Glick’s Picks: August 4-August 10

This week’s titles are all graphic novels. Graphic novels are defined as a full-length story told in a paneled, sequential and graphic format. These books are very popular, and the popularity is growing as more people become familiar with works in this appealing and diverse format. These authors and titles are just a taste of the numerous treasures lurking in a graphic novels collection near you!


Picture Book (K-3) The Adventures of Polo by Regis Faller 

Polo is a smart and adventure-seeking dog. Equipped only with a small backpack filled with a few necessities, he roams the world and beyond, venturing from the ocean depths into outer space and everywhere in between. He travels by boat, plane, spaceship and many other vehicles. He’s always ready for adventures and new friends. There are many other Polo stories to read in this series, and you will want to because this little dog will win your heart.

Intermediate Grades (4-5) Knights of the Lunch Table by Frank CammusoDuring his first day at Camelot Middle School, Artie King opens a locker that no one has ever been able to open, and his life changes dramatically as a result. The novel is a wonderful story about making friends, testing your limits and overcoming challenges. The book retells stories about King Arthur but with a twist that will make you laugh out loud. If you are hooked after this one, there are more in this series to explore!
Middle School (6-8) Smile by Raina TelgemeierRaina is struggling with one specific aspect of her life: her smile. After an accident that damaged her front teeth, Raina has to get braces, but this story is about a lot more than braces and trips to the dentist. It’s a story about friendship, finding yourself and facing challenges when times are tough. The art in this graphic novel is outstanding and tells the story as much as the words do. You must read this one – it will make you think, feel and smile!
High School (9-12) March by John Lewis, Andrew Avon and Nate PowellCongressman John Lewis is an iconic figure within the Civil Rights movement and the last surviving member of the “big six leadership,” which spoke at the famous March on Washington. His remarkable journey took him from being the son of a sharecropper to marching with Martin Luther King, Jr., to the halls of Congress. Beginning on the morning of President Obama’s inauguration in January 2009, Representative John Lewis’ memoir, March, is a powerful recollection of a man’s life as he grew up in a very changing world. This story is powerful in its narration and truth.




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