Category Archives: YA Literature

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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Review: My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf

You Only Think You Know This Story.  Thus reads the book jacket’s dramatic intro, a single sentence in ominous red type. Here graphic novelist Derf Backderf, a highschool acquaintance of Jeffrey Dahmer, one of the most notorious serial killers in American history, … Continue reading

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A more visual English Language Arts

Some of us remain ever blind to our need to incorporate art and image into our curriculum. Though Homer worked in the written word, he came from an oral tradition that understood the importance of helping one’s audience visualize the setting, the … Continue reading

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Review: The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation by M.T. Anderson

Anderson, M.T. The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. 1: The Pox Party. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 2008. Print. M.T. Anderson is by no means a stranger to the world of YA Lit, having written several … Continue reading

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