The Young Adult Library Services Association Announces 'Great Graphic Novels for Teens' List

The list of 55 titles, drawn from 98 official nominations, is presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. The books, recommended for those ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens.

In addition, the Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee created a Top Ten list of titles that exemplify the quality and range of graphic novels appropriate for teen audiences, denoted by an asterisk.

"What do superheroes, serial killers and the stage crew have in common? They all have a place on the 2013 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list," said Chair Rachael Myers. "There is a graphic novel on this list for every teen reader and we think this is a valuable resource for teens and the librarians who work with them."

Members of the Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee are Rachael Myers, chair, Horace Mann School, Bronx, N.Y.; Tessa Barber, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, P.A.; Chris Durr, Kirkwood Public Library, M.O.; Heather Gruenthal, Western High School, Anaheim, C.A.; Monica Harris, Oak Park Public Library, I.L.; Summer Hayes, King County Library System, Tukwila, W.A.; Katy Hepner, St. Tammany Parish Library, Mandeville, L.A.; Marcus Lowry, Roseville Library, Maplewood, M.N.; Matthew Moffett, Fairfax County Public Library, V.A.; Emily Pukas, Nashville Public Library, T.N.; Dorcas Wong, San Francisco Public Library, C.A. and administrative assistants Katie Llera, Sayreville Middle School, Parlin, N.J., and Brooke Young, Salt Lake City Public Library, U.T.


Abirached, Zeina. A Game For Swallows: To Die, To Leave, To Return. 2012, illus., Lerner/Graphic Universe, $29.27, 978-0761385684.

As the bombs drop on Beirut, Zeina's family must depend on her neighbors for survival.

* Backderf, Derf. My Friend Dahmer. 2012, illus., Abrams, paper, $17.95, 978-1419702174.

Go to high school with the nation's most notorious serial killer.

* Fetter-Vorm, Jonathan. Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb. 2012, illus., Farrar, Straus and Giroux/Hill and Wang, $22.00, 978-0809094684.

A look at one of the most controversial decisions in American history.

Goodwin, Michael and Dann E. Burr. Economix: How and Why Our Economy Works (And Doesn't Work) in Words and Pictures. 2012, illus., Abrams, paper, $19.95, 978-0810988392.

Who knew economics could be so fun?

Hale, Nathan. Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: One Dead Spy. 2012, illus., Abrams/Amulet, $12.95, 9781419703966.

A spy on the gallows has a story to tell.

* Lambert, Joseph. Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller. 2012, illus., Disney Hyperion/Disney Book Group, $17.99, 978-1423113362.

You thought you knew the whole story.

O'Connor, George. Hades: Lord of the Dead: Olympians V. 4. 2012, illus., Roaring Brook/First Second, paper, $16.99, 978-1596434349.

Who's Hade's queen of the underworld?

Quinn, Jason and Amit Tayal. Steve Jobs: Genius By Design. 2012, illus., Campfire, paper, $12.99, 978-9380028767.

Steve Jobs' life from birth to death.


Azzarello, Brian and Cliff Chiang. Wonder Woman: Blood V.1. 2012, illus., DC Comics, $22.99, 978-1401235635.

Diana discovers the truth of her parentage in this reboot.

Bendis, Brian Michael and Mark Bagley. Ultimate Comics Spider-Man: Death of Spider-Man. 2011, illus., Marvel, $24.99, 978-0785152743.

The fall and sacrifice of Marvel's greatest hero.

* Bendis, Brian Michael and Sara Pichelli. Ultimate Comics Spider-man, V.1. 2012, illus., Marvel, $24.99, 978-0785157120.

Witness the birth of a new Spider-man Miles Morales.

Bermejo, Lee. Batman: Noël. 2011, illus., DC Comics, $22.99, 978-1401232139.

It's winter in Gotham City and Batman's playing Scrooge.

Brown, Nimue and Tom Brown. Hopeless Maine: Personal Demons V.1. 2012, illus., Archaia, $19.95, 978-1936393572.

Salamandra finds herself in a supernatural orphanage.

Carey, Mike, Leonard Kirk and others. Sigil: Out of Time. 2011, illus., Marvel, paper, $14.99, 978-0785156222.

Samantha discovers her powers and journeys through time to seek vengeance for her mother's death.

Cosby, Nate and Chris Eliopoulos. Cow Boy. 2012, illus., Archaia, $19.95, 978-1936393671.

Young Boyd is determined to bring the dastardly Linney family to justice.

Costa, Mike, Jon Armstrong and Ryan Browne. Smoke and Mirrors. 2012, illus., IDW, paper, $19.99, 978-1613774021.

Stage magician Terry Ward finds himself lost in an alternate world where magic is real.

DeFilippis, Nunzio, Emma Vieceli and Christina Weir. Avalon Chronicles: Once in a Blue Moon, V. 1. 2012, illus., Oni Press, $19.99, 978-934964750.

Aeslin is sucked into her favorite childhood storybook only to find that her family and this fantasy world are intertwined.

Gauld, Tom. Goliath. 2012, illus., Drawn and Quarterly, $19.95, 978-1770460652.

David and Goliath told from the perspective of the un-assuming giant.

Giallongo, Zack. Broxo. 2012, illus., Roaring Brook/First Second, paper, $16.99, 9781596435513.

Princess Zora and Broxo uncover the secrets of his past.

Graham, Brandon. King City TP. 2012, illus., Image, paper, $19.99, 978-1607065104.

Joe Doesn't have much except a cat who can be changed into almost anything.

Hatke, Ben. Legends of Zita the Spacegirl. 2012, illus., Roaring Brook/First Second, 18.99, 978-1596438064.

Zita has won the hearts of the whole universe, but will a robot clone take it all away from her?

* Hicks, Faith Erin. Friends with Boys. 2012, illus., Roaring Brook/First Second, paper, $15.99, 978-1596435568.

From homeschool to high school, Maggie Learns to let go of her past and make new friends.

Inzana, Ryan. Ichiro. 2012, illus., Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $19.99, 978-0547252698.

After the death of his father, Ichiro moves to Japan and encounters gods and monsters.

Isayama, Hajime. Attack on Titan V. 1. 2012, illus., Kodansha Comics, $10.99, 978-1612620244.

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