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2022 Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List Announced

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The Texas Maverick Graphic Novels Reading List (TMGNRL) is a recommended reading list developed by public and school librarians from the Young Adult Round Table (YART). The purpose of the list is to encourage students in grades 6-12 to explore a variety of current books.

The titles here are a wonderful and wide selection of books for middle and high schoolers. From the teenager using her imagination to make sense of life after her parents’ divorce in Tori Sharp’s Just Pretend, to the adventures of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle (later Batman and Catwoman) in Melissa de la Cruz’ Gotham High, there’s a graphic novel here for every teen.

* titles mean a unanimous vote from reading list committee members


Grades 6-8

Abrego, Rii and Joe Whitt


The Sprite and the Gardener

Alexander, Damian Other Boys
Ball, Georgia, Gervasio I survived the sinking of the Titanic, 1912; the graphic novel
Colfer, Chris, and Jon Proctor Goldilocks: Wanted Dead or Alive
Epstein, Gabriela The Baby-Sitters Club Book 9: Claudia and the New Girl
Harper, Charise Mericle and Rory Lucey Bad Sister
Holm, Jennifer L. and Savanna Ganucheau *Turtle in Paradise: The Graphic Novel
Knisley, Lucy *Stepping Stones
Lloyd, Megan Wagner and Michelle Mee Nutter Allergic
Marsden, Mariah and Hanna Luechtefeld The Secret Garden: The Graphic Novel
Mercado, Yehudi Chunky
Miller, Kayla, Jeffrey Canino, Kristina Luu Besties Work It Out
Scrivan, Maria Forget Me Nat
Sell, Chad Doodleville
Sharp, Tori Just Pretend
Smith, James Otis and Kadir Nelson Black Heroes of the Wild West
Walker, Landry Q. and Eric Jones Pepper Page Saves the Universe!
Grades 6-12
Ball, Alverne, Stacey Robinson, Reynaldo Anderson, Colette Yellow Robe Across the Tracks: Remembering Greenwood, Black Wall Street and the Tulsa Race Massacre
Brooks, Mark, Fiona Avery Araña: Here Comes the Spider-Girl
Bowles, David; Raul the Third, Stacey Robinson Clockwork Curandera: The Witch Owl Parliament
Brown, Don *In the Shadow of the Fallen Towers
Brown, Don *A Shot in the Arm!
Chanani, Nidhi *Jukebox
Cimino, Luciana, Sergio Algonzzino, Laura Garofalo *The Incredible Nellie Bly: Journalist, Investigator, Feminist, and Philanthropist
Cooke, Stephanie, Insha Fitzpatrick, Juliana Moon *Oh My Gods!
de Campi, Alex, Lara Kane, Dee Cunniffe, Ted Brandt The Backups: A Summer of Stardom
Frasier, Crystal, Val Wise, Oscar Jupiter Cheer Up! Love and Pom Poms
Garcia, Kami, Gabriel Picolo *Beast Boy Loves Raven
Gardner, Whitney *Long Distance
Garrity, Shaenon K., Christopher Baldwin *The Dire Days of Willowweep Manor
Gulledge, Laura Lee The Dark Matter of Mona Starr
Heagerty, Mat and Steph Mided *Martian Ghost Centaur
Hebi-Zou, Suzuki, Tarako Heaven’s Design Team, vol. 1
Hughes, Kiku Displacement
Khor, Shing Yin The Legend of Auntie Po
Larson, Hope All Together Now

Lockhart, E., Manuel


*Whistle: A New Gotham City Hero
Ostertag, Molly Knox *The Girl From the Sea
Page, Nathan, Drew Shannon The Montague Twins: The Witch’s Hand
Pinckney, David, Chris Sanchez, Ennun Ana Iurov *Needle and Thread
Quinn, Kate Karyus, Demitria Lunetta, Maca Gil Anti/Hero
Stephens, Olivia Artie and the Wolf Moon
Sturges Lilah, Meaghan Carter Girl Haven
Thummler, Brenna Delicates
Urasawa, Naoki Asadora, vol. 1-3
Zub, Jim, Max Dunbar, Espen Grundetjern Stone Star: Fight or Flight
Grades 9-12
Anderson, Laurie Halse, Leila del Duca *Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed
Aruko, Hinekura, Wataru *My Love Mix-Up, Vol. 1
Burgess, Rebecca How To Be Ace: A Memoir of Growing Up Asexual
De la Cruz, Melissa Gotham High
Donkin, Andrew, Brann Livesay, Chris Dickey Between Shades of Grey
Gaku, Keito Boys Run the Riot, Vol. 1
Hyuuga, Natsu, Nekokurage, Itsuki Nanao, Touco Shino The Apothecary Diaries, Vol. 1
Keplinger, Kody,  Sara Kipin Poison Ivy: Thorns
Maas, Sarah J., Samantha Dodge, Louise Simonson Catwoman: Soulstealer: The Graphic Novel
McKinney, L.L., Robyn Smith Nubia: Real One
Mirk, Sarah, Gerardo Alba, Kasia Babis, Alex Beguez, Tracy Chahwan, Nomi Kane *Guantanamo Voices True Accounts from the World’s Most Infamous Prison
Morishita, Suu *A Sign of Affection, Vol. 1
Myracle, Lauren, Isaac Goodhart Victor and Nora: A Gotham Love Story
Santoni, Manuela Bronte
Tamaki, Mariko, Yoshi Yoshitani I Am Not Starfire
Toma, Rei *The King’s Beast, Vol. 1
Towa, Rikizo, Huuka Kazabana World’s strongest rearguard: Labyrinth Country’s novice seeker. 1
Tsujimura, Mizuki, Naoshi Arakawa A School Frozen In Time, Vol. 1
Woodman- Maynard, K. The Great Gatsby: The Graphic Novel Adaptation
Yamaguchi, Tsubasa *Blue Period, Vol. 1
Adult for YA
Aruga, Rie Perfect World
Backderf, Derf Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio
Tsukiyo, Rui, Hamao Sumeragi, Reia *The World’s Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in Another World as an Aristocrat
Vonnegut, Kurt, Ryan North, Albert Monteys Slaughterhouse-Five: The Graphic Novel