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April 15, 2018 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth
5 Worlds, v.1: The Sand Warrior. By Mark Siegel and Alexis Siegel. Illus. by Xanthe Bouma and others. 2017. Random, $18.99 (9781101935866). Gr. 4–7.
An unlikely trio of kid heroes find themselves embroiled in a conflict spanning their five-planet system. Gorgeous artwork, fleshed-out world building, and a riveting plot give this series starter plenty of verve.
Archie, v.1. By Mark Waid. Illus. by Fiona Staples and others. 2016. Archie Comics, $19.99 (9781627388672). Gr. 7–12.
This reboot of classic Archie comics taps into everything that made the original so charming, but its modern look and earnest sensibility give it exceptionally fresh, bracing new life.
Benny and Penny in How to Say Goodbye. By Geoffrey Hayes. Illus. by the author. 2016. TOON, $12.95 (9781935179993). PreS–Gr. 2.
In soft, warm art, the titular mice face the death of a friend. Exploring grief with remarkable subtlety and a deep grasp of children’s emotional complexity, this is an exemplary installment in a stellar series.
Dog Man. By Dav Pilkey. Illus. by the author. 2016. Scholastic/Graphix, $9.99 (9780545581608). Gr. 1–3.
In classic Pilkey-style mania, a policeman with a dog’s head (long story) becomes the world’s greatest cop. With doodle-scratch art, potty humor galore, and an unhinged plot, this will be an unfettered delight for kids.
Faith, v.1: Hollywood and Vine. By Jody Houser. Illus. by Francis Portela and Marguerite Sauvage. 2016. Valiant, $9.99 (9781682151211). Gr. 8–12.
Faith Herbert, aka Zephyr, is a masterpiece: realistically plus-sized, unabashedly nerdy, and thrillingly powerful. With great storytelling, vivid characterization, and fantastic art, this refreshing superhero story is a must-have.
Hilda and the Stone Forest. By Luke Pearson. Illus. by the author. 2016. Flying Eye, $19.95 (9781909263741). Gr. 2–5.
In Hilda’s fourth adventure, Pearson has dramatically shifted the focus from the blue-haired girl’s lively derring-do to the realistic consequences of her escapades, and the story’s never been better.
March: Book Three. By John Lewis and Andrew Aydin. Illus. by Nate Powell. 2016. Top Shelf, $19.99 (9781603094023). Gr. 9–12.
The concluding volume of this award-winning series draws stunning parallels to today’s political atmosphere while cogently depicting a pivotal moment in history. Worthy of every accolade.
Real Friends. By Shannon Hale. Illus. by LeUyen Pham. 2017. First Second, $12.99 (9781626727854). Gr. 3–6.
Hale’s moving, winsome graphic memoir, dynamically illustrated in Pham’s swooping, richly hued artwork, gets straight to the heart of the rocky vicissitudes of childhood friendships.
Spill Zone. By Scott Westerfeld. Illus. by Alex Puvilland. 2017. First Second, $22.99 (9781596439368). Gr. 9–12.
In a town infected by a mysterious “spill,” Addison takes clandestine photos of the spill’s effects for much-needed cash. Gritty art masterfully underscores the eerie horror of Westerfeld’s world.
Wonder Woman: The True Amazon. By Jill Thompson. Illus. by the author. 2016. DC Comics, $22.99 (9781401249014). Gr. 9–12.
Amid a sea of recent Wonder Woman content, Thompson’s rises to the top. Remodeled as a fairy tale and rendered with exquisite expressiveness, this iconic story is transformed from simple heroism to heroic tragedy.
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