News from Youth Services Category: Graphic Novels

The Tryout

by Christina Soontornvat

J GRAPH SOONTORNVAT, C.

Christina and her best friend Megan are in middle school and decide to try out for the cheerleading squad. Christina and Megan have parents who come from other countries, and they have always felt like outsiders among their classmates in Texas. As Christina and Megan practice and get ready for the tryout, they realize they are starting to like different things and that’s ok. This is a great story about growing up and figuring out what is important to you, and what makes you who you are.

The Way of the Hive: A Honeybee’s Story

by Jay Hosler

the way of the hive: a honey bee's story book cover
J GRAPH HOSLER, J.

Bees are not my favorite (since I have been stung many times) but I know they are important. The author makes the reader care about honey bees by describing their growth and development. He personalizes it by telling us about one bee, Nyuki. I learned why honey bees are so important and I also care about what happens to them because Mr. Hosler told the story in a beautiful way. 

Apple of My Pie

by Mika Song

apple of my pie book cover
J GRAPH SONG, M.

Apple of My Pie is a cute story about how Grandpa Squirrel falls into an apple truck and is driven away to an apple orchard. His squirrel family wants to save him, so they use their friends, a bird and a man with a food truck who can read, to figure out where Grandpa has been taken. The family makes it to the apple orchard and fall into the assembly line that makes apple pies to be sold in stores. Will Grandpa and his family get eaten? Will they make it back to their city home? Read this story to find out.

Nat Enough

by Maria Scrivan

nat enough book cover
J GRAPH SCRIVAN, M.

When Natalie sees that her Best Friend for Always is also going to the same middle school that she is, she’s delighted! Now they can be the bestest of friends, just like before!

Or can they? Her (former) best friend has moved on to the “In” crowd, the popular kids. Not only does she not have any time for Nat anymore, she’s out and out rude!

Nat doesn’t realize it, but she’s already made some new friends. They’re right there in front of her, if only she’d look! It takes a special writing contest, a school play, (and painting her face like a parrot – honest!) before Nat is able to see the new friends standing right beside her.

This is book one of the “Nat” series. If you like Nat Enough, catch her also in the other “Nat” books by Maria Scrivan: