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Christian College Geelong Senior Library: Lovers of literature

Ender’s Game Graphic Novel by Orson Scott Card

Looking for something different to read? How about a graphic novel?

Graphic novels are not comic books they use images to give an overview of the story,  with the words and illustrations working together to help understand the story. 

 They are often fast paced and action packed. Why not give one a try!

Andrew “Ender” Wiggin is only 6 years old. His peers bully him, his parents are aloof and his older brother is violently resentful of him. He might also be humanity’s only hope. Ender is recruited to join the International Fleet’s legion of child warriors in training, to report for duty in defense of the planet. Leaving behind the only person who ever understood him, his kind-hearted sister Valentine, he takes on the challenge of becoming commander in Earth’s defenses.

His  promise is high, and his teachers are sure he will rise to the test,  that is, if Battle School doesn’t kill him first. Ender struggles to find a place within his soul for tranquility, humanity and a connection with something greater than the brutal mechanics of war and strategy.

But when he is thrust into Command School at a vastly accelerated pace, will he crack up on the road to becoming the hero that the human race so desperately needs?

Good Reads, Ender’s Game (online) September 14th, 2015, http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12082688-ender-s-game-ultimate-collection

If you want to find more great graphic novels to read then have a look at this website: http://playfullearning.net/2014/12/5-great-reasons-read-graphic-novels/

 

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September 14, 2015 Posted by | Dystopian Fiction, Graphic Novels, Science Fiction | Leave a comment

Wonder Woman: Odyssey, Volume 1 by J Michael Straczyniski

Wonder Woman: Odyssey Volume 1 Tops New York Times Hardcover Graphic Books Best Sellers List

Wonder Woman gets a bold new costume in this start to bestselling writer J. Michael Straczynski.  In the graphic novel gone is the star-spangled superwoman whose campaign for peace and justice has made her an icon to women around the world. In her place stands a younger, edgier woman of wonder, alone against sinister enemies that destroyed her home in Paradise when she was just a baby.

Due to mysterious circumstances, Diana must track down the truth behind what’s happened to her timeline and face the biggest stunner of all: Who destroyed Paradise Island?If you think you knew who Wonder Woman was – think again! All bets are off in this all-new direction for the long-running series that’s perfect for new readers as Wonder Woman embarks on an odyssey to find her past and gets a new costume, a new set of foes, and a new tone from the ground up. Review by Good Reads

November 22, 2012 Posted by | Adventure, Graphic Novels | | Leave a comment

Broken by Elizabeth Pulford

A novel that blends, mystery, family life and the subconcious into an interesting story

Critically injured in a motorbike accident, Zara Wilson lies in a coma. She is caught between the world of her hospital room and that of her memories and a dream-like fantasy where she searches for her elusive brother Jem. Zara’s adventures in her subconscious unlock dark secrets and she must face up to her past in order to accept her future. Broken has graphic novel elements in a hard-edged graphic style reminiscent of 1950s’ comic book.

This novel for high school students is best described as a psycho drama but it is a quite a lot more than that.

Zara is in hospital in a coma,  she can hear what those around her are saying, but cannot respond. She was riding on the back of a Triumph motorcycle, having the best time ever, when her brother Jem swerved to avoid a toddler, crashed and was killed outright.

Jem was into comics and Zara was into drawing and this becomes a great part of the narrative. While going from one medical crisis to another, in her sub-conscious mind Zara goes looking for Jem in his comic world. The font size for these episodes is different and comic book illustrations tell of Zara’s search for Jem.

Angus Gomes illustrations are right on the nail supporting the written text beautifully.

A third aspect of plot, also in different font, tells of an episode in Zara’s past when she was 7 years old. She was abducted by a stranger and Zara has never let anybody except Jem into what went on.

While in a coma this incident is worked through also in Zara’s sub conscious mind.

It sounds complicated but Elizabeth Pulford has told it well. Whether it is psychologically kosher I have no idea but it certainly seemed real to me.

