The Walking Dead Book One

By Robert Kirkman – creator, writer, letter, Tony Moore – penciler, inker, gray tones, Charlie Adlard – penciler, inker, Cliff Rathburn – gray tones

Place: Publisher & Year: Berkeley, CA: Image Comics, Inc., 2010

Genre: Horror

Format: Graphic novel

Series: The Walking Dead

ISBN: 9781582406190

Audience: Adult

Number of pages: Unpaginated

Setting: Kentucky, Atlanta, GA and surrounding rural areas

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: Small town police officer, Rick Grimes, awakens from a coma to find his world turned upside down.  Before he can even leave the hospital, he encounters his first walking dead person.  As he seeks both safety and his family, he encounters many of the walking dead as well as a few live people. Continue reading

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Spirits that Walk in Shadow

By Nina Kiriki Hoffman

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Viking, 2006

Genres: Fantasy, contemporary fantasy, dark fantasy

ISBN: 9780670060719

Audience: Young adult

Number of pages: 306

Setting: Spores Ferry, Oregon

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: Jaime Locke is worried about starting her first year of college.  As a member of a magical family, she has been told to keep her abilities secret from everyone outside her family.  She soon realizes that this will be impossible with her new roommate, Kim, who is being preyed upon by a malicious being. Continue reading

The Exile: an Outlander Graphic Novel

By Diana Gabaldon; illustrated by Hoang Nguyen

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Del Rey, 2010

Genre: Historical fiction, fantasy, adventure, time travel fantasy, historical fantasy, romance

Format: Graphic novel

Series: Outlander Graphic Novels; 1

ISBN: 9780345505385

Audience: Adult

Number of pages: Unpaginated

Setting: Scotland

Time period: 1743

Plot summary: Young Jaime Fraser returns to Scotland after living in exile.  He is met by his godfather, Murtagh, who tries to guide Jaime back to his home – Lallybroch.  Jaime isn’t ready to head home, though.  He’s much more interested in the mysterious Sassenach that Murtagh saved from the English Captain Black Jack Randall. Continue reading

Death Masks

By Jim Butcher

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Roc, 2003

Genres: Fantasy, contemporary fantasy, urban fantasy, dark fantasy, mystery, paranormal mystery, paranormal, vampire

Series: The Dresden Files; 5

ISBN: 9780451459404

Audience: Adult

Number of pages: 374 (378 including an excerpt from Blood Rites).

Setting: Chicago, IL

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: When Harry wanted to get some information about his ex-girlfriend, Susan, he was forced to meet his informer on a television show.  Between his lack of friends on the White Council and his status as a wanted man among the Red Court vampires, most of the people affiliated with the paranormal community, prefer to keep their distances form Harry.  This is all about to change.  Before the night is through, Harry will be sought out by a client, professional hit men, Special Investigations with the Chicago Police Department, his ex-girlfriend, members of the Knights of the Cross, and a very nasty demon. Continue reading

Speak

By Laurie Halse Anderson

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1999

Genre: General fiction

ISBN: 9780374371524

Audience: Young adult

Number of pages: 198

Setting: Syracuse, NY

Time period: Late 1990s

Plot summary: Melinda Sordino starts her first year of high school as an outcast for calling the cops at an end of the summer party.  None of her former friends will speak to her and Melinda becomes more withdrawn as the year progresses.  With no friends and poor grades Melinda has very little desire to speak with anyone, until she realizes that she is not as alone as she originally thought. Continue reading

The Book Thief

By Markus Zusak

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Alfred A Knopf, c2005, 2006

Genre: Historical fiction

ISBN: 9780375831003

Audience: Adult, young adult -“Somebody’s favorite book”

Number of pages: 552

Setting: Molching, Germany (outside of Munich)

Time period: 1939- 1945

Plot summary: In January 1939, nine year old, Liesel Meminger, steals her first book while travelling by train to meet her foster parents.  Along the journey, Liesel’s younger brother dies after an intense coughing fit.  After he is buried, Liesel finds The Gravedigger’s Handbook where it had been dropped in the snow and keeps it.  The fact that she can’t read it (or anything else) does not deter her from taking it.  As Liesel grows older in Nazi Germany, she finds other occasions to pilfer a variety of items.  Her favorite things to steal, however, are books.  As she learns to read, she shares stories with others in her community (including the Jewish man hiding in her basement) and eventually writes her own story. Continue reading