Our top 12 picks of graphic novels for middle graders
  1. El Deafo by CeCe Bell.
    El deafo
    A memoir in graphic novel form, the author/illustrator conveys her personal struggles with hearing loss, being different and fitting in via a unique superhero.
  2. Princeless, Volume 1: Save Yourself by Jeremy Whitley.
    Princeless
    An adventurous tale of a reluctant teenaged princess who doesn’t need a prince to have a happily ever after. This comic defies stereotypes and packs some serious girl power.
  3. Little White Duck: A Childhood in China by Na Liu and Andres Vera Martinez.
    Littlewhiteduck
    A fictionalized autobiography of a youth living in China after the fall of Mao proves surprisingly relatable- even for teens and tweens a world away.
  4. Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper and illustrated by Raul the Third.
    Lowriders
    A story of three friends with a dream and a chance to make it reality. With scientific and Spanish vocabulary seamlessly interwoven into the dialogue, you won’t even need the glossary in the back of the book.
  5. Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier.
    Ghosts
    This meaningful tale of two sisters navigates tough topics with grace. Catrina’s family moves to Northern California to treat her little sister Maya’s Cystic Fibrosis only to find the town is filled with ghosts. Maya is thrilled but as Día de Muertos approaches, Cat searches to find the courage she needs to stay strong.
  6. The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier.
    Last kids on earth
    Scary and funny, Jack and his friends are having a great time surviving the zombie apocalypse.. until it becomes apparent that there are evil forces working against them.
  7. Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity by Dave Roman.
    Astronaut acacdemy
    First in the series, Hakata Soy struggles to navigate friendship drama while balancing out of this world classes and an evil robot in this zany comic.
  8. Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas by Jim Ottaviani and illustrated by Maris Wicks.
    Primates
    The true comic story of how three primatologists changed the way we see apes.
  9. Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen and illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks.
    Nothing can possibly go wrong
    Tensions run high as student body elections turns athletes against mathletes. The title says it all!
  10. Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson.
    Roller girl
    A coming of age tale of friendship, roller derby and the painful ups and downs that come along with growing up.
  11. Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol.
    Anyasghost
    Having trouble fitting in, Russian-American teenager Anya is lonely at her fancy private school. When she meets a girl who promises they’ll be friends forever, she quickly realizes she’s in for a wild ride
  12. Ms. Marvel Volume 1: N.o Normal by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona.
    Ms marvel volume 1
    A modern superhero comic revamped with an unexpected heroine: a 16 year old Muslim girl from Jersey City with superpowers.