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.