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Tween Comic Club is a place for comic lovers ages 9-14 to discuss what they are reading each month.  Here is the latest list of the books we’ve been talking about and that our tween readers recommend!  Follow the links to check out a copy for yourself. And don’t forget to join a Tween Comic Club meeting if you would like to learn how you can submit your own recommendations to our feature!  We typically meet on the third Tuesday of each month.  Find our next meeting on the events calendar.

The DC Encyclopedia by Scott Beaty, et al.

Learn all about the characters of the DC universe in this illustrated guide!  Clicking on the link above will take you to the 2004, 2016, and 2021 editions!

Skylan B. says: “This book has interesting information about all the characters of the DC universe in alphabetical order.  The illustrations are very clear and sharp.  Perfect for superhero fans.”

Isla to Island by Alexis Castellanos

Young Marisol must leave her home in Cuba for New York during a time of political upheaval.  But she feels like Brooklyn, without her parents and without anything she finds familiar, is just a place of gray and loneliness.  Over time, however, she learns to find small bits of beauty around her, and starts to think that she might just be able to make a new home.

Ms. Krysta says: “This nearly wordless graphic novel helps readers experience the difficulty of moving to a new place, where one does not understand the language.  Readers follow Marisol as she travels from Cuba to Brooklyn to live with foster parents, who try their best, but who cannot take the place of the parents she loves.  The illustrations mirror how Marisol feels about her world, moving from vibrant colors to shades of gray.  Until, hopefully, one day Marisol feels that spark of color again.  A wonderful read!  Recommended for fans of Shaun Tan’s The Arrival.”

Green Lantern Legacy by Minh Lê

Thirteen-year-old Tai Pham is inducted into the Green Lanterns, a peacekeeping force across the galaxies, when he inherits his grandmother’s jade ring.  But it’s not easy to balance superheroing and a social life!

Mr. Jude says: “An excellent book for new readers of Green Lantern and DC comics. Simple, fun, and inspiring. The art is excellent!”

The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner

When thirteen-year-old Moth Hush learns that her mother is a witch, and has been keeping it secret for decades, she will have to decide: does she want to join her grandmother and the other witches in Hecate or can she claim her magic and still live in a town with a history of witch hunts?  Also check out the sequel The Okay Witch and the Hungry Shadow.

Ms. Faith says: “So good! I liked everything about this book – the characters, the story, the protagonists and antagonists, the witchcraft, the love, the family ties…everything and more. This was a good book and a must read.”

Hooky by Miriam Bonastre Tur

After missing the bus to magic school, siblings Dani and Dorian try to find a mentor so their parents will not find out.  Along the way, however, they fall afoul of a group of witches seeking the prophesied King of Witches, as well as the royal family, who are not all accepting of magic.

Zoe B. says: “The illustrations and plot were on point.  And just the fact that a character got shrunk was hilarious.  While the book was grim, it was still amazing.  I only wish we would see more magic and less drama.”

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