Graphic Novels in the Classroom

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Using Graphic Novels in the Classroom A Guide for Teachers and Librarians Graphic novels are hot No longer an underground movement appealing to a small following of enthusiasts, graphic novels have emerged as a growing segment of book publishing, and have become accepted by librarians and educators as mainstream literature for children and young adults—literature that powerfully motivates kids to read. At Scholastic we’re leading the way with our new Graphix imprint launched in spring 2005. Are graphic novels for you? Should you be taking a more serious look at this format? How might graphic novels fit into your curriculum and your classroom? What are some specific ideas for how to do this, using Scholastic’s new editions of Bone by Jeff Smith? Want to know more? If so, this guide—co-written by a school librarian and a public librarian who are both well-known experts in the field—is for you Section 1: An Overview of Graphic Novels What are graphic novels? page 3 Are graphic novels suitable for the young? page 3 Best Web sites about graphic novels page 3 Best books about graphic novels for youth librarians and teachers page 4 Section 2: Answering Your Questions about Graphic Novels Do graphic novels promote literacy? page 4 Are graphic novels “real books”? page 5 The place of graphic novels in the curriculum page 5 Section 3: Introduction to Bone by Jeff Smith What is Bone? page 5 The story behind the publishing of Bone page 6 Why teach Bone? Comparing its themes to classical mythology pages 6–7 Studying graphic novels as a format pages 8–9 Section 4: Hands-on Classroom Activities Using Bone Discussion questions for Bone 1: Out from Boneville page 10 Discussion questions for Bone 2: The Great Cow Race page 10 Creative writing activities using Bone page 11 Section 5: More about This Teaching Guide What the critics have said about Bone page 12 About the two experts who wrote this teaching guide page 12 How to order Bone page 13 Section 6: What Other Books Are Being Published in Scholastic Graphix and Other Scholastic Imprints? Upcoming publications pages 14–18 2An Overview of Graphic Novels 1 What are graphic novels? “Graphic novel” is a term used by librarians, educators, and booksellers to indicate a publishing rmat—books written and illustrated in the style of a comic book. The term “graphic novel” as first popularized by Will Eisner to distinguish his book A Contract with God d (1978) from collections of newspaper comic strips. He described graphic novels as consisting of “sequential art”—a series of illustrations which, when viewed in order, tell a story. Although today’s graphic novels are a recent phenomenon, this basic way of storytelling has been used in various forms for centuries—early cave drawings, hieroglyphics, and medieval tapestries like the famous Bayeux Tapestry can be thought of as stories told in pictures. The term graphic novel is now generally used to describe any book in a comic format that resembles a novel in length and narrative development. Award-winning, critically acclaimed graphic novels such as Bone, Persepolis, Maus, and The Tale of One Bad Rat are prime examples of this new type of contemporary literature. Are graphic novels suitable for the young, and how do I evaluate them? Some parents, educators, and librarians may associate the term “graphic novel” with content that includes violence, adult language, and sexually provocative images. Although there are many comics and graphic novels that contain these elements, there is also a growing body of graphic novels that are free of such content and are suitable for all ages, including chil- dren. Reviews of graphic novels appear regularly in School Library Journal, Booklist, Voice of Youth Advocates, Library Media Connection, Publishers Weekly, and other journals. By reading these reviews; seeking the advice of trusted retailers, wholesalers, and publishers; and by previewing materials prior to circulation, you should be able to build a collection that is suited to your audience. It is the goal of the Scholastic Graphix imprint to increase the range and variety of graphic novels published for children. What are the best Web sites for W What are the best W hat t are re e e the best We We eb si b b sites for b sites f sites fo fo or r finding out about graphic novels? finding out about graphic novels? fi finding out about gra nding out t abo out t t g gr ra ra aphic nove phic nov o ovells? s? Comic Books for Young Adults: A Guide for Librarians No Flying, No