Monday, February 9, 2015

YALSA 2015 Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens

Every year since 2007 Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) section of the American Library Association (ALA) has created both a long list and a top ten list of "great graphic novels for teens". You can see all the lists here. Previously they had included some graphic novels on their "best books for young adults" lists.

About a year ago I was invited to give a guest lecture on the history of comics and graphic novels for children and young adults, and upon looking at these lists realized that I had read less than half of the book on the top ten lists (and hadn't even heard of others!). As a so called "expert" on graphic novels in libraries I didn't really think that this was appropriate, and decided to read as many of the volumes that I hadn't read as possible. (I have at least read more than half of this year's list!)

I'll be reviewing them as I read (or reread) them, and this page will eventually contain links to all the books from 2015. Here's the full list of nominations from 2015, and the top ten list. They occasionally have weird formatting or credits.

Afterlife with Archie: Escape from Riverdale by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla.

Bad Machinery V.3: The Case of the Simple Soul by John Allison

47 Ronin by Mike Richardson and Stan Sakai.

In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang.

Ms. Marvel: V.1. No Normal by G. Willow Wison and Adrian Alphona.

Seconds: a Graphic Novel by Bryan Lee O’Malley.

The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew.

Through The Woods by Emily Carroll

Trillium by Jeff Lemire. 

Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki by Mamoru Hosoda and Yu.

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