Her Majesty’s Dog

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Title: Her Majesty’s Dog

Author: Mick Takeuchi

Summary: Amane is by no means an ordinary school girl. She’s actually the heir to her psychic family who has run away. Her koma-oni Hyohei is also no regular transfer student. He’s a demon dog whose duty is to protect Amane. But with spirits popping up and demons trying to take her out in broad daylight, how long can Hyohei and Amane keep their identities secret? And worse, Hyohei is starting to develop feelings for Amane, but she’s already engaged to another man!

Who will like this book?: If you want a new spin on a romance, or if you’re into dog demons, this is the one to read. There’s plenty of action and some great dialogue, but you need to take the time to read them all carefully since they tend to have little important bits here and there.

If you like this, try this: Inuyasha, Ceres Celestial Legend, Yurara

Recommended by: ZZ, Fairfield resident and avid reader

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Othello

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Title: Othello

Author: Satomi Ikezawa

Summary: Yaya is a shy girl with a big secret, and she doesn’t even know it! She has an alternate personality! When she shes her reflection, her other side – Nana – comes out. Nana couldn’t be any more different than Yaya: She’s loud, outspoken, and makes sure justice is done. So when her ‘friends’ start showing their true sides and with classmate Moriyama showing interest, Nana increasingly becomes the main attraction in a twisting tale of love, values, and of course, justice!

Who will like this book?: Aimed at the female audience, this is for anyone who likes an unusual love story with some spicy action and great lines.

If you like this, try this: Phantasy Degree, Ultra Maniac, Happy Hustle High.

Recommended by:ZZ, resident of Fairfield and avid reader.

Immortal Rain

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Title: Immortal Rain

Author: Kaori Ozaki

Summary: As a new assassin, Machika Balfatin has the ambitious goal of taking down the mysterious Methuselah, the only man ever to have escaped her grandfather’s grasp. However, when she finally meets the immortal, she finds herself in more trouble than she can handle. Once the word’s out that the Methuselah is on the move, every assassin, scientist, and greedy aristocrat want their hands on him. But when given the opportunity to take his head, Machika can’t bring herself to do it and takes on the duty of protecting him. She learns his name, Rain Jewlitt, and of his tragic past.

Who will like this book?: You don’t have to be an avid manga reader to like this story. With a good dose of action, violence, wit, and romance, it’s a great quick read, with a warning to those who can’t stand sad parts or intense violence. It is rated Older Teen (16+)

If you like this, try this: Negima!: Magister Negi Magi, Mar (Marchen Awakens Romance), DN Angel, Inuyasha, Ranma 1/2

Recommended by: ZZ, resident of Fairfield and avid reader

Astonishing X-Men

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Title: Astonishing X-Men, volumes 1 – 4

Author: Joss Whedon

Illustrator: John Cassaday

Summary: This collection of four graphic novels (Gifted, Dangerous, Torn and Unstoppable) collects the outstanding story arc by Joss Whedon, who is most famous for creating the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The team, including Cyclops, Wolverine, Shadowcat, Beast, and Emma Frost, must stop Ord, an alien from the Breakworld, who has developed a ‘cure’ for the genetic mutation that gives the X-Men their powers. Why is Ord so determined to disable the mutants? Because it has been prophesied that a mutant will destroy his home planet.

Sounds complicated? It’s not really. This is a great comic for beginners and lifelong X-fans. Over the span of four short books, Whedon and Cassaday spin a complete story you can dive right into, with plenty of twists and turns, as well as visits from other favorite Marvel characters. These books are a perfect companion to all those superhero movies you’ve been watching this summer.

Who will like this book?: Fanboys…and girls. Whedon has quite a following from Buffy, Angel, and Firefly.

If you like this, try this: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight by Joss Whedon. Any of the Ultimate X-Men collections.

Recommended by: Nicole, Teen Librarian

Essex County: Tales from the Farm

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Title: Essex County: Tales from the Farm

Author: Jeff Lemire

Summary: In this short, moving graphic novel, Lester learns about grieving, moving on, and the secrets we keep from the people we love. When his mom dies of cancer, Lester, a ordinary kid with a huge imagination, moves to his Uncle Ken’s farm, where he helps with chores and draws superhero comics to pass the time. One day at the gas station, Lester meets Jimmy, a local man who was a hockey star until an injury left him unable to play, and ‘touched,’ according to the locals. Where Uncle Ken is strict and distant,  Jimmy is a playmate and friend. But life is more than a little complicated, and Lester learns sometimes knowing the truth doesn’t always make things easier.

Who will like this book?: Fans of realistic graphic novels. Mature readers looking for a serious, short story. If you pretended to be a superhero when you were little, you’ll really get a kick out of Lester.

If you like this, try this: Other coming-of-age graphic novels like Stuck in the Middle or American Born Chinese. Also, look for the next volume in the series, Ghost Stories.

Recommended by: Nicole, Teen Librarian

 

Laika

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Title: Laika

Author: Nick Abadzis

Summary: This stunning graphic novel tells the true story of Laika, the first living being sent into space. After the launch of Sputnik, Soviet engineers are pressured to launch another satellite as soon as possible – this time, one that carries a passenger. High-spirited stray dog Kudryavka (Curly-Tail) is selected for the Soviet canine space program and becomes its star because of her ability to withstand the g-forces of liftoff and orbit, and her love of space gel ‘food.’ She is renamed Laika (Barker), and sent into space – but her satellite will never land.

You cannot help but fall in love with Laika. This heart-shattering book describes the Soviet story of the space race and the beginnings of the cold war, but it shows it’s true soul when telling the stories of the many people this scrappy little dog touched in her brief life: Her first owner, her sweet-natured trainer Yelena, and the chief of the Soviet satellite program – a complex man who was once a prisoner in a gulag, now a national hero. Recently a statue was dedicated to Laika in Moscow, a well-deserved tribute to an unforgettable dog.

Who will like this book?: People interested in the history of manned space flights. Animal lovers, if they are steely enough to make it all the way through…anyone who likes a book that makes them cry!

If you like this, try this: For another full-length graphic novel with a heart of gold (but with laughs instead of tears) try American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang. For another heartfelt (yet offbeat) tale of a dog and friendship, look at the wordless Robot Dreams by Sara Varon.

Recommended by: Nicole, Teen Librarian