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Best Books: Roller Girl

Books are wonderful, but many of today’s youth find it boring. Publishers and writers are fighting back, using different ways to get kids more interested in reading. One fantastic way is by creating more graphic novels. Graphic novels are not a new innovation, on the contrary they have been around for nearly 100 years. Many associate graphic novels with comic books. But graphic novels can be so much more. They can contain entire stories of nearly 500 pages, fantastic plot lines, and incredible images that make the story even more fantastic.

Young adult novelists have picked up on this hit and have revamped entire series as graphic novels. While others have created entirely new series utilizing this incredible tool. Graphic novels allow for a very visual immersive experience. Teens and pre-teens love this. Now you can find novels that schools will teach and carry that are aimed at bringing that non-reader in to the library.

This month we want to highlight an incredible coming-of age novel that boys and girls have turned to as their own. Roller Girl is a great story about Astrid. It highlights the trials and tribulations fo middle-school, and it shows the joyful and not so joyful moments of friendship during this time. Best of all, it gives an incredible outlet for Astrid to explore her feelings and fears: roller derby. Boys and girls will love the fantastic action and both will understand and appreciate middle-school scenarios played out in the novel.

Book of the Month: The Grosse Adventures Series # 1

Book number one of the Gross-E adventures.

The Grosse adventure This month’s book of the month is the perfect book for your son, especially during his first few weeks back to school. Just because your kids are back at school does not mean you want them to give up reading for fun. Sure they will be busy with their schoolwork but most schools give extra points for free-reading, and extra-curricular reading helps to improve your son’s vocabulary, reading level, and can keep him happy and out of trouble. So why not introduce him to a new series he is sure to fall in love with. The Grosse Series. The Grosse Series consist of several graphic novels which incorporate incredible illustrations with a great story, and is an excellent way to keep young boys interested in books because it has a comic book feel to it but also has a strong literary background. The Grosse Series is written by Annie Auerbach and illustrated by Mike Norton.

Book one – The Good, the bad and the Gassy

The Good, the Bad, and the Gassy is the first in the series. It features brothers Stinky and Stan Grosse as they embark on an extraordinary and smelly adventure. The story begins with a trek through the boys’ incredible imagination with a jungle and temple in their backyard but continues on to a school field trip where they encounter all the typical issues of boys their age, including the snotty girl that is incredibly rude. The boys are incredibly close and stand up for one another when things go wrong. They also have one “super power” they use to help get them out of sticky situations, farting. Boys have been obsessed with farting since the beginning of time, but these two boys have finally found a way to make farting work for them. So how can you tell the brothers apart? Stinky is the silent-but-deadly type, but Stan is a loud and proud kind of guy. This slapstick world is perfect for young boys. The Grosse brothers deal with all the same issues young boys are faced with. Instead of retreating or fearing their world they find ways to stand up and fight back. It is an intrepid story of two brothers that care greatly about each other and would make a great addition to any young boy’s library. Don’t forget to check out the other books in The Grosse Series. You and your boys will live them!