The Storm in the Barn

The Storm in the Barn by Matt Phelan; published by Candlewick Press, Somerville, Massachusetts; 2010.

Sorry again for the cross-post, but this graphic novel seems to have made awards and notable books lists that bridges the perceived gap between children’s and young adult titles.  For my take on the book, please check out the review on my KidsRead blog (

"Migrant Mother" by Dorothea Lange

As for teens, I think the blurred line between folklore and fiction, between oral and factual history, will appeal.  I also think that reluctant readers will appreciate the nuances in the images, the use of color to bring depth to the storytelling, as well as the fact that it has limited words to read.  As I mentioned in the children’s review, this graphic novel will have a symbiotic relationship with the Library of Congress’ FSA slideshow on Flickr.  I can imagine a forward-thinking English teacher pairing this graphic novel with the images and Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and Karen Hesse’s Out of the Dust.  What an exciting grading period that would be!  But then again, I am a fan of historical fiction….

3P     5Q     Grade Level: 5-12

Cover Art: The image is taken from a cell within the book.  The haunting hand reaching for Jack might appeal to teens.  I really think that an interest in historical fiction or using this book in an assignment will be the way to get this book into young adult hands.

From Reading List: Great Graphic Novels for Teens


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