My Own Summer Reading Challenge- Graphic Novels

Over the past ten weeks, the OU/UKLA have brought their book blether online to twitter and it has been an incredibly resource rich hour long chat about books. From illustrated chapter books, non fiction and teen fiction, there has been plenty to learn and much money spent.

One week was dedicated to Graphic Novels and my interest was truly peaked. I was aware of them, have a small range in some of my schools and my son is a fan of them but admittedly, I had never given them much more than a passing glance.

Stereotypically and wrongly, I thought they were more for fans of superheroes, comic lovers and that they didn’t hold much of a story. I knew I needed to invest some more time into this genre and actually read them, appreciate them and learn how they can be used in schools more effectively.

With the help of Richard Ruddick’s blog ( and his Padlet of recommendations ( as well as friend and colleague Sarah Merchant having a stock to let me borrow, I feel I am in with a chance to read a varied selection.

Each week I aim to read a couple and write a short piece about them. It isn’t meant to be a review but more of proof of a change in my thinking and perspective on this genre! Wish me luck, I am diving in!

My starting point!
  • Cici’s Journal, The Adventures of a Writer-In-Training by Joris Chamblain and Aurélie Neyret (Published by 01 First Second)
  • Roller Girl by Victoria Jameson (Published by Puffin)
  • Tom’s Midnight Garden (Graphic Adaptation) by Edith (Published by OUP)
  • InvestiGATORS by John Patrick Green (Published by 01 First Second/Macmillan)
  • Donut the Destroyer by Sarah Graley and Stef Purenins (Published by Scholastic)

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