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INTERMEDIATE FICTION
Layne, Aliza

Beetle & the Hollowbones

(2) 4-6 Color by Natalie Riess and Kristen Acampora. Twelve-year-old goblin Beetle's old friend Kat Hollowbone is back in town. After a rough reconciliation with the sophisticated skeleton, Beetle comes to realize that Kat's aunt is the real enemy: she wants to tear down the mall, which is the haunting ground of Beetle's (nonbinary) spirit friend Blob Ghost. Beetle herself, in fact, might just be destined for a new type of relationship with Kat. Luminous art and creative panel placement make for a zippy read in this graphic novel, whose LGBTQIA+ ­representation is treated as matter-of-factly as its fantasy elements.

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