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Recommended graphic novels for grades 6 - 12.

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 TMGNRL list is intended for recreational reading, not to support a specific curriculum. Due to the diversity of this age range, Texas librarians should purchase titles on this list according to their individual collection policies.

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2019 Maverick List

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2019 Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List

Highlighted titles are STARRED books.

(*) Asterisks indicate books are NOT the first book in a series

Creator(s) Title
Grades 6-8
Breach, Jen and Douglas Holgate Clem Hetherington and the Ironwood Race
Brosgol, Vera Be Prepared
Gardner, Whitney Fake Blood
Larson, Hope All Summer Long
Libenson, Terri Positively Izzy
Mercado, Yehudi Sci-Fu
Morino, Kikori Giant Spider & Me, Vol. 1: A Post-Apocalyptic Tale
Pullman, Philip and Fred Fordham Adventures of John Blake, The: Mystery of the Ghost Ship
Tomasi, Peter J. et. al. Super Sons, Vol I: When I Grow Up
Weigel, Jeff Quantum Mechanics
Grades 6-12
Anderson, Laurie Halse and Emily Carroll Speak: The Graphic Novel
Bendis, Brian et. al. Invincible Iron Man: Ironheart
Colfer, Eoin et. al. Illegal
Dawson, Delilah S. and Ashley A. Woods, Ladycastle
Giffen, Keith and Scott Kolins Blue Beetle, Vol.1: The more things change
Gillman, Melanie As the Crow Flies
Hale, Nathan Raid of No Return
Ishizuka, Chihiro Flying Witch, Vol. 1
Krosoczka, Jarrett J. Hey, Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt with Family Addiction
Kumanomata , Kagiji Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle
Macaione, Giulio Alice: From Dream to Dream
Marsden, Mariah and Brenna Thummler Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel
O’Connor, Tara Altered History of Willow Sparks, The
O’Neill, Katie Tea Dragon Society, The
Ostertag, Molly Knox Witch Boy, The
Pullman, Philip et. al. Golden Compass, The: The Graphic Novel Complete Edition
Revoy, Antoine Animus
Sedgwick, Marcus and Thomas Taylor Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter
Shirai, Kaiu and Posuka Demizu Promised Neverland, Vol. 1-4, The
Smith, Kirsten et. al. Misfit City, Vol. 1
Thummler, Brenna Sheets
Wang, Jen Prince and the Dressmaker, The
Wilson, G. WIllow and Nico Leon Ms. Marvel, Vol 9: Teenage Wasteland
Grades 9-12
Ahmed, Saladin and Christian Ward Black Bolt: Hard Time
Bagieu, Penelope Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World
Chii Bride Was a Boy, The
Coates, Ta-Nehesi and Roxane Gay Black Panther: World of Wakanda
Del Col, Anthony and Werther Dell’Edera Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie
Ellis, Grace and Shae Beagle Moonstruck, Vol. 1: Magic to Brew
Gedris, Megan Rose Spectacle Book 1
Hardman, Gabriel et. al. Green Lantern: Earth One, Vol. 1
Hennessey, Jonathan and Justin Greenwood Alexander Hamilton: The Graphic History of an American Founding Father
MariNaomi Life on Earth. Book 1: Losing the Girl
Pacat, C.S. et. al. Fence, Vol. 1
Rowell, Rainbow and Kris Anka Runaways: Find Your Way Home
Rubio, Salva Monet: Itinerant of Light
Shinkai, Makoto *Your Name, Vols. 2-3
Tamaki, Mariko and Joelle Jones Supergirl Being Super
Weir, Ivy Noelle and Steenz Archival Quality
Westerfeld, Scott and Alex Puvilland Spill Zone. Vol. 2: Broken Vow, The*
Adult for YA
Delisle, Guy Hostage
Evans, Kate Threads from the Refugee Crisis
Franklin, Tee Bingo Love
Gaiman, Neil et. al. Study in Emerald, A
Green, Katie Lighter Than My Shadow
Harvey, Janet et. al. Angel City: Town Without Pity
Quintero, Isabel and Zeke Pena Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide
Snyder, Scott and Jeff Lemire AD: After Death
Thompson, Kelly and Leonardo Romero Hawkeye: Kate Bishop, Vols. 1-3
Tynion IV, James et. al. Eugenic
Ukazu, Ngozi Check, Please!, Book 1: #Hockey



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