Graphic Novels for Summer Reading

This year's official summer reading theme from CSLP is "Every Hero Has a Story" and for iRead, it's "Read to the Rhythm." Here are some books (not official!) that I think work well with these themes. Did I mention this is not approved by either organization?
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ALA Notable Children's Book YALSA's Great Graphic Novels for Teens YALSA's Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers Featured on ALSC's Graphic Novel Core Reading List (Grades 3-5) "With a deliciously cinematic sense of both framing and pacing, this indie charmer is both quirky and novel; expect it to appeal to fans of Jeff Smith’s Bone series. Just plain monstrous fun." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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In a world where the darkest of Shakespeare’s creations creep across the borders of existence to breathe their evil into other lives, banished Hamlet must face their horrors and cruelty to glean the truth of his father’s demise and discover the existence of the great bard himself amongst his ghoulish creations.

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On a summer night, Alden Baylor sits in a field watching the largest meteor shower in human history. What begins as teenage adventure becomes something more--the celestial event brings travelers who will change the world completely. How does a young man who had to grow up fast handle the invasion of his planet? Can Alden keep humanity from oblivion?

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Beautiful, popular, and adored by all, Courtney, Amber, Tiffany, and Michelle can’t wait to graduate but when their future plans are ruined, the girls fall back on working as costumed princesses at the local amusement park. Unfortunately, increased gang activity has driven away all but the most loyal of customers. With the park on the verge of closing, the girls resolve to fight back, bring back their customers, save the amusement park, and maybe learn something along the way.

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Oddly Normal endures the bullying of other kids for her green hair and pointed ears. Oddly got those traits from her mother, who is a witch, but didn’t get the ability to use magic along with them. Or so she thought. How will Oddly navigate the perils of a magical middle school and find her parents? And will she ever find a place where she’s accepted? Oddly is going to have to learn to stand up for who she is if she’s ever going to have any hope of being happy, wherever she ends up.

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Adapted for the first time from the acclaimed and beloved novel by Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn is a tale for any age about the wonders of magic, the power of love, and the tragedy of loss. The unicorn, alone in her enchanted wood, discovers that she may be the last of her kind. Reluctant at first, she sets out on a journey to find her fellow unicorns, even if it means facing the terrifying anger of the Red Bull and the malignant evil of the king who wields his power.

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Quantum and Woody, World's Worst Superhero Team by James Asmus, Tom Fowler, Jordie Bellaire

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Gun slinging cowboys and the eternal forces of damnation form an unlikely match made in hell as Brian Hurtt and Cullen Bunn conduct a symphony of evil swirling around an innocent girl and a mysterious gun in a rollercoaster of a genre mash up.

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