Tights: A Web site Reviewing Graphic Novels for Teens Recommended Graphic Novels for Public Libraries 3What are some of the best books about graphic novels for youth librarians and teachers? The Public Librarian’s Guide to Graphic Novels, published by Book Wholesalers, Inc. The 101 Best Graphic Novels, by Steve Weiner, published by NBM. Getting Graphic Using Graphic Novels to Promote Literacy with Preteens and Teens, by Michele Gorman, published by Linworth Publishing. Graphic Novels 101: Selecting and Using Graphic Novels to Promote Literacy for Children and Young Adults—A Resource Guide for School Librarians and Educators, by Philip Crawford, published by Hi Willow Publishing. Graphic Novels in Your Media Center: A Definitive Guide, by Allyson A.W. Lyga and Barry Lyga, published by Libraries Unlimited. Answering Your Questions about Graphic Novels 2 Do graphic novels promote literacy? Graphic novels powerfully attract kids and motivate them to read. Many public librar- ians have built up graphic novel collections and have seen circulation figures soar. School librarians and educators have reported outstanding success getting kids to read with graphic novels, citing particularly their popularity with reluctant readers, especially boys—a group traditionally difficult to reach. At the same time, graphic novels with rich, complex plots and narrative structures can also be satisfying to advanced readers. Graphic novels can also help improve reading development for students struggling with language acquisition, as the illustrations provide contextual clues to the meaning of the written narrative. When graphic novels are made available to young people, even those deemed “poor readers” willingly and enthusiastically gravitate toward these books. Providing young people with diverse reading materials, including graphic novels, can help them become lifelong readers. 4Are graphic novels “real books”? Are graphic novels Are graphic novels A Are r re e g gr ra ra aphic nov ov o els “ “ “real books”? real b re re eal bo o ooks oks s” ”? ? Some parents and educators may feel that graphic novels are not the type of reading material that will help young people grow as readers—they may dismiss graphic novels as inferior literature or as “not real books.” However, quality graphic novels have increasingly come to be accepted by librarians and educators as a method of storytelling on a par with novels, picture books, movies, or audiobooks. The excellent graphic novels that are available today are linguistically appropriate reading material demanding many of the same skills that are needed to understand tional works of prose fiction. They require readers to be actively engaged in process of decoding and comprehending a range of literary devices, including rrative structure, metaphor and symbolism, point of view, the use of puns d alliteration, intertextuality, and inference. Reading graphic novels can help dents develop the critical skills necessary to read more challenging works, uding the classics. Do graphic novels have a place in the curriculum? Many educators have reported great success when they have integrated graphic novels into their curriculum, especially in the areas of English, science, social studies, and art. Teachers are discovering that graphic novels—just like traditional forms of literature—can be useful tools for helping students critically examine aspects of histor science, literature, and art. Introduction to Bone by Jeff Smith 3 What is Bone? Bone—an award-winning, critically acclaimed graphic novel series that has been described as Pogo meets The Lord of the Rings—tells about the adventures of three cousins: Fone Bone (good, kind, brave, and loving), Smiley Bone (the Harpo Marx–type funny guy), and Phoney Bone (greedy and scheming). In the first of the nine volumes, Out from Boneville, the three cousins are lost in a vast uncharted desert after having been banished from their home of Boneville. Fone Bone finds his way into a deep, forested valley filled with wonderful and terrifying creatures. Eventually, he’s reunited with his two cousins at a farmstead run by tough Gran’ma Ben and her spirited granddaughter Thorn. But little do the Bones know, there are dark forces conspiring against them, and their adventures are only just beginning. 