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Upcoming Comics Spotlight: All-Ages & YA

Chibi ronin, depression era coming of age, surfing, evil krill, and the science of bees round up this batch of all ages and YA titles.

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(W) Stan Sakai, Julie |Fuji Sakai (A/CA) Julie |Fuji Sakai

The rich world of Usagi Yojimbo, now more accessible to readers of all ages in this chibi-style original graphic novel.

Stan Sakai's beloved rabbit samurai has won countless fans (and awards!) over his 35-year history, thanks to a clever blend of thrilling action, heartwarming characters, and a realistic portrayal of Japanese culture. Chibi-Usagi brings these fun and thoughtful stories to middle-grade readers as an original graphic novel packed with adorable art and captivating energy.

While fishing for freshwater eels, Chibi-Usagi, Tomoe, and Gen rescue a Dogu, a clay creature from Japan's prehistory. The Dogu's village has been enslaved by the Salamander King and his Heebie-Chibi minions and forced to work in their mines. Chibi-Usagi and his friends must rescue the Dogu people and eliminate the threat of the Salamander King forever in this feature-length story of adventure, humor, and slippery eels.


Why this caught my eye:

While I think it's fine to get kids at an early age into Usagi, I love that they gave us an excuse to hook kids at even younger age.



(W) Jennifer Holm (A) Savanna Ganucheau

In Jennifer L. Holm's New York Times bestselling, Newbery Honor winning middle grade historical fiction novel, life isn't like the movies. But then again, 11-year-old Turtle is no Shirley Temple.

She's smart and tough and has seen enough of the world not to expect a Hollywood ending. After all, it's 1935 and jobs and money and sometimes even dreams are scarce. So when Turtle's mama gets a job housekeeping for a lady who doesn't like kids, Turtle says goodbye without a tear and heads off to Key West, Florida to live with relatives she's never met. Florida's like nothing Turtle's ever seen before though. It's hot and strange, full of rag tag boy cousins, family secrets, scams, and even buried pirate treasure! Before she knows what's happened, Turtle finds herself coming out of the shell she's spent her life building, and as she does, her world opens up in the most unexpected ways. Filled with adventure, humor and heart, Turtle in Paradise is an instant classic both boys and girls with love.

Includes an Author's Note with photographs and further background on the Great Depression, as well as additional resources and websites.


Why this caught my eye:

This has already released but I didn't want to miss pushing it. Other than I like the set-up and the additional focus on Depression era historical fiction, I also really enjoy Ganucheau's artwork and just think she can always do with some more attention.



(W) Kim Dwinell (A/CA) Kim Dwinell

The ocean is packed with plants, animals, water... and science! Ride the waves of knowledge with Sam and Jade as they explain all about the amazing wonders of the sea, and have a blast doing it.

Have you ever wondered why the ocean has waves? Why does the tide goes in and out? And how can coral be alive when it looks like a rock? From the pages of the beloved graphic novel series, join the Surfside Girls, Sam and Jade, for a great investigation into everything that makes the ocean so cool: from moon cycles and king tides, to why a wave breaks, to otters in kelp forests... with plenty of fun and jokes along the way. Plus, there's a whole step-by-step chapter on how to surf! The Science of Surfing is the coolest way to take a beach vacation and learn at the same time.


Why this caught my eye:

Surfside Girls did pretty well for educators at our store and I just like that Dwinell is taking the time to also do fit in an educational chapter into the series like this.



(W) Stephanie Young (A) Allyson Lassiter

Bandit is a pup who leaves his family on Earth to join the secret order of the Star Beasts-cosmic creatures sworn to protect Earth and spread goodness throughout the universe. When powerful ancient relics are stolen, Bandit leads the crew on a kick-asteroid space race to collect them all and defeat the evil Khaos Krill from destroying Earth!


Why this caught my eye:

It looks cute and I greatly enjoy that the villain is called Khaos Krill.



(W) Jay Hosler (A) Jay Hosler

Unlock the mystery of one of our ecosystem's most vital creatures-the honeybee-in this informative and fun graphic novel about a bee named Nyuki.

Nyuki is a brand-new honeybee - and she has a lot of questions. Like,

* When does a bee go through metamorphosis?

* Why does a queen bee sometimes leave her hive?

* Where does all this honey come from, anyway?!

But Nyuki's biggest question is, "What is this inner voice I hear, and why does it tell me to go forth to adventure?" Follow Nyuki on a lifelong journey as she annoys her sisters, avoids predators, and learns to trust her inner voice as she masters the way of the hive. And if you still have questions by the end, the back of the book uncovers even more mysteries about the lives of these incredible insects!


Why this caught my eye:

I adored this series when it was originally published as Clan Apis back in 1998 and have always been sad that I couldn't push it on kids and educators for the past 20+ years. It just makes me really happy to see it available again. Please, take the time to check out Hosler's other works. Sandwalk Adventure where Charles Darwin gains the ability to talk to his follicle mites and explain evolution to them before he dies is fantastic, and now sounds really weird when I write it out like that. And Last of the Sandwalkers is an Uncle Scrooge/Bone like story about beetles learning about the rest of the world through scientific inquiry. It's great stuff.


That's it for this batch, we'll hit action and adventure titles next.

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