Garlic and the Vampire (Paperback)
Local Witch Agnes and her vegetable companions’ peaceful lives are thrown into unease when a vampire moves in nearby! And only one vegetable can face him: poor anxiety-ridden Garlic! Garlic is tasked with confronting this vampire in order to help her friends, and her journey becomes one of finding her courage and discovering that people we don't know are not always as terrifying as our anxiety tells us. Absurdly cute and weirdly wonderful, with exemplary autumn vibes, this magical Witchy story is an all-ages, heart-filled adventure to sink your teeth into, with each character vibrant and completely lovable. I've never identified with vegetables so much in my life!
(Graphic Novel, Ages 9+) - reviewed by Isabel
— From Staff Picks by Isabel
An enchanting, farm-fresh debut graphic novel starring an unusual heroine who is braver than she realizes, for middle grade readers looking for a cozy, adventuresome read in the vein of Witch Boy or Be Prepared.
Garlic feels as though she’s always doing something wrong. At least with her friend Carrot by her side and the kindly Witch Agnes encouraging her, Garlic is happy to just tend her garden, where it’s nice and safe.
But when her village of vegetable folk learns that a bloodthirsty vampire has moved into the nearby castle, they all agree that, in spite of her fear and self-doubt, Garlic is the obvious choice to confront him. And with everyone counting on her, Garlic reluctantly agrees to face the mysterious vampire, hoping she has what it takes.
After all, garlic drives away vampires…right?
This powerhouse teen graphic novel follows Becca, the new girl at school, who is immediately chosen to join the coolest clique of girls in her school. These girls are eerily close-knit and hold a secret, one that Becca is soon pulled into: the coolest girls in school are werewolves, preying on boys who take advantage of girls without consent! Squad is a classic over-the-top teen-flick storyline with a fabulous cauldron brew of horror, queer representation, and searingly relevant commentary on consent and predation, featuring young women taking back their power and holding boys accountable. The perfect read for the next full moon!
(Graphic Novel, Ages 15+) - reviewed by Isabel