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Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens 2017

​The Young Adult Library Services Association, as part of the American Library Association, has announced its picks for 2017's Great Graphic Novels For Teens list! The full list, which you can read here, includes recommendations for ages 12-18 on the basis of quality and appeal.

The Top 10 are listed below. Please note that hyperlinked titles lead to their Hoopla pages for digital reading on your computer, smartphone, or tablet. Catalog listings follow beneath this post.

 

●        Allison, John and Lissa Treiman.

Giant Days, Volume 12015. Boom! Box.

Giant Days, Volume 2. 2016. Boom! Box.  

●        Coates, Ta-Nehisi and Brian Stelfreeze.  Black Panther, Book One: A Nation Under Our Feet. Marvel Comics 

●        Hatke, Ben.  Mighty Jack. 2016. First Second.. 

●        Lemire, Jeff and Emi Lennox.  Plutona2016. Image Comics.

●        Lewis, John, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell.  March:  Book Three. 2016. Top Shelf.

●        Ross, Edward.  Filmish:  a Graphic Journey Through Film. 2015. Self Made Hero.

●        Russel, Mark, Ben Caldwell, and Mark Morales.  Prez, Volume 1: Corndog in Chief2016.  DC Comics.

●        Takno, Ichigo.  orange:  The Complete Collection 1. 2016. Seven Seas Entertainment.

●        Vaughan, Brian K. and Cliff Chiang.  Paper Girls 12016. Image.

●        Vaughan, Brian K., Steve Skroce, and Matt Hollingsworth.  We Stand On Guard. 2016. Image.


