Book Review: Gene Luen Yang’s “Level Up” is Back With A Brand New Paperback Edition

Level Up Author: Gene Luen Yang Artist: Thien Pham Release Date: June 7, 2011 (Hardcover); July 19, 2016 (Paperback) Publisher: First Second (Square Fish – Paperback) Genre(s): Graphic Novel, Young Adult Review Spoilers: Low GoodReads | Amazon It takes a very talented writer to take you on the kind of deeply personal, emotional journey you’ll find between […]

“Secret Coders” Has A Great Premise But Falls Short of Expectations

Secret Coders Author: Gene Luen Yang Artist: Mike Holmes Series: Secret Coders #1 Release Date: September 29, 2015 Publisher: First Second Genre(s): Middle Grade, Graphic Novel, Coding, STEAM Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Review Spoilers:  Low GoodReads | Amazon I wanted to love Secret Coders. I really did. I love the idea of STEAM programming in general and when I was […]

“Mike’s Place” Explores Community, Relationships, and Tragedy in the Middle East

Mike’s Place: A True Story of Love, Blues, and Terror in Tel Aviv Authors: Jack Baxter and Joshua Faudem Artist: Koren Shadmi Release Date: June 9, 2015 Publisher: First Second Genre(s): Biographical, Historical Rating: ★★★★☆ Review Spoilers:  Moderate GoodReads | Amazon It’s no secret that I love historical graphic novels. I find the idea of being able to bring […]

Sleepless Knight is a Super Cute Introductory Graphic Novel for Kids

Sleepless Knight Author: James Sturm, Alexis Frederick-Frost, Andrew Arnold Release Date: April 14, 2015 Publisher: First Second Books Genre(s): Fantasy, Children’s Graphic Novel Rating: ★★★★☆ Review Spoilers:  Mild GoodReads | Amazon Sleepless Knight is an adorable, short all-ages comic that’s half children’s picture book and half graphic novel. The titular knight and her trusty stead Edward head […]

Battling Boy by Paul Pope

Battling Boy Author: Paul Pope Release Date: October 8, 2013 Publisher: First Second Books Source: NetGalley ARC Genre(s): Graphic Novel, Superheroes Rating: ★★★☆☆ Review Spoilers: GoodReads | Amazon So, Paul Pope is a pretty awesome guy. You should know that first and foremost. He’s got a really unique and very classic sort of art style that’s pretty arguably […]