YALSA Announces 2016 Great Graphic Novels for Teens List


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

ISBN: 978-0-54415-777-4

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
Lumberjanes Volume 2

By: Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Brooke Allen

Publisher: BOOM! Studios

Format: Softcover, 7 x 10, 128 pages, Full Color, $14.99

ISBN: Volume 1: 978-1-60886-687-8; Volume 2: 978-1-60886-737-0

At Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types, things are not what they seem. Three-eyed foxes. Secret caves. Anagrams! Luckily, Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are five rad, butt-kicking best pals determined to have an awesome summer together…and they’re not gonna let a magical quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way!

Lumberjanes Volume 1 also made YALSA’a 2016 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults and Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers list

Preview of Lumberjanes Volume 1

Preview of Lumberjanes Volume 2

Ms. Marvel Volume 2: Generation Why
Ms. Marvel Volume 3: Crushed

By: G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona, and Jake Wyatt

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Format: Softcover, 7 x 10.25, 136 pages, Full Color, $15.99

ISBN: Volume 2: 978-0-78519-022-6; Volume 3: 978-0-78519-227-5

Vol. 2: Who is the Inventor, and what does he want with the all-new Ms. Marvel and all her friends? Maybe Wolverine can help! If Kamala can stop fan-girling out about meeting her favorite super hero, that is. Then, Kamala crosses paths with Inhumanity – by meeting the royal dog, Lockjaw! But why is Lockjaw really with Kamala? As Ms. Marvel discovers more about her past, the Inventor continues to threaten her future. Kamala bands together with some unlikely heroes to stop the maniacal villain before he does real damage, but has she taken on more than she can handle? And how much longer can Ms. Marvel’s life take over Kamala Khan’s?

Vol. 3: Love is in the air in Jersey City as Valentine’s Day arrives! Kamala Khan may not be allowed to go to the school dance, but Ms. Marvel is! Well sort of – by crashing it in an attempt to capture Asgard’s most annoying trickster! Yup, it’s a special Valentine’s Day story featuring Marvel’s favorite charlatan, Loki! And when a mysterious stranger arrives in Jersey City, Ms. Marvel must deal with…a crush! Because this new kid is really, really cute. What are these feelings, Kamala Khan? Prepare for drama! Intrigue! Romance! Suspense! Punching things! All this and more!

Ms. Marvel Volume 3: Crushed also made YALSA’s 2016 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers list


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

Roller Girl

By: Victoria Jamieson

Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers

Format: Softcover, 6 x 9, 240 pages, Full Color, $12.99

ISBN: 978-0-80374-016-7

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

Sacred Heart
 Liz Suburbia

Publisher: Fantagraphics Books

Format: Softover, 6.5 x 9.5, 336 pages, Black and White, $24.99

ISBN: 978-1-60699-841-0

This debut coming-of-age graphic novel, filled with teen loves and fights and parties, is a summer vacation-style bacchanalia set against the threat of a big reckoning that everyone believes is coming.

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.

Derf Backderf

Publisher: Abrams ComicArts

Format: Hardcover/Softover, 6 x 9, 256 pages, Black and White, $24.95/$18.95

ISBN: HC: 978-1-41971-453-5/SC: 978-1-41971-454-2

Every week we pile our garbage on the curb and it disappears – like magic! The reality is anything but, of course. Derf Backderf’s Trashed is an ode to the crap job of all crap jobs – garbage collector. Trashedfollows the raucous escapades of three 20-something friends as they clean the streets of pile after pile of stinking garbage, while battling annoying small-town bureaucrats, bizarre townfolk, sweltering summer heat, and frigid winter storms. Trashed is inspired by Derf’s own experiences as a garbageinterspersed are nonfiction pages that detail what our garbage is and where it goes.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Volume 1: Squirrel Power
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Volume 2: Squirrel You Know It’s True

By: Ryan North, Erica Henderson, and Steve Ditko

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Format: Softcover, Vol. 1: 128 pages; Vol. 2: 120 pages, Full Color, Vol. 1: $15.99; Vol. 2: $14.99

ISBN: Vol. 1: 978-0-78519-702-7; Vol. 2: 978-0-78519-703-4

Doctor Doom, Deadpool, even Thanos: There’s one hero who’s beaten them all – and now she’s starring in her own series! That’s right, it’s SQUIRREL GIRL! The nuttiest and most upbeat super hero in the world is starting college! And as if meeting her new roommate and getting to class on time isn’t hard enough, now she has to deal with Kraven the Hunter, too? At least her squirrel friend Tippy-Toe is on hand to help out. But what can one girl, and one squirrel, do when a hungry Galactus heads toward Earth? You’d be surprised! With time running out and Iron Man lending a helping hand (sort of), who will win in the battle between the Power Cosmic and the Power Chestnut?


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