July is Graphic Novels in Libraries Month, so all of our inset displays are graphic novels displays! Here are a few titles we love and want to highlight from those displays!
Award-Winning Graphic Novels
As the Crow Flies follows Charlie, who is thirteen years old, queer, black, and questioning what was once a firm belief in God…so naturally, she’s spending a week of her summer vacation stuck at an all-white Christian youth backpacking camp. This book is richly drawn, and readers will empathize with and root for Charlie throughout!
Hey, Kiddo is the graphic novel memoir of Jarrett J. Krosoczka as he was raised by his grandparents because of his drug addicted and incarcerated mother as he searches for his father. The storytelling and art are raw, and it’s easy to see why this was a National Book Award and YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction finalist.
The Prince and the Dressmaker follows Prince Sebastian as he’s forced to find a wife by day (by his parents), and chooses to become the fabulous Lady Crystallia (the hottest fashion icon) by night. He couldn’t live his double life without his dressmaker and confidante Frances, and this novel follows their friendship, trials, and tribulations. This book is a personal favorite of Quinn’s (really, she can’t recommend it enough), and the art is so ridiculously beautiful.
You’d think it would be hard to have a graphic novel about a silent hero be exciting…wrong! Saladin Ahmed portrays Black Bolt (aka Blackagar Boltagon) in a way that makes readers empathize with his situation and root for him to succeed (as well as his companions)! This is an incredible series and Quinn highly recommends it!
This story follows Hana as she struggles to raise her children, Ame and Yuki, on her own. Michelle was hooked to Wolf Children from the very beginning, since this particular story had a twist- Hana’s children are also half wolf! This story will have you in your feelings as you see Hana go through trials and tribulations as she tries to relate to her children, while also conforming to society’s expectations of her children as humans.
As a Blackhawks fan, lover of interesting characters and relationships, and romance reader, Hannah found a lot to love in Check, Please. Following the adventures of Bitty and his teammates was a joy from start to finish, and she can’t wait for the next book in the series!
Kiss Number 8 is a beautifully (and simply) drawn story of Mads as she navigates school, church, family, and growing feelings for her best friend-no big deal right? This coming of age story is so beautifully unfolded and you find that you grow along with Mads as the story goes on. Quinn can’t recommend it enough.
Even if you’re not usually into superhero stories, The Shadow Hero is worth a try. As much about family and belonging as it is about superpowers, Hannah found The Shadow Hero a really engaging story on top of (or even despite!) also being about a classic comic book superhero.
When you get over how cute the artwork is on this series, you’ll quickly realize that Tokyo Mew Mew is easily an enjoyable read at any time. Ichigo, the main heroine of the five, is a fun loving pre-teen who is having trouble in the love department. With its simple plot and focus on romance, the first book will have you spellbound-Michelle sure was!
In Lighter than My Shadow, Katie Green tells the story of her childhood and battles with eating disorders, abuse, and other struggles and recovery. This is not a light novel (both in size and in subject matter), but the art and the story speak to the struggles in all of us and allow for greater understanding and empathy towards others.
The March series follows the lived experience of Congressman John Lewis through the Civil Rights Movement, all the way to the inauguration of President Barack Obama. The art is exquisite, and it vividly portrays the experiences of African Americans in the United States before, during, and after the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s.
Maggie Thrash spent basically every summer through her fifteenth year at Camp Bellflower for Girls (a Christian girls camp), and this novel follows her after she finds herself in love with her older and wiser female camp counselor. We’ve all been fifteen and confused about our identity and our feelings, so it’s impossible not to root for Maggie as she comes to terms with who she is and who she loves.
Not sure what graphic novel you want to read next, or have you never read a graphic novel before? Never fear- our Teen Services staff would be happy to help you find your next great read!