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Student and Faculty Book Recommendations

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Requested Graphic Novels

The Backstagers, by James Tynion IV (all volumes)

Maus I and II, by Art Spiegelman

The Breakaways, by Kathy G. Johnson

New Kid, by Jerry Craft


Unwind, by Neal Shusterman (first book in the Unwind Dystology)

This is one of my favorite book series. It's directed at teenagers and has some intense themes, but no gore, violence, or sexual topics. It takes place in a near-future America after the Second Civil War which was fought over birth control and abortion rights. The compromise that the pro-life and the pro-choice sides came to was that there would be no more abortions, but parents can choose to have their 13-19 year old children "unwound," which means removing all of their organs and body parts and giving them to people to need organ donations. 
-Xiara Cabassa '20

Unwind Dystology: Unwind, UnWholly, UnSouled, UnDivided

Scythe, by Neal Shusterman (first book in the Arc of a Scythe)

This is also one of my favorite book series. Though the topic of death is in the book, it's not very violent or gory. It takes place in America far in the future where human society is controlled by a huge, computerized, all-knowing system called the Thunderhead, which has taught humans how to overcome aging and natural death. In order to control the human population, there are people called "Scythes" that have to end people's lives in order to keep society functioning in a deathless world.
-Xiara Cabassa '20

Tales from Outer Suburbia, by Shaun Tan

This is my favorite book of all time. It's a short anthology of wacky stories from the suburbs. The artwork is gorgeous. It's an awesome read.
-Xiara Cabassa '20

Darkest Minds series (The Darkest Minds, Never Fade, In the Afterlight, The Darkest Legacy), by Alexandra Bracken

This series is like a fantasy, but also an apocalyptic kind of book. Children all over the world develop superpowers and then they are locked in these camps because people are afraid of them. It's good because it combines a lot of fantasy and adventure.
-Lilly Bissonnette '23

The Remnant Chronicles (The Kiss of Deception, The Heart of Betrayal, The Beauty of Darkness), by Mary Pearson

This series is about a princess being betrothed to a prince, but she runs away from the marriage with her friend and they go to this small town where they work for her friends' aunt and try to live their own lives. The prince meanwhile goes off on this adventure to find her and an assassin from another kingdom is trying to kill her. It's great fantasy with a lot of romance.
-Lilly Bissonnette '23

Throne of Glass series (Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows, Empire of Storms, Tower of Dawn, Kingdom of Ash), by Sarah J. Maas

Sarah Maas writes with awesome imagery and characterization. Her characters really develop over the course of the series, which makes it awesome and exciting to read.
-Maxwell Balkema '22

Grishaverse series, by Leigh Bardugo

Great world-building.
-Maxwell Balkema '22