Book Review, Graphic Novel

Gripping Graphic Novels

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier (Scholastic) – Review by Lucy (age 12)

Raina Telgemeier is my favourite graphic novel author. I love the storylines about relationships – friends, siblings, families – and how the characters go through ordinary life experiences. The stories are honest and relatable.

In Ghosts, sisters Cat & Maya have to move to Bahia de la Luna because Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from being near the sea. Cat doesn’t want to leave her friends and is a moody teenager. When they arrive in their new town, they quickly realise that everyone loves talking about ghosts. Cat is determined to say it isn’t true but Maya believes it and wants to see a real ghost! When they climb a hill to an abandoned mission, Cat discovers the truth and Maya is in danger!

This is a story about new beginnings, making friends and overcoming fears. It’s really good and I would recommend it to anyone who loves graphic novels or who is looking for a story that is adventurous, colourful and celebrates Mexican culture.

Barry Loser: Total Winner! by Jim Smith (Farshore Books)

Kids who love to laugh will adore Barry Loser: Total Winner – the first in a fantastic new series of full-colour graphic novels. Following on from the hugely successful series of the Barry Loser books, this new style is sure to be a hit with young readers.

Barry has had enough of being a loser and wants to prove he’s a Total Winer, but when his parents ban him from gaming, he has to think outside of the box…

The Aquanaut by Dan Santat (Scholastic)

The Aquanaut is an incredibly unique and engaging graphic novel full of adventure, family and the unexpected.

Sophia’s father was lost at sea, leaving her alone in Aqualand – a marine theme park. When a strange Aquanaut breaks into the park’s research lab, her life suddenly takes the most unusual turn. Sea creatures with attitude take centre stage to uncover the truth about Aqualand and the future of the animals who live there.

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Books by Kate Heap:

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