Jan 14, 2011

2011 Top Ten Graphic Novels For Teens

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2011 Great Graphic Novels for Teens. The list of 63 titles, drawn from 89 official nominations, is presented annually at the ALAMidwinter Meeting. The books, recommended for those ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens. The complete list with annotations can be found HERE



Aristophane. The Zabime Sisters. Trans. by Matt Madden. First Second, 2010.
Experience the first day of summer vacation with three sisters on their island home of Guadelupe.


Dayton, Brandon. Green Monk. Self-published, 2009.
A young monk with the most powerful blade of grass EVER wanders into battle with a fierce giant.

Iwaoka, Hisae. Saturn Apartments V. 1. VIZ Media, 2010.
Mitsu takes on his late father's dangerous job as a window washer on the space ship Saturn Apartments.


Kim, Susan, et. al. Brain Camp. First Second, 2010.
Two teens discover there is something far more sinister than nature hikes going on at their summer camp.

Layman, John and Rob Guillory. Chew V. 1: Taster’s Choice. Image Comics, 2009.
When Tony Chu has to investigate murder, just about anything can end up down the hatch.


Neri, G. and Randy Duburke. Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty. Lee & Low Books, 2010.
The life, death and aftermath of an eleven-year-old gangbanger, based on a true tragedy.

Shiga, Jason. Meanwhile: Pick Any Path. 3,856 Story Possibilities. Amulet Books, 2010.
Have you played any comics lately? Choose your own adventure.


Telgemeier, Raina. Smile. Graphix, 2010.
Brace yourself: Middle School plus orthodontia equals dental drama.

TenNapel, Doug. Ghostopolis. Graphix, 2010.
Garth Hale has gone to the other side, but he’s not dead yet.


Weing, Drew. Set to Sea. Fantagraphics, 2010.
A lumbering poet discovers hardship and wisdom on the high seas.

Have you guys read any? My daughter loves graphic novels, and I recognize a few....

Happy Reading!

2 comments:

  1. Didn't Yummy just win a CSK Honor?? I really need to read that book.

    Graphic novels are one of the most difficult genres for me to get into. I just can't seem to find many that I really love. Thanks for the sharing a little graphic-novel-reading-inspiration!

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  2. I read Yummy and thought it was a good graphic novel because of it's message. I didn't care for Smile but I was reading it with High schoolers in mind and it is definitely geared toward middle schoolers. Graphic books in the manga style are the ones that really move in the library.

    My Head is Full of Books

    -Anne

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