The moth keeper by k. o’neill
Being a moth keeper means having the fate of the whole Night village on your shoulders. Knowing this, Anya takes the oath anyway and sets about training to become the next moth keeper. She is responsible with guiding the moths out of their home, made from a covered tree stump, but getting them back in by sunrise. The moths then pollinate the most important tree in the village, which will also induce a multitude of other desert plants to grow and sprout flowers. One night, Anya decides she isn’t satisfied with just knowing what life is like in the Night village. She visits the villages of creatures who thrive in daylight. Her exhaustion the next night leads to the moths flying away from her sight, and it's up to her and the power of other moon creatures to get the moths back before the tree withers from lack of pollination.
Moon Knight by Jeff Lemire
Illustrated by Greg Smallwood and Jordie Bellaire
Marc Spector wakes in a mental hospital, where he has obviously been thoroughly mistreated, judging by the black eyes and a number of other bruises. His psychiatrist, Dr. Emmet, is dismayed by the lack of progress he's made, especially in that he continues to talk about his other personas. He often slips in and out of his mind to talk to Khonshu, his patron god, who is also disappointed that Marc hasn't seen through the lies and broken out of the hospital yet. Marc starts to recognize some of the other patients - Frenchie, Gena, Marlene, Crawley - as people who have been helpful or important in his life. The facade of the hospital starts to crumble, and Marc begins to see the hospital staff as agents of Ammit, with crocodile heads and very foul tempers. Marc struggles to escape the hospital with his friends and maintain a handle on what he knows to be true, while slipping in and out of his other identities: Steven Grant, the successful Hollywood producer; Jake Lockley, a scrappy cab driver; and Moon Knight, the Fist of Khonshu and protector of travelers at night.
Katie struggles with food as a child, not wanting to eat what her parents gave her and finding interesting ways to hide what she didn’t want to eat. She gives up junk food for lent one year and finds that after her diet change, junk food doesn’t sit well anymore. She starts regulating her food intake and counting calories. She also does lots of long walks to make up for even the slightest slip up. She continues on until she passes out from near-starvation. Her parents rush her to the hospital where she is diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa. Katie continues to struggle throughout high school and into college, not only with food, but her ability to control her body, her food, and her doubts and anxieties. Just when she thinks she’s found someone to help her heal, it turns out to be even more harmful when Katie realizes she is being sexually assaulted by the one person she had trusted with her recovery.
Delicates by Brenna Thummler
Vol 2 of Sheets
Summer is coming to a close for Marjorie and Wendell almost a full year after they first meet. Marjorie is about to go into eighth grade, and she is feeling a little uneasy. After being a social outcast all of seventh grade year, her former bully Tessi and her friends have made it their mission to make Marjorie popular. The eighth grade class also has a repeater student - Eliza, the daughter of the PE/Student Government teacher, Mr. Duncan, who "isn't quite ready for high school," according to her dad. Eliza is obsessed with "ghost photography," and strives to capture the supernatural with her old-style camera. Eliza increasingly feels like a ghost amongst her peers - she's outcast, made fun of, and hardly ever invited to any social gatherings. Her obsession with ghosts makes her the laughing stock of the school. Marjorie's social obligations and school work leaves her with less time to hang out with her other-worldy pals, so Wendell starts sneaking out. He runs into Eliza, who doesn’t recognize Wendell as a ghost.
Beastars Vol 3 by Paru Itagaki
Legoshi and the drama department are invited to join in with creating floats and other designs for the Festival of the Meteor, the day animals commemorate the meteor that brought about the extinction of the dinosaurs. since they have plenty of experience making backdrops for the plays. Legoshi runs into the rabbit, Haru, again, and can't explain the magnetism he has towards her. Is it predatory? does he like her? Later, the students go out into the city below their school, and they inadvertently find themselves at the steps of the Black Market - a place that sells herbivore meat to carnivores in an attempt to help them keep their urges in check. Legoshi is separated from his friends, and he is forced to confront his nature as a carnivore, and really look at the attraction he has to Haru.
Mona is plagued by depression, anxiety, some lack of self-confidence, and many other mental health issues that so many teenagers suffer from. She calls her depression and doubts her “Matter.” To begin with, Mona's best friend moves away to Hawai'i, and she makes a new friend who has just enrolled in her school. Mona is also a violinist and loves to draw, but her Matter constantly tells her she's not talented enough. Throughout the narrative, Mona learns to cope with her Matter invading her thoughts and sabotaging her social interactions. She uses therapy, art, and writing to understand with and change her self-doubt into positivity.
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