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From comics rising star Sarah Graley, a fresh and funny middle-grade graphic novel featuring a girl who must save a virtual world... and her own! Izzy has an incredible secret -- she can enter the world of her new video game! She meets Rae, a robot who says Izzy is destined to save Dungeon City from the Big Boss. How is this possible?! And how can she fight for this virtual From comics rising star Sarah Graley, a fresh and funny middle-grade graphic novel featuring a girl who must save a virtual world... and her own! Izzy has an incredible secret -- she can enter the world of her new video game! She meets Rae, a robot who says Izzy is destined to save Dungeon City from the Big Boss. How is this possible?! And how can she fight for this virtual world when she's got a whole real life to keep up with: her family (though she could do without her mom's annoying cat), and her best friend, Eric. Things get even weirder when Izzy loses a life while inside the game, and she starts to worry about what might happen if she gets a Game Over for good. Meanwhile, Eric has been super upset with Izzy since she's been keeping secrets and bailing on their plans. Can Izzy survive Dungeon City and save their friendship?


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From comics rising star Sarah Graley, a fresh and funny middle-grade graphic novel featuring a girl who must save a virtual world... and her own! Izzy has an incredible secret -- she can enter the world of her new video game! She meets Rae, a robot who says Izzy is destined to save Dungeon City from the Big Boss. How is this possible?! And how can she fight for this virtual From comics rising star Sarah Graley, a fresh and funny middle-grade graphic novel featuring a girl who must save a virtual world... and her own! Izzy has an incredible secret -- she can enter the world of her new video game! She meets Rae, a robot who says Izzy is destined to save Dungeon City from the Big Boss. How is this possible?! And how can she fight for this virtual world when she's got a whole real life to keep up with: her family (though she could do without her mom's annoying cat), and her best friend, Eric. Things get even weirder when Izzy loses a life while inside the game, and she starts to worry about what might happen if she gets a Game Over for good. Meanwhile, Eric has been super upset with Izzy since she's been keeping secrets and bailing on their plans. Can Izzy survive Dungeon City and save their friendship?

30 review for Glitch: A Graphic Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jacki

    Nothing earth-shattering or super original, but at least it's one more tool in the "I read all of Raina Telgemeier so find me something similar now or I'll burn this library down" kit. Nothing earth-shattering or super original, but at least it's one more tool in the "I read all of Raina Telgemeier so find me something similar now or I'll burn this library down" kit.

  2. 4 out of 5

    mytaakeonit

    Super cute! Might be a fun companion to Warcross. :)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    A very cute graphic novel where, for once, someone isn’t trapped in a RPG! All the tropes would be quite familiar to anyone who’s played (MMO)RPGs or watched/read series on a similar subject, but this was light hearted and silly. The resolution came about a bit too quickly and it was hard to believe that your best friend would take that long to confront you...but otherwise it was a fun read. Not the biggest fan of this drawing style, although it seems to be becoming quite popular lately.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Marie the Librarian

    Mixed feelings about this one

  5. 4 out of 5

    Adam M

    -Read for 2019 YA Reading Challenge- I received an ARC from Graphix at c2e2 this year thanks to the ALA Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table. This was a silly book about friendships, video games, making choices that have consequences and growing up just a little. The art here works really well for the story being told and I appreciated that poor life choices were reflected as hurting friendships and relationships around us. There was some nice subtle work being done for parents here.

  6. 5 out of 5

    zapkode

    {My thoughts} – Brilliantly written and illustrated. All of my older kids love video games and this book is right up their alley. I’ve read a few books that have a similar premise, but not a graphic novel like this. I really enjoyed being drawn into the author and the writers created world. There is so much that I can say about this book. The main thing is that it is spot on about how my children like to act when they get overly involved in playing a video game. However, in their case it doesn’t {My thoughts} – Brilliantly written and illustrated. All of my older kids love video games and this book is right up their alley. I’ve read a few books that have a similar premise, but not a graphic novel like this. I really enjoyed being drawn into the author and the writers created world. There is so much that I can say about this book. The main thing is that it is spot on about how my children like to act when they get overly involved in playing a video game. However, in their case it doesn’t matter if it is new or not. Izzy and her friend Eric have been waiting for the release of a new game called Dungeon City. Izzy promises her friend Eric that she isn’t going to play the game until the weekend. She isn’t able to keep the promise. She ends with more issues then she bargained for once she starts playing the video game. This book is great for any child that loves video games. It is also a great book that I think even the most reluctant of readers will be able to enjoy. I have come to love graphic novels almost as much as my older children and I cannot wait to start introducing them to the babies when they are old enough!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Katy