For something different yet classy have a crack at this excellent novel. Review by Bob Docherty ‘Bobs Book Blog’
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July 19, 2012 Posted by | Graphic Novels | , | Leave a comment

The Adventures of Tintin, Vol. 6: The Calculus Affair / The Red Sea Sharks / Tintin in Tibet by Herge

Whether he’s trolling the high seas for treasure or blasting off for the moon, young reporter-sleuth Tintin and his faithful dog, Snowy, have delighted readers everywhere for generations with their timeless adventures. Join Tintin and Snowy as they tackle the toughest mysteries around the world in The Calculus Affair, The Red Sea Sharks, and Tintin in Tibet

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Dan‘s review

Aug 02, 11
5 of 5 stars
The Tintin stories for anyone who has read them and understands their history can’t be viewed as anything other than groundbreaking. The beginnings of these stories have been around as long as the Lord of the Rings, the illustration and environments in the Tintin books are accurate and extremely detailed. Anyone who has spent even a little time exploring Herge (Georges Remi) can see the painstaking research and adversity he worked through to compose the world around Tintin. His ideas were ahead of his time (Exploring the moon, Industrialization, South American political conflict, modern slave trade, extraterrestrial life) and he made certain every detail for every object would be realistic (after the third book at least). Herge’s work can certainly be cited as an influence for any modern day graphic novel or comic book.  Good Reads

March 2, 2012 Posted by | Adventure, Boys' read, Film tie in, Graphic Novels | | Leave a comment

Ubby’s underdogs: the legend of the Phonenix dragon by Brenton E McKenna

A Trilogy is Born

The legend of the Phoenix Dragon is unleashed!

Welcome to Australia’s first Indigenous graphic novel, Ubby’s Underdogs: The Legend of the Phoenix Dragon by Brenton E McKenna.

It is the late 1940s and Broome, a small pearling town in the heart of an ancient land, is still recovering from WW11. Ubby, a smart, street-wise Aboriginal girl, is the leader of a small rag-tag gang known as the ‘Underdogs’. Trying to make a name for the Underdogs, she meets Sai Fong, a Chinese girl just off the boat from Shanghai. From the moment Ubby and Sai Fong meet, their worlds collide as they find themselves thrown into a series of bizarre adventures full of myths and legends and everything from ancient mechanical demons to fantastic beasts — and secrets never before exposed. This is an epic tale that measures the limits of courage and friendship. Ubby’s Underdogs: The Legend of the Phoenix Dragon is storytelling on a grand scale that pulls its central characters from the unique multicultural town of Broome. It expertly draws in characters that have links to other worlds amidst a complex backdrop of Aboriginal and Chinese mythology (fictionalised). The Legend of the Phoenix Dragon is the first in the Ubby’s Underdogs trilogy.  New South Books

The first book in the long awaited trilogy, Ubby’s Underdogs.

Want to find out more then visit the website :http://ubbysunderdogs.com/

July 25, 2011 Posted by | Adventure, Graphic Novels, Indigenous People | Leave a comment

Clubbing by Andi Watson

A spoiled, rebellious Londoner takes on the stuffy English countryside in Clubbing

When shes caught with a fake I.D. at a posh London nightclub, Charlotte Lottie Brooks punishment is spending the summer at her grandparents stuffy country club. But Lottie will end up doing more than just serving time in country boot camp. She will narrowly escape romance and end up solving a murder mystery. Older teens.
A spoiled, rebellious London girl takes on the stuffy English countryside in Clubbing. The crime: getting caught with a fake I.D. at a posh London nightclub. The punishment: spending the summer at her Grandparent’s stuffy country club. But Charlotte “Lottie” Brook, best known for her mile-high platforms, a bottomless itunes account and an unbridled passion for classic lit, will end up doing more than just serving time in country boot camp. In between avoiding the strange locals and cake decorating contests, Lottie will narrowly escape romance and end up solving a murder mystery on the 19th hole of her Grandparent’s golf course.
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May 12, 2010 Posted by | Graphic Novels, Mystery | Leave a comment