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New tweener graphic novels by Doug TenNapel, Raina Telgemeier and Royden Lepp are hitting the shelves.

In Doug TenNapel's 'Cardboard,' an otherwise-boring birthday present comes to life. Literally.

August 26, 2012
  • "Cardboard" by Doug TenNapel
"Cardboard" by Doug TenNapel (Scholastic, Scholastic )

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Graphic novels, which present novel-length stories in an illustrated, are a growing segment of children's publishing. What follows is a selected guide to fall offerings.

Cardboard

By Doug TenNapel

Graphix, 288 pp.: $12.99, for ages 10 to 14

The author-illustrator of "Ghostopolis" and "Bad Island" is back with another engaging story about a father who buys his son an empty cardboard box for his birthday, which they craft into a man who comes to life.

(August)

Drama

By Raina Telgemeier

Graphix, 240 pp.: $10.99, for ages 10 to 14

The creator of the Eisner Award-winning "Smile" is back with the humorous story of a dysfunctional middle-grade theater crew and their dramas both on and off stage.

(September)

Rust: Secrets of the Cell

By Royden Lepp

Archaia Entertainment, 200 pp.: $24.95, for ages 8 and up

In this beautifully illustrated follow-up to "Rust: Visitor in the Field," a robot attacks a farm, and a family suspects the mysterious young boy they've been caring for may be more involved than he has let on.

(October)

A Wrinkle in Time

By Madeleine L'Engle and Hope Larson

Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 392 pp.: $19.99, for readers 10 and up

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Newbery Award-winning classic gets the graphic novel treatment. Meg, Charles and Calvin, along with Mrs. Who, Whatsit and Which, are illustrated in full color as they experience the tessering and defend the universe.

(October)

Broxo

By Zack Giallongo

First Second, 240 pp.: $16.99, for ages 10 and up

It's zombies versus barbarians in this fantasy that pits the only surviving member of a tribe of barbarians against the walking dead, who live in a nearby lake.

(October)

Fangbone! The Birthday Party of Dread

By Michael Rex

Putnam Juvenile, 122 pp.: $5.99, for ages 6 and up

The charming barbarian in fur underwear and a horned helmet is back for another madcap adventure that sees his best friend's birthday party crashed by a monster.

(August)

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