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ALA Reveals 2014 ‘Great Graphic Novels for Teens’

The Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee has also created a Top Ten list of books that  stand out and particularly “exemplify the quality and range of graphic novels appropriate for teen audiences,” shown by an asterisk.

“The 2014 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list explores ancient Chinese rebellions, first love, modern day Uganda, futuristic scenarios, civil rights in America and everything in between.” said Chair Tessa Barber. “The graphic novels on this list are first rate in the marriage of storytelling and art and have appeal to a wide range of teen readers. The list is designed to be a resource for libraries and teens alike.”

The Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee:
Tessa Barber, chair, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA; Jonatha Jo Basye, Hampton City Schools, Hampton, VA;  Heather Gruenthal, Western High School, Anaheim, CA; Katy Hepner, St. Tammany Parish Library, Mandeville, LA; Marcus Lowry, Roseville Library, Maplewood, MN; Thomas Maluck, Richland Library, Columbia, SC; Karen Perry, High Point, NC; Jason Poole, Webster Public Library, Webster, NY; Emily Pukas, Nashville Public Library, Nashville, TN; Andrea Sowers, Joliet Public Library, Joliet, IL; Brooke Young, Salt Lake City Public Library, Salt Lake City, UT.


Cunningham, Daryl. How to Fake a Moon Landing: Exposing the Myths of Science Denial. 2013. Illus., Abrams ComicArts

Hale, Nathan. Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Donner Dinner Party. 2013. Illus., Amulet Books

Knisley, Lucy. Relish: My Life in the Kitchen. 2013. Illus., paper, First Second

*Lewis, John, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. March: Book 1. 2013. Illus., paper, Top Shelf
Mauer, Marc and Sabrina Jones. Race to Incarcerate: A Graphic Retelling. 2013. Illus., paper, New Press

O’Connor, George. Poseidon: Earth Shaker. 2013. Illus., paper, First Second
Aphrodite: Goddess of Love. 2013. Illus., paper, First Second, $9.99, (978-1596437395.)

Ottaviani, Jim and Maris Wicks. Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birut‎‎é Galdikas. 2013. Illus., First Second


Abnett, Dan, Andy Lanning, Tom Derenick and others. The Hypernaturals V.1. 2013. Illus., paper, Boom Studios, The Hypernaturals V.2. 2013. Illus., paper, Boom Studios

Alexovich, Aaron and Drew Rausch. Eldritch! V.1. 2012. Illus., SLG Publishing

Allison, John. Bad Machinery V.1: The Case of the Team Spirit. 2013. Illus., paper, Oni Press

Asano, Atsuko and Hinoki Kino. No. 6 V.1. 2013. Illus., paper, Kodansha Comics, No. 6 V.2. 2013. Illus., paper, Kodansha Comics, No. 6 V.3. 2013. Illus., paper, Kodansha Comics, 

Azzarello, Brian and Cliff Chiang and othersWonder Woman V. 2: Guts. 2013. Illus., DC Comics, Wonder Woman V.3: Iron. 2013. Illus., DC Comics, $24.99, (978-1401242619.)

Bendis, Brian Michael and Stuart Immonen. All New X-Men V.1: Yesterday’s X-Men. 2013. Illus., Marvel

Britt, Fanny and Isabelle Arsenault. Jane, the Fox and Me. 2013. Illus., Groundwood Books

Cannon, Kevin. Crater XV. 2013. Illus., Top Shelf

Carey, Mike, Peter Gross, Kurt Huggins and Zelda Devon. The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Ship that Sank Twice.2013. Illus., Vertigo

Cervantes, Miguel de and Rob Davis. The Complete Don Quixote. 2013.Illus., Self Made Hero

Chwast, Seymour. The Odyssey. 2012, Illus., Bloomsbury

Cliff, Tony. Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant. 2013, Illus., paper, First Second

De Pins, Arthur. Zombillenium V.1: Gretchen. 2013, Illus., NBM Publishing, $14.99, (978-1561637348.)

