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New Graphic Novels & Manga!

Tired of reading all that fine print? Just want something to entertain yourself? Try these-and many other- graphic novels and manga!

a black ten listening to music with school supplies arranged around themQuincred!ble: Quest To Be The Best (Volume One), by Rodney Barnes, Selina Espiritu, and Kelly Fitzpatrick

Invulnerability is a pretty useless superpower if you’ve only got a one-hundred-pound frame to back it up. That’s what Quinton West’s life became when he went from “small guy who got beat up” to “small guy who can’t get hurt” after the meteor shower dubbed “The Event” gifted him the power of invulnerability, but no other powers to compliment it.

But there’s more to Quin than meets the eye, and after some encouragement from his new mentor—a local New Orleans–based superhero named Glow—Quin realizes that he can use his quirky hobby of creating Rube Goldberg devices to outsmart the opposition. But being a hero paints a target on your back, and Quin’s got to risk it all to join the ranks of the superheroes he looks up to. It’s a good thing he can take a punch.

Astra: Lost In Space, volumes 1-5 (complete set), by Kenta Shinoharaa teen boy and teen girl floating in space

In 2063, space travel has become possible and commercially viable; a group of students from Caird High School departs to the nearby planet of McPa for their Planetary Camp. Soon after the group arrives on the planet, the nine children encounter a mysterious and unforeseen intelligent sphere of light; it attacks them, transporting them into the distant depths of space. Floating in orbit around an unknown planet, they discover an old abandoned spacecraft nearby. Finding it in working order, they resolve to use the ship to return home. To do so, they must cross the 5,012-light-year gulf of space separating them from home by visiting alien planets harboring life to replenish and manage their limited resources.

The long and dangerous journey home aboard their vessel, which they name Astra, brings with it new character revelations, strengthening the bonds they share, and the eventual realization that the stakes of their journey are far higher than any of them could ever have realized. Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5 available.

a small creature held in human handsThe Sprite & The Gardener, by Joe Whitt and Rii Abrego

Long, long ago, sprites were the caretakers of gardens. Every flower was grown by their hand. But when humans appeared and began growing their own gardens, the sprites’ magical talents soon became a thing of the past. When Wisteria, an ambitious, kind-hearted sprite, starts to ask questions about the way things used to be, she’ll begin to unearth her long-lost talent of gardening. But her newly honed skills might not be the welcome surprise she intends them to be. 

a manga character wearing mostly black with defensive accessoriesBofuri: I Don't Want To Get Hurt, so I'll Max Out My Defense! (Vol 1, 2, 3), by Yuumikan, Koin, and Jirou Oimoto

Urged on by her friend, Kaede Honjō begins playing the VRMMORPG NewWorld Online under the name Maple. Not wanting to get hurt, Maple opts to be a shield user with maxed-out defense stats, and continues putting every status point she earns in the game into increasing only her defense level. As a result, she is left with slow foot speed and no magic, but her high defense allows her to endure most hits without taking any damage. This, along with her basic-level creative thinking, allows for her to make unexpected accomplishments in the game, its quests and events. By doing this, she ends up earning all kinds of equally unexpected skills and becomes one of the strongest players in the game. Volumes 1, 2 and 3 are available.

various characters from the story arranged behind a monolithDjeliya: A West African Fantasy Epic, by Juni Ba

Inspired by West African folklore, Djeliya tells the remarkable tale of Prince Mansour and his royal storyteller Awa, as they journey to reach the mysterious Wizard Soumaoro who guards a fearsome power that he once used to destroy the world.

stately dressed robot holding a small human child

The Country Without Humans, by Iwatobineko

A hauntingly beautiful tale about the last human in a mechanical world.

Shii is the only human left in a city inhabited by nothing but machines. As she flees through the eerie streets, hunted by the sinister Triangle Head, she encounters a golem named Bulb. Can Shii survive long enough to form a friendship with this strange creature–and perhaps even change the world?

Volumes 1, 2, and 3 available

All these, and many more, are available from the Fitchburg Public Library! We have non-fiction, too. Call us at 978-829-1780 to place a hold, or use your online account.

A list of recommended books if you liked Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by L Bardugo

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Up-to-Date Resources

Stay sharp with up-to-date resources!

Online Databases can help you with homework assignments.  On the left column of the Gale Database page, you can also select K-12 resources for databases geared to students.

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Learning to Drive?

 Use the Massachusetts Drivers Test to study up!
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