5What is the story behind the publishing of Bone? The author/artist of Bone, Jeff Smith, runs a company called Cartoon Books and lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife and business partner, Vijaya Iyer. After starting his career drawing comic strips for newspapers and starting his own animation studio, Jeff Smith started self- publishing Bone in 1991. He says it’s the book he always longed to read when he was nine — a giant comic book saga that had all the plot and character-journey elements of a long, satisfying novel like Moby Dick or The Odyssey. Bone has won many awards and has been published in sixteen languages. In 2004, Scholastic acquired the rights to publish Bone in Graphix, Scholastic’s new graphic novel imprint. Previously illustrated in black-and-white, Bone is now being reissued by Scholastic in full color, in nine volumes released at six-month intervals, published simultaneously in hardcover and paperback. Why teach Bone? W Why teach Bone? hy hy teach hy teach B Bon one? e? s a wonderfully entertaining, humorous work of high that can also be studied and discussed as an epic ure with many parallels to mythology. Teaching these nts of literature through the medium of a graphic novel, cussing the parallels between Bone and other epics, s The Iliad d and The Odyssey, will provide teachers with ortunity to introduce something different into the ulum. Using graphic novels alongside traditional works terature can elicit renewed interest in these topics, and motivate those students who may have had little interest in reading and studying literature. uding Bone in the English/Language Arts curriculum ovide teachers with a tool for helping students identify nts of classical mythology, the heroic quest, and cultural nces. 6For example: The journey home The three Bone cousins do not deliberately set out to have an adventure. Like Odysseus leaving Troy in The Odyssey, all they really want to do is return home. Their entire adventure is actually a long detour on the road home. The unlikely hero Like Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings, or Harry Potter in the Harry Potter books, Fone Bone starts out as just an ordinary person with no pretensions of being a hero. When he is thrust into extraordinary circumstances, his qualities of humility, goodness, and courage eventually make him a hero despite himself. The hero’s quest The heroic journey—or quest—that the Bone cousins embark on is symbolic of the search for self. Compare their quest to that of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz or Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings. Joseph Campbell’s seminal book, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, talks about the five steps of a heroic quest. How are the experiences of the Bone cousins similar or different? The unknown destiny Like King Oedipus in Oedipus Rex, or Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings, or heroes in other timeless fairy tales, young Thorn is in a long line of heroines and heroes who are raised either unaware of the destiny they are born into, or far from the kingdom they will someday rule. The mentor wizard figure Merlin from the Arthurian legends, Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings, and Dumbledore from Harry Potter represent classic wizard figures. Students can compare and contrast them with Great Red Dragon, the mentor wizard figure in Bone — a cigar-smoking dragon who is only visible to a select few. Allusions to American literature and film Fone Bone’s love of the American classic Moby Dick signals readers that Jeff Smith’s cartoon epic is, in a way, a tribute to this epic novel. The experiences of the Bone cousins are reminiscent of Ishmael’s journey — when they return home, they bring no worldly goods, only a better understanding of themselves and the world they live in. When Fone Bone asks Great Red Dragon why he scared some rat creatures away rather than breathing fire on them, he answers, “Never play an ace when a two will do,” a nod to the laconic tough-guy Humphrey Bogart movie persona. 7Why study graphic novels as a format? W Why study graphic novels as a format? h hy y y study graphic novels as a fo aphic nov o ovels as a fo for r rm ma at at t? ? Students can learn much by studying how graphic novels “work,” and comparing them to other forms of storytelling. Novels speak to us usually in a linear written narrative; picture books tell a story with text accompanied by llustrations; film does so with moving images and dialogue; and poetry an communicate on levels that no other storytelling can. Graphic novels combine all these elements in their own unique way. hey are like prose in that they are in a written printed format, but they are also like film in that they tell a story through visual images that, although static, give the