Graphic novels are books written and illustrated in a comic book style format that resemble a novel in length and narrative development. Looking for a graphic novel? Try some of these authors and titles...
Middle School Ideas for Graphic Novels
Anne Frank's Diary
by Anne Frank; David Polonsky; Ari Folman
This graphic edition of The Diary captures the remarkable spirit of Anne Frank, who experienced the worst horror the modern world has seen and who remained triumphantly and heartbreakingly human throughout her ordeal.
by Cece Bell
Call Number: GN Bel
A graphic novel memoir of author/illustrator Cece Bell who grew up hearing impaired.
Little White Duck
by Na Liu
Call Number: GN Liu
In graphic novel format, a young girl describes her experiences growing up in China, beginning with the death of Chairman Mao in 1976.
Out from Boneville
by Jeff Smith
Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone are run out of their home, Boneville, and become separated in the wilds, but better fortune begins when the three cousins reunite at a farmstead in a deep forested valley, where Fone meets a young girl named Thorn.
by Nidhi Chanani
Call Number: GN Cha
Priyanka has many questions her mom will not answer about India. A mysterious pashmina tucked away in a forgotten suitcase transports her to a place more vivid and colorful than any Bollywood film. To learn the truth she must travel farther than she's ever dared and find the family she never knew.
by Terri Libenson
Tells the intersecting stories of dreamer Izzy, who has trouble focusing on schoolwork, and Brainy Bri, who wants people to think of her as more than a brainiac.
by Lucy Knisley (Illustrator)
Call Number: GN Kni
Lucy Knisley loves food. The daughter of a chef and a gourmet, this talented young cartoonist comes by her obsession honestly. Lucy traces key episodes in her life thus far, framed by what she was eating at the time and lessons learned about food, cooking, and life.
The Stonekeeper: Amulet, 1
by Kazu Kibuishi
After moving to their ancestral home, Emily and Navin's mother is kidnapped by a tentacled creature in the basement that leads the children on a deadly chase into the magical world below their home.
Upper School Ideas for Graphic Novels
by Marguerite Abouet
A graphic novel about the daily life of a Aya, a nineteen-year-old girl living in Yopougon on Africa's Ivory Coast in 1978, her two best friends Adjoua and Bintou, and their meddling relatives and neighbors.
by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Call Number: GN Kro
In graphic novel format author and illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka discusses growing up in a family grappling with addiction.
I Am Alfonso Jones
by Tony Medina
The ghost of fifteen-year-old Alfonso Jones travels in a New York subway car full of the living and the dead, watching his family and friends fight for justice after he is killed by an off-duty police officer while buying a suit in a Midtown department store.
by Laurie Halse Anderson; Emily Carroll, Ill.
Based on the novel. A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda's freshman year in high school.
This One Summer
by Mariko Tamaki
Call Number: GN Tam
Rose and her parents go on vacation to Awago Beach like they do every year, but this year Rose's mom and dad won't stop fighting and she turns to her friend Windy for help dealing with her troubled family life.
by Don Brown
Call Number: GN Bro
Don Brown depicts moments of both heartbreaking horror and hope in the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis.