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.
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 second Spill Zone picks up right where the first one ends, and while we still don't REALLY know the exact cause of the Spill, many questions were answered in this sequel. Addie must save her sister, Lexa, from whatever Verspertine is, while the Koreans want to know more about the Spill in P-Town. This time, though, Vespertine needs to make a choice, and the Koreans need to learn more for the "Brilliant Comrade." With the help of a Korean boy who has also been changed by the Spill, Addie has much bigger problems than just taking pictures.
There is much more action in this book than the first one, and definitely much less confusing. I gave it 5 stars for the action and even more gorgeous drawings this time. While some of the monsters look like they were drawn quickly and hastily, the use of colour was beautiful and something I haven't seen in another graphic novel.
I really hope that this isn't the end of the series!
A wonderful graphic novel that illustrates the life and teachings of Gandhi. I really enjoyed that the story of Gandhi's life is shown not just through his own speaking but through those around him that were influenced by him. When I originally approached this book, I did not expect it to be as captivating as it is, but it truly is a great and quick read. Twenty-eight different illustrators worked on the illustrations and they are AWESOME!
This graphic novel was a lovely, well written, and beautifully drawn memoir of a girl's adventure to visit her family's homelands. Using a guide, old photos, and her grandmother's memoir, she leaves France to explore Algeria where she learns (and teaches the reader) a lot about Algerian political history as well as her family's history and influence on the country.
City on the Other Side is a fun adventure of a graphic novel. It tells the story of a girl who feels ignored by her parents and finds her place on the "other side" of a city where creatures of all kinds work together to stop a fairy war.