Graphic Novels

Adapt and Thrive!

Wednesday, November 8, 2023A grid of book covers

Adaptations of books give readers a whole new way to enjoy their favorite stories, as well as introducing those stories to new audiences.  While we're all familiar with film and TV adaptations, a newer type of adaptation is proving especially popular with young readers: graphic novel adaptations.

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Top Twelve Books for Twelve Year Olds!

Grid of book coversThursday, October 19, 2023


It's hard to believe, but this October marks twelve years since we moved Brilliant Books from our little blue store in Suttons Bay to our beautiful downtown location right here in Traverse City.  To celebrate, we've been sharing some top twelve lists from those years.  You've seen our twelve bestselling staff favorites, twelve books we can always count on, and now, we're sharing this year's top twelve bestselling books for twelve-year-olds!

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Graphic [Novel] Ghosts and Goblins

Wednesday, October 4th, 2023.Spooky books and skull scene

We've already shared some of our top teen books for spooky season, but we felt that list didn't give the graphic novels their due, so we've created a whole new list to remedy that.  Some of these graphic novels are old favorites, some are newly released, and there are even a few that haven't officially hit shelves yet, but together they span the full range from slightly spooky to totally terrifying.  Which will you add to your TBR?

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Growing Future Readers with Graphic Novels

Saturday, August 27, 2022.

Child reading book

Over and over, we have seen parents and caregivers worried about “real reading”, encouraging their kids to find a lengthier novel without pictures.  But the truth is that graphic novels play an important role in growing readers!

Rachel, our Children's Section Director, shares her insights on graphic novels, plus recommendations to help even reluctant young readers discover the joy of a good book.

Why Go Graphic?

Graphic Memoirs

Friday, May 13, 2022.

graphic memoirs

Graphic novels are a wonderful way to add some color to all kinds of stories.

See how these brilliant artists, writers, and activists have put down their stories in comics and graphic novels.

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