Graphic Novel Review 123/365: Nelson Mandela: The Unconquerable Soul

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Today, I blog live to you from NCTE 2017!  And in the spirit of larger characters, I bring you a powerful non-fiction tale of love, determination, rebellion, and triumph.

Title: Nelson Mandela: The Unconquerable Soul  

Author(s): Lewis Helfand

Publisher:  Campfire (2011)

Age Rating: 13+

If you are looking to add some quality non-fiction graphic novels to your collection or classroom library, you can get you a copy of Lewis Helfand’s Nelson Mandela: The Unconquerable Soul.  This well-constructed graphic novel is a densely worded telling of the life of Nelson Mandela.  Published in black and white, the book delivers in its matter-of-fact story-telling.

This book is reminiscent of John Lewis’ March, if the pages were more classically constructed and slightly less artistic.  That’s not an insult.  The art of the this book is well done; I just mean to say that the story it takes March two or three volumes to tell, Helfand takes one book to tell.  And that’s not an insult to March.  This is just where the two stories of these great men differ: Powell tells the artistic story of John Lewis through bigger panels and more spaced-out page construction, and Helfand packs the life of Nelson Mandela into a 115 page book.  These two books would make a great compare and contrast essay pair!

Both do an amazing job of telling the tale of a social justice warrior.  Nelson Mandela: The Unconquerable Soul is in some ways, the type of book that brought about tales such as March.

Happy reading!


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