Category Archives: YA Literature Resources

Review: To the Heart of the Storm by Will Eisner

Eisner, Will. To the Heart of the Storm. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2008. Here I present another graphic memoir deservedly bound for the classroom shelf. The “grand old man of comics” and creator of such legendary comics as … Continue reading

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Review: Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence by Geoffrey Canada

Canada, Geoffrey, Illus. Jamar Nicholas. Fist Stick Knife Gun. Boston: Beacon Press, 2010. Continuing a personal quest through contemporary graphic novels exploring anti-heroic themes, I picked up this graphic memoir about social activist Geoffrey Canada’s growing up in the streets of … Continue reading

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Review: The Quitter by Harvey Pekar and Dean Haspiel

Writer Harvey Pekar, of American Splendor fame, narrates a gloomy but realistic memoir, depicting scenes of his coming-of-age, the son of Polish Jew grocers, in the racially-charged, post-World War II climate of Cleveland, Ohio. Dean Haspiel provides expert illustrations to the scenes of alienation and drudgery which … Continue reading

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Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games series first appeared on my radar via Appalachian Studies friends excited about the first book opening in a place called District 12. Set in a not-too-distant, but plenty dismal post-American future, District 12, once known as the Appalachian region, lies on the outskirts of … Continue reading

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GCTE Presentation: Graphic Novels, Picture Books and YA Lit

So, my MT and I presented at the GCTE (Georgia Council of Teachers of English) conference at Jekyll Island this past Friday. It went very well, and the conference proved to be quite an enjoyable experience! While shocked at how few student … Continue reading

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Presenting at GCTE in February

I think I’m really going to do it.  I had initially planned to present something along the lines of reading comprehension strategies for low-level 7-12 students, but, as a lowly student teacher, I don’t feel experienced enough yet.  Instead, I’m going … Continue reading

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