Fraction, Matt, David Aja and others. Hawkeye V.1: My Life as a Weapon. 2013. Illus., paper, Marvel. Hawkeye V.2: Little Hits. 2013. Illus., paper, Marvel

Gran, Meredith. Marceline and the Scream Queens. 2013, Illus., paper, KaBoom! Studios

*Gulledge, Laura Lee. Will & Whit. 2013, Illus., paper, Amulet Books

Hagio, Moto and Matt Thorn. The Heart of Thomas. Illus., Fantagraphics

Harrell, Rob. Monster on the Hill V.1. 2013, Illus., paper, Top Shelf

Hernandez, Gilbert. Marble Season. 2013, Illus., Drawn & Quarterly

*Hicks, Faith Erin. The Adventures of Superhero Girl. 2013, Illus., Dark Horse

Hinds, Gareth. Romeo and Juliet: a play by William Shakespeare. 2013, Illus., Candlewick

Humphries, Sam and Dalton Rose. Sacrifice. 2013, Illus., Dark Horse

*Keenan, Sheila and Nathan Fox. Dogs of War. 2013, Illus., Scholastic/Graphix

*Kindt, Matt. MIND MGMT V.1: The Manager. 2013, Illus., Dark Horse

Kirk Kim, Derek. Tune V.1: Vanishing Point. 2013, Illus., paper, First Second

Kon, Satoshi. Tropic of the Sea. 2013, Illus., paper, Vertical

*Lepp, Royden. Rust V.2: Secrets of the Cell. 2012, Illus., Archaia

Lieberman, AJ and Darren Rawlings. The Silver Six. 2013, Illus., Scholastic/Graphix

*McKay, Sharon and Daniel Lafrance. War Brothers: The Graphic Novel. 2013, Illus., Annick Press

Manapul, Francis and Brian Buccellato. Flash V.1: Move Forward. 2012, Illus., DC Comics

Matsumoto, Taiyo. Sunny V.1. 2013, Illus., VIZ Media

Mechner, Jordan, LeUyen Pham and Alex Puvilland. Templar. 2013, Illus., First Second

Mignola, Mike and Duncan Fegredo. Hellboy: The Midnight Circus. 2013, Illus., Dark Horse

Mizuki, Shigeru. Kitaro. 2013, Illus., paper, Drawn & Quarterly.

Nihei, Tsutomu. Knights of Sidonia V.1. 2013, Illus., paper, Vertical, Knights of Sidonia V.2. 2013, Illus., paper, Vertical

North, Ryan, Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb. Adventure Time V.1. 2012, Illus., paper, KaBoom! Studios, Adventure Time V.2. 2013, Illus., paper, KaBoom! Studios, Adventure Time V.3. 2013, Illus., paper, KaBoom! Studios

Pope, Paul. Battling Boy. 2013, Illus., First Second

Rabagliati, Michel. Paul Joins the Scouts. 2013, Illus., paper, Conundrum Press

Rogers, Moro. City in the Desert: The Monster Problem. 2012, Illus., Archaia

Sakakibara, Mizuki and Masakazu Katsura. Tiger & Bunny V.1. 2013, Illus., paper, VIZ Media, Tiger & Bunny V.2. 2013, Illus., paper, VIZ Media

*Sakisaka, Io. Strobe Edge V.1. 2012, Illus., paper, VIZ Media, Strobe Edge V.2. 2013, Illus., paper, VIZ Media, Strobe Edge V.3. 2013, Illus., paper, VIZ Media, Strobe Edge V.4. 2013, Illus., paper, VIZ Media, Strobe Edge V.5. 2013, Illus., paper, VIZ Media, Strobe Edge V.6. 2013, Illus., paper, VIZ Media

*Shen, Prudence and Faith Erin Hicks. Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong. 2013, Illus., paper, First Second

Slott, Dan, Ryan Stegman, Giuseppe Camuncoli and others. Superior Spider-Man V.1: My Own Worst Enemy. 2013, Illus., paper, Marvel, Superior Spider-Man V.2: A Troubled Mind. 2013, Illus., paper, Marvel

Taylor, Tom, Jheremy Raapack and others. Injustice V.1: Gods Among Us. 2013, Illus., DC Comics

Tobin, Paul and Colleen Coover. Bandette V.1: Presto!. 2013, Illus., Dark Horse

Toppi, Sergio. Sharaz-de: Tales from the Arabian Nights. 2012, Illus., Archaia

Wartman, Peter. Over The Wall. 2013, Illus., paper, Uncivilized Books

Wood, Brian and Kristian Donaldson. The Massive V.1: Black Pacific. 2013, Illus., paper, Dark Horse

Yakin, Boaz and Nick Bertozzi. Jerusalem: A Family Portrait. 2013, Illus., First Second

*Yang, Gene Luen. Boxers. 2013, Illus., paper, First Second, Saints. 2013, Illus., paper, First Second

Yasuhiko, Yoshikazu. Mobile Suit Gundam the Origin V.1: Activation. 2013, Illus., Vertical, Mobile Suit Gundam the Origin V.2: Gardam. 2013, Illus., Vertical, Mobile Suit Gundam the Origin V.3: Ramba Ral. 2013, Illus., Vertical

Yukimura, Makoto. Vinland Saga V.1. 2013, Illus., Kodansha Comics

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