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Manga Graphic Novels – Learn to read the Japanese way!  Right to Left!

Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

This installment of the series takes on Twain’s subversive adventure of a boy named Huckleberry Finn and a runaway slave named Jim. After faking his own murder to escape his drunken father’s cruelty, Huck flees on a raft with Jim along the Mississippi River. What begins as a reasonably harmonious life for the two is soon disrupted by the Duke and the King, two crooks who commandeer the raft. As the group struggle in their attempted cons, Huck faces moral dilemmas. He decides he must do the right thing and use his wits to find the way to freedom with Jim. Character designs are clean, attractive, and distinguishable. While the art tones down graphic scenes (the King and Duke’s punishment is depicted in silhouette; the fallout of a shooting is bloodless), the dialogue is mostly faithful to the original text. There are some helpful resources throughout, such as an explanation of the dialects, a guide to the differences between this adaptation and the source material, and a chart on how to read manga. VERDICT This strong adaptation stays true to Twain’s satirical storytelling while also turning it into a digestible introduction for readers. Use it to help students think critically about race and class.

Adventures Of Tom Sawyer

Comic book adaptation of The adventures of Tom Sawyer / Mark Twain. Book reads from right to left in the traditional Japanese format. A graphic adaptation of the classic novel in which a mischievous early nineteenth-century Missouri boy named Tom Sawyer embarks on a summer of adventures with his friends Huck and Becky after witnessing a shocking crime in the village graveyard.

Invisible Emmie

This is the story of two totally different girls — quiet, shy, artistic Emmie and popular, outgoing, athletic Katie — and how their lives unexpectedly intersect one day, when an embarrassing note falls into the wrong hands. All the crushes, humiliation, boredom, and drama of middle school are compressed into one surprising day.

Positively Izzy

On the day of the school talent show, the lives of shy Bri and dreamer Izzy converge to create an event even more dramatic than either could even imagine.

Big Nate and friends

Aspiring cartoonist Nate Wright is the star of Big Nate, the daily and Sunday comic strip distributed by Newspaper Enterprise Association since 1991. Nate is eleven years old, four-and-a-half feet tall, and the all-time record holder for detentions in school history. He’s a self-described genius and sixth grade Renaissance Man. Equipped with only a #2 pencil and the unshakable belief that he is #1, Nate fights a daily battle against overzealous teachers, undercooked cafeteria food and all-around conventionality. He’s the original rebel without a clue, alternately abrasive and endearing to classmates and teachers alike. Nate blazes an unforgettable trail through the sixth grade at P.S. 38, earning straight A’s in laughs along the way.

The Castle Mystery, The Boxcar Children

The Alden children have another mystery to solve when they visit a castle and must figure out which of the guests has stolen the Stradivarius violin.

Far Out Fairy Tales, Five Full-color Graphic Novels

What do you get when classic fairy tales are twisted about, turned inside out, and reworked for the graphic novel format? Far Out Fairy Tales! Discover what Snow White would be like if she were raised by robots. Find out how Cinderella’s story plays out when she walks the path of the ninja. Play along when three billy goats named Gruff get stuck inside a video game. Chase down the Big Bad Wolf with the help of a superpowered Red Riding Hood! Each fairy tale revision holds true to the spirit of the original while adding a modern twist to the classic tales we know and love. Experience fairy tales like never before in this innovative series of full-color comic books for kids!

The Son of Samson

Samson’s mighty son Branan traces his famous father’s footsteps as he battles the Philistines. Throughout the different episodes, with both humor and action, he learns about God’s purpose for his life and inherited strength. ARE BRANAN’S MUSCLES ANY MATCH FOR A VENGEFUL BLADE? Branan handily rescues a would-be thief from Philistine soldiers. But when the young boy tips off his hero that Branan’s grandfather lies in danger, the son of Samson finds he must surrender his great strength to save his kin. While held prisoner in the clutches of an old enemy, Branan learns whether one good turn deserves another.

Nancy Drew Together With The Hardy Boys

The world-famous Girl Detective Nancy Drew must team up with Undercover Brothers Joe and Frank Hardy, The Hardy Boys, to solve a mystery together in Nancy s hometown of River Heights. Someone has been behind the recent troubles in both Bayport and River Heights … (…). But how can Nancy solve the mystery when Frank and Joe refuse to work with each other? –From publisher.

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