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Graphic Novels for Children and Young Adults
A Collection of Critical Essays

Edited by Michelle Ann Abate
and Gwen Athene Tarbox

352 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 28 b&w illustrations, introduction, index

9781496811677 Printed casebinding $70.00S

An examination of the tremendous influence and power of US comics for youth in the twenty-first century

Contributions by Eti Berland, Rebecca A. Brown, Christiane Buuck, Joanna C. Davis-McElligatt, Rachel Dean-Ruzicka, Karly Marie Grice, Mary Beth Hines, Krystal Howard, Aaron Kashtan, Michael L. Kersulov, Catherine Kyle, David E. Low, Anuja Madan, Meghann Meeusen, Rachel L. Rickard Rebellino, Rebecca Rupert, Cathy Ryan, Joe Sutliff Sanders, Joseph Michael Sommers, Marni Stanley, Gwen Athene Tarbox, Sarah Thaller, Annette Wannamaker, and Lance Weldy

One of the most significant transformations in literature for children and young adults during the last twenty years has been the resurgence of comics. Educators and librarians extol the benefits of comics reading, and increasingly, children's and YA comics and comics hybrids have won major prizes, including the Printz Award and the National Book Award. Despite the popularity and influence of children's and YA graphic novels, the genre has not received adequate scholarly attention.

Graphic Novels for Children and Young Adults is the first book to offer a critical examination of children's and YA comics. The anthology is divided into five sections: structure and narration; transmedia; pedagogy; gender and sexuality; and identity, that reflect crucial issues and recurring topics in comics scholarship during the twenty-first century. The contributors are likewise drawn from a diverse array of disciplines—English, education, library science, and fine arts. Collectively, they analyze a variety of contemporary comics, including such highly popular series as Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Lumberjanes; Eisner award-winning graphic novels by Gene Luen Yang, Nate Powell, Mariko Tamaki, and Jillian Tamaki; as well as volumes frequently challenged for use in secondary classrooms, such as Raina Telgemeier's Drama and Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

Michelle Ann Abate, Columbus, Ohio, is associate professor of literature for children and young adults at The Ohio State University. She is author of The Big Smallness: Niche Marketing, the American Culture Wars, and the New Children's Literature. Gwen Athene Tarbox, Kalamazoo, Michigan, is associate professor of English and an affiliate in gender and women's studies at Western Michigan University. She is author of The Clubwomen's Daughters: Collectivist Impulses in Progressive-era Girls' Fiction, 1890-1940 and of a forthcoming volume on children's comics.

352 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 28 b&w illustrations, introduction, index