I’ve always been a huge fan of comics and graphic novels, but recently my love for them has grown exponentially. This year alone I’ve read far more graphic novels than text-based books – and I have a feeling that trend is only going to continue! Graphic novels are a great way to encourage reluctant readers to pick up a book, as the amount of pictures to text is often a little more appealing. The illustrations are also a great way to engage a child’s – or anyone’s – imagination!

I recently had the chance to read the first book in the Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi. Emily, her brother, and her mother have just moved into a house that has been passed down her mother’s family for generations. Soon a series of events leads Emily to an amulet that possesses an enormous amount of power and brings them all into the land of Alledia, a world similar to Earth, but teeming with magic, robots, and adventure!

The series starts with The Stonekeeper and is currently made up of seven volumes, which, if you’re at all like me, you’ll read quickly through in the span of a week. The eighth volume is due to release September 25th of this year, so now is the perfect time to pick up the series! Not to mention, this fall we’ll be launching the Tween Graphic Novel Book Club, for ages 8-12, and September’s book is the first in the Amulet series!