Not only is Lyn Miller-Lachman one of our Round 1 panelists this year for Graphic Novels, she's also a writer in her own right (author of Gringolandia) and blogger at The Pirate Tree, which is described as "a collective of children’s and young adult writers interested in children’s literature and social justice issues." They review and discuss books for kids and young adults that deal with themes of social justice, and talk about writers and literature that challenges the cultural status quo.
One of our YA graphic novel nominees this year does just that, and Lyn posted a review of it earlier this month: How to Fake a Moon Landing: Exposing the Myths of Science Denial by Darryl Cunningham, a series of graphic-novel essays. As the title implies, the author takes on several scientific controversies that have been prominent over the years. In her review, Lyn says:
[T]he book…broaden[s] readers’ focus to hotly debated issues as they affect people not only in the U.S. but throughout the world as well. The greatest strength of Cunningham’s graphic essays, though, is not in their treatment of the individual issue but in their exploration of how science works and why the scientific method is more useful than blind faith and conspiracy theories.
Read more in her review, here.