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Booklist's Guide to Graphic Novels in Libraries, 2020


In 2020 we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment by marking reviews of powerful, female-centered stories with a special “Women in Focus: The 19th in 2020” tag.

Revisit these amazing titles in our roundup here.

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The Big Sleep
by Raymond Chandler, Read by Scott Brick

So what happens when a reader as ubiquitous as Brick is asked to utter words associated with such iconic voices as those of Humphrey Bogart and Robert Mitchum, both of whom played Marlowe in film versions of The Big Sleep? A cacophony of the familiar? Fortunately not.

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Top of the List Listen-Alikes: The Girl with the Louding Voice
by Heather Booth

Adjoa Andoh is a marvel in voicing Adunni, the protagonist in Abi Daré’s debut, The Girl with the Louding Voice, a Nigerian girl who is first sold into marriage, then again into servitude, yet who manages to be hopeful as she strives for education and a more independent life. This patois-rich narrative presents multiple entry points for listeners’ advisory.

Top of the List Interview: Tricia Elam Walker and April Harrison
by Ronny Khuri

​In Nana Akua Goes to School, Zura takes her beloved grandmother to school for Grandparents Day, but she worries what the other kids might say about the tribal marking on Nana Akua’s face. Tricia Elam Walker’s moving story, illuminated by April Harrison’s gorgeous mixed-media artwork, uses cultural specificity to create universal resonance. We spoke to the two rising kidlit stars about their stunning collaboration, our 2020 Top of the List Picture Book.

The Shelf Care Interview: John Gallagher​

In this special #ReadGraphic episode of the Shelf Care Interview, Sarah Hunter talks with John Gallagher, creator of the Max Meow Series. 

Top of the List Read-alikes: Year of the Rabbit
by Annie Bostrom

​In Year of the Rabbit, Booklist’s first-ever Top of the List  winner for Adult Graphic Novel, Tian Veasna recounts his family’s experiences in post–Vietnam War Cambodia, revealing starvation, torture, and death under the Khmer Rouge regime, as well as unexpected kindness and uncanny coincidences. The following books—graphic novels, prose novels, and memoirs—chronicle the lives of individuals and families living through war and other political violence.

Top of the List Read-alikes: These Ghosts are Family
by Donna Seaman

Maisy Card’s enthralling first novel, Top of the List winner These Ghosts are Family, is a multigenerational family saga anchored in the traumas of racism and violence in colonial Jamaica and propelled by a deep, disorienting secret. As the story extends a branch to Harlem, characters are haunted by the pain and suffering of their ancestors. The novels below delve into similarly profound, mysterious, and essential territory. 

Top of the List Read-alikes: Wandering in Strange Lands
by Susan Maguire

​Part cultural history, part travelogue, part memoir, Jerkins’ journey to discover her ancestral lineage takes readers to the Lowcountry of South Carolina and Georgia, Louisiana, and, eventually, Los Angeles, tracing 300 years of Black culture in the U.S. Her warm storytelling style makes Wandering in Strange Lands: A Daughter of the Great Migration Reclaims her Roots as page-turning as it is educational. The titles below take a similar approach, examining racial, ethnic, and cultural identity and complicated histories through a personal lens.

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January 1&15, 2020 (Contents)

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