line.

 

PickUpGameThe Pick-Up Game: a full day of full court edited by Marc Aronson and Charles R. Smith Jr.

YA SS PICK-UP

A series of short stories by such authors as Walter Dean Myers, Rita Williams-Garcia, and Joseph Bruchac, interspersed with poems and photographs, provides different perspectives on a game of streetball played one steamy July day at the West 4th Street court in New York City known as The Cage.

 

ThrowingStonesThrowing Stones by Kristi Collier

YA COLLIER, K.

In 1923, in Pierre, Indiana, fourteen-year-old Andy realizes a dream when he makes the high school basketball team, but when an accident keeps him from playing, he ventures into journalism and begins to understand the meaning of sportsmanship.

 

BoxOutBox Out by John Coy

YA COY, J.

High school sophomore Liam jeopardizes his new position on the varsity basketball team when he decides to take a stand against his coach who is leading prayers before games and enforcing teamwide participation.

DoubleExposureDouble Exposure by Bridget Birdsall

YA BIRDSALL, B.

Fifteen-year-old Alyx Atlas starts school in a new state with a new identity–as a girl in Milwaukee–but a bully on the basketball court threatens to reveal that Alyx is an intersex person, which could disqualify Alyx and the team from playing in the state championship game.

 

BoostBoost by Kathryn Mackel

YA MACKEL, K.

Thirteen-year-old Savvy Christopher is 6’2″ and a talented basketball player; her big sis, Callie, is a cheerleader. When an injury ruins their dad’s golf career, the family moves from their swanky New Mexico home to an aunt’s sheep farm in Rhode Island. Savvy is thrilled when she makes the exclusive 18-and-under basketball team The Fire; getting to play on a great travel team makes up for having to share a room with Callie, being teased about her height, and having to work on the sheep farm. But when steroids are found in Savvy’s gym bag, she’ll have to fight for her spot on the team.

 

SlamSlam! by Walter Dean Myers

YA MYERS, W.

Seventeen-year-old “Slam” Harris is counting on his basketball talents to get him out of the inner city and give him a chance to succeed in life, but his coach sees things differently.

 

 

EdenvilleOwlsEdenville Owls by Robert B. Parker

YA PARKER, R.

Fourteen-year-old Bobby, living in a small Massachusetts town just after World War II, finds himself facing many new challenges as he tries to pull together his coachless basketball team, cope with new feelings for his old friend Joanie, and discover the identity of the mysterious stranger who seems to be threatening his teacher.

 

 

BallDontLieBall Don’t Lie by Matt de la Peña

YA PENA, M.

Seventeen-year-old Sticky lives for basketball and plays at school and at the Lincoln Rec Center in Los Angeles but he is unaware of the many dangers–including his own past–that threaten his dream of playing professionally.

 

 

Boy21Boy21 by Matthew Quick

YA QUICK, M.

Finley, an unnaturally quiet boy who is the only white player on his high school’s varsity basketball team, lives in a dismal Pennsylvania town that is ruled by the Irish mob, and when his coach asks him to mentor a troubled African American student who has transferred there from an elite private school in California, he finds that they have a lot in common in spite of their apparent differences.

 

 

FinalFourThe Final Four by Paul Volponi

YA VOLPONI, P.

Four players at the Final Four of the NCAA basketball tournament struggle with the pressures of tournament play and the expectations of society at large.

 

LearningtheGameLearning the Game by Kevin Waltman

YA WALTMAN, K.

When he and his high-school basketball teammates steal from a fraternity house in their small Indiana town, Nate contends with his guilt, his loyalty to his friends, and his desire to help his older brother who comes under suspicion for the crime.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on March 23, 2015 Categories: Drama, Fiction, Guys Reads, High School, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Realistic Fiction

Getting Revenge

In the mood to read about justice being served?  Check out these teens novels centered on characters getting revenge in some way or another.

Alice in ZombielandAlice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

YA SHOWALTER, G.

