Essex County: Tales from the Farm


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


The Battle of the Labyrinth

The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 4)

Title: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Battle of the Labyrinth

Author: Rick Riordan

Summary:  If you haven’t read the books in the Percy Jackson series, I only have one question for you: In the name of the gods, what are you waiting for! In this fourth volume, Percy, a young demi-god (half-human, half-god son of Poseidon), and his friends continue their quest to stop the rise of the evil lord Kronos, a titan older than the Olympian gods. This time they take the battle underground, into the famous labyrinth of Daedalus. I can’t say too much without giving the details away, but rest assured, there are appearances by cool new characters, Olympian gods and very smelly ancient monsters. Believe me when I say the book is as pulse-poundingly exciting and hilarious as the first three books in the series

Who will like this?:  This is a great series for kids still stuck in Harry Potter withdrawal, or with an interest in mythology – the author packs in enough monsters and magic to keep even a mythology buff on their toes!

If you like this, try this: The Helen of Troy stories by Esther M. Friesner, Nobody’s Princess and Nobody’s Prize. Pandora Gets Jealous by Carolyn Hennesy. Nightsong and Can’t Catch Me by Michael Cadnum.

Recommended by: Nicole, Teen Librarian