The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka: a graphic novel adapted by Peter Kuper
Called a perfect melding of graphic art with the German surrealism of Kafka’s original story, this classic graphic both preserves and illustrates the original text.
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury: a graphic novel adapted by Tim Hamilton
Authorized by Bradbury himself, this classic graphic captures the heart and soul of what many consider to be one of the original, and still one of the best, dystopian novels of our time.
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair: a graphic novel adapted by Peter Kuper
Amazing visual rendition of this influential and shocking tale of the brutal Chicago stockyards, the inhumane treatment of workers and the unsanitary conditions that sparked the fight for labor and consumer protection that still goes on today.
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson: a graphic novel adapted by Steve Niles and Elman Brown
A graphic treatment of the classic story of the last man on earth surrounded by vampires: also made into a major motion picture starring Will Smith.
Dead in the Water by Chris Lynch
Following up on Lynch’s acclaimed Vietnam War series, this second of the World War II novels simmers with the intensity of real characters having real war experiences.
On a Clear Day by Walter Dean Myers
In this dystopian world barely 20 years in the future, corporations have a stranglehold on the world, dividing the population into haves and have-nots. A group of diverse teenagers try to do something about it.
Firebug by Lish McBride
Ava is a firebug, someone who can start fires with her mind. Unfortunately, she is working for bosses who rely on murder as a solution to their problems and Ava wants to get out. How, exactly, do you escape from a magical mafia who will resort to anything to get their way?
Schizo by Nic Sheff
Miles’ life and mind are skittering out of control, due to schizophrenia, but he is determined to keep it together to find his little brother Teddy who everyone else thinks is dead and Miles is sure has been kidnapped.
Survival Colony 9 by Joshua David Bellin
Querry is among the few survivors of the wars and environmental disasters that have nearly destroyed the earth. His small band, run with an iron fist by his father, is also threatened by monsters called Skaldi with which Querry had an encounter six months earlier that erased his memories from the time before. If he can remember, though, there might be hope for the human race.
Uncaged by John Sandford and Michele Cook
A raid on a ruthless corporation conducting animal testing puts Shay’s brother Odin directly in the line of fire, and Shay will do anything to keep him safe. The first in a thriller series.
Skink No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen
Richard knows his cousin Malley is in trouble when, to avoid being sent to boarding school, she takes off with someone she met online. Richard partners with Skink, the grizzled former governor of Florida and a regular character in Hiassen novels to track her down through storms, bullets and alligators.
Eyes Wide Open by Paul Fleischman
It is time, according to the authors of this well-received treatment of climate change, to get the record straight. Nothing in history is simple and here, it is the very complexity that is most intriguing, the interaction of economic, social, environmental and even psychological factors that have put us where we are. This generation will have lots to confront in the 21st century. They need to understand what they are dealing with and this book is a fantastic start.
The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin
In the summer of 1944, a massive explosion killed over 300 sailors at a segregated navy base in California. The black soldiers who survived refused to go back to work in an effort to improve the dangerous working conditions. Instead of being heard, many were charged with mutiny and imprisoned and even executed. This book by a multi-award-winning author tells the story of a sad chapter in the history of American civil rights.