The sixth book in the Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi, “Escape From Lucien,” will be released on Aug. 26, and we expect it will be a monster hit. The series, starting with “The Stonekeeper,” has been a continual favorite for West Linn kids for quite some time. For kids (and adults with excellent taste in graphic novels) are eagerly awaiting “Escape From Lucien,” here are a few books that will help spend the time waiting in enjoyment!

“Explorer: The Mystery Boxes”

An anthology of short graphic works by such artists as Kazu Kibuishi, Dave Roman and Raina Telgemeier, all on the theme of a mysterious box and the marvels, or mayhem, inside.

“Zita the Spacegirl: Far From Home” by Ben Hatke

When young Zita discovers a device that opens a portal to another place, and her best friend is abducted, she is compelled to set out on a strange journey from star to star in order to get back home.

“Ghostopolis” by Doug TenNapel

Garth Hale is as good as dead...The only problem is he's still alive. When Garth Hale is accidentally zapped into the ghost world by Frank Gallows, a washed-up ghost wrangler, he discovers that he has special powers. Soon he finds himself on the run from the evil ruler of Ghostopolis, who wants to use Garth's newfound abilities to tighten his grip on the spirit world.

“Bone, vol. 1: Out From Boneville” by Jeff Smith

The three Bone cousins -- Fone Bone, Phoney Bone and Smiley Bone -- have been run out of Boneville and lost and separated in the desert.

“Foiled” by Jane Yolen

Aliera is a star at fencing, but at school no one notices her -- until her new lab partner Avery begins flirting with her. Aliera's mother just bought her a foil from a garage sale, and it has a strange jewel attached to the hilt. Will Aliera's first date be ruined when magical creatures try to steal her foil?

“Reed Gunther” by Shane Houghton

Reed Gunther and his trusty grizzly bear steed bumble their way through the Wild West fighting giant snakes, hoards of mole creatures, a resurrected John Henry zombie, freak show freaks, special government agents, and all sorts of wild monsters created by an ancient, mysterious Idol!

“Three Thieves: The Tower of Treasure” by Scott Chantler

As an acrobat in a traveling circus, 14-year-old orphan Dessa Redd flies through the air with ease. Still, she is weighed down by troubling memories. But when her ragtag circus troupe pulls into the city of Kingsbridge, Dessa feels a tickle of hope. Maybe here in the royal city she will finally find her twin brother -- or the mysterious man who snatched him away when they were just children. Meanwhile, Topper, the circus juggler, recruits Dessa and the circus strongman, Fisk, for the job of robbing the royal treasury. Hungry and desperate, both agree, setting off a series of adventures that will take the three thieves from one end of the world to the other in search of Dessa's long-lost brother.

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