“Most people don't realize how important librarians are. I ran across a book recently which suggested that the peace and prosperity of a culture was solely related to how many librarians it contained. Possibly a slight overstatement. But a culture that doesn't value its librarians doesn't value ideas and without ideas, well, where are we?”
Neil Gaiman

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Blood Lust…It Isn’t Just About Vampires

Seeing Red: The True Story of Blood
By Tanya Lloyd Kyi

I am a huge fan of the growing number of excellent graphic books available for young people.  The content is as eclectic as our school library collections!  Seeing Red is a perfect example of an excellent use of the graphic format.  The book covers the a wide range of the lore about blood from the history of blood in religion, culture, society to coming of age ceremonies, foods and vampires. The main character, Harker, questions issues at each chapter engaging the reader in thinking about the subject at hand.  The book is appropriate for middle school readers and would be excellent paired as a resource with Little Brown’s Blood & Guts.

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