    2.5 stars. Meh. I wasn't a big fan of this one. The behavior of the characters didn't make sense to me. A teacher who lets a student sleep literally the entire school day? Parents who realize their daughter lies to them, but don't remove the door from her room to check on her AND still go away for a vacation? Not to mention Izzy who goes from having a BFF who seems to mean everything to her, to having no problem flat out ignoring her? She doesn't even make up excuses for why they can't hang out. 2.5 stars. Meh. I wasn't a big fan of this one. The behavior of the characters didn't make sense to me. A teacher who lets a student sleep literally the entire school day? Parents who realize their daughter lies to them, but don't remove the door from her room to check on her AND still go away for a vacation? Not to mention Izzy who goes from having a BFF who seems to mean everything to her, to having no problem flat out ignoring her? She doesn't even make up excuses for why they can't hang out. She just says nothing to her. The timeline of the story also didn't make sense. Sometimes it seemed like time Izzy spent in Dungeon City was passing in real time. Another time she tells her parents she's going to the bathroom, but goes into the game. They don't seem bothered by the fact she lied to them about why she left their conversation about her behavior at school or for how long she locked herself in her room/disappeared into Dungeon City. They also make it seem like she was gone only a short period of time. An interesting premise, but the characters weren't likable or believe for me. Not a fan of this one.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jenna D.

    Cute gamer fun for kids, teens and adults of all ages. Glitch tells a simple and silly story of friendship in the geekiest way possible. Bad decisions have consequences, lies never stay hidden, friendship pwns all. Graphic novels, Sarah Graley and video games? A winning combination, indeed! Plus, it is a really quick read. Easy to devour in 1 or 2 sittings. 3.5 stars.

  9. 4 out of 5

    - ̗̀ aileen ̖́-

    2.5⭐️ cute art style and a very light hearted middle grade, but nothing ground breaking. it’s pretty much what you’d expect from it and there was nothing really surprising. the characters were only semi-likable, which is probably the biggest reason i didn’t enjoy it as much as i could’ve since i did like the premise of it. however, i can see how this could be something for younger people, especially if you are into video games.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    Not a fan. The internal logic was so screwy, I couldn't get into the story. There was just no mechanism for Izzy to be pulled into the game. Magic is never mentioned; it's the "code" that makes everything that happens in the book possible. At the end of the book, Eric asks, "Are we the only people that have entered the game, though? How did this happen? How does any of this make sense?" I would have enjoyed this a LOT more if I could have had answers to those questions as well. Not a fan. The internal logic was so screwy, I couldn't get into the story. There was just no mechanism for Izzy to be pulled into the game. Magic is never mentioned; it's the "code" that makes everything that happens in the book possible. At the end of the book, Eric asks, "Are we the only people that have entered the game, though? How did this happen? How does any of this make sense?" I would have enjoyed this a LOT more if I could have had answers to those questions as well.

  11. 4 out of 5

    CJ

    A good story of what happens when video games take over your life (in this case, it's literal). I'm not the intended audience, but I definitely recommend it to kids and teens who love playing online. The art style is reminiscent of Steven Universe, which is to say, awesome. A good story of what happens when video games take over your life (in this case, it's literal). I'm not the intended audience, but I definitely recommend it to kids and teens who love playing online. The art style is reminiscent of Steven Universe, which is to say, awesome.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    Super fun nod to video gaming and friendship!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mehsi

    Review to come!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Priss

    4/5. Fun and cute! Didn't quite understand Izzy's actions sometimes, but it's a cute story ^^ 4/5. Fun and cute! Didn't quite understand Izzy's actions sometimes, but it's a cute story ^^

  15. 5 out of 5

    Steph

    Cute and bold, and full of excitement... worth reading this middle grade graphic novel!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ada

    3.5 liked the art- plot was a little childish tho

  17. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Adorable art, fun colors, but the story wrapped up too quickly. Still super cute, and I think parents will appreciate the parallels to video game addiction.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne Dix

    I had no idea what to think at the beginning but really loved this story of video game obsession, girl power and BFFs.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kevin almanza juarez

    this graphic novel is the most interesting and it's so entertaining this graphic novel is the most interesting and it's so entertaining

