Readbrightly.com shares this November's best children's and YA books.
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An unflinching and unforgettable remembrance, YOU DON'T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME is a powerful, deeply felt account of a complicated relationship.
Finding that social security comes up short, often underwater on mortgages, the invisible casualties of the Great Recession have taken to the road by the tens of thousands in late-model RVs, travel trailers, and vans, forming a growing community of nomads: migrant laborers who call themselves “workampers.”
With the bracing candor, vulnerability, and power that have made her one of the most admired writers of her generation, Roxane explores what it means to learn to take care of yourself: how to feed your hungers for delicious and satisfying food, a smaller and safer body, and a body that can love and be loved—in a time when the bigger you are, the smaller your world becomes.
In Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann revisits a shocking series of crimes in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood. Based on years of research and startling new evidence, the book is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, as each step in the investigation reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals.
Ginny Moon is exceptional. Everyone knows it—her friends at school, teammates on the basketball team, and especially her new adoptive parents. They all love her and they want her to feel like she belongs. What they don't know is that Ginny has no intention of belonging. She's found her birth-mother on Facebook, and is determined to get back to her—even if it means going back to a place that was extremely dangerous.
American Vampire started in March 2010. Created by Scott Snyder and illustrated by Rafael Albuquerque, the first five issues had a story by Stephen King exploring the origin of Skinner Sweet while Scott focused on Skinner's first child, Pearl Jones.
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"American Vampire Volume 1" by Scott Snyder and Stephen King with illustrations by Rafael Albuquerque contains issues #1-5 of 'American Vampire: First Cycle.' Collects two origin stories, one for Pearl Jones written by Snyder and the other for Skinner Sweet written by King. We also get a look at the ways an American Vampire differs from European vamps. A strong introduction that makes vampires dangerous again.
"American Vampire Volume 2" by Scott Snyder with illustrations by Rafael Albuquerque and Mateus Santolouco and contains issues #6-11 of 'American Vampire: First Cycle.' In Las Vegas, 1936, Chief McCogan and a pair of suspicious Federal Agents to investigate a series of murders related to a nearby dam project. Meanwhile, Pearl and Henry live their lives while a former friend, Hattie Hargrove, manages an escape.
"American Vampire Volume 3" by Scott Snyder and illustrated by Rafael Albuquerque contains issues #12-18 of 'American Vampire: First Cycle' and 'American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest' #1-5. In "Ghost War" Skinner, Henry, and Pearl encounter a rapidly producing and creepy breed of vampires on Taipan being bread as a doomsday weapon for the Axis. "Survival of the Fittest" was also a very good World War II story.
"American Vampire Volume 4" by Scott Snyder and illustrated by Rafael Albuquerque contains issues #19-27 of 'American Vampire: First Cycle.' The first story tells of the friendship between Skinner and Book and of the original American vampire. Next, why is a greaser sporting wooden fangs and hunting Skinner? Finally, Calvin Poole, the newest American vampire tries to go home again and encounters monsters.
"American Vampire Volume 5" by Scott Snyder and illustrated by Rafael Albuquerque contains issues #28-34 of 'American Vampire: First Cycle' and 'American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares' #1-5. In 1954, the VMS London base is attacked by a missile and the prime Carpathian vampire, dubbed "Dracula" is released. In America, to save Henry's life, Pearl teams up with Skinner Sweet to hunt down vampires for the VMS.
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"Preacher Book One" by Garth Ennis and art by Steve Dillon, contains issues #1-12 of Preacher comic book series. All hell breaks loose when the entity known as Genesis invades preacher Jesse Custer's mind and body. Joined by his ex-girlfriend Tulip and a new friend, a nearly hundred year old Irish vampire named Cassidy, Jesse goes looking for God who has a lot of explaining to do.
"Outcast by Kirkman & Azaceta Volume 1: A Darkness Surrounds Him" by Robert Kirkman and art by Paul Azaceta, contains issues #1-6 of the series. Nominated for the 2015 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel. Kyle Barnes' mother and his wife were possessed by demons. When Reverend Anderson asks Kyle to help exorcise a boy, they discover that everything they knew about demons may be wrong.
"Ex Machina: Book One" by Brian K. Vaughan and art by Tony Harris and Chris Sprouse, contains issues #1-11 of the series. After an accident leaves him able to talk and command machines, Mitchell Hundred becomes America's only super-hero. Eventually, he hangs up his jet pack and wins the election to become New York City's mayor. Politics, super-hero adventure and a little bit of horror mark this impressive series.
"Ex Machina: Book Two" by Brian K. Vaughan and art by Tony Harris and Chris Sprouse, contains issues #12-20 of the series and Ex Machina Special issues #1-2. Mitchell is called for jury duty while a new super-hero causes problems in New York City. Meanwhile a peaceful war protest ends in tragedy. This volume also includes the origin story of Mitchell Hundred and the super villain who talks to animals, Pherson.
"Ex Machina: Book Three" by Brian K. Vaughan and art by Tony Harris and Chris Sprouse, contains issues #21-29 of the series, Ex Machina: Inside the Machine and Ex Machina Special issue #3. The origin story of Bradbury and how Mitchell Hundred became The Great Machine. Then the element of horror returns when a "stranger" appears, causing the blackout of 2003 with clues about the origin of Mitchell's powers.