impression of movement, accompanied by the characters’ dialogue. The sequential pictures in a graphic novel contain dialogue yet also tell important aspects of the story visually. Readers derive information from facial and bodily expressions, and the composition and viewpoint of the illustrations; and—as in a movie—they can sometimes deduce what happened—but was not explicitly stated—in the interval between one image and the next. Everyone has had the experience of being so engrossed in a riveting novel that they feel as if they’re watching a movie of the story in their imagination. Graphic novels heighten that experience—they are literature that is actually in a cinematic format, so that as you read it you experience “in real time” everything that happens in it. Finally, graphic novels might also be compared to some works of poetry in the way they can convey intangible feelings through allusion rather than direct description. 8Conveying emotion and personality In Bone, Smith conveys a range of emotions and explores diverse personality types with drawings that appear simple but that convey a great deal of information. For example, there’s the angry frustration of Phoney Bone when the cousins are arguing over the map early in Out from Boneville, con- veyed not only by his argumentative dialogue but also by his scrunched eyebrows, impatient gestures, and the beads of sweat flying off of him. Other examples are the dreamy expression on Fone Bone’s face when he first meets Thorn, his expression of pride when he shows Moby Dick to Thorn, and the happy face Smi- ley Bone makes as he and Phoney Bone find each other near the end of Out from Boneville. In each case, students can analyze how the emotion is conveyed both through the words and the pictures. Information conveyed through the pictures without words Near the end of Out from Boneville, Fone Bone is so overcome with feelings of love for Thorn that he falls backward off the cow he is riding, and the reader sees hearts floating up from him. This image is humorous in a slapstick way, yet also very touching. Is part of its effectiveness the way in which it is conveyed without words? If Bone were a conventional novel, the author would have to convey the same feelings through written narrative. How would this be different for the reader? Information conveyed through point of view In every illustration, the artist chose a particular viewpoint from which to observe the action. How does Jeff Smith make use of this choice? How does he convey information, or a mood, through the composition of each picture? At the very end of Out from Boneville, we observe the Bone cousins being happily reunited—from the viewpoint of a hidden, hooded figure looking down on them from the trees. From this we learn that the Bone cousins are being followed—that they are going to be threatened with danger—and that they are unaware of this. The book thus ends on an exciting cliffhanger that makes you want to read more. Compare this to cinematic techniques in many well-known movies. Invite students to find other examples where the viewpoint of the picture is critical to the reader’s experience of the story. 9Hands-on Classroom Activities Using Bone 4 What are some discussion questions for Bone 1: Out from Boneville? 1. Have you ever been far from home without knowing how you would get back? What did it feel like? How did you deal with the situation? 2. When we first meet the Bone cousins, they are running from Boneville. Bu know why they are leaving. How do we find out? Do we get the whole story? 3. The Bone cousins are very devoted to each other. What is loyalty? Would you leave your town with your cousins if you had to? Under what circumstances? Is there a limit to loyalty? 4. Who is your favorite Bone cousin? Why? 5. How are the cousins alike? How are they different? What are some discussion questions for Bone 2: The Great Cow Race? 1. What are Rat Creatures? What are they afraid of? 2. Why does Lucius wager that Gran’ma Ben will win the cow race? 3. Smiley Bone acts like he’s stupid, but things always seem to go his way. Why? 4. Thorn thinks she remembers living with dragons. At the end of The Great Cow Race, Gran’ma Ben tells Lucius that the dragon is back. Is Thorn remembering something that really happened, or something that she dreamed? 5. Fone Bone is afraid to tell Thorn how much he likes her, so he expresses his feelings in a poem. Are there advantages to expressing your feelings on paper rather than face to face? Have you ever done that? Was it successful? 