Thrilling, daring, and downright gruesome stories from American history, in Graphic novel form. Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales is an Eisner-nominated, #1 New York Times bestselling series.
Gilbert du Motier became the Marquis de Lafayette at a young age, but he was not satisfied with the comforts of French nobility—he wanted adventure!
A captain at eighteen and a major general by nineteen, he was eager to prove himself in battle. When he heard about the Revolution going on in America, he went overseas and fought alongside Alexander Hamilton and George Washington for America’s independence.
From School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—About-to-be-executed spy Nathan Hale entertains his captors and readers by telling stories about U.S. history in this popular graphic novel series. In this installment, Hale returns to the setting of the American Revolution to focus on the early life of French aristocrat and Revolutionary War hero Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette. Young, passionate about the American cause, and endearing, Lafayette was accepted into the Continental Army when other French officers were rejected, because of his humility and willingness to learn (and because he was well connected and his wealth meant that he didn't require a salary). George Washington took him under his wing, and Lafayette's loyalty to the commander-in-chief saved Washington from a plot to remove him from command. The narrative pauses for an eight-page mini-comic about Benedict Arnold, the notorious traitor. Newcomers to the series are given enough context in the first few pages to figure out the dynamic among the Provost, Hangman, and Hale and will soon feel in on the jokes in the meta commentary. As has become customary in the "Hazardous Tales," accurate historical facts are made fun and palatable through the action-packed graphic format and a humorous lens. VERDICT A must-buy.–Kacy Helwick, New Orleans Public Library
**STARRED REVIEW** "Newcomers to the series are given enough context in the first few pages to figure out the dynamic among the Provost, Hangman, and Hale and will soon feel in on the jokes in the meta commentary. As has become customary in the “Hazardous Tales,” accurate historical facts are made fun and palatable through the action-packed graphic format and a humorous lens . . . A must-buy."
(School Library Journal)
"Hale does a tremendous job of telling the complicated story of one of the most celebrated men in history with facts and figures interspersed throughout the often humorous and informative narrative. His intricately drawn panels are beautifully colored . . . His precise linework and neat lettering make the multitude of thought and speech balloons in the easy-to-read panels. History lovers and comics readers alike will thoroughly enjoy this story of Lafayette and his quest for victory." (Booklist)
"Hale (the author) yet again weaves a delightful and engaging narrative sprinkled with silly and scatalogical humor . . . Fans of history, Hamilton, and/or Hale's previous entries will be clamoring for this latest volume."(Kirkus Reviews)
One Dead Spy
The tale of Nathan Hale's heroic, but doomed adventure spying against the British.
This is the first book in the series, where we meet our Narrators, Hale, the Provost, and the Hangman.
Big Bad Ironclad
A bombastic war of technology, right in the middle of the Civil War. Who can build the bigger, badder war ship? And more importantly, who can build one fastest? It's a race between inventors. It's bombs, torpedoes and iron armor. And in the middle of it all, William Cushing, the Civil War's biggest prankster. Big Bad Ironclad!
Donner Dinner Party
The worst family road trip ever.
Everyone knows about the grisly end of the Donner Party. But how did they get stuck in the Sierra Nevada mountains in the first place? What choices brought them to such a horrible end? Did anyone survive? And if they did, how?
A staggering tale of survival during the Westward Expansion.
Treaties, Trenches, Mud, and Blood
1914-1918, The Great War. A concise, cartoon overview of the entire mess. A favorite among the more military-minded readers of the series. Nominated for 2015 Eisner, Best-Reality-Related Work.
"A killer combination of history and jokes and comics and weirdness"
"And yes, little children, there will be blood."
--New York Times
The Underground Abductor
Araminta Ross was born a slave in Delaware. After years of backbreaking labor, she escaped and traveled north to freedom. Follow in the footsteps of one of the most daring leaders of the Underground Railroad--just don't read the back of this book, there's a SPOILER!
A #1 New York Times bestseller, and Eisner nominated for both Best Publication for Kids, and Best Writer/Artist.
Alamo All Stars
Remember the Alamo!
The rallying cry has been part of Texas history for generations. But what exactly, should we remember?
Jim Bowie, David Crockett, Juan Seguin, and of course Stephen Austin and Sam Houston, all star in the tale of the Texas Revolution. It's action-packed and complicated.
Alamo All Stars spent 32 weeks on the New York Times Graphic Hardcover bestseller list.
Raid of No Return
1942, the United States is reeling from the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Army Air Corps joins forces with the Navy to create a top secret plan, a bombing raid unlike any raid ever planned. Sixteen bombers set out. How many will return?
The first WWII story in the Hazardous Tales series.
Mutant killer tacos, Rapunzel in the Old West, the Pied Piper in a desolate post-apocalyptic landscape—graphic novels can make old stories seem new and strange.
"Hale positively revels in the weirdness of his premise. The two-color orange palette he uses adds to the surrealistic feeling of the illustrations . . . A well-balanced mix of sci-fi, horror, and humor."
"Perfect for fans of weird fiction, with a visual style that will appeal to fans of horror comics."
"Hale has done it again—another graphic novel that offers a terrific blend of the eerie and the humorous that will captivate new readers and delight dedicated fans."
(School Library Journal)
One Trick Pony
"Hale imbues his latest with pathos, action, and perfectly timed moments of comedy, but it’s the imaginative landscape, spot-on visual pacing, and confident line work that make this adventure tale really zing."
"The aliens themselves are visu-ally exceptional—huge, gluttonous, and oozing privilege in both their actions and their physical presentations."
(Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
"Set in a land that blends Stone Age elements and highly advanced technology, this graphic novel adventure features the same mix of humor and derring-do that makes Hale’s “Hazardous Tales” so popular."
(School Library Journal)
"Hale blends adventure, aliens, an apocalyptic future, and folklore into an easy-to-read stand-alone."
" The story combines an exciting science fiction plot with down-to-earth teenage characters...The real allure to the work is the use of different kinds of lines used to build textures, provide atmosphere, and portray characters."
(School Library Connection)
"With an engaging, racially diverse cast this high-stakes epic adventure should have wide appeal...Hale shepherds this complex narrative with the same sure hand as his graphic novel series of real stories from history."
(Horn Book Magazine)
"Hale’s illustrations are textured and visually move the story forward, while his original storyline effortlessly combines aliens, adventure, and apocalyptic fun."
"While beautifully concise, it still manages to squeeze in loads of suspense, chills (though nothing too nightmare-inducing), action and entertaining character dynamics — all within a refreshingly original take on post-apocalyptic hellscapes."
(New York Times Book Review)
Written by powerhouse duo Shannon and Dean Hale (no relation) this is Rapunzel as you've never seen her! Full color artwork by Nathan Hale.
The dialogue is witty, the story is an enticing departure from the original, and the illustrations are magically fun and expressive. Knowing that there are more graphic novels to come from this writing team brings readers their own happily-ever-after.
–New York Public Library (starred review)
Rich with humor and excitement, this is an alternate version of a classic that will become a fast favorite of young readers.
Rapunzel is back and so is Jack! The sequel to Shannon and Dean Hale's Rapunzel's Revenge!
"Nathan Hale's artwork again places the action in a fairy-tale version of the American West, now with the city as backdrop. His character sketches are delightfully expressive, and the book has the same rich palette as the previous story. It should satisfy readers who enjoy adventure, fairy tales, and anyone who loves a rogue."
--School Library Journal
"144 pages of rip-roaring storytelling in which the familiar fairy-tale is hugely extended, gathering in its sweep all kinds of echoes from Wild West and Super-hero films as well as other fairy-stories"