Following the counsel of Governor Herbert and under the direction of Mayor Kaufusi, Provo City Library will be closed until further notice. No fines will accrue while we are closed. You can return items to our outside book drops during curbside hours.
Following the counsel of Governor Herbert and under the direction of Mayor Kaufusi, Provo City Library will be closed until further notice. No fines will accrue while we are closed. You can return items to our outside book drops during curbside hours.
 

 

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  • Grpahic Novels

    Just like there are great graphic novel adaptations of classic literature, the library also has a host of modern classics that combine word and image. These adaptations can make a moving story even more powerful with the addition of illustrations. Here are just a few examples from our adult and teen collections.  

    01.08 Wheel of TimeEYE OF THE WORLD
    By Robert Jordan and Chuck Dixon
    Artwork by Chase Conley
    (2011) 

    In this first volume of the WHEEL OF TIME SERIES, Ran al’Thor and his friends flee their home village, and are barely ahead of the pursuing Trollocs and Draghkar. Will the young people learn what they need to know in order to survive this dangerous world? 

     

    01.08 Enders Game Battle SchoolENDER’S GAME : BATTLE SCHOOL
    By Orson Scott Card and Christopher Yost
    Artwork by Pasqual Ferry and Frank D'Armata
    (2009) 

    The Earth is in a desperate fight against a deadly alien race, and one child, Ender Wiggin, may be the key to saving mankind. 

     

    01.08 SpeakSPEAK
    By Laurie Halse Anderson
    Artwork by Emily Carroll
    (2018) 

    Melinda starts her freshman year at Merryweather High School friendless and an outcast, all because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now, no one will listen to her, but what secrets could Melinda be keeping inside?  

     

    01.08 Pride and Prejudice and ZombiesPRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES
    By Seth Grahame-Smith, Jane Austen, and Tony Lee
    Artwork by Cliff Richards
    (2010) 

    A plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton that causes the dead to return to life. Heroine Elizabeth Bennett is determined to wipe out the zombies, but will a haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy distract her from her mission?  

     

    01.08 The AlchemistTHE ALCHEMIST
    By Paulo Coelho and Derek Ruiz
    Artwork by Daniel Sampere
    (2010) 

    Shepherd boy Santiago travels from his homeland of Spain to Egypt in search of a treasure in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets several interesting individuals who help Santiago in his quest. Soon his quest becomes more than a search to find worldly goods and turns into a discovery of self-discovery and worth.  

     

    01.08 KindredKINDRED
    By Octavia Butler and Damian Duffy
    Artwork by Nnedi Okorafor
    (2017) 

    A young black writer from 1970s California finds herself transported through space and time to antebellum Maryland. She soon discovers that her very existence depends on protecting Rufus, a conflicted white child, slaveholder, and progenitor. This is a powerful look at the disturbing effects of slavery on all who it chained together. 

     

    What are some of your favorite books that have graphic novel adaptations? Share them in the comments and be sure to look for our favorite nonfiction and classic fiction posts.

  •  Graphic Novel Classics

    Classic literature – the bane of high school English students. Like many people, I struggled with the works of classical writers, like Shakespeare and Aristotle, during my education. Luckily, the library owns a variety of these works in graphic novel adaptation, combining word and illustration to tell the story. Here are some of my favorite classic literature adaptations. 

    5.15 Fahrenheit 451FAHRENHEIT 451
    By Ray Bradbury and Tim Hamilton
    (2009)

    Experience Montag’s awakening to the evil of government-controlled thought and the need for philosophy and literature in striking artwork in this authorized adaptation. 

     

    5.15 The OdysseyTHE ODYSSEY
    By Gareth Hinds 
    (2010)

    Based on Homer’s epic poem, follow the journey of Odysseus as he travels home from the Trojan War. Experience violent storms, sirens, monsters, and sorceresses through word and colorful illustrations in this unique adaptation.  

     

    5.15 Crime and PunishmentCRIME AND PUNISHMENT
    By Fyodor Dostoevsky and David Mairowitz
    (2008)

    Set in present-day Russia, the black and white illustrations create a haunting picture of Raskolnikov’s inner turmoil. After committing a horrible crime, he is driven toward confession as a reprieve from his agony. A basic understanding of the original novel would enhance this adaptation.  

     

    5.15 Pride and PrejudicePRIDE AND PREJUIDUCE
    By Jane Austen and Stacy King
    (2014) 

    Discover the classic love story of Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy in this Manga Classic adaptation. Sometimes pride and first impressions can get in the way of true love. And check out our other Manga Classic titles for lots more adaptations.

     

    5.15 To Kill a MockingbirdTO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
    By Harper Lee and Fred Fordham
    (2018)

    Read the story of one little girl as she experiences the racial hate in an Alabama town as her father defends a black man accused of rape in this new adaptation of the classic novel.

     

    Do you have any favorite graphic novel adaptations of classic literature? Share them in the comments and be sure to look for our favorite nonfiction and current fiction titles in the coming weeks.