Heartstopper

Heartstopper is (so far) a 4-book graphic novel series and TV show on Netflix. The main characters are 15 years-old and introduce a genre of books and TV for a new generation. Are the books promoting the TV show or is the show sending kids looking to read the books? Either way, both media are a hit with the teen crowd. The article in The Atlantic calls Heartstopper “Mainstream coming-of-age stories about LGBTQ teenagers,” but one that many audiences will enjoy. Far from a dark, disturbing story of bullying, Heartstopper is more of a feel-good look at teens finding their way in the world.

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Better Nate movie

The critically acclaimed Better Nate Than Ever middle school book opened in movie theaters earlier this month. An unpopular 13 year-old boy longs to appear on stage in his school play. Disappointed when he doesn’t get the part he wants, Nate plans a secret trip to run off to New York City and audition for a Broadway show. The author, Tim Federle, also directs this LGBTQ friendly Disney movie.

Irish cozy

Carlene O’Connor has created the fictional Irish town of Kilbane and the O’Sullivan 6 family to fall in love with. Siobhan is the oldest girl of the family who all help run the family bistro in the village. When book #1 begins, the parents have already been killed in a car accident and the 6 children are learning to get along on their own. Murder in the town keeps Siobhan busy and we meet the local residents who all become suspects. This is a fun series to listen to on audio (free) through Hoopla as the Irish accent adds to the atmosphere and coziness of the plot. Also available in print or CD, be sure to visit this series which will have you longing to book a ticket to Ireland.

From book to movie: Bad Guys

Dreamworks is releasing an animated movie edition of Australian author Aaron Blabey’s Bad Guys books later this month. The popular graphic novel series is now up to 15 titles. The hero and villain main characters combine a wolf, shark, fox, snake and more. The action sets up the good guys against bad guys in a hilarious action adventure. Young fans of Timmy Failure, Big Nate, Bad Kitty, Wimpy Kid, Dog Man and Tom Gates’ books will find much to love in these books and now the first movie.