Giant Days Vol. 1 by John Allison
Amazon Says: Susan, Esther, and Daisy started at university three weeks ago and became fast friends. Now, away from home for the first time, all three want to reinvent themselves. But in t more...
Amazon Says: Susan, Esther, and Daisy started at university three weeks ago and became fast friends. Now, away from home for the first time, all three want to reinvent themselves. But in the face of hand-wringing boys, “personal experimentation,” influenza, mystery-mold, nu-chauvinism, and the willful, unwanted intrusion of “academia,” they may be lucky just to make it to spring alive. Going off to university is always a time of change and growth, but for Esther, Susan, and Daisy, things are about to get a little weird. Giant Days Volume 1, created and written by longtime webcomic creator John Allison (Bad Machinery, Scary Go Round) and Disney artist Lissa Treiman collects the first four issues of the critically-acclaimed series from BOOM! Box. less...
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Giant Days Vol. 2 by John Allison
Amazon Says: Continuing their first semester at university, fast friends Susan, Esther, and Daisy want to find their footing in life, But in the face of hand-wringing boys, “personal ex more...
Amazon Says: Continuing their first semester at university, fast friends Susan, Esther, and Daisy want to find their footing in life, But in the face of hand-wringing boys, “personal experimentation,” holiday balls, nu-chauvinism, and the willful, unwanted intrusion of “academia,” they may be lucky just to make it to spring alive. Giant Days, the comedic slice-of-life series from creator John Allison (Bad Machinery, Scary Go Round) and artists Lissa Treiman and Max Sarin, has graduated to a second volume. less...
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Amazon Says: A new era begins for the Black Panther! MacArthur Genius and National Book Award-winning writer T-Nehisi Coates (BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME) takes the helm, confronting T'Challa more...
Amazon Says: A new era begins for the Black Panther! MacArthur Genius and National Book Award-winning writer T-Nehisi Coates (BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME) takes the helm, confronting T'Challa with a dramatic upheaval in Wakanda that will make leading the African nation tougher than ever before. When a superhuman terrorist group that calls itself The People sparks a violent uprising, the land famed for its incredible technology and proud warrior traditions will be thrown into turmoil. If Wakanda is to survive, it must adapt--but can its monarch, one in a long line of Black Panthers, survive the necessary change? Heavy lies the head that wears the cowl! COLLECTING: Black Panther 1-4, Fantastic Four (1961) 52 less...
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Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke
Amazon Says: Jack might be the only kid in the world who's dreading summer. But he's got a good reason: summer is when his single mom takes a second job and leaves him at home to watch his more...
Amazon Says: Jack might be the only kid in the world who's dreading summer. But he's got a good reason: summer is when his single mom takes a second job and leaves him at home to watch his autistic kid sister, Maddy. It's a lot of responsibility, and it's boring, too, because Maddy doesn't talk. Ever. But then, one day at the flea market, Maddy does talk―to tell Jack to trade their mom's car for a box of mysterious seeds. It's the best mistake Jack has ever made.In Mighty Jack, what starts as a normal little garden out back behind the house quickly grows up into a wild, magical jungle with tiny onion babies running amok, huge, pink pumpkins that bite, and, on one moonlit night that changes everything…a dragon. less...
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Amazon Says: 2017 ALA/YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens Award Winner Cartoonist Edward Ross uses comics to illuminate the ideas behind our favorite movies. In Filmish, more...
Amazon Says: 2017 ALA/YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens Award Winner Cartoonist Edward Ross uses comics to illuminate the ideas behind our favorite movies. In Filmish, Ross’s cartoon alter ego guides readers through the annals of cinematic history, introducing some of the strange and fascinating concepts at work in the movies. Each chapter focuses on a particular theme—the body, architecture, language—and explores an eclectic mix of cinematic triumphs, from A Tripto the Moon to Top Gun. Like other bestselling nonfiction graphic novels such as Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics, Filmish tackles serious issues—sexuality, race, censorship, propaganda—with authority and wit, throwing new light on some of the greatest films ever made. less...
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Prez Vol. 1 by Mark Russell
Amazon Says: One of the YALSA Top Ten Graphic Novels for Teens from 2016! America’s first teenaged president is on the job in this contemporary twist on a DC classic! Oregon teen Beth more...
Amazon Says: One of the YALSA Top Ten Graphic Novels for Teens from 2016! America’s first teenaged president is on the job in this contemporary twist on a DC classic! Oregon teen Beth Ross has just been elected President of the United States of America. Age restrictions were abolished when corporations gained the right to run for office and voting booths have been replaced by Twitter, making just about anyone eligible for the nation’s top job, including the viral-video-famous Corndog Girl! Now the eyes of the nation are on Beth. But in a world so out of control that the poor are willing to shoot themselves on TV for a chance at a better life, will even the new president have the power needed to overthrow the nation’s true leaders—Boss Smiley and his corporate shadow government? Writer Mark Russell (God Is Disappointed in You) teams with artists Ben Caldwell (JUSTICE LEAGUE BEYOND) and Mark Morales (X-Force, Secret Invasion) to revive and reinvent a classic! Collects PREZ #1-6 and SNEAK PEEK: PREZ #1. less...
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Amazon Says: EISNER NOMINATED SERIESA Plea From the FutureOn the day that Naho begins 11th grade, she recieves a letter from herself ten years in the future. At first, she wr more...
Amazon Says: EISNER NOMINATED SERIESA Plea From the FutureOn the day that Naho begins 11th grade, she recieves a letter from herself ten years in the future. At first, she writes it off as a prank, but as the letter’s predictions come true one by one Naho realizes that the letter might be the real deal. Her future self tells Naho that a new transfer student, a boy named Kakeru, will soon join her class. The letter begs Naho to watch over him, saying that only Naho can save Kakeru from a terrible future. Who is this mystery boy, and can Naho save him from his destiny? The heart-wrenching sci-fi romance that has over million copies in print in Japan!Other titles by Ichigo Takano:orange series orange: The Complete Collection 1 orange: The Complete Collection 2 orange: futureDreamin' Sun series Dreamin' Sun Vol. 1 Dreamin' Sun Vol. 2 Dreamin' Sun Vol. 3 Dreamin' Sun Vol. 4 Dreamin' Sun Vol. 5 Dreamin' Sun Vol. 6 less...
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