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Discover Graphic Novels

I read my first graphic novel last week. A graphic novel is work of fiction or nonfiction in a comic book format. I read a lot of books, but have never picked up a graphic novel to read it. Perusing the YA Graphic Novel section of the Library, I found Displacement by Kiku Hughes, which is the story of a 16-year-old-girl who travels back in time to a Japanese American Internment Camp in 1940s California. While there, Kiku learns about the harsh realities Japanese American families faced in the camps. She manages to make friends and become part of the community. Kiku also learns more about the origins of her own family, as her grandmother, who is 17 years old at the time, happens to be in the same camp.

In They Called Us Enemy, George Takei, with Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, and artist Harmony Becker gives us a firsthand account of what George Takei's life was like growing up in one of the camps, and how it shaped his life before he became the actor and activist he is today.

For those of you new to the genre, you may find that the versions of your favorite classics might entice you to read a graphic novel. Some of my favorites are The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle, and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The Library also has a great selection of Marvel and Star Wars graphic novels, too. You'll find most of the graphic novels in the YA section, but there are also several in Adult Fiction, as well as in the Children's department. Venture into our graphic novels and experience reading in a whole new way.


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