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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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2020 Texas Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List

Highlighted titles are STARRED books.

* Indicates that the entire series is nominated

Grades 6-8

Creator(s) Title
Cavallaro, Mike Nico Bravo and the Hound of Hades
Craft, Jerry New Kid
Hale, Shannon & LeUyen Pham Best Friends
Hatke, Ben Mighty Jack & Zita the Spacegirl
Holm, Jennifer L. & Matthew Holm Sunny Rolls the Dice
Miller, Kayla Click
Ostertag, Molly Knox Hidden Witch, The
Shackleton, Kathy & Zane Whittingham Survivors of the Holocaust: True Stories of Six Extraordinary Children
Telgemeier, Raina Guts
Wang, Jen Stargazing

Grades 6-12

Ahmed, Saladin & Javier Garron Miles Morales: Spider-Man Vol. 1: Straight Out of Brooklyn
Amano, Hugh & Sarah Becan Lets Make Ramen
Andrews, Ryan This Was Our Pact
Aoki, Spica Kaiju Girl Caramelise, Vol. 1
Azumi, Mitsu Magus of the Library Vol. 1
Bendis,Brian Michael & Stefano Caselli Invincible Iron Man: Ironheart Vol. 2 Choices
Blas,Terry; Molly Muldoon, Matthew Seely Dead Weight
Brown, Don Fever Year: The Killer Flu of 1918
Caly Breath of Flowers
Delliquanti, Blue & Soleil Ho Meal
Ewing ,Eve L.; Kevin Libranda (Visual Art), Luciano Vecchio (Illustrations), G Geoffo (Illustrations), Amy Reeder (Cover) Ironheart, Volume 1
Folman, Ari & David Polonsky Anne Frank
Greentea, Vera & Yana Bogatch Grimoire Noir
Hale, Nathan Lafayette!
Ito, Junji Frankenstein: Junji Ito Story Collection
Lee, Harper, Fred Fordham To Kill A Mockingbird
Lowry, Lois & P. Craig Russell Giver, The
Maclear, Kyo & Byron Eggenschwiler Operatic
Morten Durr & Lars Horneman Zenobia
Neri, G. & Corbin Wilkin Grand Theft Horse
Nitouhi,Virgina, Stacy King, Daria Rhodes * Manga Classics: Bram Stoker’s Dracula
O’Connor, George Hephaistos God of Fire
Oda, Tomohito komi cant communicate
Panetta, Kevin & Savanna Ganucheau Bloom
Rowell, Rainbow & Faith Erin Hicks Pumpkinheads
Shirahma, Kamome * Witch Hat Atelier 1
Shirahma, Kamome * Witch Hat Atelier Vol. 2
Takei, George, Justin Eisenger, Steven Scott, Harmony Becker They Called Us Enemy
Terciero, Rey & Bre Indigo Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy A Graphic Novel
Tomasi, Peter J. & Sara Duvall Bridge: How the Roeblings Connected Brooklyn to New York, The
Walz, Jason Last Pick
Weir, Andy & Andersen, Sarah Cheshire Crossing
Whitley, Jeremy Elsa Charretier, Megan Wilson Unstoppable Wasp: Agents of G.I.R.L, The
Young, Skottie; Jorge Corona, Mike Huddleston Middlewest Book One

Grades 9-12

Fitch, Matt; Chris Baker, Mike Collins Apollo
Gharib, Malaka I Was Their American Dream
Henderson, Joe; Lee Garbett, Antonia Fabela Skyward Vol. 1
Hinds, Gareth Iliad, The
Houser, Jody & MJ Kim Faith: Dreamside
Myracle, Lauren ; Isaac Goodhart Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale
Roy, William & Sylviain Dorange Hedy Lamarr: An Incredible Life
Steele, Hamish DeadEndia: The Watcher’s Test
Sumino, Yoru & Idumi Kirihara I want to Eat Your Pancreas: The Complete Manga Collection
Tamaki, Mariko & Rosemary Valero-O’Connell Laura Dean Keep Breaking Up With Me
Thrash, Maggie Lost Soul, Be at Peace
Usdin, Carly; illustrated by Vakueva, Nina Heavy Vinyl
Vaughn, Sarah; Leila del Duca, Alissa Sallah Sleepless Vol.1-2
Venable, Colleen AF & Ellen T. Crenshaw Kiss Number 8
Whedon,Joss; Jordie Bellaire, Dan Mora, Raul Angelo Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Volume One High School is Hell

Adult for YA

Ahmed, Saladin; Taj Tenfold, Sami Kivela, Jason Wordie Abbott
Atwood, Margaret & Renee Nault Handmaid’s Tale: The Graphic Novel, The
Fletcher, Brendan ; Cameron Stewart, and Babs Tarr Motor Crush (Vol.2)
Humphries, Sam &Jen Bartel Blackbird Book 1 – The Great Beast
Kobabe, Maia Gender Queer
Mahmouidi, Halim Little Mama
Sebela, Christopher; Ro Stein, Ted Brandt Crowded Volume 1
Singelin, Guillaume PTSD


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