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January 1&15, 2017 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth
Magical T-shirts, Buster Keaton, young Jedis-in-training, a cutthroat robot rumble—is there any unifying factor to the 10 best graphic novels reviewed in Booklist from March 1, 2013, through February 15, 2014? You bet—they’re all standouts.
Battling Boy. By Paul Pope. Illus. by the author. 2013. First Second, $24.99 (9781596438057). Gr. 5–8.
When Acropolis’ protector dies in a battle with child-snatching ghouls, Battling Boy is sent down from the Olympian lightning cloud for his trial of manhood.
Benjamin Bear in Bright Ideas! By Philippe Coudray. Illus. by the author. 2013. TOON, $12.95 (9781935179221). K–Gr. 2.
The clever bear and his assorted crew of animal pals cavort through these single-page strips, each one a marvel of economy in setup, delivery, and payoff.
Bluffton: My Summer with Buster. By Matt Phelan. Illus. by the author. 2013. Candlewick, $22.99 (9780763650797). Gr. 4–7.
In Bluffton, Michigan, Henry has a fraught friendship with a young Buster Keaton, whose troupe of vaudeville performers spends the sweltering summer there at a lake resort.
Boxers. By Gene Luen Yang. Illus. by the author. 2013. First Second, paper, $18.99 (9781596433595). Gr. 7–11.
Saints. By Gene Luen Yang. Illus. by the author. 2013. First Second, paper, $15.99 (9781596436893). Gr. 7–11.
In these companion volumes about the Boxer Rebellion in nineteenth-century China, Yang ties tangled knots of empathy in which the heroes of one book become the monsters of the other.
Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant. By Tony Cliff. Illus. by the author. 2013. First Second, paper, $15.99 (9781596438132). Gr. 6–12.
When the Turkish Janissary Corps captures a prisoner—the scandalous, swashbuckling Delilah Dirk—quiet Selim finds out the hard way that maybe he needs a little excitement in his life.
Fairy Tale Comics: Classic Tales Told by Extraordinary Cartoonists. Ed. By Chris Duffy. 2013. illus. First Second, $19.99 (9781596438231). PreS–Gr. 2.
This collection, featuring 17 elegant, flowing fairy-tale stories by a coterie of grand artistic talents, is pitch-perfect for young readers—and listeners.
Hilda and the Bird Parade. By Luke Pearson. Illus. by the author. 2013. Flying Eye, $24 (9781909263062). Gr. 2–5.
Despite her mother’s worries, Hilda gets lost in her new city and befriends a wounded bird, who proves a much grander figure than he initially appears.
Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong. By Prudence Shen. Illus. by Faith Erin Hicks. 2013. First Second, paper, $16.99 (9781596436596). Gr. 9–12.
Dirty campaign tricks ensue when Charlie’s ex-girlfriend, the dastardly cheerleading captain, pits Charlie against his friend Nate for president of the student council in an aggressive bid to snatch Robotics Club funds for new cheerleading uniforms.
The Sleepwalkers. By Viviane Schwarz. Illus. by the author. 2013. Candlewick, paper, $9.99 (9780763662301). Gr. 2–5.
A wise, old fluffy sheep, one of the Sleepwalkers, is part of a small group of animals that float through dreams in a “safe house,” chasing away children’s nightmares, but it’s time for the old guard to move on.
Star Wars: Jedi Academy. By Jeffrey Brown. Illus by the author. 2013. Scholastic, $12.99 (9780545505178). Gr. 3–7.
Roan Novachez thought he was destined to attend Pilot Academy Middle School, but his dreams are crushed when he is instead accepted into a sketchy new school called Coruscant Jedi Academy.
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