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I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly
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Mar 25, 12

it was amazing
Read in March, 2012

What an emotional roller coaster! And the first graphic novel to make me cry!

I Kill Giants follows a segment of the life of Barbara Thorsen, arguably the greatest giant slayer of all time, in her quest to defend the world from giants—and maybe defend herself from some giants and ghouls of her own.

Probably my favorite graphic novel, the story opens on the surface with a young, angsty girl trying to follow her passion of bringing down titans and giants. However, as the story progresses we find that Barbara and her family are dealing with extra issues out of their control, and that Barbara personally chooses not to tackle. The art of it all was beautifully done in, what I would call, an aesthetically pleasing grunge style.

As a teacher, I cannot stress the need for students struggling with great life-altering events to find closure and acceptance in healthy ways. The graphic novel portrays a youth dealing with a hardship in her life the only way she knew how—with her imagination—and readers will find her coping mechanisms both dark and enthralling.

Johnathan & Kristin
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