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The Great Read­ing Chal­lenge: a graphic novel

Fic­tion: The Al­chemist, Paulo Coelho San­ti­ago, a shep­herd in An­dalu­sia, goes on a jour­ney to find his per­sonal leg­end. Along the way, he meets a Ro­mani woman, a king, and an al­chemist. They all point him to­ward a trea­sure that San­ti­ago even­tu­ally re­al­izes is an in­ner trea­sure. His jour­ney is fraught with chal­lenges and tur­moil, but when his strength of char­ac­ter is tested, he proves his met­tle.

Non-fic­tion: Perse­po­lis, Mar­jane Sa­trapi In this graphic au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, Mar­jane Sa­trapi de­scribes her early child­hood up to her early adult­hood in Iran dur­ing and af­ter the Is­lamic Revo­lu­tion. The ti­tle refers to the an­cient cap­i­tal of the Per­sian Empire, Perse­po­lis. Ed­u­ca­tion as a means to free­dom is a strong theme, yet there is some mis­trust in in­sti­tu­tion­al­ized ed­u­ca­tion. Sa­trapi’s ex­pe­ri­ence is vividly rep­re­sented in text and im­ages.

Youth: Zita the Space­girl, Ben Hatke Con­fi­dent and head­strong, Zita be­comes her own hero­ine in this har­row­ing tale of brav­ery against alien forces when she lo­cates a de­vice that opens a por­tal to other places. Zita is de­ter­mined to save her friend Joseph, who was ab­ducted by aliens when she opened the por­tal. On her path, she meets Strong-Strong, the de­vi­ous Screeds, an arach­nid-like mech­a­nized de­vice, and a giant mute mouse.

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