6. Gran’ma Ben tells Lucius that Thorn is “a good judge of character.” What does that mean? 10What are some creative writing What are some creative writing W re re e e some ome c creative r e w writ r riting ing activities using Bone? a activities using Bone? ct ct ctivities using Bon ivities using Bone e? ? 1. A critical moment in Out from Boneville is when Fone Bone first meets Thorn. Have students write the story in their own words from that point forward. What do they think will happen? If Fone Bone hadn’t met Thorn, how would Fone Bone’s experience have been different? 2. Have students write the story from the moment Fone Bone discovers the mystery cow scam in The Great Cow Race. If Fone Bone had exposed his cousins, how would the story have been different? Have them write the story the way they think it would have been with that outcome. 3. Have students make up a story about life in Boneville before the cousins were chased out, using the information provided in Out from Boneville and The Great Cow Race, and perhaps adding their own inferences. 4. Some writers describe every detail of an incident, including everything the characters are thinking and feeling. Others provide a bare outline of what happened and let the reader make inferences and “fill in the blanks.” Discuss the pros and cons of these approaches. What impact does each approach have? Take the moment when Fone Bone is so overcome with love for Thorn that he falls backward off his cow, referred to on page nine—an incident that Jeff Smith conveys without a single word. Have students narrate this incident in words, using prose or poetry in a variety of styles, to convey the same feelings that Jeff Smith depicts visually. 11“Bone moves from brash humor to gripping adventure in a single panel.” — Booklist More about This Teaching Guide 5 What have the critics said about Bone? “Both cute and scary.... ( While children will read Bone for its breathless adventure...older kids and adults will appreciate the themes of blind fanaticism and corrupting power.” — Time Magazine “An instantly likable and intermittently hilarious adventure for children with a subtler, grimmer story about power and corruption at its core.” — The Washington Post Who wr W Who wr ho wro ro ro ote this teaching guide? ote this teaching guide? o ot te th t is teaching guid teaching gu gu uide e? ? This guide combines the contributions of two authors who are each highly regarded experts in the field of graphic novels for youth librarians and teachers. Philip Crawford, Library Director for Essex Junction High School in Vermont, contributed primarily to the sections on graphic novels. He has been a high school English teacher and was a curriculum specialist for the San Francisco Unified School District. He has conducted workshops at numerous conferences, including the American Association of School Librarians, the Vermont Library Association, and the California School Library Association. His column “A Juvenile Miscellany” is published regularly in Knowledge Quest, and his book reviews have appeared in School Library Journal l and Library Media Connection. He is the author of Graphic Novels 101: Selecting and Using Graphic Novels to Promote Literacy for Children and Young Adults—A Resource Guide for School Librarians and Educators. Stephen Weiner, Director of the Maynard Public Library in Maynard, Massachusetts, contributed primarily to the sections on Bone. He has written about comic art since 1992 and is an expert on Bone. He writes the “Graphic Novel Roundup” column in School Library Journal, and has published articles and reviews in Voice of Youth Advocates, Library Journal, The Shy Librarian, English Journal, and other journals. His books include Bring an Author to Your Library (1993), 100 Graphic Novels for Public Libraries (1996), The 101 Best Graphic Novels (2001), and Faster than a Speeding Bullet: The Rise of the Graphic Novel l (2003), and he is co-author (with N.C. Christopher Couch) of The Will Eisner Companion (2004). 12 “A true accomplishment...a superb example of storytelling.” — School Library Journal “Some of the wittiest writing of any children’s literature in recent memory....This is first-class kid lit: excit- ing, funny, scary, and resonant enough that it will stick with readers for a long time.