2019 Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens

Great Graphic Novels for Teens is a list of recommended graphic novels and illustrated nonfiction for those ages 12-18, prepared yearly by YALSA. The full 2019 list can be found here.

Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation by Anne Frank and Ari Folman. Illus. by David Polonsky.
This is the first graphic edition of Anne Frank’s diary; a young girls poignant writings during her years of hiding in Amsterdam. This beautiful retelling is a feast for the eyes. Anne Frank’s story, already so powerful and unforgettable is brought to life in full color. Even if you have read and reread her story, you will be drawn to this new version.

Crush by Svetlana Chmakova. Illus. by the author.
Perfectly capturing the challenges of friendship drama and the anguish of first crushes in middle school, this is the story of Jorge Ruiz, sweet, gentle, and strong, who is crushing on Jazmine, strong, kind, and intelligent. Jorge must navigate his friendships and romantic interests and the drama that ensues.

Hey, Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt With Family Addiction by Jarrett Krosoczka. Illus. by the author.
A memoir about being raised by grandparents and finding art as a way of communicating and self-expression while dealing with family addiction and absenteeism.

Illegal by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin. Illus. by Giovanni Rigano.
Ebo’s older sister left Ghana and now his brother has disappeared, leaving a note saying he’s taking the arduous journey to Europe to seek a better life. Alone and refusing to be left behind, Ebo catches up with his brother so they can make the trip together, living on the streets, negotiating with human smugglers, and struggling to survive.

My Brother’s Husband, Volume 2 by Gengoroh Tagame. Illus. by the author.
Yaichi has been struggling to fully understand and accept his brother’s husband, Mike. Spending time together during Mike’s visit to Japan, Yaichi and his daughter realize just how important he is to their family.

On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden. Illus. by the author.
Mia becomes the newest member on a ship that travels through space reconstructing historical ruins for new use. Though quiet and unsure of herself, she fits in with the crew and eventually reveals her true purpose for taking the job; finding her lost love.

Royal City, Volume 2: Sonic Youth by Jeff Lemire. Illus. by the author.
In volume one, the story of the Pike family is set up with older brother Patrick Pike returning to his childhood home in the wake of his father’s stroke and his brother’s death. In this volume, the reader is taken back to the year 1993, following the then-teenaged Pike siblings and glimpsing the last week of Tommy Pike’s life.

Royal City, Volume 3: We All Float On by Jeff Lemire. Illus. by the author.
The final volume of this series brings readers a thoughtful and unique exploration of loss, grief, family, and acceptance.

Silver Spoon Volumes 1, 2, 3, & 4 by Hiromu Arakawa. Illus. by the author.
Yuugo Hachiken has always been a great student, but instead of going to a regular academic high school, he decides to enroll in Ooezo Agricultural High School instead. This city boy was hoping to coast through high school, and an agricultural school is sure to be easy, right? Wrong! Instead of doing math problems, and reciting poetry, he’s waking up at 5AM to do chores, raise piglets and learn to ride a horse.

Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson. Illus. by Emily Carroll.
Melinda is shunned at school because she called the cops at a summer party, but what everyone doesn’t know is that she was sexual assaulted there. In this beautifully illustrated graphic adaptation of the original novel, Melinda works on coming to terms with what happened to her and learning how to speak about it.

The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees by Don Brown. Illus. by the author.
This minimalist text takes a journalistic approach to describing the political and social implications of the Syrian refugee crisis It features the stories of individual refugees, while also focusing on local and global trends contributing to the crisis.

Get Graphic

Check out these great new graphic novels!

Dept. H by Matt Kindt

Fish Girl by Donna Jo Napoli

Goldie Vance by Hope Larson

I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina

Louis Undercover by Fanny Britt

Monstress by Marjorie Liu

The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks

Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie by Anthony Del Col

The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg

One Trick Pony by Nathan Hale

Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan

Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani

Space Battle Lunchtime by Natalie Riess

Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld

Star Trek: Boldly Go by Mike Johnson

The Wendy Project by Melissa Jane Osborne

Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer

The Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag

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Next Week

Thursday & Friday, November 26 & 27

The Moline Public Library will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving.


Next Week

Tuesday, November 10 @ 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Anime Club is open to teens and tweens in grades 6 through 12 who love anime, manga, and all things Japanese. Drop by to watch anime, enjoy snacks, and make new friends.

Wednesday, November 11
The Moline Public Library will be closed in observance of Veteran’s Day.

Next Week

Monday, April 6 @ 6:30
The Brilliant Companions, a Doctor Who fan club, will meet at the Moline Public Library on Monday, April 6 at 6:30 to discuss season 11 of Classic Doctor Who featuring Jon Pertwee.

Wednesday, April 8 @ 2:30-4:30
Stop by the Teen Corner of the library for TEEN-ucopia. We have a variety of games for Nintendo Wii and Xbox One, board games, and other activities.

Thursday, April 9 @ 3:30
The Teen Advisory Group is your chance to help plan programs and events for teens, recommend new books and materials for the library, earn service credits, make friends, and have fun.

Teen Poetry Contest
Entries for the Moline Public Library’s Poetry Contest are due Friday, April 10, 2015. Students in grades 6-12 can submit one (1) original poem in the category of short (up to 12 lines) or long (up to 25 lines). Prizes will be $25, $15, and $10 gift certificates for first, second, and third places in each category. All poets are invited to the Awards Ceremony and Poetry Café on Thursday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Moline Public Library. Poets can read their poems and prizes will be awarded. Entry forms are available at the Library or here.

Saturday, April 11 @ 9:00
The final session of the Graphic Novel Workshop will take place on April 11.