October 31, 2019 • Cee • Comics

from panel to panel

I love comics and graphic novels, so what do I do with that love? Well, I turn it into a new feature!

From Panel to Panel is a new feature where I talk about the awesome (and perhaps not-so awesome) comic books and graphic novels I’ve read. Basically, this will be me pushing them onto your laps. You’re welcome.

October, the month of all things scary, but not these graphic novels! You get superheroes in schools, young Black Canary rockstar sleuth, Asian teen witch, and so much more awesomeness!

Let’s check out what graphic novels were released in October for kids and teens!

KIDS/TEENS
  • Sunny Rolls the Dice by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm

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What is Sunny Rolls the Dice about?
Too cool for school . . . or the least groovy girl in the grade?

Sunny’s just made it to middle school . . . and it’s making her life very confusing. All her best friend Deb wants to talk about is fashion, boys, makeup, boys, and being cool. Sunny’s not against any of these things, but she also doesn’t understand why suddenly everything revolves around them. She’s much more comfortable when she’s in her basement, playing Dungeons & Dragons with a bunch of new friends. Because when you’re swordfighting and spider-slaying, it’s hard to worry about whether you look cool or not. Especially when it’s your turn to roll the 20-sided die.

Trying hard to be cool can make you feel really uncool . . . and it’s much more fun to just have fun. Sunny’s going to find her groove and her own kind of groovy, with plenty of laughs along the way.

  • White Bird by R.J. Palacio

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What is White Bird about?
Inspired by her blockbuster phenomenon Wonder, R. J. Palacio makes her graphic novel debut with an unforgettable story of the power of kindness and unrelenting courage in a time of war.

In R. J. Palacio’s bestselling collection of stories Auggie & Me, which expands on characters in Wonder, readers were introduced to Julian’s grandmother, Grandmère. Here, Palacio makes her graphic novel debut with Grandmère’s heartrending story: how she, a young Jewish girl, was hidden by a family in a Nazi-occupied French village during World War II; how the boy she and her classmates once shunned became her savior and best friend.

Sara’s harrowing experience movingly demonstrates the power of kindness to change hearts, build bridges, and even save lives. As Grandmère tells Julian, “It always takes courage to be kind, but in those days, such kindness could cost you everything.” With poignant symbolism and gorgeous artwork that brings Sara’s story out of the past and cements it firmly in this moment in history, White Bird is sure to captivate anyone who was moved by the book Wonder or the blockbuster movie adaptation and its message.

  • Game on In Ancient Greece by Linda Bailey and Bill Slavin

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What is Game on In Ancient Greece about?
Josh, Emma and Libby Binkerton return to the Good Times Travel Agency — but this time, with a plan to travel to the future, to the next Olympic Games. What could go wrong? Well, plenty! Like when the owner of the shop misunderstands and sends the children to the ancient Olympic Games instead — in fifth-century BCE Greece! The Binkertons try to make the best of things. But after discovering some eye-opening facts about the ancient Games, causing a pile-up at the chariot races and having to run for their lives to escape the upset locals, the trio find themselves perilously close to disaster aboard a warship! Can the children finish reading the guidebook that will transport them back to the present before it’s too late?

  • Field Trip Disaster (DC Comics: Secret Hero Society #5) by Derek Fridolfs and Dave Bardin

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What is Field Trip Disaster (DC Comics: Secret Hero Society #5) about?
Diana Prince (Wonder Woman), Bruce Wayne (Batman), and Clark Kent (Superman) take a field trip to the 31st century in this newest Secret Hero Society adventure!

The first EVER Secret Hero Society volume narrated by Diana Prince (Wonder Woman)!

When a foreign exchange student arrives at Justice Prep, Diana is excited to greet her! While Clark (Superman) is also curious to meet this shy student, Bruce (Batman) is wary. Bruce’s suspicions are warranted when they are unable to find any record that this student even exists. When the three confront her, an accident transports them all the way to the 31st century! Now Diana, Clark, and Bruce get to meet the heroes of tomorrow… the Legion of Super Students! Our displaced time-traveling heroes will struggle to grasp future technology, homework assignments, and most importantly — bullies. Especially one in particular who has a plan to go back in time and change the course of history! It’s up to Clark, Diana, and Bruce to stop this villainous plan before it happens, and find their way back home in this newest Secret Hero Society adventure!

