Tween Comic Club is a place for comic lovers ages 9-14 to discuss what they are reading each month. Here is the latest list of the books we’ve been talking about and that our tween readers recommend! Follow the links to check out a copy for yourself. And don’t forget to join a Tween Comic Club meeting if you would like to learn how you can submit your own recommendations to our feature! We typically meet on the third Tuesday of each month. Find our next meeting on the events calendar.
Adventure Kingdom by Steve Fox and Pedro Rodriguez
Clark used to love going to the Adventure Kingdom theme park, but it closed down years ago when the founder disappeared. So one night he sneaks into the decaying park in order to livestream it for his viewers. He does not expect to find the founder’s granddaughter, Karoline, there. But Karoline possesses the other half of the coin Clark won long ago at the park and, when the halves combine, it soon becomes clear that some of Adventure Kingdom’s magic might have been real.
Ms. Krysta says: “Adventure Kingdom is an atmospheric graphic novel that celebrates the nostalgia of growing up with a favorite theme park. The action is fast paced and the characters simply drawn (cartoonish bad guys versus brave heroes) so that the focus remains variously on the decaying park or its magical counterpart. Anyone who ever hoped that their carousel rides could come alive, or that they could drive their bumper cars on their road will enjoy this imaginative read.”
Me & My Brothers by Hari Tokeino
After Sakura loses her grandmother (her sole guardian since her parents died in a car accident), she learns that she has four half-brothers. And now she has to learn to live with them!
The Doctor says: “Me and My Brothers is a comedy manga about a girl who suddenly finds out she has four brothers she didn’t know existed after her grandmother passes away. The manga is about their everyday life. The whole thing is really funny and the characters are all really good. It’s great if you’re a fan of Ouran High School Host Club.”
Anne of West Philly by Ivy Noelle Weir & Myisha Haynes
Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert expect some challenges when they decide to foster a teenage girl for the first time, but did not expect Anne’s bold personality and sheer joy in the world around her. Anne jumps right into life in West Philly, joining her school’s robotics club and experiencing her first crush. A contemporary graphic novel retelling of Anne of Green Gables.
Zacian The Queen says: “The book was super sweet and heartfelt. Since I’ve been to Philadelphia, I loved the setting. I thought it was sweet because Anne eventually lives with her foster parents permanently. This book is definitely a book on my to-read-again list. I hope anyone who reads it feels the same way.”
Princeless by Jeremy Whitley
On her sixteenth birthday, Princess Adrienne’s parents lock her in a tower guarded by a dragon. But Adrienne has no plans to sit around and wait for a prince to save her. After rescuing herself, Adrienne sets out on an adventure to free her sisters, each imprisoned in a tower of their own.
Ms. Faith says: “I really loved this, in the beginning. I love the premise behind it and the ‘Woman Power’ that is the overarching theme throughout but, it fell a little short with me with the constant changing of stories. There are some stories that I’m still not sure how they fit. And, most of the stories did not conclude. I’m not sure I’m interested in reading the rest of the series but, this was a nice taste of something different and I did like it.”
Spider-Man & Venom: Double Trouble by Mariko Tamaki & Gurihiru
Spider-Man and Venom are roommates in this hilarious story where the two experience an unexpected mind-swap, and must work together to make things right.
Mr. Jude says: “I read Spider-Man & Venom Double Trouble this month and absolutely loved it. Mariko Tamaki and Gurihiru are a perfect team, making the book written visually funny and adorable. For those not as familiar with Spider-Man, this is a great place to start.”