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92 Fantastic Graphic Novels Your Middle Schooler Will Love

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This collection of graphic novels for middle school contains a variety of titles so you can find the perfect one for your child. But don’t be surprised if you find yourself immersed in these titles as well.

While an engaging graphic novel can draw in a reluctant reader, don’t limit these delightful, visual stories to only reluctant readers. Everyone can benefit from learning to use their brains in a new when reading a graphic novel, even adults.

Find a list of over 92 graphic novels for middle school students.

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Graphic Novel Considerations

There is a wide variety of graphic novels available for middle schoolers. You’ll find graphic adaptations of classic stories as well as modern stories written in graphic novel form. There is a wonderful selection of graphic novels available to engage your middle school reader.

As you pick the best titles for your child, research them before giving them to your children. Common Sense Media is a helpful website with information about the content of various books and movies. I’ve also tried to include notes and considerations for many of these titles.

Graphic Novel Discussions in Middle School

Graphic novels can be used to discuss middle school literature topics from elements of a story, such as characters, setting, and climax to literary devices, such as onomatopoeia, foreshadowing, and tone. They are a fantastic teaching tool that can be used in any homeschool or classroom.

Get started using graphic novels for discussion with this free set of questions for any graphic novel:

Grab a set of questions to discuss any graphic novel with your middle school child.

92 Graphic Novels for Middle School

Marshmallow and Jordan
by Alina Chau

Jordan was a star player on her school’s basketball team until an accident left her paralyzed from the waist down. She has remained the team captain even though she can only cheer from the bench. An adorable and mysterious elephant appears in her life and helps her discover a new sport – water polo. Now she must balance a new group of water polo friends with her basketball friendships while still determining the mystery behind the appearance of Marshmallow.

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

When Stars are Scattered
Victoria Jamieson

This graphic novel memoir is inspired by the true story of Omar and Hassan who spent most of their childhood in Dadaab, a refugee camp in Kenya. Omar has the opportunity to attend school but he has to leave his non-verbal younger brother in the care of a kind woman at the camp. Heartache and hope are both a part of this story as Omar and his brother try to find a way out of the refugee camp.

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Around the World
Matt Phelan

This book is based on the true story of three fearless people who were inspired by the novel, Around the World in Eighty Days, and set off to circumnavigate the globe. Three tales are told in this story: Thomas Stevens who made the journey on a large front-wheel bicycle; Nellie Bly is a reporter who embarks on a race against time; and finally, a retired sea captain, Joshua Slocum, who sets sail alone.

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Katie the Catsitter, Books 1-3
By Colleen AF Venable

Book One: Katie is determined to earn money so she can join her friends for at least one week of camp this summer, but her catsitting job for the neighbor turns out to be a lot more than she bargained for. Not only does her neighbor, Madeline, have 217 cats, but the cats aren’t exactly normal cats. It’s up to Katie to dig deeper and determine what exactly is going on.

There were a lot of elements about this book that I did enjoy even though it wasn’t my favorite graphic novel. The main character is hard-working and determined. I also enjoyed the cast of creative cat characters. Finally, there is a great discussion to be had about animal rights and what is acceptable behavior when you are fighting for a cause. In general, though, the storyline was a little bit jumpy and hard for me to follow. Some of the jokes just weren’t my style either.

NOTE: I do recommend this one for kids because it is a fun story and kids of all ages will enjoy the silly cats. The students in my Outschool book club (ages 8-10) mostly loved this book! Many of the 11-13-year-old students did as well.

Books Two and Three continue the story.

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Megan Wagner Lloyd

Maggie has always wanted a dog and she is devastated to learn that she is allergic. She is determined to find the perfect pet and try to make her dreams come true despite her allergies. Along the way she has to work out her feelings about the new baby on the way and her best friend getting a dog.

This was a fun book to read with my book club. The story didn’t end the way I anticipated and it was fun to discuss how the pet problem was actually solved in Maggie’s life. Maggie is also struggling through finding friends at a new school, communicating with her new BFF, and finding her place at home. This is a great book for a tweenage read.

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

The Cardboard Kingdom
Chad Sell

The Cardboard Kingdom is a favorite book for all of the kids in this house. It’s full of creative and imaginative play with a varied cast of characters. The characters are each introduced as the story arc moves forward so everyone has their moment in the spotlight inside the larger story. The characters have unique stories and obstacles to overcome in their own lives, but they are brought together by the kingdom they create.

