Middle Grade

Abirached, Zeina A Game for Swallows: To Die, To Leave, To Return

The Lebanese civil war has been going on since before Zeina was born.  It is a daily part of life.  Because of the bombings, Zeina, her little brother and mother and father live in the foyer; the only safe space in the apartment.  One evening, Zeina's parents go to visit her grandparents, and have not returned as bombing intensifies.  The other tenants from the building come down to keep watch over Zeina and her brother.

Jacobson, Sid and Ernie Colon Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography
A graphic novel based off The Diary of Anne Frank, the story of the Frank family’s time spent in hiding during WWII is told.

Jones, Sabrina and Paul Buhle Isadora Duncan, a graphic biography
The life of Isadora Duncan, who rejected traditional dance as unnatural and pioneered the world of modern dance.

Lambert, Joseph. Annie Sullivan and the Trails of Helen Keller

Annie Sullivan comes from the Perkins Institution for the Blind to work with Helen Keller, and blind and deaf girl with no way of communicating.  Helen is wild and savage, trapped in a silent dark world.  Annie, however, is no shrinking violet, and is determine to get though to Helen, despite the interference of Helen's parents.

Liu, Na and Andres Vera Martinez. Little White Duck: A Childhood in China

Da Qin and her little sister are growing up in China during a time of change.  Chairman Mao has just died, leading to the country opening slightly to the Western world.  La Liu remembers moments that made an impact on her life.

Ottaviani, Jim, Mary Fleener, and Donna Barr Dignifying Science: Stories About Women Scientists
A collection of short stories on famous women scientists.  All written and illustrated by women writers and artists.

Ottaviani, Jim and Maris Wicks.  Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas

The true stories of three scientists who changed the way we think about primates forever.  Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey and Birute Galdikas were all recruited by anthropologist Louis Leakey and set out, with little to no training or background, on field research that would result in discoveries that advanced our understanding of the link between humans and primates.

Robbins, Trina, Anne Timmons and Mo Oh Lily Renee, Escape Artist
Lily Renee grew up a privileged child in Austria until the Nazi occupation.  Escaping one the Kindertransport, Lily travels first to England and then to America where she eventually becomes a comic book artist.

Siegel, Siena Cherson and illustrator Mark Siegel To Dance: a Ballerina's Graphic Novel
Six year old Siena is told that it was impossible to fix her flat feet but as a last effort she and her mother enrolled her into ballet. Siena soon became entranced with dancing and it completely shapes her personal and family's life. Though eventually Siena has to give up dance because of severe injuries, the influence of dance on her life and life's perspective continues.

Telgemeier, Raina.  Sisters.

Raina Telgemeier returns in this companion to Smile.  Raina always wanted a sister, but Amara isn't the fun friend to play with Raina had in mind!  Amara is grouchy and likes to keep to herself.  Their relationship only becomes more strained as they get older.  It all comes to a head when they're trapped on a family car trip from San Francisco to Colorado.

Telgemeier, Raina Smile
Raina knocks out her front teeth in middle school.  This follows many years of pain and surgery and figuring out who her real friends are.