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YALSA Announces Great Graphic Novel List

For Teens

Published: 01/17/2008 12:00am

YALSA, the Young Adult Services Association division of the American Library Association, announced its list of '2008 Great Graphic Novels for Teens' in conjunction with the American Library Association's Mid-winter Meeting, which took place last weekend in Philadelphia.  The list highlights a top ten group, and also includes 33 other titles that the committee selected based on 'good quality literature and appealing reading for teens.' 


The Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens are:

After School Nightmare, Vol. 1-5, by Setona Mizushiro, from Go Comi!

The Arrival, by Shaun Tan, from Arthur A. Levine

Blue Beetle: Shell-shocked and Blue Beetle: Road Trip by Keith Giffen, from DC Comics

Emma, Vol. 1-5, by Mori Kaoru, from CMX

King of Thorn, Vol. 1 and 2, by Yuji Iwahara, from Tokyopop

Laika, by Nick Abadzis, from First Second

The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam, by Ann Marie Fleming, from Penguin

Re-Gifters, by Mike Carey, from DC/Minx

Sidescrollers, by Matthew Loux, from Oni Press

The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain, by Peter Sis, from Farrar, Strauss, Giroux


The rest of the Great Graphic Novels for Teens, 2008:

Alive, The Final Evolution, Vols. 1 and 2, by Tadashi Kawashima and Adachitoka, from Del Rey

All Star Superman, Vol. 1, by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely, from DC Comics

Batman: Secrets, by Sam Kieth and Bob Kane, from DC Comics

Beowulf, by Gareth Hinds, from Candlewick

Crossing Midnight: Cut Here, Vol. 1, by Mike Carey, Jim Fern and others, from DC Comics/Vertigo 

Dead High Yearbook, by Ivan Velez, Shawn Martinbrough and others, from Penguin Dutton

Death, Jr., by Gary Whitta and Ted Naifeh, from Image Comics

Elk's Run, by Joshua Hale Fialkov, Joshua Hale, Noel Tuazon and others, from Random House/Villard Books

Emma, Vol. 1-5, by Kaoru Mori, from CMX

Fantastic Four: Books of Doom, by Ed Brubaker, Pablo Raimondi and others, from Marvel Enterprises

Flower of Life, Vol. 1-3, by Fumi Yoshinaga, from Digital Manga Publishing 

Goong, Vol. 1, by SoHee Park, from ICE Kunion

Houdini: the Handcuff King, by Jason Lutes and Nick Bertozzi, from Hyperion Books for Children

Kekkaishi, Vol. 7-9, by Yellow Tanabe, from Viz Media

Love Com, Vol. 1, by Aya Nakahara, from Viz Media/ Shojo Beat 

Malcolm X: A Graphic Biography, by Andrew Helfer and Randy DuBurke, from Hill & Wang

Miki Falls-Autumn; Miki Falls-Spring; and Miki Falls-Summer, by Mark Crilley, from HarperTempest

Mouse Guard: Fall 1152, by David Peterson, from Archaia Studios

Mushishi, Vol. 1 & 2, by Yuki Urushibara, from Del Rey

Namaha: Shekhar Kapur's Devi, Vol. 1, by Shekhar Kapur and Siddarth Kotian, from Virgin Comics

Notes for a War Story, by Gipi, from First Second

The Plain Janes, by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg, from DC Comics/Minx

Pumpkin Scissors, Vol. 1, by Ryotaro Iwanaga, from Del Rey

PX! Book One: A Girl and Her Panda, by Eric Anderson and Manny Trembley, from Image Comics

Robot Dreams, by Sara Varon, from First Second

Saga of the Bloody Benders: The Infamous Homicidal Family of Labette County, Kansas, by Rick Geary, from NBM

SHAZAM! The Monster Society of Evil, by Jeff Smith, from DC Comics

Stuck in the Middle 17 Comics From an Unpleasant Age, from Penguin Viking

To Terra, Vol. 1-3, by Keiko Takemiya, from Vertical

Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms, by Fuyimo Kouno, from Last Gasp

Train + Train, Vol. 1-3, by Hideyuki Kurata, from Go Comi!

Translucent, Vol. 1, by Kazuhiro Okamoto, from Dark Horse Comics

White Tiger: A Hero's Compulsion, by Tamora Pierce, Timothy Liebe and others, from Marvel Enterprises 

Yotsuba&!, Vol. 4, by Kiyohiko Azuma, from ADV