Got a graphic novel reader? Me, too! And it’s always fun to give them more, wonderful reading choices, right?
Here are seven new graphic novels for kids ages 7 to 18.
Cat Ninja by Matthew Cody, illustrated by Yehudi Mercado (ages 7 – 10)
By day Claude is Leon’s pet but by night, he’s Cat Ninja, Metro City’s protector! His nemesis is Leon’s sister’s evil hamster, Master Hamster. Learn the Cat Ninja’s origin story then follow his perilous, exciting, and humorous adventures!
Shirley and Jamila Save Their Summer by Gillian Goerz (ages 9 – 12)
Perfect for anyone who loves a good mystery story with themes of friendship and helping others. Unlikely friends, Jamily and Shirley aka. Bones join forces so they’ll be able to do what they want over the summer. Bones is observant and smart and while Jamila plays basketball, kids come to Bones with their mysteries. Jamila wants to be part of Bones’ crime-solving and together they investigate a stolen gecko at the swimming pool, finding that misunderstanding and jealousy can turn into understanding and friendship.
Virtual Unicorn Experience by Dana Simpson (ages 7 – 12)
How in the world does Dana Simpson make 12 books SO FUNNY!? Virtual Unicorn Experience is the 12th book in the series and cracked me up from the first page. It’s a symbiotic friendship of love, trust, deep thoughts, and SARCASM. I love this book from start to finish, don’t miss it!
Forget Me Nat by Maria Scrivan (ages 9 – 12)
Natalie’s middle school crush becomes all she can think about to her exclusion of her friends, especially Zoe. When Nat’s crush doesn’t like her back, her friends get sick of Nat’s moping and tell her that she’s not being a good friend. That plus braces and band, and Natalie has a lot of middle school drama to figure out. She works on fixing things with her friends and realizes what’s important, including valuing herself.
Twins by Varian Johnson, illustrated by Shannon Wright (ages 9 – 12)
This year in sixth grade, Francine becomes Fran and wants to do different things than her twin Maureen. Maureen doesn’t understand but at least she has her other friends, right? Then, Fran decides to run for school president and so does Maureen. Will their relationship ever be the same? This book takes readers inside the world of twins, middle school, and changing friendships.
Class Act by Jerry Craft (ages 9 – 12)
An excellent story about growing up, in particular, growing up black...Drew’s private school’s inclusion and diversity are a train wreck of ignorance, racism, institutionalized stereotypes, and microaggressions. With all that he faces at school, Drew’s resentment fuels his decision to ignore his rich white friend, Liam, after visiting his house — with a butler and servants! This causes a rift in his friendship with Jordan, too who is friends with them both. Just like the previous book, New Kid, Craft develops three-dimensional characters in relatable, realistic situations. Important, funny, and eye-opening.
Almost American Girl by Robin Ha (ages 12+)
YA MEMOIR / KOREAN – AMERICAN CULTURE / IMMIGRATION
Robin’s mom moves them from Korea to the US where they live with her mom’s boyfriend’s family in Alabama. It’s a tough transition. Robin doesn’t speak English. Her new step-family is unfriendly. She has no way to contact her friends back home. But she finds solace and a friend in a comic-drawing art class. Her mom leaves her husband which brings them close again and Robin eventually finds her place and her confidence. It’s a realistic, heartwarming memoir that shows the challenges of immigration.
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