YA Nonfiction Graphic Novels, Oh My!

Love graphic novels? Love non fiction? Well you can have both and read them too!


Here are few that I recently read:

Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History by Kate Schatz

Rad Women Worldwide focuses on important women throughout history and their contribution to mankind. It features contemporary heroes like Venus and Serena Williams, Malala Yousafzai and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Even the Guerrilla Girls. It also features other women from history that aren't as well known. Each page is a new introduction to a remarkable woman and short history lesson in what made them who they are and what they did for us. What's even greater about this book is the diversity of the women that are featured in this book. They're from different countries and regions.

I really liked this book. It was a quick read and full of interesting women. I also really liked the graphics of the book too. I think it's great that there's a book like this out in the world celebrating these women and showing what has been done and that there's more for us to do. We've got a lot of work, but if they can do it, we can too



The Great American Dust Bowl by Don Brown

The Great American Dust Bowl was a harsh time for everyone and this graphic novel shows that. Brown dig a good job in giving representation to the harsh realities of the dust bowl and how it really affected the US. It's so visceral, that I tasted dirt in my mouth and the air suddenly seemed heavier. Of course, I could just be crazy. But you really get a sense of what the farmers dealt with. It's amazing that those who survived, did survive. It's also amazing to me that we were able to somewhat help recover the land since, however, as it's explained in the end of the book we haven't fully recovered. We recently had scary droughts and who knows what will happen next due to climate change. This is definitely a sobering look at a very scary time in US history and environmentally. My hope is that we don't return to the same circumstance.






Poe: Stories and Poems: a Graphic Novel Adaptation by Gareth Hinds

This was a haunteningly beautiful illustrated adaptation of Poe's most famous poems and stories. Hinds really understood what Poe was trying to convey and this book is proof of that. The stories and poems that are featured in this book are "The Masque of the Red Death", "The Cask of Amontillado" (I like this one a lot), "Annabel Lee" (my favorite), "The Pit and the Pendulum", "The Tell-Tale Heart", "The Bells" and "The Raven" (my other favorite).

Before the beginning of each work Hinds has provided a cool 'Poe Checklist' (which is also provided at the beginning of the book plus an explanation), where he has symbols for every theme that's represented in the work that you're about to read. I think this is a great detail for younger readers or new readers to poetry and to Poe. Its helps to give the reader an understanding and the heads up of what's to come in the story. I recommend this graphic novel, it was very well done.


Posted by AngelaM on September 25, 2017