  • The Changeling King (Estranged #2) by Ethan M. Aldridge

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What is The Changeling King (Estranged #2) about?
After years of pretending to be human, the changeling Edmund Carter has assumed his rightful role as Cinder, king of the World Below. But not everyone at the royal palace is happy about his return.

Meanwhile, Ed is adjusting to human life in the World Above. His birth family treats him with a kindness he never knew growing up in the Fay court, but Ed misses the sense of purpose he had as a knight.

When a mysterious new threat emerges in the World Below, Cinder must call on Ed and their older sister, Alexis, for help. But nothing can prepare them for the family secret that awaits at the end of their perilous quest.

With over two hundred pages of gorgeous watercolor paintings, The Changeling King invites readers on an epic journey through a magical world—one they will not soon forget.

  • The Unicorn Whisperer (Phoebe and Her Unicorn Series #10) by Dana Simpson

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What is The Unicorn Whisperer about?
For 9-year-old Phoebe Howell and her sparkling companion, Marigold Heavenly Nostrils, every day is an adventure. In this latest installation of Dana Simpson’s award-winning Phoebe and Her Unicorn series, Phoebe navigates the challenges of school life with a little help from her unicorn friend, who is always ready with the perfect spell for the occasion. But as the magic spells mount up, both Phoebe and Marigold find themselves wondering if sometimes they might be taking things just a little too far…

  • Over the Garden Wall: Circus Friends by Jonathan Case, Patrick McHale, et al.

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What is Over the Garden Wall: Circus Friends about?
When Wirt, Greg, and Beatrice stumble on a circus in the Unknown, they must save Beatrice when the Ringmaster kidnaps her to be the circus’ newest attraction.

It’s not all laughs and peanuts for Wirt, Greg, and Beatrice when they stumble upon a circus in the Unknown. What starts as good fun with Greg reciting Wirt’s poetry for the circus’ audience quickly becomes a dangerous situation when the Ringmaster sets his eyes on Beatrice to be his next star attraction. Wirt and Greg must work together with past-his-prime Strongman Frederico and down-in-the-dumps clown Paola to infiltrate the circus and rescue Beatrice.

Join Eisner Award-winning writer Jonathan Case (Before Tomorrowland) and artist John Golden (Boneman) as the Eisner Award-winning Over the Garden Wall™ series continues its journey into the Unknown with this all-new original story! With death-defying stunts and a cast with the strangest acts, this’ll be a story Over the Garden Wall™ fans won’t want to miss.

  • Marvel Rising: Heroes of the Round Table by Nilah Magruder and Roberto di Salvo

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What is Marvel Rising: Heroes of the Round Table about?
With the powers of Girl and the powers of Squirrel on their side, Kamala Khan and Doreen Green are an unbeatable team! But that title is about to be seriously challenged – because New Jersey has been invaded by a swarm of knights in shining…suits?! When Morgan Le Fay invades New Jersey, she turns it into New Camelot – and that calls for a heroic Round Table! Squirrel Girl and Ms. Marvel need allies to help protect their home turf – and they know just who to call. When Miles Morales, the Inhuman Inferno and former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Daisy Johnson rise to the challenge, they’re sure to have Morgan on the ropes. Unless, of course, she sends a giant horde of monsters after them! Don’t miss the return of the titanic team-up that’s got everyone talking!

COLLECTING: MARVEL RISING (2019) #1-5

  • Geeky Fab 5: DOGgone CATastrophe by Lucy Lareau, Liz Lareau , et al

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What is Geeky Fab 5: DOGgone CATastrophe about?
Twelve year-old writer Lucy Lareau, collaborates with her mom, Liz, and artist Ryan Jampole (Artist on Geronimo Stilton), on a series devoted to following five young girls, who have named themselves the Geeky F@b 5, taking on projects fearlessly. When a tornado rips through the town of Normal, the local animal shelter is devastated leaving many animals needing emergency homes and care. The Geeky F@b 5 are up to the challenge and rally all of Earhart Elementary School to help. Sofia gets busy helping code a matchmaking program to match the pets to households and A.J. fits a harness for a handicapped basset hound. But can Marina get over her fear of snakes to help some in need? Join these 5 girls, and that sassy cat Hubble, as they learn that friendship isn’t always just a human thing!

