17 & 18 Get Graphic

Posted on April 1, 2013. Filed under: Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

It just so happens that my next two books are both graphic novels! Now, my personal graphic novel experience has been limited to the Buffy series, but these two are definitely ones I was glad to try. They are both in the top ten of the 2013 Great Graphic Novels.

The Silence of Our Friends cover artThe Silence of Our Friends is a true story (a few details are changed) about the TSU Five trial and the events leading up to it. Mark Long’s father, Jack, is the news cameraman in the story who really wants to do the right thing and cover the race issue in Houston like it should be covered. He’s not scared  to speak up for his black neighbors, but it’s a volatile time. I think the fact that the story is mostly true (and Long covers the actual events in an Author’s Note at the end), makes it that much more powerful. I can’t forget to mention the artwork. The art makes this story. Without the visual, it doesn’t have the same impact.

Trinity cover artTrinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb is very well put-together. I can definitely see the appeal. The information is presented in such a way that teens may find it easier to understand the concepts, and Fetter-Vorm does especially a good job of explaining the science behind the atomic bomb.

Personally, this isn’t a book I would choose to read casually, but I’m not a big nonfiction reader. I wouldn’t really recommend it as a reference source for someone writing a report, but for someone who is interested in the subject or is having a hard time understanding how things happened, I would absolutely give them this book.


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