Princess Cimorene is smart, brave and doesn’t back down. She leaves home to avoid a planned marriage and goes to live with dragons. (Read about Princess Cimorene in Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede)

Katniss Everdeen is a smart and cunning teenager. She is an excellent hunter, trapper and archer just as her father was until his death in a mine explosion. (Read about Katniss in the Hunger Games trilogy)

Hermione Granger is very determined and self-assured. She’s always the smartest student in class, and most spells come easily to her because of her excellent memory. (Read about Hermione in the Harry Potter Series)

Lisbeth Salander lives by her own rules and sticks to what she believes in, she is highly respected for her intelligence and abilities. (Read about Lisbeth in the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson)





I read about this book over at one of my favorite blogs:
As luck would have it, it was sitting on the shelve in my teen area. I picked it up and read the first chapter and was hooked. I brought it home and my nine-year old son found it and read it in an hour. My thirteen year old nephew said he has already read it. It took me about an hour to finish it. I brought it into work and convinced my co-workers to read it. It is really that good. It is my new go-to for those staff that come to me and say “My supervisor wants me to read a graphic novel. Do you have any suggestions?”

So what’s so great about it? The story and the art work totally great together, just like any graphic novel should. The panels are easy to follow – you don’t have to wonder which one you should read next or if you missed one. And the story. The story is great.

It opens with a girl in a dentist chair who is preparing to get braces a pretty common thing that most everyone can relate to. BUT, on her way into her house that night she falls and lands teeth first knocking out one of her front teeth and sending the other one straight into her gums. What follows is five years of orthodenture that ultimately lead to a beautiful smile. The author brings you through the journey with her, including giving up one group of friends and finding her niche and surviving the San Francisco Earthquake. I did not even realize that it was a memoir until I was almost all the way through. When I realized that, I loved the book even more.

I would recommend this book to anyone from tweens to adults.

The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

I wanted to watch the movie, The Outsiders starring a few of my favorite actors from back in the day. Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, Diane Lane and Tom Cruise just to name a few!


This book published in 1967 is still as relevant today as it was then.  I like to listen to books on audio and did so in this case.  Listening to the story was fantastic. I got chills during several scenes.


After you read the book look for the movie,  directed by Francis Ford Coppola with a great soundtrack.  Be sure to look for S.E. Hinton who plays a nurse in the hospital scene. You won’t regret it!