YALSA Announces 2018 Great Graphic Novels for Teens List

The American Library Association's (ALA's) Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced its 2018 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list.

Designed to aid Young Adult librarians with graphic novel collections, the list presents graphic novels published in the past 16 months, selected for proven or potential appeal to the personal reading tastes of teens. Additionally, the Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee has chosen a Top Ten list from the overall titles which they feel "meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens." The list encompasses a wide variety of genres and subjects, from off-beat superheroes, to mysterious villainous sidekicks, middle school drama, roller derby, and more. 

Presented here is a spotlight on the YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens Top Ten titles, with the full list below. Bold titles denote Diamond publishers. To see all the titles featured on YALSA's Great Graphic Novels for Teens list from Diamond publishers, click here.

  • The BackstagersBy James Tynion IV. Illus. by Rian Sygh. 2017. BOOM! Studios, $14.99 (9781608869930)
  • Black Hammer, Volume 1: Secret Origins. By Jeff Lemire. Illus. by Dean Ormston. 2017. Dark Horse, $14.99 (9781616557867)
  • BraveBy Svetlana Chmakova. Illus. by the author. 2017. Yen Press, $11.00 (9780316363189)
  • I Am Alfonso JonesBy Tony Medina. Illus. by Stacey Robison and John Jennings. 2017. Tu Books, $18.95 (9781620142639)
  • Jonesy. By Sam Humprhies. Illus. by Caitlin Rose Boyle
    • v.1. BOOM! Studios, $9.99 (9781608868834)
    • v.2. BOOM! Studios, $14.99 (9781608869992)
    • v.3. BOOM! Studios, $14.99 (9781684150168)
  • Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation. By Damian Duffy and Octavia E. Butler. Illus. by John Jennings. 2017. Abrams ComicArts, $24.95 (9781419709470)
  • Lighter than My Shadow. By Katie Green. Illus. by the author. 2017. Lion Forge, $19.99 (9781941302415)
  • My Brother’s HusbandBy Gengoroh Tagame. Illus. by the author. 2017. Pantheon Books, $24.95 (9781101871515)
  • Spill Zone. By Scott Westerfeld. Illus. by Alex Puvilland. 2017. First Second, $22.99 (9781596439368)

Presented below is the full list of YALSA's Great Graphic Novels for Teens, encompassing 115 total graphic novels and separated between Nonfiction and Fiction titles. Overall, 20 of the graphic novels are from Diamond publishers.

NONFICTION

  • Alexander Hamilton: The Graphic History of an American Founding FatherBy Jonathan Hennessey. Illus. By Justin Greenwood. 2017. Ten Speed Press, $19.99 (9780399580000)
  • Becoming Unbecoming. By Una. Illus. by the author. 2016. Arsenal Pulp, $24.95 (9781551526539)
  • Bessie Stringfield: Tales of the Talented Tenth, No. 2. By Joel Christian Gill. Illus. by the author. 2016. Fulcrum Publishing, $23.95 (9781938486944)
  • The Best We Could DoBy Thi Bui. Illus. by the author. 2017. Abrams ComicArts, $24.95 (9781419718779)
  • California Dreamin’: Cass Elliot Before the Mamas & the Papas. By Pénélope Bagieu. Illus. by the author. 2017. First Second, $16.50 (9781626725461)\
  • The CreepsBy Fran Krause. Illus. by the author. 2017. Ten Speed Press, $11.13 (9780399579141)
  • Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home. By Nicole J. Georges. Illus. by the author. 2017. Mariner Books, $17.95 (9780544577831)
  • It's All Absolutely Fine: Life is Complicated so I've Drawn it Instead. By Ruby Elliot. Illus. by the author. 2017. Andrews McMeel, $16.99 (978144948424)
  • *Lighter than My Shadow. By Katie Green. Illus. by the author. 2017. Lion Forge, $19.99 (9781941302415)
  • Our Cats Are More Famous Than Us. By Ananth Hirsch and Yuko Ota. Illus by Yuko Ota. 2017. Oni Press, $34.14 (9781620103838)
  • Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert’s StoryBy Debbie Tung. Illus. by the author. 2017. Andrews McMeel, $14.99 (9781449486068)
  • Real Friends: A True Story About Cool Kids and CrybabiesBy Shannon Hale. Illus. by LeUyen Pham. 2017. First Second, $12.99 (9781626727854)
  • Rendez-vous in Phoenix. By Tony Sandoval. Illus. by the author. 2016. Roar, an imprint of Lion Forge, $19.99 (9781942367284)
  • Rise of the Dungeon Master: Gary Gygax and the Creation of D&DBy David Kushner. Illus. by Koren Shadmi. 2017. Nation Books, $16.99 (9781568585598)
  • SpinningBy Tillie Walden. Illus. by the author. 2017. First Second, $17.99 (9781626729407)

FICTION


  • 4 Kids Walk Into a BankBy Matthew Rosenberg. Illus. by Tyler Boss. 2017. Black Mask Comics, $14.99 (9781628751888)
  • AfarBy Leila Del Duca. Illus. by Kit Seaton. 2017. Image Comics, $14.99 (9781632159410)
  • All’s Faire in Middle School. By Victoria Jamieson. Illus. by the author. Dial Books, $20.99 (9780525429982)
  • Angel City: Town without PityBy Janet Harvey. Illus. by Megan Levens. 2017. Oni Press, $19.99 (9781620104262)
  • Anonymous Noise. By Ryoko Fukuyama. Illus. by the author
    • v.1. VIZ Media, $9.99 (9781421594200)
    • v.2. VIZ Media, $9.24 (9781421594217)
    • v.3. VIZ Media, $9.99 (9781421594224)
    • v.4. VIZ Media, $9.99 (9781421594231)
  • Archie, Volume 2. By Mark Waid. Illus. by Veronica Fish. 2016. Archie Comics, $19.99 (9781627387989)
  • As the Crow Flies. By Melanie Gillman. Illus. by the author. 2017. Iron Circus Comics, $30.00 (9781945820069)
  • *The BackstagersBy James Tynion IV. Illus. by Rian Sygh. 2017. BOOM! Studios, $14.99 (9781608869930)
  • Bad Machinery: The Case of the Unwelcome Visitor. By John Allison. Illus. by the author. 2016. Oni Press, $19.99 (9781620103517)
  • *Black Hammer, Volume 1: Secret Origins. By Jeff Lemire. Illus. by Dean Ormston. 2017. Dark Horse, $14.99 (9781616557867)
  • *BraveBy Svetlana Chmakova. Illus. by the author. 2017. Yen Press, $11.00 (9780316363189)
  • Bungo Stray Dogs. By Kafka Asagiri. Illus. by Sango Harukawa.
    • v.1. Yen Press, $13.00 (9780316554701)
    • v.2. Yen Press, $13.00 (9780316468145)
    • v.3. Yen Press, $13.00 (9780316468152)
    • v.4. Yen Press, $13.00 (9780316468169)
  • The Case Study of Vanitas. By Jun Mochizuki. Illus. by the author. 2016. Yen Press, $13.00 (9780316552813)
  • Crawl SpaceBy Jesse Jacobs. Illus. by the author. 2017. Koyama, $19.95 (9781927668412)
  • Dept. H. By Matt Kindt. Illus. by the author and Sharlene Kindt.
    • v.1. Pressure. Dark Horse, $19.99 (9781616559892)
    • v.2. After the Flood. Dark Horse, $19.99 (9781616559908)
  • Descender. By Jeff Lemire. Illus. by Dustin Nguyen.
    • v.3. Singularities. 2016. Image Comics, $14.99 (9781632158789)
    • v.4. Orbital Mechanics. Image Comics, $16.99 (9781534301931)
  • Dreamin' Sun. By Ichigo Takano. Illus. by the author.
    • v.1. Seven Seas, $12.99 (9781626925250)
    • v.2. Seven Seas, $12.99 (9781626925274)
    • v.3. Seven Seas, $12.99 (9781626925458)
  • Erased. By Ken Sanbe. Illus. by the author.
    • v.1. Yen Press, $30.00 (9780316553315)
    • v.2. Yen Press, $30.00 (9780316468442)
  • Faith. By Jody Houser. Illus. by Pere Pérez, Marguerite Sauvage, Joe Eisma, and Kate Miemczyk
    • v.2. California Scheming. Valiant Entertainment, $14.99 (9781682151631)
    • v.4. The Faithless. Valiant Entertainment, $14.99 (9781682152195)
  • Fish Girl. By Donna Jo Napoli. Illus. by David Wiesner. 2017. Clarion Books, $25.00 (9780544815124)
  • Flying Witch, Volume 1. By Chihiro Ishizuka. Illus. by the author. 2017. Kodansha, $10.95 (9781945054099)
  • GenerationsBy Flavia Biondi. Illus. by the author. 2017. Lion Forge, $14.99 (9781941302507)
  • Giant Days. By John Allison. Illus. by Max Sarin
    • v.3. 2016. Boom Box, $14.99 (9781608868513)
    • v.4. Boom Box, $14.99 (9781608869381)
  • The Girl from the Other Side: Siuil, a Run. By Nagabe. Illus. by the author. 2017. Seven Seas, $12.99 (9781626924673)
  • Girls' Last Tour. By Tsukumizu. Illus. by the author
    • v.1. Yen Press, $15.00 (9780316470629)
