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Rave AND Rant: Nonfiction Graphic Novels

I’m not in school anymore, but I still like to learn about things. And I also like reading comic books, so I’m excited about the increasing number of nonfiction graphic novels. When done right, nonfiction graphic novels can be a great way to learn about a new topic in a fun, easily digestible way.  I recently read Economix: How Our Economy Works (And Doesn’t Work) by Michael Goodwin and Dan E. Burr and Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm. I’d say their titles give you a pretty clear idea of what both books are about–how the economy works, and a history of the first atomic bomb–and neither subject was one that I knew very much about. They’re both somewhat intimidating topics to dive into, and I thought a graphic novel would be a good way to get a good introduction. I was right, although one of these books does a better job than the other.

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YALSA’s Top Ten Graphic Novels 2012

Every year YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) puts together a list of great graphic novels for teens as well as a top 10 list. Here are 2012’s top ten list. Put a hold on them or come check them out at the library today!

Zahra's Paradise by Amir and KhalilScarlet by Brian Michael Bendis & Alex MaleevAnya's Ghost by Vera BrosgalThe Influencing Machine by Brooke Gladstone & Josh NeufeldThor: The Mighty Avenger by Roger Langridge & Chris SamneeInfinite Kung Fu by Kagan McLeod

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