I'm a judge for round two of the Cybils, in the Graphic Novel category. That means I'm reading, studying, and discussing the top Graphic Novels published between Oct 2014 and Oct 2015. These are GN's selected on the basis of literary merit (Is it a good book?) and kid-appeal (But will my kid actually read it?). They're painstakingly picked by top-notch kidlit bloggers.
My panel gets to take this list of seven and declare one *the winner*. Edit: The winner is announced!
They're all so good! I just had to mention them and and recommend them. They're coming straight from the Cybils shortlist and I want to tell you about how I reacted when I read them.
This book made me feel acknowledged like, "This is real life!" and sad like, "Real life stinks sometimes."
This book made me feel astonished like, "This is historical? How come I knew nothing about this amazing story?!" and uplifted like, "Good conquers Evil. Like a Boss!"
This book made me feel sad like, "People can be so cruel." and thoughtful like, "In what ways am I subconsciously biased by my culture?"
Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson
This book made me feel empowered like, "Modest religious girls can be superheroes!" and tickled like, "Oh man I love how they are playing with the genre."
This book made me feel suspicious like, "Wait what exactly is going on here?" and giddy like, "I can't stop laughing. I want a t-shirt of this whole comic."
Oyster War by Ben Towle
This book made me feel entertained like, "Yay! Magic + Pirates!" and informed like, "Huh, I knew nothing about Oyster Trade in the 1800's"
This book made me feel sad like, "Aw, man. There are people for whom terrorism seems like the best option" and educated like, "So that's how WWI started."
Which would you pick?