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review Bone books were selected by the American Library Association as Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults (2002) How can I order Bone? The following volumes of Bone by Jeff Smith are available from Scholastic: Bone 1: Out from Boneville Bone 3: Eyes of the Storm Bone 2: The Great Cow Race HC: 0-439-70623-8 • 978-0-439-70623-0 HC: 0-439-70625-4 • 978-0-439-70625-4 HC: 0-439-70624-6 • 978-0-439-70624-7 19.99/24.99 CAN. 18.99/25.99 CAN. 19.99/24.99 CAN. PB: 0-439-70640-8 • 978-0-439-70640-7 PB: 0-439-70638-6 • 978-0-439-70638-4 PB: 0-439-70639-4• 978-0-439-70639-1 9.99/12.99 CAN. 9.99/12.99 CAN. 9.99/12.99 CAN. Bone 4: The Dragonslayer Bone 5: Rock Jaw HC: 0-439-70626-2 • 978-0-439-70626-1 HC: 0-439-70627-0 • 978-0-439-70627-8 19.99/24.99 CAN. 19.99/24.99 CAN. PB: 0-439-70637-8 • 978-0-439-70637-7 PB: 0-439-70636-X • 978-0-439-70636-0 9.99/12.99 CAN. 9.99/11.99 CAN. Bone 8: Treasure Hunters (August 2008) HC: 0-439-70630-0 • 978-0-439-70630-8 19.99/24.99 CAN. PB: 0-439-70633-5 • 978-0-439-70633-9 9.99/11.99 CAN. Bone 6: Old Man’s Cave Bone 7: Ghost Circles HC: 0-439-70628-9 • 978-0-439-70628-5 (February 2008) 19.99/24.99 CAN. HC: 0-439-70629-7 • 978-0-439-70629-2 PB: 0-439-70635-1 • 978-0-439-70635-3 19.99/24.99 CAN. 9.99/11.99 CAN. PB: 0-439-70634-3 • 978-0-439-70634-3 9.99/11.99 CAN. Watch for Bone volume 9, Crown of Horns, published in February 2009. For more information about the Bone books published by Scholastic, visit 13What Other Books Are Being Published in Scholastic Graphix and Other Scholastic Imprints? 6 na Clugston A funny, yet stinging, look at the social hive of middle-school girls, where only one “queen bee” can rule “Bubbly, fun, and smart….Everything works in this funny, charming, and true story.” — —Publishers Weekly “Highly recommended.” — —Kliatt Chynna Clugston, an Eisner Award nominee, is the creator of the popular Queen Bee 1 Blue Monday and Scooter Girl comic series. She has also worked on Buffy HC: 0-439-71572-5 • 978-0-439-71572-0 16.99/21.99 CAN. the Vampire Slayer comics and Marvel Comics collections. PB: 0-439-70987-3 • 978-0-439-70987-3 8.99/11.99 CAN. by Ann M. Martin adapted and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier Based on Ann M. Martin’s bestselling series, America’s favorite baby-sitters are back Raina Telgemeier captures all the drama of the original books in warm, spunky, and hilarious graphic novels. Brought to life in this vivid new format, the four baby-sitting friends will captivate a whole new generation of readers. “Plenty of content, comedy, action, and emotion.” — —Booklist “A spirited graphic novel adaptation.” — —Publishers Weekly The Baby-sitters Club 1: Kristy’s Great Idea HC: 0-439-80241-5 • 978-0-439-80241-3 • 16.99/21.99 CAN. PB: 0-439-73933-0 • 978-0-439-73933-7 • 8.99/11.99 CAN. The Baby-sitters Club 2: The Truth About Stacey HC: 0-439-86724-X • 978-0-439-86724-5 • 16.99/20.99 CAN. PB: 0-439-73936-5 • 978-0-439-739336-8 • 8.99/10.99 CAN. The Baby-sitters Club 3: Mary Anne Saves the Day PB: 0-439-88516-7 • 978-0-439-88516-4 • 8.99/10.99 CAN. The Baby-sitters Club 4: Claudia and Mean Janine (November, 2008) PB: 0-439-88517-5 • 978-0-439-88517-1 • 8.99/10.99 CAN. Watch for further Baby-sitters Club adventures. 14® adapted from the books by R. L. Stine Creepy creatures are howling, growling, and stalking through these cool new anthologies, each containing three Goosebumps stories individually adapted into comic format by different artists. Creepy Creatures Illustrated by Scott Morse, Greg Ruth, and Gabriel Hernandez HC: 0-439-84124-0 • 987-0-439-84124-5 • 16.99/21.99 CAN. PB: 0-439-84125-9 • 987-0-439-84125-2 • 8.99/11.99 CAN. Terror Trips Illustrated by Jill Thompson, Jamie Tolagson, and Amy Kim Ganter HC: 0-439-85777-5 • 987-0-439-85777-2 • 16.99/20.99 CAN. PB: 0-439-85780-5 • 987-0-439-85780-2 • 8.99/10.99 CAN. Scary Summer Illustrated by Ted Naifeh, Dean Haspeil, and Kyle Baker PB: 0-439-85782-1 • 987-0-439-85782-6 • 8.99/10.99 CAN. Breaking Up: A Fashion High Graphic Novel Aimee Friedman Illustrated by Christine Norrie PB: 0-439-74867-4 • 978-0-439-74867-4 • 8.99/10.99 CAN. Sexy, stylish chick lit — in a graphic novel High school Chloe finds her close friendship with her three best friends imperiled when she falls for a guy who’s definitely not part of the in-crowd. “Expect heavy circulation.” — —Booklist “I recommend this graphic novel highly.” — —Kliatt 15COMING SOON FROM GRAPHIX Written and Illustrated by Kazu Kibuishi There’s something strange down in the basement... After a family tragedy, Emily, Navin, and their mother move to an old ancestral home to start a new life. On the family’s very first night in the mysterious house, Em and Navin’s mom is kidnapped by a humongous, tentacled creature and dragged down behind the basement door. The kids give chase—and find