Graphic Novel Roundup
Picture Day By Sarah Sax
Everyone knows the most stressful day of middle school is picture day! And that's exactly where this yearbook-worthy graphic novel series opener begins: with reinventing yourself, drama, popularity, and the friends who see you through.
Seventh-grader Viv never looks forward to picture day. It’s just another day where she wears a boring braid and no one notices her. (Her two best friends, Milo and Al, don’t count, of course.)
But enough is enough. This year, she’s taking matters into her own hands. Literally. Viv grabs a pair of scissors, her phone for live-streaming, and, well, bye-bye braid.
Suddenly Viv is an over-night influencer at Brinkley Middle School. Everyone wants her help planning their next big moment—from haircuts, to dance proposals, activist rallies and mathlete championships. She hardly even has time for her friends anymore. It’s exactly how she dreamed of reinventing herself…right?
In the tradition of modern classics like Vera Brosgol's Be Prepared, Svetlana Chmakova's Awkward, and Kayla Miller's Click, Picture Day brings answers to perennial questions of what it means to be true to yourself—and a true friend.
Lo and Behold By Wendy Mass; illustrated by Gabi Mendez
Can a virtual reality headset help change the way twelve-year-old Addie looks at things?
Introducing an unforgettable graphic novel about connection, friendship, and the wonder all around us from New York Times bestselling author Wendy Mass and debut illustrator Gabi Mendez.
When you’re named after a 250-year-old tortoise, you grow up believing life is full of possibilities and wonder. But ever since Addie’s family got turned upside down, those things have been harder for her to see.
The last thing Addie wants to do is make a new friend, but when her dad’s summer job takes them across the country, she meets Mateo and finds herself caught up in an exciting project. With the help of a virtual reality headset, she’s suddenly scaling castle walls, dodging angry kittens, and seeing the world in whole new ways. Plus, she has an idea that could be bigger than anything she’s imagined before, but can she right some wrongs first . . . or is it too late?
The Moth Keeper By K. O'Neill
Being a Moth Keeper is a huge responsibility and a great honor, but what happens when the new Moth Keeper decides to take a break from the moon and see the sun for the first time? From the author of the beloved Tea Dragon Society comes a must-read for fans of the rich fantasies of Hayao Miyazaki and the magical adventures of Witch Hat Atelier.
Anya is finally a Moth Keeper, the protector of the lunar moths that allow the Night-Lily flower to bloom once a year. Her village needs the flower to continue thriving and Anya is excited to prove her worth and show her thanks to her friends with her actions, but what happens when being a Moth Keeper isn’t exactly what Anya thought it would be?
Night after night, it is lonely in the desert, with only one lantern for light. Still, Anya is eager to prove her worth, to show her thanks to her friends and her village. But is it worth the cost? And yet something isn’t right. When Anya glimpses the one thing that could destroy what she’s meant to protect, her village and the lunar moths are left to deal with the consequences.
K. O’Neill brings to life a beautifully illustrated fantasy with lush, gorgeous art and intricate world-building. A story about coming of age and community, The Moth Keeper is filled with magic, hope, and friendship.
“Expressing quiet resilience, this story lifts up nature’s symbiotic relationships and the power of community.” –Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Every Day: The Graphic Novel By David Levithan; illustrated by Dion MBD
A graphic novel adaptation of the groundbreaking, beloved New York Times–bestselling novel about a teen who wakes up in a different body each day and the love that eludes them.
Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that—even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.
It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone they want to be with—day in, day out, day after day. But can Rhiannon love someone who is destined to change every day?
For the first time on the page, A's epic story will be brought to life as a graphic novel, with illustrations by Dion MBD.
The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel Graphic Novel By Michael Scott; illustrated by Chris Chalik
Discover the magical world of the bestselling series The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel as a graphic novel! Experience Sophie and Josh's first adventure like never before in this adaptation complete with stunning full-color illustrations.
The truth: Nicholas Flamel's tomb is empty.
The legend: Nicholas Flamel lives.
Nicholas Flamel is the greatest Alchemyst to ever live. The records show that he died in 1418, but what if he's actually been making the elixir of life for centuries?
The secrets to eternal life are hidden within the book he protects--the Book of Abraham the Mage. It's the most powerful book that has ever existed, and in the wrong hands, it will destroy the world. And that's exactly what Dr. John Dee plans to do when he steals it.
There is one hope. If the prophecy is true, Sophie and Josh Newman have the power to save everyone. Now they just have to learn to use it.
Max Meow 5: Attack of the ZomBEES By John Gallagher
Max Meow—the superhero with cat-itude and his best friend, Mindy (aka Science Kitty!) are back in this action packed, laugh-out-loud funny graphic novel series that's "catnip for fans of Dav Pilkey's Dog Man" (Kirkus Reviews).
Bad Guys are after Kittyopolis's bees—can Max and Mindy stop them, BEE-fore it's too late?!
Buzzzz off bad guys! There's a new villain in Kittyopolis—Dr. ZomBEE! And he has it in for the city's bees! (Boy, does that sting!). Why would anyone want to hurt bees?! And who is Dr. ZomBEE? It's a Kittyopolis mystery!
Can Max and Mindy get to the bottom of it or are they about to BEE stung?! Find out what the buzz is about in the fifth laugh out loud funny Max Meow graphic novel!
Bonus: Includes how to draw activities!
"Max Meow's super heroics will have kids meow-ling with laughter!" —John Patrick Green, creator of the InvestiGators