12th Grade The Graphic Novel Summer Reading AssignmentsThe English Department recommends that, if possible, students read the texts listed for each English class, as the texts provide a baseline for the coursework in that class. If that is not possible, read any book that is representative of the course. Check your local libraries for print books, eBooks and audiobooks. For some free ebooks, go to https://www.hoopladigital.com/.1. If possible, read by Will Eisner.
2. If possible, read one book from this list:
- Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
- How I Made It To Eighteen by Tracy White
- Pride of Baghdad by Brian Vaughan
- Jar of Fools by Jason Lutes
-Honor Girl by Maggie Thrash
-Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez
One of the best methods of brainstorming for your college essay is to begin with a grand list of potential topics and slowly let the best rise to the top. In order to generate a laundry list of important people, events, accomplishments and activities in your life, fill in the worksheet below.
Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative by Will Eisner
Maggie Thrash has spent basically every summer of her fifteen-year-old life at the one-hundred-year-old Camp Bellflower for Girls, set deep in the heart of Appalachia. She’s from Atlanta, she’s never kissed a guy, she’s into Backstreet Boys in a really deep way, and her long summer days are full of a pleasant, peaceful nothing . . . until one confounding moment. A split-second of innocent physical contact pulls Maggie into a gut-twisting love for an older, wiser, and most surprising of all (at least to Maggie), female counselor named Erin. But Camp Bellflower is an impossible place for a girl to fall in love with another girl, and Maggie’s savant-like proficiency at the camp’s rifle range is the only thing keeping her heart from exploding. When it seems as if Erin maybe feels the same way about Maggie, it’s too much for both Maggie and Camp Bellflower to handle, let alone to understand.
In this graphic memoir, Thrash writes with confidence and skill remarkable for a debut.
—The New York Times
Thrash's remembrances are evinced with clear, wide-eyed illustrations colored with a dreamily vibrant palette. She has so carefully and skillfully captured a universal moment—the first time one realizes that things will never be the same—that readers will find her story captivating. A luminescent memoir not to be missed.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft
Locke & Key tells of Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them, and home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all!
"A modern masterpiece..." — AV Club
"It's great! ...The art here by Gabriel Rodriguez is some of the finest stuff in comics today... The team of Hill and Rodriguez is top notch!" — Blair Butler, Fresh Ink
"Solid pacing and plot twists, combined with Rodriguez's clean lines and detailed pencils make Locke & Key a lock for best horror book of the week." — Wizard Magazine