Introducing Graphic Novels (1)


This quarter I am taking a women’s studies class at my University.  Now, my school is a bit different than most. It’s a Liberal Arts school, so it”s more….flexible/unique? For example, you don’t earn grades. Instead, the professors can either give you the full credit amount or take away credits. Also, you can negotiate, with your professors, what your credits will be called. So, I’m taking a feminist class, but I’m receiving credits in Multicultural Literature for my English endorsement. As some of you may know, my goal is to become a high school English teacher. I also am working on an endorsement for elementary education.

So, while the other students in my class are working on final projects that revolve around feminism, my teacher and I worked it out so that my research project revolves around education. My topic? Graphic novels. I have never had a desire to read graphic novels; I prefer to have the actual book in hand. What I didn’t know, though, is that graphic novels are extremely popular amongst the youth of today. I was also unaware that they are very educational and that schools are incorporating them into their curriculum.

After doing this research project, I made a decision. Every once in awhile I am going to introduce you guys to some graphic novels. There is no set time that these posts will be released. Every once in awhile one will just pop up. My goal is to have maybe one or two posts about graphic novels a month. There will be at least one a month. Below are some titles I want to introduce to you guys. I hope you enjoy!

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead:

After two years on the run, best friends Rose and Lissa are caught and returned to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a private high school for vampires and half-bloods. It’s filled with intrigue, danger—and even romance.
Enter their dark, fascinating world through a new series of 144-page full-color graphic novels. The entire first Vampire Academy novel has been adapted for book one by Leigh Dragoon and overseen by Richelle Mead, while the beautiful art of acclaimed British illustrator Emma Vieceli brings the story to life.






 House of Night by P.C. Cast:

Until recently, Zoey Redbird was an average high-school student worrying about grades, boys, and breakouts. But priorities have a way of changing when you are Marked as a vampyre, enroll in the vampyre academy House of Night, and have to figure out a whole new social hierarchy, affinities for elemental magic, and physiological changes that make you crave blood.


Kin (The Good Neighbors) by Holly Black:

Rue Silver’s mother has disappeared . . . and her father has been arrested, suspected of killing her.  But it’s not as straightforward as that.  Because Rue is a faerie, like her mother was.  And her father didn’t kill her mother — instead, he broke a promise to Rue’s faerie king grandfather, which caused Rue’s mother to be flung back to the faerie world.  Now Rue must go to save her — and must also defeat a dark faerie that threatens our very mortal world.