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Zita the Spacegirl
Ben Hatke

My kids are the ones who introduced me to Zita and I am so glad they did. This graphic novel is full of delightful and unique characters who assist Zita in her quest to rescue her friend, Joseph. Not only is the story a fun adventure ride, but the themes of friendship and selflessness are good ones to discuss with kids.

The artwork is colorful and fun. In addition, the author/illustrator is creative in his use of panels and gutters. His double-page spread panels are well done and beautifully drawn. The artwork keeps you reading as much as the plot.

Note: This title is book 1 of 3 books. You’ll definitely want to finish reading the series.

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

The Nameless City Series
Erin Faith Hicks

Those who live in the Nameless City don’t get caught up in the unending wars. Their city will remain Nameless despite the leaders’ attempts to rename it every time a new group takes over. They see the ruling tribes as outsiders and Kaidu is one such outsider. He befriends a native of the Nameless City, Kai, and together they decide that they want to see things change in the city they both love.

This book series is my 12-year-old son’s favorite. He has read it many times and loves the images and the action. I read book one and was intrigued enough to finish the series, mostly to see why my son loved it so much. The book is a historical fantasy that addresses the themes of acceptance and friend

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Raina Telgemeir

Cat and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, has cystic fibrosis. The cool air of the Northern coast will benefit her breathing. Soon a new neighbor introduces the girls to the fact that there are ghosts in their new neighborhood. Cat is terrified, but Maya is excited to meet them and learn more.

I really enjoyed this story about two sisters who are adjusting to a new town and the new experiences they discover there. The author did a great job representing the complicated relationship between an older and younger sister. While the appearance of ghosts is a bit mysterious at first, the story images and plot remain lively and fun. The book includes enough information about The Day of the Dead celebration to spark curiosity so readers might want to learn more.

NOTE: The younger sister has Cystic Fibrosis and does have to go to the hospital for some time. If your child might be sensitive to this situation, you should pre-read this book.

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Jen Wang

Moon and Christine aren’t likely friends. Moon is confident, impulsive, and artistic while Christine is quiet, obedient, and reserved. But after Moon moves in next door, these two quickly become best friends.

Moon shares her deep secret with Christine about visions of celestial beings that visit her. Unfortunately, her visions are rooted in illness and Moon finds herself in the hospital. Christine proves to be the best friend she needs for the situation.

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

One Trick Pony
Nathan Hale

The aliens have arrived and they are on the hunt for technology so they can harvest the energy. Strata and her family are part of a group of humans who are trying to rescue and save the technology while others are simply focused on survival. When Strata and her friends discover a hidden cave of technology, the aliens aren’t far behind them. In a desperate move, Strata rescues a robot horse and now it is a race to return home and save her horse from the aliens. Little does she know, so much more is in store!

Nathan Hale took a fun detour from his typical historical graphic novels and as a fan, I was excited to read this one. One Trick Pony was full of adventure and action, but it was not one of my favorite graphic novels for kids. I had a hard time getting settled into the plot, but once I did, it was a fairly fun read. There is a lot of random humor from one character, which is typical of Nathan Hale, and I think kids love it.

NOTE: Parents should be aware that the concept of aliens harvesting our planet could be disturbing for younger readers. The images in the back might contribute to the concern.

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel
Adapted by Hope Larson; Written by Madeleine L’Engle

Honestly, A Wrinkle in Time was never my favorite book though I do appreciate the depth of the story. I was excited to read a graphic version because we love graphic novels in my house. The graphic version was true to the story, but I was disappointed in the monochromatic palette. That said, parts of the story were definitely told in a visually interesting way through the graphics. Overall, this is a great option as one version of A Wrinkle in Time.

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

The Sand Warrior (5 Worlds, Book 1)
Mark Siegel

The 5 worlds are in danger of extinction unless someone can light five ancient beacons. Three unlikely heroes will begin an adventure in order to save their world. This is the first in a series of 5 books of this epic tale.

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Animal Farm: The Graphic Novel
Illustrated by Odyr and Written by George Orwell

The graphic version of this classic tale was a great read. While some events were eliminated from this adaptation, the overall theme is very clear. And it still gets me every time Boxer dies.

Every. Time.

I thought the illustrations were well done and quite beautiful.

Overall, I think this is a great version of this story to use with middle and high school students. They will remember the key moments and themes of this book using this version. This book will definitely provide a great platform for a discussion of this classic.

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Roller Girl
Victoria Jamieson

Twelve-year-olds Astrid and Nicole have been best friends for years, but things have started to change. Astrid decides to try a roller derby camp, assuming Nicole will join her as well, but that isn’t the case. Instead, Nicole signs up for dance camp with Ashley, so Astrid is convinced she is losing her best friend. This summer, Astrid has a lot of lessons to learn about friendship, growing up, and who is going to be.

