Comics, Graphic Novels, and Webcomics

If you have a struggling or reluctant reader, they might enjoy a comic book or a graphic novel. While these tend to have a lot of colorful pictures, many readers (young and older) find them to be a lot of fun to read. Here are some you can find in our library. For a longer list of titles, visit

A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle
A graphic novel adaptation of the classic tale in which Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg’s father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.

Breaking Cat News – Georgia Dunn
Cynical, no-nonsense Elvis and shy, sweet, sensitive Puck, are the reporter kitties in the field, while the adventurous Lupin serves as anchor cat. Together they break headlines on the food bowl, new plants, mysterious red dots, strange cats in the yard, and all the daily happenings in their home.

The Complete Peanuts: 1950-1952 – Charles Schultz
A collection of Peanuts comics published in newspapers from 1950-1952.

American Born Chinese – Gene Luen Yang
Three interrelated stories about the problems of young Chinese Americans trying to participate in the popular culture.

Binky the Space Cat – Ashley Spires
Binky is a space cat – at least in his own mind. He’s really a house cat who has never left the family “space station.” Unlike other house cats, Binky has a mission: to blast off into outer space (outside), explore unknown places (the backyard) and battle aliens (bugs).

Roller Girl – Victoria Jamieson
A graphic novel adventure about a girl who discovers roller derby right as she and her best friend are growing apart

Phoebe and Her Unicorn – Dana Simpson
Come along for the unicorn ride with Phoebe, as she deals with the usual burdens of childhood and also some unusual ones. Can a precocious little girl and a self-absorbed mythical forest creature find common ground? Indeed they can, and that’s how Phoebe and her unicorn unfold!

Hilda and the Midnight Giant – Luke Pearson
Hilda finds her world turned upside down as she faces the prospect of leaving her snow-capped birthplace for the hum of the megalopolis.

The Essential Calvin & Hobbes – Bill Watterson
An over-size anthology-type book including an original 16-page story and color Sunday cartoons.



Afternoon Book Club: April 17th

(April) The Dry
After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.

If you enjoyed this book, here are some others you might like too. Forces of Nature by Jane Harper, Need to Know by Karen Cleveland, The Girl Before by JP Delaney, The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah, and The Hush by John Hart.

Book Club:
The Dry by Jane Harper will be Carol’s book club selection for April. Join her on April 17th at 2:30pm for an insightful discussion about the book. Copies of the book will be available at the Circulation Desk.


Local Favorites: March 15th

The following books are current best-sellers this week at the Lake Forest Book Store and are available at the Library.

Educated – Tara Westover
Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Westover prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling food and sleeping with her “head-for-the-hills” bag. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. As a way out, Tara began to educate herself enough to be admitted to Brigham Young University.

Nine Women, One Dress – Jane L. Rosen
A  novel that brings together nine unrelated women, each touched by the same little black dress that weaves through their lives, bringing a little magic with it.

The Heart’s Invisible Furies – John Boyne
Adopted by a well-to-do eccentric Dublin couple who remind him that he is not a real member of their family, Cyril embarks on a journey to find himself and where he came from, discovering his identity, a home, a country, and much more throughout a long lifetime.

The Immortalists – Chloe Benjamin
In New York City’s Lower East Side, word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children sneak out to hear their fortunes. Their prophecies inform their next five decades.

The One in a Million Boy – Monica Wood
After his eleven-year-old son dies, guitarist Quinn Porter does yard work for an aged Lithuanian immigrant, Ona Vitkus, whom his son had often visited and comes to a resolution about his son’s death as Ona discusses his son’s capacity to listen and learn.

The Perfect Nanny – Leila Slimani
When Myriam decides to return to work after having children, she and her husband look for the perfect nanny for their two young children. They never dreamed they would find Louise. But as the couple and the nanny become more dependent on one another, jealousy, resentment, and suspicions mount, shattering the idyllic situation.

The Woman in the Window – A.J. Finn
Anna Fox lives alone. A recluse in her New York City home, drinking too much wine, watching old movies…and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move next door. The perfect family. But when Anna sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble and its shocking secrets are laid bare.


Women’s History Month

In March, we recognize Women’s History Month. It’s purpose is to highlight the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. Here are some books you can find in our library about significant women throughout time.

Before She Was Harriet – Lesa Cline-Ransome
A lush and lyrical biography of Harriet Tubman, written in verse to honor a woman of humble origins whose courage and compassion make her larger than life.

Bloom – Kyo Maclear
By the 1930s Elsa Schiaparelli had captivated the fashion world in Paris, but before that, she was a little girl in Rome who didn’t feel pretty at all.

Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code
A children’s biography of Grace Hopper, who played a prominent role in the early days of computers.

I Dissent – Debbie Levy
Traces the achievements of the celebrated Supreme Court justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, through the lens of her many famous acts of civil disagreement against inequality, unfair treatment, and human rights injustice.

Josephine – Patricia Hruby Powell
A portrait of performer and civil rights advocate Josephine Baker, the woman who worked her way from the slums of St. Louis to the grandest stages in the world.

Malala’s Magic Pencil – Malala Yousafzai
As a child in Pakistan, Malala made a wish for a magic pencil. She would use it to make everyone happy, to erase the smell of garbage from her city, to sleep an extra hour in the morning. But as she grew older, Malala saw that there were more important things to wish for.

Shark Lady – Jess Keating
At 9 years old, Eugenie Clark developed an unexpected passion for sharks after a visit to the Battery Park Aquarium in New York City. At the time, sharks were seen as mindless killing machines, but Eugenie knew better and set out to prove it.