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lexie

    Super fun, energetic and definitely reminded me why I like being a gamer. Bonus - my niece (currently 8) recommended this to me with the highest praise. She assured me, with page specific details, why I would really enjoy it. Including the fact that the villain was -- whoops! Don't want to ruin that! The friendship between Eric and Izzy was the backbone here, giving us a good glimpse of their dynamic and why it works so well. Rae, the robo-nerd Izzy meets in the game, is a bit lecture-y at first (t Super fun, energetic and definitely reminded me why I like being a gamer. Bonus - my niece (currently 8) recommended this to me with the highest praise. She assured me, with page specific details, why I would really enjoy it. Including the fact that the villain was -- whoops! Don't want to ruin that! The friendship between Eric and Izzy was the backbone here, giving us a good glimpse of their dynamic and why it works so well. Rae, the robo-nerd Izzy meets in the game, is a bit lecture-y at first (they're definitely exposition-y), but is committed to the Questing. Several well known adventure game or fantasy tropes are played with, sometimes really well (the whole "chosen one" aspect for instance) and sometimes less (the Big Bad reveal felt a bit too convenient). Overall a very good rec from my niece and an excellent graphic novel to give to kids intrigued by the concept.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lanica

    My 12 year old boys read this and loved it...and then were surprised when I told them that I totally thought it was about video game addiction. It is a good fluffy book for kids - and we can just leave it there...but... This is a great way for teachers and parents to talk to kids about how addicting video games can be and how easy it is to let addiction ruin friendships, families and a persons health. The main character doesn't realize she has played all night, so then she sleeps through school, My 12 year old boys read this and loved it...and then were surprised when I told them that I totally thought it was about video game addiction. It is a good fluffy book for kids - and we can just leave it there...but... This is a great way for teachers and parents to talk to kids about how addicting video games can be and how easy it is to let addiction ruin friendships, families and a persons health. The main character doesn't realize she has played all night, so then she sleeps through school, then lies to her best friend, and her parents...eventually she sees that she needs help, but is too afraid to ask for it because she would have to admit she lied and broke the rules. She forgets to do things she is supposed to do. She thinks the game world is more important than her own. Totally an addiction story! I loved it! I also love it because there are a bunch of things in it that are not 'discussion points'...and yet so important. A mixed race family has nothing to do with the story. A friend named Eric who might be trans...which has absolutely nothing to to with the story. Using 'they/them/their' for a gender neutral character without any discussion of pronouns. So simple and so effective. Well done!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    This book was ADORABLE. The perfect light and fun read. Plus Jasper the cat is EVERYTHING.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Elaine Fultz, SLMS, Teacher Librarian, MLS

    A plucky video game obsessed girl, Izzy, is captured (literally) by a new game that she promised her friend Eric (pronouns she/her) she’d wait to play with her. In the game, Izzy is befriended by the robot Rae (pronouns they/their) and together, they begin the quest to defeat the bad guys. Actual time passes when Izzy is in the game, so she is continually late to school, sleeps in class, and alienates Eric and her parents (who just shrug off the fact that she locks herself in her room every nigh A plucky video game obsessed girl, Izzy, is captured (literally) by a new game that she promised her friend Eric (pronouns she/her) she’d wait to play with her. In the game, Izzy is befriended by the robot Rae (pronouns they/their) and together, they begin the quest to defeat the bad guys. Actual time passes when Izzy is in the game, so she is continually late to school, sleeps in class, and alienates Eric and her parents (who just shrug off the fact that she locks herself in her room every night and doesn’t eat). Eventually Izzy confesses to Eric, and they join forces to beat the unexpected (sort of) big boss. The genderfluidity is subtle, possibly so subtle that some readers will be confused. But brown-skinned, eyeliner-wearing masculine Eric is also a welcome unique character for MG GNs. Likely to be a 2019 Scholastic book fair favorite. Readers who also game will enjoy the realistic quest game action.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    Glitch is brought to you by the same artist/author as the Kim Reaper series. It both reads and looks like that series, the only difference is the story line. This is part of the Scholastic Graphix imprint. Izzy is obsessed with video games. And her best friend Eric (pronouns she/her) is a gaming master. They have both been eagerly await a big game drop. Izzy promises Eric that she will not play the game until the two have their super video gaming sleepover. Izzy lied. It was like candy, to tempt Glitch is brought to you by the same artist/author as the Kim Reaper series. It both reads and looks like that series, the only difference is the story line. This is part of the Scholastic Graphix imprint. Izzy is obsessed with video games. And her best friend Eric (pronouns she/her) is a gaming master. They have both been eagerly await a big game drop. Izzy promises Eric that she will not play the game until the two have their super video gaming sleepover. Izzy lied. It was like candy, to tempting not to partake. This video game is special. It pulls the player into the game. Bad guys await around every corner. The adult in me sees the “evil/power of video games on young users” message, but I think for many kids that will go right over their heads. Younger audience will get involved in the friendship story, the colorful artwork, and the is they, is they not the good guy story twists.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey Riggs

