My final list for 2020 is my favorite graphic novels, always a fun one for me! I’m going to post one more review tomorrow of the perfect new year’s book, then take a vacation for a few weeks and start to read some 2021 books. Happy new year to you all!
Class Act by Jerry Craft
Published by Quill Tree Books
Jerry Craft outdid himself in his sequel to last year’s Newbery Medalist New Kid. This one followed Jordan’s friend Drew, and asks some hard questions about race and inequality while keeping its light touch and kid appeal.
Fox & Rabbit Make Believe by Beth Ferry, illustrated by Gergely Dudás
Published by Amulet Books
I can’t wait to get back to school and start introducing the younger graphic novel fans to Fox and Rabbit. There’s plenty of gently humor and friendship stories that include a couple of great sidekicks. Look for book 3 in April 2021.
Shirley & Jamila Save Their Summer by Gillian Goerz
Published by Dial Books
I didn’t read many mysteries this year, but this one was a ton of fun, with a quirky nod to Sherlock Holmes and Watson.
Twins by Varlan Johnson, illustrated by Shannon Wright
Published by Graphix
Two years later, I’m still trying to recover from the fact that Varian Johnson didn’t win the Newbery for The Parker Inheritance. Thankfully, Mr. Johnson has moved on to produce this series opener about identical twins who begin to discover their differences in middle school and wind up running against each other for class president. It’s billed as book 1…here’s hoping there will be more.
Snapdragon by Kat Leyh
Published by First Second
Kat Leyh packed a lot into this unique story, including gender and sexuality issues, domestic abuse, and a touch of magic. This is the fifth year running that at least one of my graphic novel favorites has been published by First Second, and I applaud their standards for high quality and innovation.