Graphic novels continue to be popular with kids from the time they start to read all the way into high school. Here are some that I particularly enjoyed this year.
Raid of No Return by Nathan Hale. Published by Amulet Books
There’s no better way to learn history than with Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales; add this World War II one to the collection. Link to Amazon.
The Amazing Crafty Cat by Cherise Mericle Harper. Published by First Second.
At first, the premise of a girl who dons a cat costume and does crafts seemed a bit odd, but Birdie, a.k.a. Crafty Cat, is a resourceful and funny narrator, and her crafting abilities often save the day. Link to Amazon.
All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson. Published by Dial Books.
I’m a Raina fan, but I’m an even bigger Victoria Jamieson fan, and this book is in a dead heat with Roller Girl for my affections. Her heroines are likeable, fallible, and believable. I also enjoyed The Great Art Caper for younger readers this year. Link to Amazon.
Invisible Emmie by Terri Libenson. Published by Balzer + Bray.
A hybrid between a regular novel and a graphic, this introduced a sympathetic character, shy Emmie, and her graphic alter-ego Katie, who seems to be a different character until the end of the book. Introverts everywhere will root for Emmie. Link to Amazon.
The Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag. Published by Scholastic Graphix.
The “be yourself” message and questions about gender roles are strongly stated without overwhelming the engaging story about a community of magicians, and Aster, the boy who doesn’t conform to expectations. Link to Amazon.