IMWAYR: Comics Squad!

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What do you get when you cross well-known middle grade graphic novel writers and school? Comics Squad! I had fun recommending Comics Squad: Lunch! today when a student had finished (and couldn’t find another-because-they’re-always-checked-out-of-the-library) Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Comics Squad series books are collections of stories and drawings of already-famous characters, written by already-famous authors — in compact, colorful books, and they are FUN to read! Right up my alley — and my middle graders’.

Thank you to Jennifer L. Holm, Matthew Holm, Jarrett Krosoczka, Cece Bell, Nathan Hale, Jason Shiga, Cecil Castellucci and Sara Varon, Peanuts, and Jeffrey Brown for creating this particular edition (Lunch!) of comics for readers. This librarian is spreading the book love!

IMWAYR: Swing It, Sunny!

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October weather is beautiful! I love the autumn season, especially when it’s this nice outside — perfect for reading Swing It, Sunny! by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm out on the front porch. This is the sequel to Sunny Side Up (2015), and it’s just as fun, although Sunny Lewin may not think so.

“Summer’s over, and it’s time for Sunny Lewin to enter the strange and unfriendly hallways of…middle school.” Yes, middle school, where I am stationed each day. Middle school IS a strange place; it’s no different for our main character.

Sunny is accompanied by other characters from the first installment, which makes this book easy to read. I feel like I know these people from the past, and I do! Revisiting characters to read more about their lives makes me root for Sunny even more. “She is NOT going to let all the confusion get her down.” I like the message, and I’m happy to help Sunny stay “sunny-side up!”


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