To avenge the death of her parents and sister Ali must learn to fight the undead, and to survive she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has his own secrets, which might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies.

tenTen by Gretchen McNeil

YA MCNEIL, G.

Ten teens head to a house party at a remote island mansion off the Washington coast . . . only for them to be picked off by a killer one by one.

sharptimeThe Sharp Time by Mary O’Connell

YA O’CONNELL, M.

In the week following her mother’s death in a freak accident, eighteen-year-old Sandanista Jones finds small measures of happiness even as she fantasizes about an act of revenge against an abusive teacher at her high school.

furyFury by Elizabeth Miles

YA MILES, E.

When high school junior Emily hooks up with her best friend’s boyfriend and football quarterback Chase’s life spirals out of control, three mysterious Furies–paranormal creatures that often assume the form of beautiful women–come to town to make sure that Emily and Chase get what they deserve.

falconerThe Falconer by Elizabeth May

YA MAY, E.

In 1844 Edinburgh eighteen-year-old Lady Aileana Kameron is neither an ordinary debutante, nor a murderess–she is a Falconer, a female warrior born with the gift for hunting and killing the faeries who prey on mankind and who killed her mother.

burn4burnBurn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian

YA HAN, J.

Three teenaged girls living on Jar Island band together to enact revenge on the people that have hurt them.

whathappenedcassWhat Happened to Cass McBride? by Gail Giles

YA GILES, G.

After his younger brother commits suicide, Kyle Kirby decides to exact revenge on the person he holds responsible.

SeasonoftheWitchSeason of the Witch by Mariah Fredericks

YA FREDERICK, M.

A girl who is bullied experiments with witchcraft in order to get revenge on her attackers.

KarmaClubThe Karma Club by Jessica Brody

YA BRODY, J.

When high school senior Maddy catches her boyfriend cheating on her, she devises a complicated plan to get revenge.

tempestuousTempestuous by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes

YA ASKEW, K.

When a bad snow storm leaves workers stranded at the mall, former “it girl” Miranda decides it is the perfect time to seek revenge against the catty clique that abandoned her.

PoisonApplesThe Poison Apples by Lily Archer

YA ARCHER, L.

At an elite Massachusetts boarding school, three fifteen-year-old girls of very different backgrounds discover a common bond and form a club to plot revenge against their evil stepmothers.

ExtremitiesExtremities: Stories of Death, Murder, and Revenge by David Lubar

YA SS LUBAR, D.

“A group of high school girls takes revenge on their sadistic gym teacher in the most fitting way possible. Two stowaways find themselves on a ship for the dead. An ancient predator stalks the wrong victim. Here are thirteen tales of death, murder, and revenge.

mortaldangerMortal Danger by Ann Aguirre

YA AGUIRRE, A.

Agreeing to join the mysterious Kian’s magical faction to exact revenge on a group of bullies who have tormented her, Edie transforms into a beautiful girl and begins to sabotage the bullies’ inner circle only to discover dark truths about Kian’s world.

ThousandPiecesofYouA Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

YA SF GRAY, C.

When eighteen-year-old Marguerite Caine’s father is killed, she must leap into different dimensions and versions of herself to catch her father’s killer and avenge his murder.

truancyTruancy by Isamu Fukui

YA SF FUKUI, I.

In the City, where an iron-fisted Mayor’s goal is perfect control through education, fifteen-year-old Tack is torn between a growing sympathy for the Truancy, an underground movement determined to bring down the system at any cost, and the desire to avenge a death caused by a Truant.

TAB Picks

Books

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Chloe: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Will: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney

Katie: The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

Matt: Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Chloe: Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton

Gabby: The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

Reese: Boys Without Names by Kashmira Sheth

 

Movies and TV

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Matt: Gotham

Katie: Repeat After Me, Jupiter Ascending, Sill Alice

Will: Brain Games, Cast Away

Reese: Duck Dynasty

Chloe: Earth to Echo

 

Music

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Chloe: Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson, featuring Bruno Mars

Will: Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen

Katie: Like I Can by Sam Smith, Outside by Calvin Harris

 

Video Games

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Matt: Black Ops (XBOX 360)

Will: Oblivion (XBOX 360)

Reese: The Escapists (PC game)

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on February 24, 2015 Categories: Action/Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Gaming, Guys Reads, Movies, Music, Mystery, Realistic Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal, TAB Picks

Winter Blahs Got You Down?

