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2023 Maverick Reading List Announced

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Graphic novels are increasingly popular with readers of all ages. These novels powerfully combine images and text, contain diverse characters, encourage empathy among readers and invite them to explore settings both fictional and real.

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.

From the adventurous tale of freeing marine life in Dan Santat’s The Aquanaut, to the fun illustrations and recipes of Yummy: A History of Desserts, by Victoria Grace Elliott, to a young American Muslim woman’s search for identity in the witty Huda F Are You? by Huda Fahmy, there’s sure to be a title on this list for every teen.

* titles mean a unanimous vote from reading list committee members


2023 Texas Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List
Creator(s) Title
Grades 6-8
Hale, Shannon, Dean Hale, Asiah Fulmore Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld
May, Cait, Trevor Bream Another Kind
Santat, Dan The Aquanaut
Murray, Duane, Shawn Daley Better Place
Blasco, Serena Enola Holmes: The Graphic Novels
Ortega, Claribel A., Rose Bousamra * Frizzy
Smith, Niki * The Golden Hour
Deneen, Brendan, Bell Hosalla Green Arrow: Stranded
Fung, Rosena Living With Viola
Fernandez, Kelly Manu: A Graphic Novel
Chau, Alina * Marshmallow & Jordan
Fajardo, Kat * Miss Quinces
Lai, Remy Pawcasso
Hicks, Faith Erin Ride On
Regina, Michael The Sleepover
Douye, Sylvia, Paola Antista Sorceline
Terciero, Rey, Megan Kearney Swan Lake: Quest for the Kingdoms
Grades 6-12
Delliquanti, Blue * Across A Field of Starlight
Bernardin, Marc, Ariela Kristantina, Bryan Valenza, Bernardo Brice, Damon Lindelof Adora and the Distance
King, Thomas, Natasha Donovan Borders
Page, Tyler Button Pusher
Nadatani, Wataru Cat + Gamer
Rioux, Jo Cat’s Cradle: The Golden Twine
Einhorn, Heather, Adam Staffaroni, Janet Harvey, Sonia Liao The Curie Society
Valentino, Serena, Arielle Jovellanos Evil Thing: A Villains Graphic Novel
Fahmy, Huda Huda F Are You?
McCormack, Will, Michael Govier, Youngran Nho, Laura Dern If Anything Happens I Love You
Gonzalez, Christina Diaz, Gabriela Epstein * Invisible: A Graphic Novel
Brinkman, Kiara, Sean Chiki Lucy in the Sky
The Kao * Magical Boy, Volume 1 & 2
Komoto, Hajime Mashle Magic and Muscles, Volume 1-6
Neely, Kindra Numb To This: Memoir of a Mass Shooting
Sugitani, Shogo Pompo: The Cinephile
Walsh, Liam Francis Red Scare: A Graphic Novel
Seeley, Tim, Baldemar Rivas, Romulo Fajardo Jr. Robins: Being Robin, Volume 1
Midori, Wataru *Run On Your New Legs, Volume 1 and 2
Alfageeh, Sara, Nadia Shammas *Squire
Christmas, Johnnie *Swim Team
Siegel, Siena Cherson, Mark Siegel Tiny Dancer
Smith, Tommie, Derrick Barnes, Dawud Anyabwile *Victory. Stand!
Wyatt, Jake, Choo The Well
Liu, Marjorie, Teny Issakhanian Wingbearer
Sandlin, Jay, Patrick Mulholland, Rebecca Nalty, Justin Birch *World Class
Tynion, James IV, Michael Dialynas *Wynd, Book One: Flight of the Prince and Wynd: Book Two: The Secret of the Wings
Elliott, Victoria Grace *Yummy: A History of Desserts
Grades 9-12
Adams, Leisl Batter Royale
Walker, David F, Marcus Kwame Anderson *The Black Panther Party: A Graphic Novel History
Arroyo, Jeannette, Ren Graham Blackwater
Peyo Boy Meets Maria
Walden, Tillie Clementine: Book One
Stirling, Danie *Crumbs
Kasama, Sanshiro, Hikaru Uesugi Deadpool Samurai, Volume 1
Lorinczi, Balazs *Doughnuts and Doom
Aozaki, Ritsu, Asagi Orikawa, Akito Ito The Dragon Knight’s Beloved, Volume 1
Axelrod, Jadzia, Jess Taylor *Galaxy: The Prettiest Star
Keys, Alicia, Andrew Weiner, Brittney Williams Girl on Fire
Searle, Sarah Winifred *The Greatest Thing
Manga Classics Hamlet
Becker, Harmony Himawari House
Anta, Julio, Anna Wieszczyk, Bryan Valenza, Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou HOME, Volume 1
Graudins, Alex Improve: How I Discovered Improv and Conquered Social Anxiety
Gharib, Malaka It Won’t Always Be Like This: A Graphic Memoir
Matsumoto, Naoya *Kaiju No. 8, Volume 1
Yukimori, Nene Kubo Won’t Let Me Be Invisible, Volume 1
Eastman, Kevin, Peter Laird, Tom Waltz, Esau & Isaac Escorza, Ben Bishop, Luis Antonio Delgado *The Last Ronin
Gao, Laura *Messy Roots: A Graphic Memoir of a Wuhanese American
Mackay, Jed, Alessandro Cappuccio Moon Knight, Vol. 1: The Midnight Mission
Niimura, Ken Never Open It: The Taboo Trilogy
Boo, Sweeney *Over My Dead Body
Chad, Jon Pinball: A Graphic History of the Silver Ball
Roo, Jean J., Jane Margolis, Charis JB Power On!
Suzuki, Yuto *Sakamoto Days, Volume 1
Ollerton, Bex Sensory: Life on the Spectrum: An Autistic Comics Anthology
McCoola, Marika, Aatmaja Pandya Slip
Chugong Solo Leveling, Volume 1
Tahir, Sabaa, Nicole Andlefinger, Sonia Liao A Spark Within the Forge: An Ember in the Ashes Graphic Novel
Tokudo-Hall, Maggie, Lisa Sterle Squad
Taylor, Tom, Jon Timms Superman: Son of Kal-El volume 1: The Truth
Sourya Talli, Daughter of the Moon
Roca, Paco, Guillermo Corral, Andrea Rosenberg The Treasure of the Black Swan
Cantwell, Christopher, Josh Trujillo, Dale Eaglesham, Jan Balaldua *The United States of Captain America
Szamosi, Sofia Unretouchable
Hancox, Lewis Welcome to St. Hell
Feathers, Bea, Ally Shwed, Kasia Babis, Ian Rosenberg, Mike Cavallaro World Citizen Comic series: Free Speech Handbook: A Practical Framework for Understanding Our Free Speech Protections, Re: Constitutions: Connecting Citizens with the Rules of the Game, Why the People
Adult for YA
Melendez, Jarrett, Danica Brine, Hank Jones, Hasan Otsmane-Elhaou Chef’s Kiss
Tung, Debbie Everything is Ok
Ewing, Rhea Fine: A Comic about Gender
Spooner, James *The High Desert: Black. Punk. Nowhere.
Smythe, Rachel Lore Olympus
Aimoto, Mizuho My Wonderful World, Volume 1
Warren, Sofia Radical: My Year with a Socialist Senator
Bendis, Brian Michael, Alex Maleev Scarlet
Ahmed, Saif A., Fabiana Mascolo Yasmeen