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.

Garfield Vol. 1 by Jim Davis, et al

Do you love Garfield?  Maybe you remember reading the comic strips in the newspaper?  Check out this collection featuring tons of Garfield stories!

Ms. Faith says: “Garfield was the original “grumpy cat!”  In this comic series, Garfield faces his worst enemies, a few aliens, and plenty of slobbers from Odie.  He has to defend his friends and ward off greedy mice.  He does everything reluctantly, but every so often, he gets rewarded with his favorite meal–lasagna.  Join Garfield and friends for their first graphic novel compilation in Garfield Vol. 1.”

Goldie Vance Series by Hope Larson, et al

Goldie Vance is a sixteen-year-old biracial detective determined to impress her employer.  A guest’s missing necklace, however, embroils Goldie in a foreign spy ring!  Join Goldie and her friends as they take place in high-speed car chases, find an unconscious astronaut, and foil the Russians.  The series is currently four volumes.  More recent additions to the Goldie Vance line have been prose novels.

Ms. Krysta says: “Goldie Vance is a teen sleuth trying to prove herself so one day she can be the in-house detective at the hotel her father manages.  But she never expects her first big cases to lead to a run-in with Russian spies!  This is a fun, fast-paced series set in the 1960s.  It never takes itself too seriously, but instead focuses on delivering high-stakes action.  Perfect for fans of the Surfside Girls or readers seeking a thrilling new mystery series.”

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Auggie Pullman’s facial difference has kept him from attending a mainstream school.  But now his parents think he is ready.  Wonder is the story of Auggie’s fifth grade year at Beecher Prep, and the way the other students respond to his face.  Though Wonder is not a graphic novel, Palacio has written one!  White Bird tells the story of Julian’s grandmother during the Holocaust.  

Asya B. says: “Auggie has a special illness that makes him different from other kids.”

The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan, Adapted by Robert Vendith

This graphic novel adaptation is book two in Rick asRiordan’s Heroes of Olympus series.  It follows Percy as he wakes up without a memory, knowing only he is a demigod who must fight monsters.  His story intertwines with that of Hazel and Frank as they face a dangerous quest: the Prophecy of Seven.

Skylan B. says: “Percy doesn’t remember anything except one name: Annabeth.  When he first gets to Camp Jupiter, it rings a bell about where he’s from, but he’s not from this camp.  Hazel hasn’t been to Alaska in years.  70 actually.  Since she was brought back from the Underworld.  But she has one secret that can’t spread around Camp Jupiter.  Frank’s life depends on a burned stick.  Literally!  But he can only die if the stick is burned, and Iris says he’ll die watching it burn.  Could that possibly happen on the quest.  Adaptation of The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan.”

Secret Coders Series by Gene Luen Yang, Illustrated by Mike Holmes

When Hopper begins classes at the mysterious Stately Academy, she knows she has to figure out what the janitor is hiding–and why the headmaster and the rugby team seem to be following her and her friends.  What secrets does the school hold?  Code along with Hopper and her friends to find out!

Ms. Krysta says: Secret Coders series by Gene Luen Yang: Hopper’s new school is hiding secrets–and she and her friends are determined to uncover the truth.  Readers get to use their coding logic along with the characters to solve puzzles and unlock the mystery of Stately Academy. The books provide a fun and accessible introduction to programming language Logo while also delivering an intriguing story.”

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