Great Lives in Graphics Series

This Place: 150 Years Retold

Written by: Assorted Indigenous authors Illustrated by: Assorted Indigenous illustrators For ages: YA & Middle Grades Language: Majority English, Topics Covered: Own Voices, First Nations, Indigenous Voices, Graphic Novels, First Contact, History, Summary:  This Place is a graphic novel produced by one of my favorite Indigenous publishers, Highwater. It is an anthology of comics retelling history from a First Nations…

Northwest Resistance [A Girl Called Echo Vol 3]

Written by: Katherena Vermette Illustrated by: Scott B. Henderson, color by Donovan Yaciuk  For ages: 12 years and up Language: English, minor French.  Topics Covered: History, First Nations, Military Action, Growing Up, Family, Fantasy, Time Travel, Métis History. Summary:  This is the third installment about the time-traveling adventures of Echo Desjardins, a Métis teenager learning about her own history. Echo…

Journey Under the Arctic

Written by: James O. Fraoili Illustrated by: Joe St. Pierre For ages: 8-12 years Language: English, gives a small Inuit phrase guide as well.  Topics Covered: Historical Figure, Environmental Activism, Nature, Adventure, Global Warming, Graphic Novel, STEM. Summary:  This comic book adventure is the second in the Fabien Cousteau Expeditions series, designed for upper elementary readers.  The story follows an…

They Called Us Enemy

Created by: George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, Harmony Becker For ages: YA-Middle and High School Language: English, some Japanese.  Topics Covered: Japanese Internment, Historical Figures, Historical Events, WWII, Growing Up, LGBTQ, Japanese-American Experience, Own Voices, Graphic Novel.  Summary: This is an incredible graphic novel, telling of historical events that are rarely taught in schools. Deciding to post it today,…

Becoming RBG

Written by: Debbie Levy Illustrated by: Whitney Gardner For ages: 10 years and up Language: English  Topics Covered: History, Legislation, Women in Leadership, Trailblazers, Historical Figure, Historical Events, Activism, Graphic Novel.  Summary: This is an AWESOME  graphic novel!  Something we like about it very much is that while it very closely follows the life of the one and only powerhouse Ruth…

Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists

Written by: Mikki Kendall Illustrated by: A. D’Amico For ages: YA older teens (mature topics-violence, assault, enslavement, death) Language: English  Topics Covered: Activism, Historic Figures, Historical Fiction, Enslavement, Women’s Rights, Suffrage, Women in Politics, Women in Leadership, Assault, Death, Indigenous Voices, POC-Centric Narratives, Marginalized Populations, Modern Black Freedom Struggle, LGBTQ, Black Feminist Thought.  Summary: Triple A, how much do I love you?…

Deadendia: The Broken Halo [released 10/17]

Written & Illustrated by: Hamish Steele For ages: YA middle & upper grades (2 vaguely implied sexual situations) Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Neurodivergent Characters, LGBTQ, Supernatural, Friendship, Graphic Novels, Adventure, Love, Family, Acceptance.  Summary: This graphic novel is the next installment in the series!  We were sent this book by the publisher, Flying Eye Books, (Nobrow in the…