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Wormworld Saga Graphic Novel

Found in: language arts & literature, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Daniel Lieske’s Wormworld Saga is a digital graphic novel that can be used in grade 5-8 reading and visual literacy classes. The novel is read by scrolling. The chapters are free. Other elements of the website require a subscription or donation.

The protagonist, 10-year-old Jonas Berg, is prone to daydreaming, drawing, and poor grades, especially in math. When the story opens, Jonas is leaving with his father for summer vacation at his grandmother’s. His father wants him to work on his math, but Jonas would rather have swashbuckling adventures in the forest behind his grandmother’s and draw in a secret room he discovered in her attic.

One afternoon, a drawing comes to life and leads Jonas through a draped painting into another world in which he will be asked to become the hero.

Wormworld Saga is a work in progress. So far, nine chapters are available online. The unfinished plot gives students an opportunity to imagine and write their own resolutions. Lieske’s artwork, plot, vocabulary, and concepts will engage readers of all abilities. For students interested in illustration, particularly computer illustration, author/illustrator Daniel Lieske’s website offers more examples and descriptions of his artwork.

Using Graphic Novels with Children and Teens: A Guide for Teachers and Librarians discusses how graphic novels can motivate reluctant readers, lists titles for readers in grades 3-5, 6-8 , 9-12, and includes links to Internet graphic novel resources.

You Can Do A Graphic Novel
(PDF , 1.8 MB, 42 pgs) is a guide for (grade 7-12) English, creative writing, and art teachers to accompany Barbara Slate’s book of the same title, which is itself a guide to creating graphic novels in the form of a graphic novel. The guide describes an approach to creating a graphic novel. (NOTE: Penguin Books has reorganized its website and this resource might not remain available.)


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