WHAT IS A GRAPHIC NOVEL?
The exact definition of a graphic novel is debatable. Are comic books graphic novels? Are cave paintings that told stories using only pictures a form of graphic novel? Artists in the Middle Ages produced tapestries and illuminated manuscripts that used words and pictures to tell stories. Are these the precursors of graphic novels?
The first Western artist who interlocked lengthy writing with specific images was probably William Blake (1757-1826). He created several books in which the pictures and the storyline are inseparable as in graphic novels.
" ... the term appeared in print in 1976 in connection with three separate works. Bloodstar by Richard Corben (adapted from a story by Robert E. Howard) used the term to define itself on its dust jacket and introduction. George Metzger's Beyond Time and Again, serialized in underground comics from 1967-72, was subtitled "A Graphic Novel" on the inside title page when collected as a 48-page, black-and-white, hardcover book published by Kyle & Wheary."considered an illustrated novel... "
Read more about the history of the graphic novel in Wikipedia.
OUR COLLECTION OF GRAPHIC NOVELS
We have expanded our collection of graphic novels for all ages and it now includes:
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We need your help deciding what to order! Let us know what you like to read.
BOOKS FOR TEENS FROM THE WESTCHESTER LIBRARY SYSTEM
Every year teen librarians in Westchester choose what they think are the best books.
From their list of fantasy books...
Streams of Babel by Carol Plum-Uccu After a bioterrorist attact, four friends are infected with a mysterious disease and two others assist the Intelligence Coalition in tracking the perpetrators.
From their list of fiction books...
Hot Scots, Castles, and Kilts by Tammy Swoish In Scotland for a month, Sami and her mom fix up an old farm as a tourist destinatin and uncover stories of ghosts and ancient feuds.
For more titles pick up some of their bookmarks at the library or follow this link.
COLLEGE AND TESTING COLLECTION
The library has a collection of study guides for the ACT, SAT, GRE and other tests. It also has guides to help you choose and get into college, graduate or professional school.
The online database, LearningExpress, contains practice tests, information and exercises to help succeed on these important tests.
Click here to open the LearningExpressLibrary. This database may be accessed from in the library or remotely.
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Teen blog at the Westchester Library System
This blog is maintained by teen librarians in Westschester County. Among other things, they review books and discuss award winners.
The Printz Award
The Printz Award is given every year by the American Library Association to a book which exemplifies excellence in young adult literature. This year's choice is:
Click here for more information about this award.
2012 Award Recipient:
Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
In the remarkable, bizarre, and heart-wrenching summer before Cullen Witter’s senior year of high school, he is forced to examine everything he thinks he understands about his small and painfully dull Arkansas town. His cousin overdoses; his town becomes absurdly obsessed with the alleged reappearance of an extinct woodpecker; and most troubling of all, his sensitive, gifted fifteen-year-old brother, Gabriel, suddenly and inexplicably disappears.
Meanwhile, the crisis of faith spawned by a young missionary’s disillusion in Africa prompts a frantic search for meaning that has far-reaching consequences. As distant as the two stories initially seem, they are woven together through masterful plotting and merge in a surprising and harrowing climax.
This extraordinary tale from a rare literary voice finds wonder in the ordinary and illuminates the hope of second chances.