Homeschoolers Hooked on Graphic Novels

March 22, 2013 in Homeschool Reads: A Year of Leisure Reading


I know I’ve blogged and/or tweeted this several times before, but it’s worth repeating: I am always amazed by my kids’ excitement at visiting the library and their taste in books! The youngest has been reading graphic novels for some time now, but her older sister just recently started reading them more often. As homeschoolers, my girls get to read whatever piques their interest. Whether they are conducting their own research (non-fiction) or compiling a list of books to read for pleasure, I usually end-up reading a lot of their selections. Last week we spent Monday in the library because soccer practice was cancelled due to rain. While there, the youngest found three graphic novels; she read two of them while we there. This week, she reread two of them in addition to her new picks.

Cat Burglar Black by Richard Sala
Lexile: HL430L

When K. Westree arrives at Bellsong Academy, she thinks she’s left her cat-burgling past behind her.  But K. soon discovers the school has a mystery of its own, a hidden treasure left behind by its founder, and she’s the only one who has a hope of finding it.  As she resumes her cat-burgling in an attempt to discover the school’s secrets, K. begins to question if a normal life is really what she wants.

City of Spies by Susan Kim & Laurence Klavan
Lexile: GN310L

Mystery, intrigue, and pastries abound in this World War II spy tale

Evelyn typically satisfies her longing for adventure with the help of a pencil and a sheet of paper. But when she makes a new friend, Tony, she’s happy to abandon her art for a real-life search for spies. When the two accidentally uncover a genuine mystery, it looks like Evelyn might end up in the kind of adventure she writes in her comics!

Susan Kim, Laurence Klavan, and Pascal Dizin present a period piece that creates an inviting world you won’t want to resist.

Courtney Crumrin Volume I: The Night Things by Ted Naifeh

Courtney’s parents have dragged her out to a high-to-do suburb to live with her creepy Great Uncle Aloysius in his spooky old house. She’s not only the new kid in school, but she also discovers strange things lurking under her bed.

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Tracy Flanigan March 27, 2013 at 9:15 pm

My husband and his brothers love graphic novels. I scoffed at them until I actually picked up and read the Maus series. I love those books! They’re some of my most cherished books in our library (of boxed books in the basement). That sure taught me a lesson about being a snob.


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