ALA posts Great Graphic Novels for Teens list

From the very beginning, librarians have been huge boosters of graphic novels, especially for younger readers, and the Great Graphic Novels for Teens list has been instrumental to their efforts, as it gives a sort of stamp of approval (from librarians) to a medium that adults often find kind of sketchy—but at the same time, the librarians making the choices are teen librarians, who are usually well tuned in to what teens like to read (as opposed to what grownups think they should read). So the list may not be entirely what you expect—for instance, it usually includes a few graphic novels that are pitched at older readers but that teens would actually really like.

Anyway, the new GGNFT list is up at the ALA website, and the librarians have chosen their Top Ten of the year as well. Here they are:

  1. The Zabime Sisters, by Aristophane
  2. Green Monk, by Brandon Dayton
  3. Saturn Apartments, vol. 1, by Hisae Iwaoka
  4. Brain Camp, by Susan Kim, Laurence Klavan, and Faith Erin Hicks
  5. Chew, vol. 1: Taster's Choice, by John Layman and Rob Guillory
  6. Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty, by G. Neri and Randy Duburke
  7. Meanwhile, by Jason Shiga
  8. Smile, by Raina Telgemeier
  9. Ghostopolis, by Doug TenNapel
  10. Set to Sea, by Drew Weing

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