It is no secret in our department that I love graphic novels and comic books, but I’ll be the first to admit that there is a lot of garbage out there. A lot. Enough that I understand why parents, librarians, and teachers often resist putting graphic novels in the hands of their kids (but remember, not all novels are created equal either!) And it is a complete and utter shame that these less than stellar graphic novels are tainting a format that keeps getting better and better.
A.J. Lieberman and Darren Rawlings’ The Silver Six is an example of the great graphic novel material that could be sitting on the library shelves, just waiting for an audience. Funny, smart, fast-paced, and action-packed, this is a graphic novel with guaranteed mass appeal. While many of the elements will feel familiar (orphan, evil corporation, friendship saves the day, etc), the story resists cliche and has a surprising amount of heart.
In 2044, Phoebe’s parents are killed with 10 other scientists on board a shuttle owned by the Craven Corporation. For a year after their passing, she has resisted being caught by Child Welfare Services. When she is finally found out and sent to an orphanage, Phoebe begins to make friends. Realizing that she and her new friends share an important connection, they break out of the orphanage and set out on an exciting adventure to save themselves and the world.
Recommended for kids 9 and up and fans of: