Cardboard Kingdom

Title

Cardboard Kingdom

Authors

Chad Sell

Publisher

Knopf Books for Young Readers

Publication Year

2018

ISBN

9781524719388

Pages

288 pages

Genre

realism

Format

graphic novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Welcome to a neighborhood of kids who transform ordinary boxes into colorful costumes, and their ordinary block into cardboard kingdom. This is the summer when sixteen kids encounter knights and rogues, robots and monsters—and their own inner demons—on one last quest before school starts again. In the Cardboard Kingdom, you can be anything you want to be—imagine that! The Cardboard Kingdom was created, organized, and drawn by Chad Sell with writing from ten other authors: Jay Fuller, David DeMeo, Katie Schenkel, Kris Moore, Molly Muldoon, Vid Alliger, Manuel Betancourt, Michael Cole, Cloud Jacobs, and Barbara Perez Marquez. The Cardboard Kingdom affirms the power of imagination and play during the most important years of adolescent identity-searching and emotional growth.

Grade Level

3-5; 6-8

Lexile Measure

GN150L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Culture/Ethnicity; Racial Diversity; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Kinship Care; Separation; Bilingual; Multicultural; Multiethnic; Multiracial; Gender Nonconformity; separated parents; grandparents raising grandchildren; multicultural community; multiple ethnicities; bilingual household; multiple races; girls who dress as boys; boys who dress as girls; gender expression; gender roles

Race/Ethnicities

multiple

LGBTQ+

gender nonconforming

Awards

Booklist Book Review Stars, 2018
Choices, 2019 Children's Fiction
Kirkus Book Review Stars, 2018
Notable Books for a Global Society, 2019
Blue Hen Book Award, 2020 Middle Reader
Little Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List, 2019 - 2020
Grades 3-5 Texas Bluebonnet Award, 2019 - 2020
Cybils Awards, 2018, Finalist, Elementary and Middle Grade(Graphic Novels)
Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, 2019, Nominee, Best Publication for Kids (ages 8 12)

Keywords

anthology; neighborhood; dragons; dressing up; friendship; acceptance; costumes; robots

Diversity Impact

indirect

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