I picked up March: Book One the other day and enjoyed it so much that I picked up book 2 today. March is a graphic novel trilogy about Congressman John Lewis’s life and involvement in the Civil Rights movement. The third book in the trilogy won several book awards this year: The National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, The Corretta Scott King award, the Michael L. Printz award, and the Sibert Medal. This is how it finally got on my radar. It floated through my life but I finally paid attention last month when it won so many awards at the ALA conference! (it is very rare for one book to win multiple awards in a year).
I can see why it is so highly regarded. First of all, the art (by Nate Powell) is stunning. But really, the whole story is extraordinarily inspiring. And especially so now in our current time. We are facing a time of dissent that will be written in the history books and it is important to look to those that came before us and how they went about their protests.
John Lewis is an American hero and, honestly, anyone who writes their biography in graphic novel format is a badass.
Have I told you about my newest favoritest graphic novel imprint? Minx! They are a line of graphic novels geared toward girls. And we’re not talking cheesy romance graphic novels, either. We are talking strong, feminine lead characters! My latest read is Clubbing by Andi Watson and Josh Howard. It’s about a spoiled rich girl from London who is sent to the country to live with her grandparents after she is caught, and jailed, for using a fake idea to get into a club. He grandparents own a golf club. One day, while poking around the club with her love interest (okay, maybe there IS SOME romance. I mean, we ARE girls after all. And we do like the romance.), she (and the boy) stumble upon a dead body! The plot thickens and the mystery begins. She is on a search for the killer, but she isn’t prepared for what she finds out…
Another fabulous recent read was Good As Lily by Derek Kirk Kim and Jesse Hamm. This is the story of a young girl (I can’t remember the protagonist’s name) who, on her birthday, runs into herself at three different stages of her life. She takes “herselves” home with her, sneaking them in without telling her parents. It seems she is stuck with them until they help her come to terms with various issues that she has to face. It’s a really interesting, creative story. Very funny, too.
I could go on and on with these graphic novels. I intend to read them all as they come in. They are simply fantastic. I highly recommend them.