    it great! It was awkward. It was real. It was fake. This books is made for gaming kids and it shows them a rediculous rendition of what would happen if they became a part of their favorite RPG. It shows what happens with relationships between friends and strangers you meet 'online'. I am not a gamer myself and I enjoyed this. Let's not forget...the artwork was pretty great. I was laughing the entire time I was reading! it great! It was awkward. It was real. It was fake. This books is made for gaming kids and it shows them a rediculous rendition of what would happen if they became a part of their favorite RPG. It shows what happens with relationships between friends and strangers you meet 'online'. I am not a gamer myself and I enjoyed this. Let's not forget...the artwork was pretty great. I was laughing the entire time I was reading!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Kids will relate to the pull of playing video games and trying to balance that with life, school and friends. The whole idea of being bodily immersed in a video game will also appeal. Izzy's friend Eric dons a female character in the game, and the evil robot is referred to as "them" and "they". Kids probably won't notice this too much, conservatives with their knickers in a twist might object (if they get that far into the story). Kids will relate to the pull of playing video games and trying to balance that with life, school and friends. The whole idea of being bodily immersed in a video game will also appeal. Izzy's friend Eric dons a female character in the game, and the evil robot is referred to as "them" and "they". Kids probably won't notice this too much, conservatives with their knickers in a twist might object (if they get that far into the story).

  27. 4 out of 5

    Matt Graupman

    If nothing else, Bryan Lee O’Malley’s manic “Scott Pilgrim” series proved that video games and comics are a natural pair, like peanut butter and jelly or Han and Leia. Now, like an over-caffeinated younger sister, comes Izzy, the star of Sarah Graley’s charming and irreverent YA graphic novel, “Glitch.” Bright, candy-coated fun, the book sneakily delves into the issues of what it takes to maintain friendships in the face of personal priorities, but it’s such a hoot that you barely notice that yo If nothing else, Bryan Lee O’Malley’s manic “Scott Pilgrim” series proved that video games and comics are a natural pair, like peanut butter and jelly or Han and Leia. Now, like an over-caffeinated younger sister, comes Izzy, the star of Sarah Graley’s charming and irreverent YA graphic novel, “Glitch.” Bright, candy-coated fun, the book sneakily delves into the issues of what it takes to maintain friendships in the face of personal priorities, but it’s such a hoot that you barely notice that you’re being taught. In a catalog already stuffed with winners, “Glitch” is a standout comic from Scholastic. Izzy and her best friend, Eric (she’s a girl but has a “boy’s name”... there’s A LOT of quirky, super-inclusive touches like that) are obsessed with video games. The inseparable friends are over-the-moon excited to have a weekend together to play their latest game but, when Izzy tries the game early without Eric, she’s sucked into the world of Dungeon City where she meets a robot named Rae who proclaims her to be the mythical savior of the realm who is destined to beat the Big Boss. As Izzy gets deeper and deeper into her quest, she forsakes her schoolwork, family, and - most importantly - her best friend, creating tensions in both her digital and real lives. As I mentioned before, anyone who liked “Scott Pilgrim” will like “Glitch.” It has the same dry scattershot humor, pop culture fixations, and lively energy. “Glitch,” however, leans a little more into Cartoon Network-y territory than “Scott Pilgrim,” which wore its manga-style heart on its sleeve (this isn’t a surprise, though, considering that Graley - in addition to her lovely autobio comic, “Our Super Adventure” - also does a “Rick & Morty” spin-off comic series). It’s definitely it’s own thing, though. Graley does an amazing job of world-building with Dungeon City and it’s so refreshing to read two fully-realized, non-boy-crazy female characters. Front to back, “Glitch” is a rollicking good read. Like a piece of hard candy, “Glitch” is sweet and tart. Sweet with its depiction of two best friends trying to navigate their changing relationship and tart with its humor. It’s almost a disservice to keep comparing it to “Scott Pilgrim” because it’s so unique despite mining the same territory. Regardless, it’s an easy reference point and I’ll say this: I liked “Glitch” more than “Scott Pilgrim” (and I really liked “Scott Pilgrim”).

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Izzy and her best friend Eric have been waiting a long time to play the new version of Dungeon City, and have a sleepover and epic pizza party planned, but when the disk arrives earlier in the week, Izzy can't stop herself from playing. When she gest sucked into the game, her life becomes complicated. In the game, she is helping the robot Rae save the fictional world from Big Boss, but in real life she is sleeping at school, ignoring Eric, and running afoul of her parent E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Izzy and her best friend Eric have been waiting a long time to play the new version of Dungeon City, and have a sleepover and epic pizza party planned, but when the disk arrives earlier in the week, Izzy can't stop herself from playing. When she gest sucked into the game, her life becomes complicated. In the game, she is helping the robot Rae save the fictional world from Big Boss, but in real life she is sleeping at school, ignoring Eric, and running afoul of her parents. Staying in the game has more and more appeal, since the stress there seems more exciting and less real. When her parents go away for the weekend, Izzy knows she should reconnect with Eric and have their party, but she is at a critical juncture in Dungeon City. When Eric comes to Izzy's house while Izzy is out looking for her, Eric gets dragged into the game. While Izzy has realized Rae is evil and escaped, Eric is in danger of getting drawn further into the game. Can Izzy save the world AND her friend? Strengths: This is a perfect mix of pictures and text, and the story moves along nicely. There are not as many video game based books as there should be, and a graphic novel one is even more brilliant. The illustrations are appealing, the length is right, and in full color, this will never get back to the shelf. Weaknesses: This shows that I am old. My deep, primitive brain expects the gender binary and tries to assign it. Rae's a robot, so using "they" for that character, okay. But Eric has very feminine features (including the "girl" eyelashes), so I just got confused. I am trying very hard NOT to assign gender, but it's difficult to break habits of a lifetime. Also, were Izzy's parents NOT controlling her screen time. Hmmm. What I really think: Definitely purchasing, probably two copies, but I am not the target audience.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Becky B

    Izzy and her best friend Eric are super excited about the new Dungeon City video game. Izzy promises Eric that she'll wait for her to play it, but she can't resist when she finds it waiting at home. To Izzy's great surprise, she gets sucked into the game and a robot named Rae recruits her to help save the virtual world. Together with Rae she is raiding dungeons to gain experience and up their friendship points so they can finally take on the big boss. But the game is consuming more and more of I Izzy and her best friend Eric are super excited about the new Dungeon City video game. Izzy promises Eric that she'll wait for her to play it, but she can't resist when she finds it waiting at home. To Izzy's great surprise, she gets sucked into the game and a robot named Rae recruits her to help save the virtual world. Together with Rae she is raiding dungeons to gain experience and up their friendship points so they can finally take on the big boss. But the game is consuming more and more of Izzy's time. She's sleeping through school, ignoring Eric, brushing off her parents, and then she starts to suspect that Rae may not be telling her the whole truth. Will this game cost Izzy everything? This is really a kind of middle grade, girly rewrite of Tron though I don't expect any of the target audience to realize that. There's a good message about not letting gaming cost you friendships, family, and academics woven in that is important for the modern middle grade generation. I felt like Izzy's parents needed a backbone and should've confiscated her console long before this became an issue, but that wouldn't have been convenient to the plot. Izzy could've used a lesson about respecting adults in her life, she doesn't treat her parents or teachers very well. The illustration style is one that is currently popular and should appeal to the target audience. I see the appeal of the plot and the need for the overall message, but I wasn't a huge fan of Izzy. It was just ok to me. Notes on content: No language issues. No sexual content. Mild video game violence that could be perilous for people too, but no one is seriously hurt.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Teri Parks

    I’m confused.... This graphic novel is geared for young readers ages 8-12 years old. And I was expecting the characters to be in that age range as well. When the GN first starts, I’m confused by one of the characters “Eric”. Is this a boy or a girl? Looks like a girl body, has a name usually associated with a boy, and is best friends with the main character. Confusing.....until page 5 when the character is referred to as her. But then the story talks about them being “mature adults to stay alone”. I’m confused.... This graphic novel is geared for young readers ages 8-12 years old. And I was expecting the characters to be in that age range as well. When the GN first starts, I’m confused by one of the characters “Eric”. Is this a boy or a girl? Looks like a girl body, has a name usually associated with a boy, and is best friends with the main character. Confusing.....until page 5 when the character is referred to as her. But then the story talks about them being “mature adults to stay alone”. What? How are young children mature enough to stay alone by themselves for a weekend? This confused me until about page 75, when I see that the characters actually attend high school. Ok, now that makes sense, but again why would you use HS aged characters as the main characters in a YR book? The storyline had me thinking”Jumanji” crossed with something else, but I could never Place what I thought it was crossed with. I liked the underlying lessons that could be learned from the story - friendship, bullying, etc. - but was disappointed that there was so much “fighting”. I understand “superhero” has to fight the evil in the world, but I just thought it was over-the-top for a YR. if the purpose of the story was life-lessons, I think it fell way short on its potential. If it was strictly “just for fun reading” storyline, than it hit its mark. A low ⭐️⭐️⭐️ rating from me. Readers who like “Jumanji” and violent video games will like this story. Thank you to Graphix and Scholastic for an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for a honest review.

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