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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.

2021 Maverick Graphic Novels Reading List

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* titles mean a unanimous vote from reading list committee members
Grades 6-8
King, Jonathan The Inkberg Enigma
LaMotte, Lily and Ann Xu Measuring Up
Miller, Kayla *Act
Queen, Ben and Joe Todd-Stanton Bear
Grades 6-12
Arakawa, Naoshi Sayonara Football 1
Barnes, Daniel, DJ Kirkland, Jarrett Williams, Brenda Hickey Aggretsuko: Metal to the Max
Barnes, Rodney; Espritu, Selina Quincredible: Quest to Be the Best
Boo, Sweeney and Lylian Klepakowsky *Eat, and Love Yourself
Brown, Lisa The Phantom Twin
Cabot,Meg and Cara McGee Black Canary: Ignite
Chmakova, Svetlana Be Wary of the Silent Woods
Corey Maison (Author), Zuiker Anthony Ahmara Smith (Illustrator) Identity: A Story of Transitioning
Craft, Jerry *Class Act
Di Bartolo, Jim The Boy Who Became a Dragon: a Bruce Lee Story 
Garcia, Kami and Gabriel Picolo Teen Titans: Beast Boy
Ha, Robin *Almost American Girl
Hicks, Faith Erin One Year at Ellsmere
Husted, Ursula Murray A Cat Story
Kat Leyh *Snapdragon
Kuhn, Sarah and Nicole Goux Shadow of the Batgirl
Le Nguyen, Trung The Magic Fish
Levy, Debbie & Whitney Gardner *Becoming RBG : Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Journey to Justice
Magruder, Nilah; illustrated by DiSalvo, Rob Marvel Rising. Heroes of the Round Table
Mohamed, Omar and Victoria Jamieson *When Stars are Scattered
Montgomery, L.M. Manga Classics: Anne of Green Gables
Muro, Jennifer & Thomas Krajewski & Gretel Lusky Primer
Nicke Beyond the Clouds
Nijkamp, Marieke and Manuel Preitano The Oracle Code
Palacio, R.J. White Bird
Peters, Julian Poems to See By
Peterson, Scott and José Garcia *Truckus Maximus
Reynolds, Jason & Danica Novgordoff *Long Way Down: The Graphic Novel
Sanchez, Alex and Julie Maroh You Brought Me The Ocean
Sook, Kim Hyun Banned Book Club
Tatsuya Endo, Tatsuya *Spy x Family, Vol. 1
Tyrion IV, James, Rian Sygh, Walter Baiamonte Backstagers: Vol 1, The Rebels without Applause
Usdin, Carly and Noah Hayes The Avant- Guards
Williams, Lily & Karen Schneeman *Go With The Flow
Yang, Gene Luen and Gurihiru Superman Smashes the Klan
Yang, Gene Luen and Lark Pien *Dragon Hoops
Grades 9-12
Anderson, M.T. and Jo Rioux (Illustrator) The Daughters of Ys 
Burrell, Emei We Served the People: My Mother’s Stories
Caplan, Bryan and Zach Weinersmith Open Borders: The Science and Ethics of Immigration
Curato, Mike *Flamer
Dungo, AJ In Waves
Feder, Tyler *Dancing at the Pity Party
Grayson , Devin(Author), Alitha E Martinez (Illustrator) Omni Vol. 1: The Doctor Is In
Itagaki, Paru Beastars
Jonnie, Brianna and (Author), Neal Shannacappo (Illustrator), Nahanni Shingoose (Contributor) If I Go Missing
Khor, Shing Yin The American Dream?: A Journey on Route 66 Discovering Dinosaur Statues, Muffler Men, and the Perfect Breakfast Burrito
Kirsch, T.J and Harvard S. Johansen (Illustrator), Coskun Kuzgun (Illustrator), Jesse Lonergan (Illustrator), Jeremy Massie (Illustrator), Jason Pittman (Illustrator), Adam Walmsley (Illustrator), J.T. Yost (Illustrator) Willie Nelson: A Graphic History
Lemire, Jeff (Author), Dustin Nguyen (Artist) Ascender Volume 1 and 2
Makino, Aoi Not Your Idol Volume 1
Ori, Mita Our Dining Table
Oseman, Alice *Heartstopper: Volume 1
Rotman, Isabella *A Quick & Easy Guide to Consent
Rowell, Rainbow, and Sam Maggs, Gabi Nam (Illustrator) *Fangirl, Vol. 1: The Manga
Stiefvater, Maggie, illustrated by Morgan Beem Swamp Thing: Twin Branches
Walker, David & Sanford Greene Bitter Root. Volume One: Family Business
Adult for YA
Ansel, Sophie and Sam Garcia Burmese Moons
Dachez, Julie and Mademoiselle Caroline Invisible Differences
Murphy,Sean; Klaus Janson, Matt Hollingsworth Batman Curse of the White Knight
Reinmuth, Jared and Frank “Big Black” Smith, illustrated by Améziane Big Black Stand at Attica




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