The graphic novel format may seem intimidating or strange, but it’s actually a very engaging and fun way to read a story! Some narratives are more easily told with pictures so you can truly understand the author’s concepts. Find out what graphic novel you should try with our quick quiz:
What did you used to love reading as a child?
1. Goosebumps or anything else that was a bit scary
2. Nancy Drew, or other mysteries
3. Historical fiction, like the Dear America series
How would you most like to be described?
1. A good friend
Which decade interests you most?
Pick some colors.
1. Blue, purple
2. Black, white
3. Orange, red
If you got mostly A’s, you may enjoy…
My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris.
Drawn as the journal of ten-year-old Karen Reyes growing up in 1960s Chicago, this graphic novel is exquisite and unlike anything you’ve ever read. Inspired by B-horror movies, Karen is inspired to look into the death of her holocaust survivor neighbor, Anka. “Monsters” is an extraordinary mix of class, gender, and history. Part 2 will be released in late 2018!
Another book you may enjoy: Maus by Art Spiegelman
If you got mostly B’s, you may enjoy…
This is the first book in an ongoing series set in a small East Coast town, which follows a group of teenagers dedicated to solving mysteries in their spare time. Eerie and dark, it’s a combination of Nancy Drew and David Lynch’s Twin Peaks.
Another book you may enjoy: Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
If you got mostly C’s, you may enjoy…
Bhu’s memoir is about her family’s escape out of South Vietnam after the fall of Saigon in the 1970s. It’s a glimpse into the life of a refugee, as well as a depiction of the universal story of family and what it means to be a parent.
Another book you may enjoy: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen