Suggestions for YA Summer Graphic Novel Reading

School's out!!! Time to hit the books - summer style. Here are a few suggestions for the beach, park, backyard:

This One Summer - Jillian & Mariko Tamaki

This Caldecott recipient tells the story of two girls' summer vacation. While visiting Awago Beach with her family, as usual, Rose and her longtime friend Windy find themselves unexpectedly tangled in teen love and family crisis. A complex, emotional story about friendship, family and growing up. It is the perfect summer read!

Nimona - Noelle Stevenson

From the author of Lumberjanes comes the story of a young shapeshifter named Nimona. When she teams up with the evil-but-not-really Sir Ballister Blackheart to take down "The Institution" you can expect test tube dragons, forcefield armour, and a generous helping of sass. Collected from the much lauded web comic, this edition featuring an exclusive-to-print epilogue!

Last Man - Balak, Michael Sanlaville & Bastien Vives

This is France's answer to throwback shounen manga! Set in a loosely Medieval fantasy kingdom (although there are motorbikes...) the story revolves around the Royal Cup, a fighting contest that pits magic against martial arts. You'll find nothing but action and adventure when young protagonist Adrian and his new found friend, the mysterious Aldana, decide to team up.

El Deafo - Cece Bell

Cece Bell’s autobiographical graphic novel tells the story of deaf rabbit Cece who is embarrassed to go to school with a bulky hearing aid until she discovers she can use it to overhear gossip! This revelation transforms her from zero to superhero in a funny and unsentimental memoir about growing up different. Winner of the Newbery Honor award this year and guaranteed to be a great read.

March series - John Lewis, Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell

This graphic novel series chronicles the extraordinary life of Congressman John Lewis, American icon and a key figure of the Civil-Rights movement. He is the only person to have spoken at the historic 1963 March on Washington who is still alive and March chronicles his seven decades on earth over three books. Inspired by a Martin Luther King comic book he read in the 1950s, Lewis' life will inspire you with his powerful message of non-violence and human rights.

In Real Life - Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang

Anda is a young girl who loves to play video games. When she joins an all-girls gaming guild in the MMORPG (massively-multiplayer online role playing game) "Coarsegold" she is thrilled. However, she soon discovers that this escape from "real life" has consequences in the world and learning how to negotiate them is an important lesson in growing up.

Shadow Hero - Gene Luen Yang & Sonny Liew

In Yang & Liew's Shadow Hero the golden-age superhero comic, the "Green Turtle" is updated with a twist. Set in a fictional 1930's Chinatown, Hank Chu is a mild mannered teenager who dreams of following his father's footsteps as a grocer. However, his mother has other plans for him: she wants him to become a superhero!

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind - Hayao Miyazaki

In a dystopian future where the Earth has been radically transformed by ecological disaster Nausicaa, a gentle young princess, must negotiate peace between kingdoms battling over the world's last precious natural resources. A timeless, immersive story told through gorgeous artwork of Miyazaki.

Through the Woods - Emily Carroll

Through the Woods collects five suspenseful stories that will make your hair stand on end. These spine-tingling tales come from the dark imagination of the acclaimed comic creator Emily Carroll. Come take a walk in the woods and see what's lurking in the shadows...

Aya - Marguerite Abouet & Clement Oubrerie

Set in the heat of the Côte d'Ivoire in the 1970s, Aya tells the story of life and love in Yop City. While the books are funny and lighthearted in tone, they're not without their fair share of drama for Aya and her besties, Adjoua and Bintou. These perennial classics are magic to read and reread again and again!

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