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Booklist’s Guide to Graphic Novels in Libraries


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Lights on Wonder Rock
written and illustrated by David Litchfield

​More than anything else in the world, little Heather wants an alien to come take her away so she can live among the stars, so she sits on Wonder Rock, flashing the beam of her flashlight on and off into the night sky. One night, she gets her wish, but her parents miss her, so she returns to Earth, and time passes, as time does.

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​One of Booklist’s main goals in celebrating our year of Women in Focus: The 19th in 2020, timed to the hundredth anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, was to amplify the voices of women who’ve been historically silenced. If we can agree that comics represent a language of their own, and I sure can, highlighting women’s stories in this form adds another layer, and countless other voices, to that courageous, unabashedly un-silenced crowd.

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