themselves in a Amulet Book 1: The Stonekeeper magical but dangerous world of man-eating demons, a mechanical Kazu Kibuishi (January 2008) rabbit, a giant robot, and shadowy enemies. HC: 0-439-84680-3 • 978-0-439-84680-6 21.99/26.99 CAN. PB: 0-439-84681-1 • 978-0-439-84681-3 Watch for Amulet: Book 2 9.99/11.99 CAN. Magic Pickle (Illustrated Chapter Books) Written and Illustrated by Scott Morse (March 2008) A dilly of a superhero to the rescue Meet the Magic Pickle, a flying kosher dill secret weapon, created in a secret government lab under the floor of little Jo Jo Wigman’s bedroom. He’s here to save the world from The Brotherhood of Evil Produce who are threatening to take over the world—or at least kill us with fruit and vegetable puns Magic Pickle Vs. the Egg Poacher PB: 0-439-87997-3 • 978-0-439-87997-2 • 5.99/7.99 CAN. Magic Pickle and the Planet of the Grapes PB: 0-439-87996-5 • 978-0-439-87996-5 • 5.99/7.99 CAN. Watch for the Magic Pickle graphic novel, published in summer 2008. 16The Knights of the Lunch Table Frank Cammuso (Summer 2008) A new series from Eisner-Award nominee Frank Cammuso The Arthurian legend is hilariously reborn when Artie King, a nice, comics- loving kid, enters Camelot Middle School and instantly makes both friends and foe The Dodge Ball Chronicles PB: 0-439-90322-X • 978-0-439-90322-6 • 9.99/11.99 CAN. Watch for Knights of the Lunch Table 2, published in summer 2009 Walker Bean Aaron Renier (Fall 2008) In a rollicking tale, a young boy stowaway has to thwart a band of pirates and break an evil curse to save his grandfather’s life. PB: 0-439-87422-X • 978-0-439-87422-9 • 9.99/11.99 CAN. Watch for Walker Bean 2, published in fall 2009 The Good Neighbors Holly Black (Fall 2008) From the author of the bestselling Spiderwick Chronicles and Tithe comes a fantastical new series about a girl who discovers she is part of the faerie realm—and must engage with it for the first time after her father is framed for her mother’s death. PB: 0-439-85565-9 • 978-0-439-85565-5 • 9.99/11.99 CAN. Watch for The Good Neighbors 2. Salem Hyde Frank Cammuso (Spring 2009) Salem Hyde isn’t your average third-grade girl. For one thing, she has magical powers; for another, she’s a genius. She knows a few spells, but she can’t spell very well. Sometimes all these qualities mix well. Sometimes they don’t—that’s when the mischievous misadventures begin PB: 0-439-90318-1 • 978-0-439-90318-9 • Price to come Watch for Salem Hyde 2, coming in spring 2010. 17Star Diaries: The Seventh Voyage Adapted and Illustrated by Jon J Muth, based on a short story by Stanislav Lem (Fall 2009) When a boy’s space ship flies through a strange vortex that bends time and space in odd ways, he begins to meet up with versions of himself from the past weeks, months, and years. PB: 0-545-00463-2 • 978-0-545-00463-3 • 9.99/11.99 CAN. The Woodland Chronicles Greg Ruth (Fall 2009) Fifty years ago a boy named Walt disappeared. Strange woodland creatures seem to be responsible. Can twelve-year-old Nathan Superb solve the mystery and save the world from a cataclysmic battle? PB: 0-439-82332-3 • 978-0-439-82332-6 • 9.99/11.99 CAN. PUBLISHED BY ARTHUR A. LEVINE BOOKS The Arrival By Shaun Tan (October 2007) Transcendent artwork captures the struggles and joy of the immigrant experience. In a heartbreaking parting, a man gives his wife and daughter a last kiss and boards a steamship. He’s embarking on the most difficult journey—he’s leaving home to build a better future for his family. In this wordless graphic novel, Shaun Tan captures the immigrant experience through clear, mesmerizing images. The reader enters a strange new world, participating in the main character’s isolation— and ultimately his joy. 0-439-89529-4 • 978-0-439-89529-3 • 19.99/24.99 CAN. 18For more information about the Scholastic Graphix imprint, visit The books may be ordered from your usual retail bookstore or library wholesaler. Educators may order from Scholastic, 2931 East McCarty Street, P.O. Box 7502, Jefferson City, MO 65102 (or call toll-free 1-800-SCHOLASTIC or fax order toll-free to 1-800-560-6815), or online from the Scholastic Teacher Store.“Jeff Smith’s Bone a true accomplishment. Not only is it a terrific graphic-novel series, but it’s a superb example of storytelling.” —School Library Journal Illustrations copyright 2007 Jeff Smith. BONE is a registered trademark of Jeff Smith. SCHOLASTIC and associated logos are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Scholastic Inc. This guide published July 2007

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