Full list here: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/2016-great-graphic-novels-teens
The American Library Association‘s (ALA’s) Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced its 2016 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list.
Designed to aid Young Adult librarians with graphic novel collections, the list presents graphic novels published in the past 16 months, selected for proven or potential appeal to the personal reading tastes of teens. Additionally, the Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee has chosen a Top Ten list from the 112 titles which they feel “meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens,” drawn from 170 official nominations.
The list encompasses a wide variety of genres and subjects, from offbeat superheroes, to mysterious villainous sidekicks, middle school drama, roller derby, and an examination of Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath. “We drew from a record number of nominations and ended up with a selection of quality graphic novels from all sorts of genres, perspectives, and cultures,” Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee Chair Jason M. Poole was quoted as saying in the official press release.
Additionally, a number of graphic novels were included in YALSA’s Youth Media Awards and other reading lists, which can be found here.
Presented here is a spotlight on the YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens Top Ten titles, with the full list below:
By: Svetlana Chmakova
Publisher: Yen Press
Format: Hardcover/Softcover, 6 x 9, 192 pages, Black and White, $24.00/$13.00
ISBN: HC: 978-0-31638-132-1/SC: 978-0-31638-130-7
Penelope – Peppi – Torres, a shy new transfer student, wants nothing more than to fit in and find a place among her fellow artistically inclined souls. The last thing she wants is to stand out. So when she bumps – literally – into quiet, geeky, friendly but friendless Jamie Thompson, and is teased as the “Nerder’s Girlfriend,” Peppi’s first embarrassed instinct is to push him away and run. Though she later feels guilty and wants desperately to apologize for the incident, Peppi always ends up chickening out. She has no reason to speak to him, anyway, until she ends up bumping – figuratively and continually – into Jamie again! Will these two opposites ever see eye-to-eye, let alone become friends?
Awkward also made YALSA’s 2016 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers list
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans
By: Don Brown
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: Hardcover, 6.5 x 10.25, 96 pages, Full Color, $18.99
On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina’s monstrous winds and surging water overwhelmed the protective levees around low-lying New Orleans, Louisiana. Eighty percent of the city flooded, in some places under twenty feet of water. Property damages across the Gulf Coast topped $100 billion. One thousand eight hundred and thirty-three people lost their lives. The riveting tale of this historic storm and the drowning of an American city is one of selflessness, heroism, and courage—and also of incompetence, racism, and criminality.
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans was also named a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book for “most distinguished informational book for children”
Lumberjanes Volume 1
Ms. Marvel Volume 2: Generation Why
By: Noelle Stevenson
Publisher: Harper Teen
Format: Hardcover/Softcover, 6 x 9, 176 pages, Full Color, $17.99/$12.99
ISBN: HC: 978-0-06227-823-4/SC: 978-0-06227-822-7
The full-color graphic novel debut from Noelle Stevenson, based on her critically acclaimed web comic.
Nimona is an impulsive young shape-shifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are. But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.
Nimona also made YALSA’s 2016 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults and Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers lists
By: Victoria Jamieson
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
Format: Softcover, 6 x 9, 240 pages, Full Color, $12.99
For most of her 12 years, Astrid has done everything with her best friend Nicole. But after Astrid falls in love with roller derby and signs up for derby camp, Nicole decides to go to dance camp instead. And so begins the most difficult summer of Astrid’s life as she struggles to keep up with the older girls at camp, hang on to the friend she feels slipping away, and cautiously embark on a new friendship. As the end of summer nears and her first roller derby bout (and middle school!) draws closer, Astrid realizes that maybe she is strong enough to handle the bout, a lost friendship, and middle school – in short, strong enough to be a roller girl.
Roller Girl also made YALSA’s 2016 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults and Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers lists
A Silent Voice Volume 1-3
By: Tow Ubukata and Yoshitoki Oima
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Format: Softcover, 5 x 7, 192 pages, Black and White, $10.99
ISBN: Volume 1: 978-1-63236-056-4; Volume 2: 978-1-63236-057-1; Volume 3: 978-1-63236-058-8
A Silent Voice is a thought-provoking, dramatic story of a deaf student and the boy who bullies her. In elementary school, Shoya bullies the deaf Shoko mercilessly. When she transfers to another school to escape his torment, Shoya finds himself bullied by the students he once considered his friends. Years later, he learns sign language to apologize to Shoko for his behavior, and so begins a relationship that will change his and Shoko’s lives forever. Now Shoya struggles to redeem himself in Shoko’s eyes and to face the classmates who turned on him.
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