• Arthur

    One of the greatest legends of all time is the story of King Arthur and the Round Table. I have always been intrigued by the people, magic, and mystery that surrounds this story. We previously have shared five different versions of the story, but here are six more titles to further expand your Arthurian knowledge.  

    9.11 A Squires TaleTHE SQUIRE’S TALE
    By Gerald Morris

    In medieval England, 14-year-old Terence finds his tranquil life changed suddenly when he becomes the squire of the young Gawain and accompanies him on a long quest to prove Gawain’s worth as a knight and reveal a secret about Terence’s true identity. Morris has a whole series of Arthurian books that feature Terence and the Knights of Camelot. They are witty and full of adventure and magic. Great for older children and teens. 


    9.11 Over Sea Under StoneOVER SEA, UNDER STONE
    By Susan Cooper

    Three children are on vacation in Cornwall when they find an ancient manuscript that sends them on a dangerous quest in the battle between the forces of the Light and the Dark. This is the first book in Cooper’s THE DARK IS RISING series and is a classic for a reason. There is lots of adventure, magic, and family dynamics as they race against the clock to defeat the Dark. 


    9.11 Avalon HighAVALON HIGH
    By Meg Cabot

    High school junior Ellie has just enrolled at Avalon High School when strange things start to happen, and it seems that some of her classmates may be reincarnations of King Arthur and his court. I remember reading this book as a teen, and absolutely loved it. It is fun to see Arthur set in contemporary time, and Cabot manages to throw in some surprises that keep the characters and the reader on their toes. 


    9.11 Once and FutureONCE AND FUTURE
    By Amy Rose Capetta

    King Arthur’s most recent reincarnation is 17-year-old Ari, a female king who fights a tyrannical corporate government who is taking over the solar system, with the aid of her friends and a teenaged Merlin. Camelot in Space! A fun mix of futuristic technology and medieval jousting and chivalry, a group of diverse teenagers tries to stop an evil corporation from destroying the solar system. 


    9.11 The Guinevere DeceptionTHE GUINEVERE DECEPTION
    By Kiersten White

    In order to protect King Arthur, the banished Merlin has sent a 16-year-old changling to Camelot, where her magic is outlawed, to impersonate the deceased Guinevere. In a court torn between the old and new, Guinevere must try to keep Arthur safe while keeping her true identity hidden. Full of deadly jousts, forbidden romances, and complex characters, this is a great read for readers who love fantasy and mystery. 


    9.11 Tomorrows MagicTOMORROW’S MAGIC
    By Pamela Service

    This 2-in-1 volume follows a young, resurrected Merlin as he tries to bring back King Arthur and stop Morgan Le Fey in the wake of a nuclear holocaust. Set in a post-nuclear apocalypse time, Merlin is trying to resurrect Arthur with the help of two boarding school outcasts and stop the evil Morgan Le Fey. This futuristic tale will appeal to both Arthurian purists and fantasy lovers. Have I missed any of your favorite Arthurian adaptations? Be sure to share them in the comments.

  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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 

    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

    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

    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

    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.

  • Provo History

    Did you know that Utah has been home to more than 100 movies? Or that Butch Cassidy was born here in Utah? There is lots of Utah history that is often forgotten or unknown. Here are just a few of our books in Special Collections that are about some little known or hidden history of Utah.  

    By Larry R. Gerlach

    During the 1920s Utah experienced a brief, but important, period of Klanscraft, as well as several later revivals. The KKK was seen as both a national patriotic fraternity and a local vigilance committee. When discussing the nature of the KKK in Utah, the author stated, “The Ku Klux Klan exists in Utah today because such manifestations of prejudice fall within the normal range of acceptable behavior and values for too many Utahns. So long as people persist in making arbitrary judgments based solely on color, creed or ethnicity, the Klan or similar organizations will continue to find a niche in society.” 


    By Honey M. Newton

    Early pioneer midwives and women doctors made a lasting impact on the West by providing compassionate care from the cradle to the grave. But accounts of these supreme examples of service are rarely told. During the late 19th century, a larger proportion of female physicians were in Utah than anywhere else in the world, except possibly Russia, and Utah’s first hospital and Department of Health were organized and run by female midwives and physicians. Learn about 28 amazing women and the trials they faced and service they provided.  


    By Sandra C. Taylor

    Following Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor the U.S. government in the spring of 1942 forced about 110,000 Japanese American from their homes along West Coast. About 7,000 of these people, the majority of whom were American citizens, were moved to an internment camp in Topaz, Utah. Using the interviews of 50 former Topaz residents, newspaper reports, and the archives of the War Relocation Authority, the author shows how relocation shaped the lives of these Japanese Americans and Utah. 


    By James V. D’Arc

    Get the inside scoop on low budget movies to some of the most memorable films ever made in this history of moviemaking in Utah. Utah has played host to Kevin Bacon in FOOTLOOSE, Robert Redford in BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID, and INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE. Learn about these and other films that showcase Utah’s beautiful scenery in this book of Utah filmmaking. What is your favorite story from Utah history? Share in the comments, and be sure to check out these and other great books in our Special Collections.  Source for photo: (

  • Graphic Novels 

    We have already explored some of the graphic novel adaptations that the Library has of classic literature and modern classics. Here to round out our list are classic nonfiction titles that have been transformed through images.  

    6.24 Anne Franks DiaryANNE FRANK’S DIARY
    By Anne Frank
    Adapted by Ari Folman
    Illustrated by David Polonsky

    Explore the story of Anne Frank through illustrations and text from her diary in this authorized graphic biography of a young girl as she faces persecution and hatred during World War II. 


    6.24 On the Origin of SpeciesON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES
    By Charles Darwin
    Adapted by Michael Keller
    Illustrated by Nicolle Rager Fuller

    In this graphic adaptation of Darwin’s famous work, learn more about his pioneering research, the initial public reception, and some of the most recent breakthroughs in evolutionary theory. 


    6.24 The Communist ManifestoTHE COMMUNIST MANIFESTO
    By Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
    Adapted by Martin Rowson
    Illustrated by Martin Rowson

     Considered to be one of the most influential works of political theory, THE COMMUNIST MANIFESTO is brought to life through editorial cartoon style illustrations and lively wit. 


    6.24 The Life Changing Manga of Tidying UpTHE LIFE CHANGING MANGA OF TIDYING UP
    By Marie Kondo
    Illustrated by Yuko Uramoto

    Learn about the KonMari Method of tidying up in this fictional and fun case study of one young woman who is struggling with messes in her home, her love life, and her future as she gets advice and inspiration from Marie Kondo. 


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