Graphic Novel Book Group

In honor of our summer reading theme: Tales and Tails, we’re going to have a special meeting this summer to discuss a graphic novel that fits the theme:

Wednesday, July 7th at 6 pm

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Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen

Read this graphic novel about expressing yourself through fairytales and chat with us about what you liked (or didn’t like) about this month’s graphic novel!

Real-life isn’t a fairytale. But Tien still enjoys reading his favorite stories with his parents from the books he borrows from the local library. It’s hard enough trying to communicate with your parents as a kid, but for Tien, he doesn’t even have the right words because his parents are struggling with their English. Is there a Vietnamese word for what he’s going through? Is there a way to tell them he’s gay?

Registration required, no limit. Open to all ages.

If you have any questions or need help registering, feel free to email: kshea@rogersfreelibrary.org.

Register here!


Below are titles for the group, which picks up again in September!

Wednesday, September 1st at 6 pm

New Kid: Craft, Jerry, Craft, Jerry: 9780062691194: Amazon.com: Books

New Kid by Jerry Craft

Read this graphic novel about being the new kid in school and chat with us about what you liked (or didn’t like) about this month’s graphic novel!

Seventh-grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade. As he makes the daily trip from his Washington Heights apartment to the upscale Riverdale Academy Day School, Jordan soon finds himself torn between two worlds–and not really fitting into either one. Can Jordan learn to navigate his new school culture while keeping his neighborhood friends and staying true to himself?


Wednesday, October 6th at 6 pm

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Frankenstein: The Graphic Novel by Mary Shelley

In honor of Bristol Book Fest, we’re reading a graphic novel adaptation of Frankenstein!

Conceived as part of a literary game among friends in 1816, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is today regarded as a classic piece of 19th-century literature. The story begins with the journey of an adventurer, Robert Walton, who saves the life of a man at the North Pole. That man, Victor Frankenstein, tells Walton about his experiments with the creation of life and how he ended up at the North Pole. This version, though slightly abridged, retains much of the original dialogue and remains true to Shelley’s brilliant vision.


Wednesday, November 3rd at 6 pm

Neil Gaiman's A Study in Emerald: Gaiman, Neil, Albuquerque, Rafael,  Scavone, Rafael, Albuquerque, Rafael, Stewart, Dave: 9781506703930:  Amazon.com: Books

A Study in Emerald by Neil Gaiman

Try to solve the mystery of this story and chat with us about what you liked (or didn’t like) about this month’s graphic novel!

This supernatural mystery set in the world of Sherlock Holmes and Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos features a brilliant detective and his partner as they try to solve a horrific murder. The complex investigation takes the Baker Street investigators from the slums of Whitechapel all the way to the Queen’s Palace as they attempt to find the answers to this bizarre murder of cosmic horror!

Recommended for teen and adult readers.


Wednesday, December 1st at 6 pm

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When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson & Omar Mohamed

Read this month’s graphic novel and chat with us about what you liked (or didn’t like) about this month’s graphic novel!

Omar and his younger brother Hassan live in a refugee camp, and when an opportunity for Omar to get an education comes along, he must decide between going to school every day or caring for his nonverbal brother in this intimate and touching portrayal of family and daily life in a refugee camp.


Wednesday, January 5th at 6 pm

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Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Read this graphic novel adaptation of Jason Reynold’s novel in verse that poignantly takes on a teen’s inner struggles and chat with us about what you liked (or didn’t like) about this month’s graphic novel!

As Will, fifteen, sets out to avenge his brother Shawn’s fatal shooting, seven ghosts who knew Shawn board the elevator and reveal truths Will needs to know.


Wednesday, February 2nd at 6 pm

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Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio by Derf Backderf

Read this non-fiction graphic novel about the Kent State shooting and chat with us about what you liked (or didn’t like) about this month’s graphic novel!

On May 4, 1970, the Ohio National Guard gunned down unarmed college students protesting the Vietnam War at Kent State University. In a deadly barrage of 67 shots, 4 students were killed and 9 shot and wounded. It was the day America turned guns on its own children – a shocking event burned into our national memory. A few days prior, 10-year-old Derf Backderf saw those same Guardsmen patrolling his nearby hometown, sent in by the governor to crush a trucker strike. Using the journalism skills he employed on ‘My Friend Dahmer’ and ‘Trashed’, Backderf has conducted extensive interviews and research to explore the lives of these four young people and the events of those four days in May, when the country seemed on the brink of tearing apart. ‘Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio’, which will be published in time for the 50th anniversary of the tragedy, is a moving and troubling story about the bitter price of dissent–as relevant today as it was in 1970.

Recommended for teen and adult readers.


Wednesday, March 2nd at 6 pm

The Tea Dragon Society by K. O’Neill

Read this month’s cozy graphic novel about a blacksmith and the adorable tea dragons she meets then chat with us about what you liked (or didn’t like) about this month’s graphic novel!

After discovering a lost Tea Dragon in the marketplace, apprentice blacksmith Greta learns about the dying art form of Tea Dragon caretaking from the kind tea shop owners.


Wednesday, April 6th at 6 pm

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Blue Flag by Kaito

Read this graphic novel about a love…. quadrangle?… and chat with us about what you liked (or didn’t like) about this month’s graphic novel!

An unexpected love quadrangle with a dash of unrequited love as two classmates, a boy, and a girl, begin to fall for each other when each of their same-sex best friends have already fallen for them. For some reason, Taichi Ichinose just can’t tolerate Futaba Kuze. But at the start of his third year in high school, he finds himself in the same homeroom as her, along with his childhood friend and school sports star Toma Mita. But one day Futaba opens up to Taichi, admitting she has a crush on Toma and asking for his help in confessing to him! There’s just one problem–Toma seems to already have a secret crush on someone else.

Recommended for teen and adult readers.