My only regret about this book is not meeting Ngozi Ukazu when she was at Texas Teen Book Festival. :( This was one of the most fun and gorgeous graphic novels that I have ever read! It is about a college freshmen who gets a scholarship to play hockey; Bitty is from a small town in Georgia and LOVES to bake for anyone and everyone. Throughout his first two years of school he learns how to be a good teammate, how to be independent, and most importantly-how to love himself and love others.
Honestly, I love him because he's a vlogger like me, but also because he is so dang honest! Bitty truly encompasses the confusion and self-searching that happens in college and he shows it to the reader so well.
I wouldn't put this book in a middle school because the first few pages have more F bombs and cursing than I say when I spill my coffee, but more importantly because this is about a college freshman, but I would definitely add it to a high school collection.
I really enjoyed Archival Quality and its emphasis on mental health. The main character, Cel, has left her job as a librarian after a breakdown and has taken a job as an archivist in a creepy old museum. She begins having weird dreams and losing chunks of time where she has no idea what happened. Her dreams feature a young woman whom Cel believes was an inmate in the asylum that the museum used to be and sets her sights on finding a way to set the spirit's soul to rest.
Cel not only has to solve the mystery of the museum's past, but she also must prove that her own mental health is not declining again and in the end, learns how to ask for help.
Overall, a fun and enjoyable book that displays great teamwork (even with people you may not WANT to work with) and the importance of mental health and knowing when to ask for help.
Sorry that I've been MIA, friends, the start of a new school year in a new school has been CRAZY! But I'm loving every second of it :) I've been reading many graphic novels to prepare for the end of the Maverick committee's voting season and of course, I'm still looking for the prefect anime book to nominate. The last three that I've read and really enjoyed are:
The Bride Was a Boy by Chii is a webcomic turned into a book. Chii chronicled her journey of trans-womanhood to full womanhood to marriage. She shares her story in a truly honest and understandable way. I appreciated the interruptions after chapters that explained what different terms were. Overall, it was a cute "fluffy" story.
Giant Spider and Me was suggested to me at Austin Books and Comics after I asked them for recommendations on recent anime. It starts off slow and picks up gradually; a story of a girl left alone by her father in a post-apocalyptic era who enjoys cooking (easy recipes are strewn throughout the novel). She finds a creature-a giant spider-that she names Asa and invites them to live with her. They find a soft of comfort in each other and learn about each other. This first volume ends with a cliffhanger as an "unexpected visitor" arrives and threatens Asa. Reading this book reminded me of watching the Totoro movie.
Goldfisch is definitely my favorite of the three anime titles. It was recommended to me by Karina, aka "Cue." It is such a fun story of unexpected friendships and adventure. The main character has the Midas touch and turns everything to gold. As the story goes on, the readers find out that he is being hunted by people who want to abuse his powers and take the treasures that he has found.
GoldA fluffy graphic novel about a transwoman planning to marry a man in Japan. It goes through her transition process through their marriage. The book is a blog turned Into a graphic novel. Very Informative and cute drawings.A fluffy graphic novel about a transwoman planning to marry a man in Japan. It goes through her transition process through their marriage. The book is a blog turned Into a graphic novel. Very Informative and cute drawings.A fluffy graphic novel about a transwoman planning to marry a man in Japan. It goes through her transition process through their marriage. The book is a blog turned Into a graphic novel. Very Informative and cute drawings.A fluffy graphic novel about a transwoman planning to marry a man in Japan. It goes through her transition process through their marriage. The book is a blog turned Into a graphic novel. Very Informative and cute drawings.
Over the past few months, I've been trying to read more manga to have a better idea of what a great one would be to nominate for the Mav list, so after some searching, begging and comic-book store and library scouring, I present to you-the first manga I've ever read -RWBY by Shirow Mawa.
The story is simple, four kids attend Beacon academy, where they train to be hunters and huntresses of Grim-monsters that live on Earth and harm humans. The first letter of each team member's name make the team name RWBY for Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang. There is a backstory to each member of team RWBY, but the drawings made it difficult to differentiate between flashback and the actual story.
The illustrations are solely in black and white and there are many KCHA and SNG sound effects that don't seem to make sense unless you read them out loud. The team goes out to hunt (don't know how or why that happened but it did and we later find out that this was a training simulation put on by the "educators" at Beacon) and find a group of four Grim-snakes with impenetrable armor who morph into one super-Grim. Team RWBY must work together (despite their leader who only seems to be concerned with weapons and making up names for combat moves) to save the community from this monster.
Overall, I don't think that I would read this again or continue the series because I was lost in illustrations, but I'm just a manga NOOB.
The world has been invaded by aliens that abduct teenagers and children from their families, people who are identified as "strong," and loaded up into robots that are taken to other planets (I assume). In this particular graphic novel, the two main characters, Sam and Wyatt, are twins who are trying to help other people from their town while searching for their parents. Wyatt, who has autism, classifies the aliens and helps Sam escape them. The two deliver food and supplies to other people under the code name "Bird One." When the aliens trick them by using a video of their parents to lure them to them, one of them is taken and the other has to find a way to save them on their own.
While the plot took a while to pick up, I enjoyed this graphic novel. The theme of working together and looking past weaknesses is one that really shines through the illustrations. The people of Elizabethtown learn to work together despite their differences to rally against the aliens that are ripping their families apart.