Pick up one of this action-packed novels to get your heart racing again!

tomorrowwhenwarbeganTomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden

YA MARSDEN, J.

When Ellie and her friends go camping, they have no idea they’re leaving their old lives behind forever. Despite a less-than-tragic food shortage and a secret crush or two, everything goes as planned. But a week later, they return home to find their houses empty and their pets starving. Something has gone wrong–horribly wrong. Before long, they realize the country has been invaded, and the entire town has been captured–including their families and all their friends. Ellie and the other survivors face an impossible decision: They can flee for the mountains or surrender. Or they can fight.

ThereWillBBearsThere Will Be Bears by Ryan Gebhart

YA GEBHART, R.

Thirteen-year-old Tyson sneaks off with his roughneck, but ill, grandpa to go on his first elk hunt, amid reports of a stalking man-eating grizzly.

ScorpioRacesAudioThe Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

YA STIEFVATER, M.

Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.

Monument14Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

YA LAYBOURNE, E.

Trapped inside a chain superstore by an apocalyptic sequence of natural and human disasters, six high school kids from various popular and unpopular social groups struggle for survival while protecting a group of younger children.

Reluctant AssassinThe Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer

YA COLFER, E.

In Victorian London, Albert Garrick, an assassin-for-hire, and his reluctant young apprentice, Riley, are transported via wormhole to modern London, where Riley teams up with a young FBI agent to stop Garrick from returning to his own time and using his newly acquired scientific knowledge and power to change the world forever.

Death CloudDeath Cloud by Andrew Lane

YA MY LANE, A.

In 1868, with his army officer father suddenly posted to India, and his mother mysteriously “unwell,” fourteen-year-old Sherlock Holmes is sent to stay with his eccentric uncle and aunt in their vast house in Hampshire, where he uncovers his first murder and a diabolical villain.

peakPeak by Roland Smith

YA SMITH, R.

A fourteen-year-old boy attempts to be the youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest.

I am Number FourI am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

YA SF LORE, P.

In rural Ohio, friendships and a beautiful girl prove distracting to a fifteen-year-old who has hidden on Earth for ten years waiting to develop the Legacies, or powers, he will need to rejoin the other six surviving Garde members and fight the Mogadorians who destroyed their planet, Lorien.

Angel ExperimentThe Angel Experiment by James Patterson

YA PATTERSON, J.

After the mutant Erasers abduct the youngest member of their group, the “bird kids,” who are the result of genetic experimentation, take off in pursuit and find themselves struggling to understand their own origins and purpose.

StormbreakerStormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

YA HOROWITZ, A.

After the death of the uncle who had been his guardian, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncle’s dangerous work for Britain’s intelligence agency, MI6.

RunnerRunner by Carl Deuker

YA DEUKER, C.

Living with his alcoholic father on a broken-down sailboat on Puget Sound has been hard on seventeen-year-old Chance Taylor, but when his love of running leads to a high-paying job, he quickly learns that the money is not worth the risk.

heistsocietyHeist Society by Ally Carter

YA CARTER, A.

A group of teenagers uses their combined talents to re-steal several priceless paintings and save fifteen-year-old Kat Bishop’s father, himself an international art thief, from a vengeful collector.

AshfallAshfall by Mike Mullin

YA SF MULLIN, M

After the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano destroys his city and its surroundings, fifteen-year-old Alex must journey from Cedar Falls, Iowa, to Illinois to find his parents and sister, trying to survive in a transformed landscape and a new society in which all the old rules of living have vanished.

readyplayeroneReady Player One by Ernest Cline

YA CLINE, E.

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the Oasis. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines – puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win – and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

jackabyJackaby by William Ritter

YA MY RITTER, W.

Newly arrived in 1892 New England, Abigail Rook becomes assistant to R.F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with the ability to see supernatural beings, and she helps him delve into a case of serial murder which, Jackaby is convinced, is due to a nonhuman creature.

100The 100 by Kass Morgan

YA SF MORGAN, K.

When 100 juvenile delinquents are sent on a mission to recolonize Earth, they get a second chance at freedom, friendship, and love, as they fight to survive in a dangerous new world.

etiquette espionageEtiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

YA CARRIGER, G.

In an alternate England of 1851, spirited fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in a finishing school where, she is surprised to learn, lessons include not only the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also diversion, deceit, and espionage.

SteelheartSteelheart by Brandon Sanderson

YA SF SANDERSON, B.

At age eight, David watched as his father was killed by an Epic, a human with superhuman powers, and now, ten years later, he joins the Reckoners–the only people who are trying to kill the Epics and end their tyranny.

5th WaveThe 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

YA SF YANCEY, R.

Cassie Sullivan, the survivor of an alien invasion, must rescue her young brother from the enemy with help from a boy who may be one of them.

TestingThe Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

YA SF CHARBONNEAU, J.

Sixteen-year-old Malencia (Cia) Vale is chosen to participate in The Testing to attend the University; however, Cia is fearful when she figures out her friends who do not pass The Testing are disappearing.

BZRKBZRK by Michael Grant 

YA SF GRANT, M.

In the near future, the conjoined Armstrong twins, under the guise of the Armstrong Fancy Gifts Corporation, plot to create their own version of utopia using nanobots, while a guerilla group known as BZRK develops a DNA-based biot that can stop bots, but at risk of the host’s brain.

 

Book Trailer of the Week– The Fury by Alexander Gordon Smith

Click here to find The Fury in the Library!

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on February 6, 2015 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Fiction, Guys Reads, Horror

Award Winning Teen Books!

Yesterday morning the Youth Media Awards were held at the American Library’s Association’s Midwinter Conference.  These awards are held annually and recognize some of the best books written for the year for kids and teens.  Check out the recording of the awards ceremony and then take a look at the winning Teen books below!

The Michael L. Printz Award

Given for excellence in literature written for young adults.

Winner:

IllGiveYouSun

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Four Printz Honor Books also were named:

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And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard

The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki

This One Summer also was named a Caldecott Honor Book: the Randolph Caldecott Medal is for the most distinguished American picture book for children.

 

William C. Morris Award

Given for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens.

Winner:

Gabi

Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero

Four other books were finalists for the award:

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The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley

The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by E.K. Johnston

The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

 

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults

Winner:

Popular

Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek by Maya Van Wagenen

Four other books were finalists for the award:

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Laughing at My Nightmare by Shane Burcaw

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming

The Family Romanov was also named a Robert F. Sibert Informational Honor Book, for most distinguished informational book for children and teens:

Ida M. Tarbell: The Woman Who Challenged Big Business—and Won! by Emily Arnold McCully

The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin

 

2015 list of Best Fiction for Young Adults (BFYA)

These books, recommended for ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both quality literature and appeal to teens, while comprising a wide range of genres, styles and subjects. Click here to find the full list!

Top Ten list from the final selections:

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The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley
Vango by Timothee de Fombelle
The Story of Owen Dragonslayer of Trondheim by  E.K. Johnston
The Gospel of Winter by Brendan Kiely
We Were Liars by e. lockhart
The Young Elites by Marie Lu
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Jackaby by William Ritter
Noggin by John Corey Whaley

 

Coretta Scott King Honor Book:  The Coretta Scott Kind Book Award recognizes an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:

HowitWentDown

How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon

 

John Steptoe New Talent Author Award: The John Steptoe New Talent Award recognizes new talent and is determined by the Coretta Scott King Task Force:

When I Was The Greatest

When I Was the Greatest written by Jason Reynolds

 

