ARC Reviews, Children, Graphic

InvestiGators by John Patrick Green

Grades 2 – 5


This adorable graphic novel about two alligator friends who are detectives features Mango and Brash and not one but two cases to solve. Mango and Brash are going undercover, and won’t stop until they’ve cracked the case of the Chef Gustavo of bakery Batter Down, who has gone missing. They must also protect his secret recipes. Meanwhile, there was an explosion at the Science Factory that the InvestiGators have to figure out as well. Kids will love this team of alligator detectives and eat this book up!

Thanks to SLJ for a review copy of this book.

ARC Reviews, Children, Graphic

Superman of Smallville by Art Baltazar

Grades 3 – 6 

Superman’s alter ego, Clark Kent is thirteen years old and hiding the fact that he is Superman from his parents. He can rescue people from fires and runaway tractors. Then objects in Smallville begin to disappear, and Clark’s parents think he’s to blame. He insists he isn’t though, and is determined to find out who is!

Thanks to School Library Journal for a review copy of this book.


ARC Reviews, Children, Graphic

The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid by Kirk Scroggs

Grades 3 – 6 

The Secret Spiral of Swamp KidRussell Weinwright is a middle schooler who doesn’t look much like his classmates since he is pond scum, but he has friends (who have nicknamed him Swamp Kid) and loves to scribble in his notebook about everything! In this volume, he writes about what it’s like to be different and how to be comfortable just being himself. Kids will love his quirky personality and will probably relate to him on some level as well.

Thanks to School Library Journal for a review copy of this book.

Adventure, Children, Graphic, Middle Grade Fiction

Max & The Midknights by Lincoln Pierce

Grades 3 – 5

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Max and the Midknights is the first book in a new series by the author of Big Nate, Lincoln Peirce. It is about a girl named Max, who lives with her Uncle Budrick during the Middle Ages. Budrick is a troubadour—a traveling entertainer—who has dubbed himself “Sir Budrick.” In the Middle Ages, “sir” is the title for a knight, but Uncle Budrick isn’t actually a knight; he is just using “Sir Budrick” as a stage name. When Uncle Budrick gets kidnapped by King Ghastley, it is up to Max to come to the rescue! Read Max & the Midknights to find out what happens in Lincoln Peirce’s newest adventure.

Animals, Children, Graphic, Series

Narwhal’s Otter Friend by Ben Clanton

Grades 2 – 3

Narwhal's Otter Friend (A Narwhal and Jelly Book #4)

The latest book in the Narwhal and Jelly series by Ben Clanton, Narwhal’s Otter Friend is a funny and clever book about Narwhal and Otter, two new friends who meet and decide to go on an adventure together. It sounds like an awesome idea, until Jelly finds out and gets jealous. Will the three friends be able to play together? Read Narwhal’s Otter Friend by Ben Clanton to find out!


Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan

Grades 5-8


This graphic novel is set in 1928 New York City, and the end of the Roaring 20s. Samantha White returns after being sent away by her evil stepmother, the Queen of Follies. Her father, who lovingly calls her Snow, survives the stock market crash but dies suddenly. Then Samantha meets seven men she dubs her brave protectors. This retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is action filled and sure to captivate today’s young readers.

Graphic, YA Fiction

Will & Whit by Laura Lee Gulledge

Grades 9-12


Wilhelmina “Will” Huckstep loves creating and fixing lamps, first because she feels like she was born in the wrong time, and has an old soul, and second because she’s secretly afraid of the dark. She lives with her aunt since her parents have passed, and they run an antiques shop together. Then one day there is a blackout, and Will has to face her fears, as well as come to terms with her parents’ deaths.