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Amulet 2: The Stonekeeper's Curse by Kazu Kibuishi
Arthur's New Puppy by Marc Brown
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
Cat Dreams by Urusla K. Le Guin and S. D. Schindler (illustrator)
Clementina's Cactus by Ezra Jack Keats
Creepy Crawly Crime by Aaron Reynolds and Neil Numberman
Dinosaur Train by John Steven Gurney
Duma Key by Stephen King
Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Death and Dementia by Edgar Allan Poe and Gris Grimly
Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom by Eric Wight
Gravitation Volume 2 by Maki Murakami
Gunnerkrigg Court: Orientation by Tom Siddell
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
Hour of the Olympics (Magic Tree House #16) by Mary Pope Osborne
If You Take a Mouse to the Movies by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond
Is it Just Me or is Everything Shit? by Steve Lowe and Alan McArthur
Henry's 100 Days of Kindergarten by Nancy Carlson
Hip Cat by Jonathan London
Knuckleboom Loaders Load Logs by Joyce Slayton-Mitchell
The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl
King Matt the First by Janusz Korczak
Muse and Reverie by Charles de Lint
The Mystery of Grace by Charles de Lint
No Mad by Sam Moffie
Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman
Pharaoh's Flowers by H. Nigel Hepper
Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
Private Eye by Albert E. Cowdrey
Return of the Homework Machine by Dan Gutman
Salmon Doubts by Adam Sacks
The Shrinking of Treehorn by Florence Parry Heide
The Silent Boy by Lois Lowry
Snowfall by Jessie Thompson
Songwood by Marc Laidlaw
Sun of Suns by Karl Schroeder
Tonight on the Titanic (Magic Tree House #17) by Mary Pope Osborne
What Pete Ate from A to Z by Maira Kalman
When Cats Dream by Dav Pilkey

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Comments for Gunnerkrigg Court: Orientation

Gunnerkrigg Court: Orientation cover art (Link goes to Powells)Gunnerkrigg Court: Orientation: 03/10/10

My husband is a regular reader of the web comic, Gunnerkrigg Court. I read it when I remember to but they don't offer an RSS feed and without that I just don't read the site each time it's updated. Like so many web comics, it's being published in book form too. The first volume: Gunnerkrigg Court: Orientation by Tom Siddell was the winner of a 2009 Cybils (young adult, graphic novel category). I read the book as a second round judge.

Orientation follows Antimony "Annie" Carver as she starts school at Gunnerkrigg Court midway through the year. Her mother has recently died and her father is absent. The boarding school becomes her home. Fortunately though the book stays focused on the plot without wasting time on describing just how magical and mysterious the school is.

Instead each chapter is an episode in Annie's boarding school life. She's haunted by a second shadow, she builds a robot, she participates in the science fair and of course discovers that the school isn't quite what it seems. These moments of discovery about the school though are peppered in the book, not done as a grand tour ala Harry Potter's first year at Hogwarts.

Add to the great story, equally wonderful illustrations. The color is bold. The characters are interesting without being uncanny and the setting of the school and the neighboring forest are detailed and luscious. The artwork reminds me of another wonderful web comic turned book series: Girl Genius.

The second volume is out, Research, and I plan to get a copy.

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