Schneider Family Book Award’s Teen Selection: for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:

GirlsLikeUs

Girls Like Us by Gail Giles

 

Stonewall Honor Books:  given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience:

BeyondMagentaIllGiveYouSun

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

 

Book Trailer of the Week– The Rule of Thre3 by Eric Walters

Click here to find The Rule of Thre3 in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on January 30, 2015 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Dystopian, Fiction, Guys Reads

Reading History Through Graphic Novels

Try out some of these graphic novels from the Teen collection, for a different way to read about history.

marchMarch. Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell

YA GRAPH 323.1196 LEW

A graphic novel trilogy co-authored by Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, with art by Nate Powell. March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights (including his key roles in the historic 1963 March on Washington and the 1965 Selma-Montgomery March), meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation.

silvenceofourfriendsThe Silence of Our Friends by Mark Long & Jim Demonakos and art by Nate Powell

YA GRAPH 323.1196 LON

This semi-autobiographical tale is set in 1968 Texas, against the backdrop of the fight for civil rights. A white family from a notoriously racist neighborhood in the suburbs and a black family from its poorest ward cross Houston’s color line, overcoming humiliation, degradation, and violence to win the freedom of five black college students unjustly charged with the murder of a policeman.

 

 

LewisClarkLewis & Clark by Nick Bertozzi

YA GRAPH 917.8042 BER

Presents, in graphic novel format, the adventures of explorers Lewis and Clark during their journey from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean.

ShackeltonShackleton: Antarctic Odyssey by Nick Bertozzi

YA GRAPH 919.8904 BER

Presents, in graphic novel format, the adventures of explorer Ernest Shackleton in the Antarctic.

 

AboveDreamlessDeadAbove the Dreamless Dead: World War I in Poetry and Comics  edited by Chris Duffy

YA GRAPH 940.3 ABO

A collection of World War I poetry interpreted by cartoonists.

 

WWIWorld War One: 1914-1918: the War to End All Wars written by Alan Cowsill; illustrated by Lalit Kumar Sharma; inking by Jagdish Kumar; colorists, Pradeep Sherawat, Vijay Sharma

YA GRAPH 940.3 COW

It was the first major conflict of the 20th century, a war that devastated the whole of Europe and expanded across the entire globe, decimating a generation. From the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo to the armistice of 1918, World War One: 1914-1918 provides a complete overview of the war that shaped the modern world from the viewpoint of the servicemen who fought in it, creating a unique graphic novel history of one of the most destructive conflicts of all time.

 

BoxerThe Boxer by Reinhard Kleist

YA GRAPH 796.8309 HAFT, H.

Poland, 1941. Sixteen-year-old Harry Haft is sent to Auschwitz. When he is forced to fight against other inmates for the amusement of the SS officers, Haft shows extraordinary strength and courage, and a determination to survive. As the Soviet Army advances in April 1945, he makes a daring escape from the Nazis. After negotiating the turmoil of postwar Poland, Haft emigrates to the United States and establishes himself as a professional prizefighter, remaining undefeated until he faces heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano in 1949. In The Boxer, Reinhard Kleist reveals another side to the steely Harry Haft: a man struggling to escape the memories of the fiancée he left behind in Poland. This is a powerful and moving graphic novel about love and the will to survive.

AuschwitzAuschwitz by Pascal Croci

YA GRAPH 940.5318 CRO

Using the fictional story of a couple named Kazik and Cessia who lose a daughter at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration camp and barely survive themselves, Pascal Croci depicts the horror and brutality of the Holocaust in grim, searing, black-and-white illustrations.

MausIMausIIMaus I and Maus II by Art Spielgelman

YA GRAPH 940.5318 SPI

A son struggles to come to terms with the horrific story of his parents and their experiences during the Holocaust and in postwar America.

