SMASH 2: Fearless
By Chris A. Bolton and Kyle Bolton
CandleWick Press, $18.99
Genre: Superhero, Coming of age story, Super, Action, Science Fiction, Young readers
Summary: Thanks to a strange twist of fate — and a massive explosion — Andrew’s dream of having the strength and abilities of his superhero idol came true, and Smash was born. Great, right? Wrong! As superhero Smash, Andrew finds himself in a losing battle with the one emotion no hero should ever feel: fear. And he definitely didn’t count on becoming the prime target of Magus, the vilest supervillain of all time, who will stop at nothing to steal Smash’s powers. It’s going to take Andrew everything he’s got to conquer his fears, safeguard the city, keep his identity a secret . . . and pass the fifth grade.
Knights Club: The Bands of Bravery
By Shuky Waltch Novy
Genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Another world, Choose your adventure, Adventure
Summary: The year is 1012 in the kingdom of the good king Louis the Little. Three brothers dream of joining the fearless Knights of the Royal Order—and one of these brothers is you! On your adventure you will journey through snowy mountains, mysterious lakes, and haunted forests in search of the coveted bracelets of bravery. You must solve riddles, discover hidden passages, and gather magical objects. Success depends on the choices you make, because the hero is none other than you!
Graphic Novels for Everyone!
Spill Zone: The Broken Vow
By Alex Puvilland
First Second, $22.99
Genre: Graphic Novel, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Series, Supernatural, Fantasy
Summary: All hell breaks loose in Spill Zone Book 2: The Broken Vow, the second volume of this dystopian graphic novel duology by science fiction visionary Scott Westerfeld and artist Alex Puvilland. Three years ago an event destroyed the small city of Poughkeepsie, forever changing reality within its borders. Strange manifestations and lethal dangers now await anyone who enters the Spill Zone. Addison got close enough to the Spill Zone to touch it, literally. She survived the encounter, but came back changed. It turns out she's not alone. North Korea has its own Spill Zone, and a young man named Jae is the only one who made it out alive. Alive, but changed. Now Addison, Don Jae, and, curiously, a rag doll named Vespertine, share an unholy bond and uncanny powers.
Supergirl: Being Super
By Mariko Tamaki and Joelle
DC Comics, $16.99
Genre: Superhero, Female lead, Supergirl, Coming of age story, Young Adult, Alien, Super
Summary: She's super-strong. She can fly. She crash-landed on Earth in a rocket ship. But for Kara Danvers, winning the next track meet, celebrating her 16th birthday and surviving her latest mega-zit are her top concerns. And with the help of her best friends and her kinda-infuriating-but-totally-loving adoptive parents, she just might be able to put her troubling dreams--shattered glimpses of another world--behind her. Until an earthquake shatters her small town of Midvale...and uncovers secrets about her past she thought would always stay buried. Now Kara's incredible powers are kicking into high gear, and people she trusted are revealing creepy ulterior motives. The time has come for her to choose between the world where she was born and the only world she's ever known. Will she find a way to save her town and be super, or will she crash and burn?
By Jason Walz
First Second, $17.99
Genre: Graphic Novel, Dystopia, Chosen ones, Adventure, Young Adult, Science Fiction, Alien Invasion
Summary: Three years ago, aliens invaded Earth and abducted everyone they deemed useful. The only ones spared were those too young, too old, or too “disabled” to be of value. Living on Earth under the aliens’ harsh authoritarian rule, humanity’s rejects do their best to survive. Their captors never considered them a threat―until now. Twins Sam and Wyatt are ready to chuck their labels and start a revolution. It’s time for the kids last picked to step into the game.
By Antoine Revoy
First Second, $16.99
Genre: Graphic Novel, Coming of age story, Fantasy, Supernatural, Scary, Young adult, Eerie
Summary: The residents of a quiet Japanese neighborhood have slowly come to realize that inauspicious, paranormal forces are at play in the most unlikely of places: the local playground. Two friends, a young boy and girl, resolve to exorcise the evil that inhabit it, including a snaggle-toothed monster.
Edison Breaker Creature Seeker: The Night Door
By Frank Cammuso
Genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Monster Hunting, Coming of age story, Comedy, Another world
Summary: Edison Beaker and his young sister Tesla are staying with their uncle Earl, manager of the family pest control company, when an alarm sounds and he has no choice but to drag them along on a service call. They should have listened when he warned them, "stay in the van." Monster-sized mayhem ensues when the kids chase their escaped hamster into a mysterious warehouse--and suddenly they are the ones being chased as all sorts of creepy creatures scurry, slink, and stomp through a secret Night Door.
Caveboy Dave: Not So Faboo
By Aaron Reynolds and Phil McAndrew
Genre: Graphic Novel, Caveman, Adventure, Coming of age story, Series, Young Readers
Twelve-year-old Dave Unga-Bunga is having a great year: he survived his deadly Baby-Go-Boom ceremony, he's earned the respect of the villagers of Bleccchh, and he just invented ice cream and summer vacation. Before the ice cream melts, Dave and his friends spot a plume of smoke on the horizon (could there be another tribe nearby?) and suddenly Shaman Faboo--the glue that holds the village together--goes missing. With no one to tell them what to do or how to think, the village panics and elects Dave as their new leader. If Dave can't find Shaman Faboo and bring him back (alive), he'll be doomed to a life of boredom and something much worse: public service!