  • Geronimo Stilton Reporter #3: Stop Acting Around by Geronimo Stilton

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What is Geronimo Stilton Reporter #3: Stop Acting Around about?
Geronimo Stilton is getting into the movies when he is invited by an old filmmaker friend, director E.J. Sprocket, to visit the set of Block Cheddar 4, starring Jack Vole. Convinced that this could make for an interesting article he brings Thea, Benjamin, and Pandora along. But soon, they discover that it’s not all glitz and glamour as strange happenings have been plaguing production causing the film to go off course. Will Geronimo’s acting career be over before it starts? Is there a MOLE on the set? As E.J. would say, “That’s show business for ya, baby!”

  • The Hidden Kingdom (Wings of Fire Graphic Novel #3) by Tui T. Sutherland & Mike Holmes

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What is The Hidden Kingdom (Wings of Fire Graphic Novel #3) about?
Glory knows that the dragon world is wrong about her being “a lazy RainWing.” Maybe she wasn’t meant to be one of the dragonets of destiny, but Glory is sharp and her venom is deadly…even if that’s still a secret.

So when the dragonets seek shelter in the rain forest, Glory is devastated to find that the treetops are full of RainWings that nap all day and know nothing of the rest of Pyrrhia. Worst of all, they don’t realize — or care — that RainWings are going missing from their beautiful forest. But Glory and the dragonets are determined to find the missing dragons, even if it drags the peaceful RainWing kingdom where they never wanted to be — into the middle of the war.

  • DC Super Hero Girls at Metropolis High by Amy Wolfram & Yancey Labat

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What is DC Super Hero Girls at Metropolis High about?
A new era begins for the DC SUPER HERO GIRLS…but battling super-villains is easy compared to finding the right after-school club!

Batgirl, Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Green Lantern, Bumblebee, and Zatanna are continually late to class because of their crime-fighting, and the principal is tired of hearing their excuses. These girls need to show more school spirit…or else they’ll be suspended!

Principal Chapin’s demand that they each find an after-school club and stick with it for a whole week seems easy, until the girls get kicked out of the clubs they choose. Instead, they must think outside the box and step out of their comfort zones. As if having secret identities and balancing school with super-heroics didn’t offer enough challenges!

  • Unplugged and Unpopular by Mat Heagerty, Tintin Pantoja, & Mike Amante

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What is Unplugged and Unpopular about?
After Erin Song’s parents ban her from using her phone, TV, Internet, and all her screens, she soon discovers mysterious, strange creatures and must foil their plot to take over Earth in this hilarious sci-fi graphic novel for tweens.

Erin Song lives in a digital world. Everyone has a phone, a tablet, a computer—more screens than you can count. Even with a world of information at her fingertips, Erin can’t figure out the secret to popularity at her clique-y junior high school. So when uber-popular Wendy asks for help cheating on a test, Erin jumps at the opportunity. This could be her big break! Unfortunately, she gets caught, and her parents ban her from all her devices. Suddenly, Erin Song is the only girl in the world who’s not allowed to look at a screen.

And that’s when Erin notices something funny: small, furry aliens making humans disappear with a weird device Erin’s never seen before. No one else notices them, though—except Erin’s grandmother and two old men who run the local library. They’ve discovered that the aliens are using screens to control the human race, tricking them into thinking they aren’t really there—and that anyone who’s been abducted never existed.

Now it’s up to Erin and her grandmother to save the day! But without technology on their side, do they stand a chance?

  • Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker & Wendy Xu

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Spoiler title
A story of love and demons, family and witchcraft.

Nova Huang knows more about magic than your average teen witch. She works at her grandmothers’ bookshop, where she helps them loan out spell books and investigate any supernatural occurrences in their New England town.

