I finished The Hub Challenge just before the deadline!
Stargazing Dog made it onto the Great Graphic Novels for Teens this year. It is the story of a dog who is adopted by a young girl, and the changes he sees his family go through over the years. His “daddy” – the one who takes him for walks and talks to him – goes through a crisis which leads to a long road trip to Northern Japan on dwindling resources.
Even weeks after finishing the book I’m still thinking over how the themes of friendship, death, poverty, homelessness, family, and loyalty were seamlessly woven into this short graphic novel: this thought-provoking story portrays a side of homelessness from the point of view of a loyal pet, and those who read it will likely find themselves more empathetic to the situations of all members of the community. Also, if you’re following local events, it’s interesting to first read this story set in a different country and then read local news reports about homelessness in the Seattle Community.
The 23rd book I read was Bomb: The race to build – and steal – the world’s most dangerous weapon by Steve Sheinkin. While Trinity was about the science behind the first atomic bomb, Bomb is about the people who unlocked the atom’s power, and the nations that tried to steal, or keep, its power for themselves.
Bomb won the 2013 Nonfiction for Young Adults Award. In my opinion, Bomb is one of the best nonfiction books I’ve read. Why? The writing is suspenseful and engrossing. It starts with the questioning and likely arrest of a Soviet spy in 1950 and then backtracks to 1934 and tells the chronological tale of who unlocked the secrets of the atomic bomb, and how it was done. Secrecy, subterfuge, surveillance, and sabotage were employed by nations in the attempt to be the first to develop the atomic bomb. While the writing is excellent, it makes this librarian’s ♥ happy to see the extensive source notes, quotation notes, and index at the end of the book. We can be sure that this is a work of facts, not fiction, even though it is as pulse-pounding and convoluted as any of the best fictional espionage stories out there.
Here Comes – Daredevil was one of the 2013 Great Graphic Novels for Teens. Matt Murdock is back in town and his moonlighting as Daredevil is no longer a secret. Now he has battles on all sides, as he fights evil as Daredevil and as opposing attorneys use his nighttime exploits against him in the courtroom.
I’m not familiar with the backstory of Daredevil, and I think that knowing more about Daredevil would have helped me understand the story better. There is plenty of action in this comic to keep the reader engaged. I’m not a huge fan of Daredevil, so it wasn’t my favorite, but I can see how it would be appealing to readers. 🙂
What do you think of these titles? Love them or hate them? Let us know in the comments!