    • v.2. Yen Press, $15.00 (9780316470643)
  • Goldie Vance. By Hope Larson. Illus. by Brittney Williams
    • v.1. 2016. BOOM! Studios, $9.95 (9781626924628)
    • v.2. BOOM! Studios, $14.99 (9781626925243)
    • v.3. BOOM! Studios, $14.99 (9781684150533)
  • Hana & Hina After School. By Milk Morinaga. Illus. by the author
    • v.1. Seven Seas, $12.99 (9781626924628)
    • v.2. Seven Seas, $12.99 (9781626925243)
  • Happiness. By Shuzo Oshimi. Illus. by the author. 2016. Kodansha, $12.99 (9781632363633)
  • HeathenBy Natasha Alterici. Illus. by the author. 2017. Vault Comics, $10.99 (9781939424198)
  • *I Am Alfonso JonesBy Tony Medina. Illus. by Stacey Robison and John Jennings. 2017. Tu Books, $18.95 (9781620142639)
  • I Hear the SunspotBy Yuki Fumino. Illus. by the author. 2017. One Peace Books, $12.95 (9781944937300)
  • *Jonesy. By Sam Humprhies. Illus. by Caitlin Rose Boyle
    • v.1. 2016. BOOM! Studios, $9.99 (9781608868834)
    • v.2. BOOM! Studios, $14.99 (9781608869992)
    • v.3. BOOM! Studios, $14.99 (9781684150168)
  • Jughead, Volume 2. By Chip Zdarsky and Ryan North. Illus. by Derek Charm. 2017. Archie Comics, $17.99 (9781682559987). It's summer vacation, and it appears that just about everyone in Riverdale is focused on romantic relationships.  Can Jughead survive the drama and have a relaxing summer with his friends? Or will love find him after all?
  • Kim & Kim, Volume 1: This Glamorous, High-flying Rock Star Life. By Magdalene Visaggio. Illus. by Eva Cabrera and Claudia Aguirre. 2017. Black Mask Studios, $12.97 (9781628751604)
  • *Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation. By Damian Duffy and Octavia E. Butler. Illus. by John Jennings. 2017. Abrams ComicArts, $24.95 (9781419709470)
  • LadycastleBy Delilah S. Dawson. Illus. by Ashley A. Woods. 2017. BOOM! Studios, $14.99 (9781684150328)
  • The Lighthouse. By Paco Roca. Illus. by the author. 2017. NBM Graphic Novels, $15.99 (9781681120560)
  • Louis UndercoverBy Fanny Britt. Illus. by Isabelle Arsenault. 2017. Groundwood Books, $19.95 (9781554988594)
  • Love: The Dinosaur. By Frederic Brremaud. Illus. by Frederico Bertolucci. 2017. Roar, $17.99 (9781942367369)
  • Lumberjanes, Volume 6: Sink or Swim. By Shannon Waters and Kat Leyh. Illus. by Carey Pietsch. 2017. Boom! Box, $14.99 (9781608869541)
  • Mighty Jack and the Goblin King. By Ben Hatke. Illus. by the author. 2017. First Second, $14.99 (9781626722668)
  • Misfit City, Volume 1By Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith. Illus. by Naomi Franquiz. 2017. BOOM! Box, $14.99 (9781684150274)
  • Mis(h)adra. By Iasmin Ata. Illus. by the author. 2017. Gallery 13, $25.00 (9781501162107)
  • Monstress, Volume 2: The Blood. By Marjorie Liu. Illus. by Sana Takeda. 2017. Image Comics, $16.99 (9781534300415)
  • Motor CrushBy Brenden Fletcher. Illus. by Cameron Stewart and Babs Tarr. 2017. Image Comics, $9.99 (9781534301894)
  • Ms. Marvel. By G. Willow Wilson. Illus. by Takeshi Miyazawa, Adrian Alphona, Mira Andolfo, and Francesco Gaston.
    • v.6. Marvel, $17.99 (9780785196129)
    • v.7. Marvel, $17.99 (9781302903053)
  • *My Brother’s Husband. By Gengoroh Tagame. Illus. by the author. 2017. Pantheon Books, $24.95 (9781101871515). After the passing of Ryoji, his twin brother, Yaichi, and his now widowed husband, Mike, come together to learn more about the loved one they have both lost.
  • Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie. By Anthony Del Col. Illus. by Werther Dell’Edera. 2017. Dynamite Entertainment, $19.99 (9781524104177)
  • Nightwing, Volume 1: Better Than Batman. By Tim Seeley. Illus. by Yanick Paquette and Javier Fernandez. 2017. DC Comics, $16.99 (9781401268039)
  • The One Hundred Nights of HeroBy Isabel Greenberg. Illus. by the author. 2016. Little, Brown and Company, $25.00 (9780316259170)
  • One Trick Pony. By Nathan Hale. Illus. by the author. 2017. Amulet Books, $10.01 (9781419721281)
  • Paper Girls. By Brian K. Vaughan. Illus. by Cliff Chiang and Matt Wilson
    • v.2. Image Comics, $12.99 (9781632158956)
    • v.3. Image Comics, $12.99 (9781534302235)
  • *Pashmina. By Nidhi Chanani Illus. by the author. 2017. First Second, $21.99 (9781626720879)
  • The Promised Neverland, Volume 1. By Kaiu Shirai. Illus. by Possums Demizu. 2017. VIZ Media, $9.99 (9781421597126)
  • Royal CityBy Jeff Lemire. Illus. by the author. 2017. Image Comics, $9.99 (9781534302624)
  • The Royal Tutor. By Higasa Akai. Illus. by the author
    • v.1. Yen Press, $13.00 (9780316439794)
    • v.2. Yen Press, $13.00 (9780316562843)
    • v.3. Yen Press, $13.00 (9780316441001)
  • School-Live!. By Norimitsu Kaihou. Illus. by Sadoru Chiba
    • v.5. Yen Press, $13.00 (9780316310017)
    • v.6. Yen Press, $13.00 (9780316502726)
  • Secret Coders. By Gene Luen Yang. Illus. by Mike Holmes
    • v.3. Secrets & Sequences. First Second, $10.99 (9781626726185)
    • v.4. Robots & Repeats. First Second, $10.99 (9781626726062)
  • Shade the Changing Girl, Volume 1: Earth Girl Made Easy. By Cecil Castellucci. Illus. by Marley Zarcone. 2017. Young Animal, $16.99 (9781401270995)
  • She-Hulk, Volume 1: Deconstructed. By Mariko Tamaki. Illus. by Nico Leon and Dalibor Talajic. 2017. Marvel, $17.99 (9781302905675)
  • Slam! Volume 1. By Pamela Ribon. Illus. by Veronica Fish. 2017. BOOM! Box, $14.99 (978164150045)
  • Snotgirl, Volume 1: Green Hair Don’t Care. By Bryan Lee O'Malley. Illus. by Leslie Hung. 2017. Image Comics, $9.99 (9781534300361)
  • Space Battle Lunchtime: A Recipe for Disaster. By Natalie Riess. Illus. by the author. 2017. Oni Press, $12.99 (9781620104040)
  • *Spill Zone. By Scott Westerfeld. Illus. by Alex Puvilland. 2017. First Second, $22.99 (9781596439368)
  • Star Trek: Boldly GoBy Mike Johnson. Illus. by Tony Shasteen. 2017. IDW, $19.99 (9781631409233)
  • The Stone Heart: The Nameless City, Volume 2. By Faith Erin Hicks. Illus. by the author. 2017. First Second, $21.99 (9781626721593)
  • Tales of the Mighty Code Talkers, Volume 1Edited by Arigon Starr. Illus. by editor and others. 2016. Native Realities Publishing, $19.99 (9780990694755)
  • The Unstoppable Wasp, Volume 1: UnstoppableBy Jeremy Whitley. Illus. by Elsa Charretier. 2017. Marvel, $12.99 (9781302906467)
  • Waiting for Spring. By Anashin. Illus. by the author
    • v.1. Kodansha Comics, $12.99 (9781632365163)
    • v.2. Kodansha Comics, $12.99 (9781632365170)
  • The Wendy Project. By Melissa Jane Osborne. Illus. by Veronica Fish. 2017. Super Genius, $12.99 (9781629917696)
  • Wires and Nerve. By Marissa Meyer. Illus. by Douglas Holgate. 2017. Feiwel & Friends, $21.99 (9781250078261)
  • The Witch BoyBy Molly Ostertag. Illus. by the author. 2017. GRAPHIX, $12.99 (9781338089516)
  • Your Name, Volume 1. By Makoto Shinkai. Illus. by Ranmaru Katone. 2017. Yen Press, $13.00 (9780316558556)

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