The Legendary Miss Lena Horne – Carole Boston Weatherford
Surveys the life of the actress and Civil Rights activist, describing her childhood, early years in Vaudeville, and achievements as the first African American actress to be offered a studio contract.

The World is Not a Rectangle – Jeanette Winter
A biography of architect Zaha Hadid, who grew up in Baghdad and went on to design buildings all over the world.

The Youngest Marcher – Cynthia Levinson
Presents the life of nine-year-old Audrey Faye Hendricks who became the youngest known child to be arrested for picketing against Birmingham segregation practices in 1963.


International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8th to recognize the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. Here are some books that celebrate those achievements. If you are looking for more books about women in society, they can be found in the non-fiction section in the 305’s.

A Moonless, Starless Sky – Alexis Okeowo
Presents accounts of everyday men and women living amidst war and extremism.

Her Body and Other Parties – Carmen Maria Machado
Machado bends genre to shape startling narratives that map the realities of women’s lives and the violence visited upon their bodies.

The Man in the Brown Suit – Agatha Christie
Pretty, young Anne came to London looking for adventure. In fact, adventure comes looking for her—and finds her immediately at Hyde Park Corner tube station. Anne is present on the platform when a thin man, reeking of mothballs, loses his balance and is electrocuted on the rails.

Difficult Women – Roxanne Gay
A collection of stories of rare force and beauty, of hardscrabble lives, passionate loves, and quirky and vexed human connection

Red Clocks – Leni Zumas
In this ferociously imaginative novel, abortion is once again illegal in America, in-vitro fertilization is banned, and the Personhood Amendment grants rights of life, liberty, and property to every embryo. In a small Oregon fishing town, five very different women navigate these new barriers alongside age-old questions surrounding motherhood, identity, and freedom.

What is Not Yours is Not Yours – Helen Oyeyemi
The reader is invited into a world of lost libraries and locked gardens, of marshlands where the drowned dead live and a city where all the clocks have stopped; students hone their skills at puppet school, the Homely Wench Society commits a guerrilla book-swap, and lovers exchange books and roses on St Jordi’s Day.


2018 Oscar Award Winners

On Sunday March 4th, we watched the 90th Academy Awards. Many good movies were nominated and many of the award winners and nominees are available at the library.

If you don’t see one of movies you’re looking for, there is a chance it has not been released yet, but ask at the circulation desk. We will be getting them all soon and can place a hold for you.

The Shape of Water (Best Picture) – An otherworldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War-era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda discover a secret classified experiment.

Blade Runner 2049 (Cinematography) – A young blade runner’s discovery of a long buried secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard, who’s been missing for thirty years.

Call Me By Your Name (Writing: Adapted Screenplay) – In Northern Italy in 1983, seventeen year old Elio begins a relationship with visiting Oliver, his father’s research assistant, with whom he bonds over his emerging sexuality, their Jewish heritage, and the beguiling Italian landscape.

Coco (Animated Feature Film) – Despite his family’s generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead.

Dunkirk (Film Editing) – A World War II thriller about the evacuation of Allied troops from the French city of Dunkirk before Nazi forces can take hold.

Get Out (Writing: Original Screenplay) – A young black man meets his white girlfriend’s parents at their estate, only to find out that the situation is much more sinister than it appears.

The Darkest Hour (Makeup & Hairstyling) – During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly appointed British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitlet, or fight on against incredible odds.




1. The Flight Attendant – Chris Bohjalian

2. Every Note Played – Lisa Genova

3. Tangerine – Christine Mangan

4. The Bishop’s Pawn – Steve Berry

5. Speak No Evil – Uzodinma Iweala

6. The Punishment She Deserves – Elizabeth George

7. The Escape Artist – Brad Meltzer

8. Alternate Side – Anna Quindlen

9. Let Me Lie – Clare Mackintosh


1. 3 Kings – Zack Greenburg

2. Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet – Claire Evans

3. Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life – Laura Thompson

4. A Couple’s Guide to Happy Retirement and Aging – Sara Yogev

5. The DUI Home Planner – Karianne Wood/Michal Sparks

6. Grow What You Love – Emily Murphy

7. The List: A Week-by-Week Reckoning of Trump’s First Year – Amy Siskind

8. Picasso and the Painting that Shocked the World – Miles Unger

9. Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakeable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness – Rick and Forrest Hanson



1. From Hero to Zero– James Patterson

2. Time Jumpers– Brandon Mull

3. Wild Robot Escapes– Peter Brown

4. 78-Story Treehouse– Andy Griffiths

5. Unicorn of Many Hats– Dana Simpson

6. Aru Shah and the End of Time– Roshani Chokshi



1. The Beauty that Remains– Ashley Woodfolk

2. Restore Me– Tahereh Mafi

3. Blood Water Paint– Joy McCullough

4. After the Shot Drops– Randy Ribay

5. Obsidio– Amie Kaufman

6. And She Was– Jessica Verdi


1. Boarding House Reach – Jack White

2. Glorious Day: Hymns of Faith – Casting Crowns

3. Debussy Impressionniste – Various Artists

4. I’ll Be Your Girl – The Decemberists

5. Sometimes Just the Sky – Mary Chapin Carpenter

6. United We Swing – Wynton Marsalis Septet


1. Blue Planet 2

2. Faces Places

3. The Handmaid’s Tale

4. I, Tonya

5. Justice League

6. Last Men in Aleppo

7. The Man who Invented Christmas

8. Mr. Robot: Season 3

9. Wonder Wheel