One fateful night, she follows reports of a white wolf into the woods, and she comes across the unexpected: her childhood crush, Tam Lang, battling a horse demon in the woods. As a werewolf, Tam has been wandering from place to place for years, unable to call any town home.

Pursued by dark forces eager to claim the magic of wolves and out of options, Tam turns to Nova for help. Their latent feelings are rekindled against the backdrop of witchcraft, untested magic, occult rituals, and family ties both new and old in this enchanting tale of self-discovery.

  • Field Trip (Sanity & Tallulah #2) by Molly Brooks

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What is Field Trip (Sanity & Tallulah #2) about?
Sanity and Tallulah are going on a field trip-to a real live planet! Some of their classmates are nervous (none of them have been on a planet before, and they’ve heard terrible things), but Tallulah is beside herself with excitement. Sanity would be more excited if her grumpy older sister, Prudence, wasn’t coming along to supervise the trip. Things get off to a rocky start (asteroid-y start, to be specific) and Sanity and Tallulah find themselves separated from their school group, pursued by a pirate, and stranded on a planet that’s about to explode, with nothing but the wreckage of a crashed space shuttle and the contents of Tallulah’s overloaded backpack to work with. These best friends will have to stretch their problem-solving skills to the limit in order to get everyone home safe, and it’s going to take their whole class-plus an accountant, a math hermit, a group of mysterious beekeepers, and even the murderous pirate-to make it happen.
  • Diary (Berrybrook Middle School #4) by Svetlana Chmakova

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What is Diary about?
The fourth book of the Berrybrook Middle School series, Diary, is a very special journal including not only sticker sheets and “one sketch a day” pages but also brand new stories from the author set in the Berrybrook universe! Find out all about Peppi’s and Jaime’s project, write your own daily entries right next to Jensen’s journal pages, and take a glimpse at the new life of a familiar face who’s moved to a new town!

  • Black Canary: Ignite by Meg Cabot & Cara McGee

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What is Black Canary: Ignite about?
Thirteen-year-old Dinah Lance knows exactly what she wants, who she is, and where she’s going. First, she’ll win the battle of the bands with her two best friends, then she’ll join the Gotham City Junior Police Academy so she can solve crimes just like her dad. Who knows, her rock-star group of friends may even save the world, but first they’ll need to agree on a band name. When a mysterious figure keeps getting in the way of Dinah’s goals and threatens her friends and family, she’ll learn more about herself, her mother’s secret past, and navigating the various power chords of life.

With expressive and energetic art by Cara McGee to match the trademark attitude and spunk of Meg Cabot’s characters and dialogue, this mother-daughter story embraces the highs and lows of growing up without growing out of what makes us unique. It’s an inspirational song that encourages readers to find their own special voices to sing along with Black Canary!

  • Super Sons: The Foxglove Mission by Ridley Pearson & Ileana Gonzalez

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What is Super Sons: The Foxglove Mission about?
In the aftermath of The Polar Shield Project, Jon Kent and Damian “Ian” Wayne are on the run! With their hometown in ruins and in the absence of their heroic fathers, Jon and Ian are on a mission to find a sample of the deadly virus that’s threatening Wyndemere and Jon’s mother, Lois Lane. Meanwhile, Candace follows clues that hold the key to her destiny as she unlocks powerful abilities she never knew existed. While their quests threaten to divide the three of them, it’s only through teamwork and trust that they can succeed.

  • Plants vs. Zombies Volume 14: A Little Problem by Paul Tobin

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What is Plants vs. Zombies: A Little Problem about?
Dr. Zomboss creates an army of teeny zombies to try and sneak up on all the brains in Neighborville!

To battle these miniscule menaces, the plants, Crazy Dave, Patrice, and Nate must shrink themselves to have any chance at defeating the zombies. But how will Neighborville’s insects react to the invasion of their turf-of-the-tiny? And will this miniature zombie invasion mean the party for Crazy Dave’s two-hundred-year-old pants gets cancelled?

Are you excited about these graphic novels? Tell me which one you’re excited to read.

 


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