Graphic Novel Recommendations

Graphic Novels

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Series by James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, and Alexis Frederick-Frost. New York, NY: First Second, 2009

Part how-to-draw cartoons and part story of friendship and chivalry, a princess/knight and her horse go on fun-filled adventures while learning lessons in sequential art,...

by Phillip Pullman, illustrated by Fred Fordham. New York, NY: Scholastic Graphix, 2017

A time travel adventure mystery about a research experiment that somehow went terribly wrong, and it’s up to John Blake, his crew, and friends from the future to set things straight....

by Faith Erin Hicks. Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Publications, 2013

Superhero girl is a multifaceted nuanced character who while having super powers is so very 'normal.'  While chock-full of superheroes and  full of fun and adventure, this book is really about  real life....

by Victoria Jamieson. New York, NY: Dial Books, 2017

Until now, Imogene's been homeschooled by her parents who work at the Renaissance Faire. She is now a Squire-in-Training and her quest is to survive middle school. The story is sensitively and beautifully told and thi...

First of the series by Jimmy Gownley. New York, NY: Atheneum, 2002

This book is great fun, brilliantly executes visual storytelling, and has wonderful wordplay. The endearing but flawed and snarky characters face all sorts of growing up issues such as divorce, friendshi...

by Gene Luen Yang. New York, NY: First Second, 2006  

Yang brilliantly weaves three seemingly independent stories together – all about cultural and individual identity. One story is of Jin Wang a Chinese-American boy who yearns to fit into the predominantly White n...

by MK Reed and Jonathan Hill. New York, NY: First Second, 2011  

Neil Barton lives in small-town America and has to face high school without his best friend. Making matters worse, his mom is one of many who want to ban his favorite book series from the local librar...

First in the series by Kazu Kibuishi. New York, NY: Scholastic Graphix, 2008

After a tragic accident, a girl and her brother, and mom have to move into their grandfather's old home. There, they find themselves swept in an alternate world they must save.  Filled with adv...

by Vera Brosgol. New York, NY: First Second, 2011

A coming of age story, Anya's embarrassed by her family, is self-conscious about her body, and feels she doesn't fit in. Then she meets a ghost at the bottom of a well. Things change.

NOTE: Some mature content for cigaret...

Series by Gene Luen Yang, Gurihiru, and Michael Heisler. Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Books, 2012

This series continues the Nickelodeon Avatar: The Last Airbender. While Zuko (the new Fire Lord), Earth King Kuei, and Aang (the last airbender) promised to restore the Four N...

Series by Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm. New York, NY: Random House Books for Young Readers, 2005

A feisty, day dreaming mouse deals with all sorts of school, family, and community adventures. This series is great fun and chock-full of adventures, humor, wordplay, wond...

First of a series.  Graphic novel adaptations based on the novel by Ann M. Martin by Raina Telgemeier. New York, NY: Graphix, 2015.

Babysitters, friends and kids all go on some wild adventures. Based on the novels by Ann M. Martin.

NOTE:  Later volumes by Gale Galligan...

by Sara Varon. New York, NY: First Second, 2011

Both funny and literal, this book is about friendship, fulfilling dreams, playing music, and baking. There are mouth-watering baking recipes in the back to recreate the treats Cupcake and Eggplant create.

Awards include: IR...

by Matt Smith. New York, NY: Clarion Books, 2014

This story is a mix of Norse mythology with a smattering of Tolkien and a mild Game of Thrones. It is full of swordplay and sorcery it is the story of Donaar's farm, now run by his son, and the Skullmaster's plots to dest...

Series by Larry Marder. Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Books, 2009

These books contains adventure; a thoughtful look into the meaning of life, love, and family; sing-song-dialogue; and invigorating word play.

The fun begins with the title of the first book, “Wahoolazuma!” to...

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