HarlemHellfightersThe Harlem Hellfighters by Max Brooks; illustrated by Caanan White

YA GRAPH 940.5403 BRO

This is a graphic novel about the first African-American regiment to fight in World War One.

bombingnazigermanyBombing Nazi Germany: the Graphic History of the Allied Air Campaign that Defeated Hitler in World War II by Wayne Vansant

YA GRAPH 940.544 VAN

Bombing Nazi Germany tells the story of the first and second generations of airmen, soldiers, and politicians from both sides who sought to bomb the enemy into submission.

BigJimBig Jim: Jim Larkin and the 1913 Lockout by Rory McConville & Paddy Lynch

YA GRAPH 941.835 MCC

On August 26th 1913, the trams of Dublin stopped. Over the next four months, James Larkin would lead the workers of Dublin against William Martin Murphy and the Employers Federation in a conflict that would change the face of Irish society.

47RoninThe 47 Ronin by Sean Michael Wilson; illustrated by Akiko Shimojima, with lettering by Ben Dickson

YA GRAPH 952.025 WIL

In the eighteenth century, forty-seven samurai avenged the death of their master in a plot that would take over two years to complete. After succeeding in their mission, the masterless samurai–known as ronin –all committed ritual suicide. The story, which is a national legend, remains the most potent example of Japan’s deeply rooted cultural imperative of honor, persistence, loyalty, and sacrifice.

Showa1Showa2Showa: a History of Japan, 1926-1939 and Showa: a History of Japan, 1939-1944 by Shigeru Mizuki

YA GRAPH 952.033 MIZ

A look at the Showa period in Japanese history with events leading towards World War II. On a personal level, these years mark a dramatic transformation in Mizuki’s life, too.

GrantvLeeGrant vs. Lee by Wayne Vansant

YA GRAPH 973.73 VAN

Grant vs. Lee tells the dramatic story of the final year of the Civil War in Virginia – a bloody and unyielding fight for both sides – through the eyes of the two greatest Civil War generals: the North’s Ulysses S. Grant and the South’s Robert E. Lee.

WarrenCommisionReportThe Warren Commission Report by Dan Mishkin, Ernie Colón, and Jerzy Drozd ; foreword by Richard Reeves

YA GRAPH 973.922 MIS

Within days of the murder of President John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson appointed a seven-member commission to investigate the assassination. In its report, the Warren Commission determined that there was “no credible evidence” conflicting with its conclusion of a lone gunman. Artist Ernie Colón, bestselling illustrator of The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation , teams up with author Dan Mishkin to provide a unique means of testing the commission’s findings, unraveling conflicting narratives side by side through graphic-novel techniques.

great american dust bowlThe Great American Dust Bowl by Don Brown

YA GRAPH 978.032 BRO

A speck of dust is a tiny thing. In fact, five of them could fit into the period at the end of this sentence. On a clear, warm Sunday, April 14, 1935, a wild wind whipped up millions upon millions of these specks of dust to form a duster–a savage storm–on America’s high southern plains. The sky turned black, sand-filled winds scoured the paint off houses and cars, trains derailed, and electricity coursed through the air. Sand and dirt fell like snow–people got lost in the gloom and suffocated. . . and that was just the beginning. Don Brown brings the Dirty Thirties to life with kinetic, highly saturated, and lively artwork in this graphic novel of one of America’s most catastrophic natural events: the Dust Bowl.

gandhiGandhi: My Life is My Message by Jason Quinn; illustrated by Sachin Nagar

YA GRAPH B GANDHI

In graphic novel format, introduces the life and accomplishments of the Indian political and spiritual leader who led his country to freedom from British rule through his policy of nonviolent resistance.

bestshotwestBest Shot in the West: the Adventures of Nat Love by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick L. McKissack, Jr.; illustrated by Randy DuBurke

YA GRAPH B LOVE, N.

Describes, in graphic novel format, the life of Nat Love, also known as Deadwood Dick, who grew up to become the most famous African-American cowboy in the Old West.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on January 21, 2015 Categories: Action/Adventure, Graphic Novel, Guys Reads, Inspirational, Issues, Multicultural, Nonfiction