Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen YangWhat it it’s about: Graphic novelist and self-proclaimed comic book geek Gene Luen Yang delves into sports, history, and memoir in an illustrated account of the year he spent with the Dragons, a diverse high school basketball team striving to become state champions.
Art alert: With clean lines and vivid colors, Yang’s artwork emphasizes the humor, exhilarating sports action, and true-to-life details in this unconventional nonfiction read.
For fans of: the gripping documentary style of Netflix’s Cheer.
Miles Morales : Great Responsibility
by Brian Michael Bendis
Spider-Man no more? None of Miles Morales’ incredible powers could prevent his mother’s death or spare his father from a life-changing injury in a brutal fight against Venom. Miles is convinced he caused the tragedy — so in an emotion-filled decision, he has put away the costume, swearing never to fight as Spider-Man again! But when two new super-powered teenagers, Cloak and Dagger, emerge and the Taskmaster breaks up their fight with the juvenile delinquent Bombshell, innocent lives are at stake!
Stadium Rock for Violin
by Hal Leonard Corp.
(Instrumental Play-Along). 13 songs guaranteed to get the fans fired up, including: Crazy Train * Don't Stop Believin' * Eye of the Tiger * Havana * Seven Nation Army * Sweet Caroline * We Are the Champions * and more. Songs are arranged for instrumentalists and feature access to great demonstration and backing tracks so they can play along and sound like a pro! Audio is accessed online using the unique code inside the book and can be streamed or downloaded. The audio files include PLAYBACK+, a multi-functional audio player that allows you to slow down audio without changing pitch, set loop points, change keys, and pan left or right.
Imagining Your Story: Write It Out
Dear Ally, How Do You Write a Book? by Ally CarterWhat it is: an honest, easy-to-read guide for aspiring writers that covers the entire process of writing a book, from outlining to editing to publishing.
Featuring: tried-and-true advice from popular author Ally Carter, as well as cameos from David Levithan, Marie Lu, and Holly Black (to name just a few).
Is it for you? If you’ve ever struggled through NaNoWriMo or gone to an author event just so you could ask for writing tips, this book is for you.
500 Words or Less by Juleah Del RosarioWhat it’s about: After everyone at school finds out that Nic Chen hooked up with her boyfriend’s best friend, Nic tries to rebuild her reputation by writing college admissions essays for her classmates. It’s easy enough to write about other people...but is she losing herself in the process?
Why you might like it: Written in a spare, reflective style, this story-in-verse gives you insight not just into Nic’s life, but also into the lives of everyone she writes for.
Final Draft by Riley RedgateWhat it’s about: High school senior Laila is obsessed with watching, reading, and writing science fiction. When her hyper-critical new writing teacher says that her writing won’t improve unless she gains some real-life experiences, Laila discovers that reality can be just as thrilling -- and just as heartbreaking -- as fiction.
Read it for: an inclusive cast of characters, including a snarky main character whose messiness and mistakes may be all too relatable.
You might also like: M. Beth Bloom’s Don’t Ever Change.
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca ZappiaWhat it’s about: No one at school knows that friendless, introverted Eliza is also LadyConstellation, creator of the popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza never has cause to question her careful anonymity -- at least not until she bonds with Wallace, a new classmate and Monstrous Sea superfan.
Including: illustrated pages from Monstrous Sea, as well as snippets of Wallace’s fanfic.
Further reading: For another thoughtful story featuring the particular challenges of internet fame, pick up Alice Oseman’s Radio Silence.
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