Perfectly Drawn Tales: Graphic Novels for Young Readers

Article by liz

I can count on one hand the number of literary trends I've been INCREDIBLY JAZZED ABOUT in the last five years: fairytale retellings, We Need Diverse Books, Tudor-inspired historical fiction, and--drumroll--graphic novels! I devoured graphic novels, both manga-inspired and Western, in middle school and high school, and have vivid memories of needing to really scour the shelves for them.
 
Imagine my delight, then, to see a new graphic novel on my shelving cart nearly every week now! Teachers, librarians, and educators of all kinds are starting to realize the format's usefulness: it entices reluctant readers, helps synthesize verbal and visual skills, and--most importantly, to me--creates an incredibly fertile and exciting ground for divergent and unbounded storytelling! 
 
Here are some of my absolute favorite graphic novels and mixed-format stories for young readers, all on the Brazos shelves.

Lumberjanes Beware the Kitten Holy: Vol. 1 Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781608866878
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Boom Box - April 7th, 2015

Lumberjanes Friendship to the Max Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781608867370
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Boom Box - October 13th, 2015

LUMBERJANES LUMBERJANES LUMBERJAAANES--ahem. I am on fire for this comic series, now collected in two (the second volume just hit shelves Tuesday!) trade paperbacks. It's a totally rad summer camp story about friendship, adventure, and kicking the butt of any supernatural disaster that threatens Lumberjanes Camp. LUMBERJANES is a favorite with comic reviewers and a great read for girls of any age. 


Avis Dolphin Cover Image
By Frieda Wishinsky, Willow Dawson (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781554984893
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Groundwood Books - May 5th, 2015

In my humble opinion, the rise of graphic novels has allowed for some really amazing experiments in illustrations and format in kids lit--like this wonderful graphic-novel-inside-a-novel middle grade story, AVIS DOLPHIN. This gorgeously crafted story of a young girl and the crossing of the Lusitania, and the stories shared with her by a kindly old professor.


Secret Coders Cover Image
By Gene Luen Yang, Mike Holmes (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781626720756
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: First Second - September 29th, 2015

Puzzles at school, hidden secrets, and learning to code with graphic novel icon Gene Luen Yang: there's nothing not to love about SECRET CODERS. This superfun middle grade novel actually teaches young readers to code as they try to get to the bottom of Stately Academy's mysteries. Little-known fact about me: I LOVE to code, and I'm so excited to see coding lessons in a novel!


Space Dumplins Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780545565431
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Graphix - August 25th, 2015

Craig Thompson's graphic novels have been stirring up waves in the genre for years--now, with his first graphic novel for middle grade readers, he brings his trademark style and heart, plus a galaxy's-worth of fun. SPACE DUMPLINS takes on family, friendship, and the need to care for not just our planet, but the whole universe, in one clever and sweet adventure.


Supermutant Magic Academy Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781770461987
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Drawn & Quarterly - April 28th, 2015

Jillian Tamaki collects her serialized strip SUPERMUTANT MAGIC ACADEMY into one fantastic volume for young adults! This high school for witches, mutants, and other assorted outsiders has as much drama and boredom as a regular high school--and just as many wonderful characters ready to move on to great things.

 

Check out some more great graphic novels on our shelves now!


Friends with Boys Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781250068163
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Square Fish - October 6th, 2015

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780544157774
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Houghton Mifflin - August 4th, 2015

Little Robot Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781626720800
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: First Second - September 1st, 2015

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