I am adding this book to my “favorites” shelf because it is now one of my favorite middle school graphic novels. I loved Astrid. She is very real and despite the roller derby sport, I think a lot of middle school students will relate to the emotions Astrid struggles with as she navigates changing friendships. Of course, roller derby is just a fun niche sport to introduce the kids to as well!

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Measuring Up
Lily LaMotte

Twelve-year-old Cici has just moved from Taiwan to Seattle and is desperately trying to fit in and make friends. She also misses her Grandmother and would do anything to bring her to visit. She learns about a cooking competition and decides that the prize money is just the thing she needs to buy her grandmother’s airline ticket. Cici is determined to impress the American judges with her cooking, so she works hard to learn new recipes In the midst of her hard work, she develops new friendships and begins to understand new things about herself.

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

The Dragonet Prophecy: Wings of Fire Book 1 – The Graphic Novel
By Tui T. Sutherland and Illustrated by Mike Holmes

Clay and the other four dragonets of destiny have grown up under the mountain, protected from harm so they can fulfill their prophecies destiny to end the war between the dragon tribes of Pyrrhia. Clay and the other dragonets can’t imagine life without one another so when one dragonet is threatened, they all escape the mountain together. From there they will begin to discover some of the truth about the war, the prophecy, and life in Pyrrhia. Through it all, the original five dragons will remain loyal to one another.

This graphic novel version was a delightful read, though I suspect it might be hard to understand the finer details of the story if you don’t read the original novel before the graphic version. I enjoyed the creative graphics and the way they were used to tell the story. The illustrations are well done and the dragons are fantastic characters.

NOTE: Like the novel, this is the first in a series of books so don’t be surprised when your child is ready for the next book.

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

The City of Ember: Graphic Novel
Adapted by Dallas Middaugh; Written by Jeanne DuPrau; Illustrated by Niklas Asker

As far as the residents of Ember know, their city is the only light in a world of darkness. Literally. Their city was built as a safe haven and contains the only electricity available to the people. Everyone lives safe and protected in the city, but things aren’t what they seem. Two children, Lina and Doon, uncover corruption in the city government and they have to escape before they are captured. Luckily they find a way out of Ember, but they escape before they are able to share the news with others. Now they must explore a new area while finding a way to save the residents of Ember.

This is a graphic version of Jeanne DuPrau’s science fiction novel, City of Ember. The concept is fantastic, but the graphic novel lacks leaves the reader with several unanswered questions that are addressed in the novel series. In fact, reading the graphic novel is what piqued our interest enough to read the actual novel series.

This graphic novel is an excellent example of ways that graphics can help create the mood in a book. The use of black and the dark color palette enhance both the mood and the setting of the book. I enjoyed teaching it in my graphic novel class on Outschool.

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

By Sarah Graley

Izzy’s new video game, Dungeon City, isn’t like any other because she can actually enter the video game world. While playing, she meets Rae, a robot who convinces her that she is the only one who can save Dungeon City. Now she is trying to balance life in the real world with her quest in the virtual world and she isn’t doing a great job. She is neglecting school, her family, and most of all, her best friend, Eric. Eventually, Izzy learns the truth about the video game and Eric joins her to help save the day.

Glitch is a fun graphic novel and offers a great opportunity to talk with kids about balancing life and video game play. I appreciated so much about this graphic novel, including the fact that the main character is a female gamer! Many kids will find both the gaming language and the video game storyline quite relatable.

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Kristy’s Great Idea: Graphic Novel (Babysitter’s Club)
Adapted by Raina Telegemeier; Written by Ann M. Martin

Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, and Stacey are the founders of the neighborhood The Baby-sitters Club. One phone call gives families access to four babysitters who are ready to handle the busy toddlers, mysterious neighbors, visiting cousins, and more. The jobs aren’t always easy but neither is life in middle school. The girls are learning to handle what life throws to them while also becoming the best of friends.

This is a great graphic adaptation of this popular series. These four girls are very different from one another, making it a book that so many kids can relate to. In this first book they are navigating strict parents, divorce situations, school problems, and health issues in addition to the adventures they have in babysitting.

This is a great choice for tween graphic novel readers.

NOTE: Parents should know that anorexia is mentioned as a secret that Stacy is accused of hiding, but she doesn’t actually have an eating disorder. It turns out that she has diabetes.

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Sort of Super
by Eric Gapstur

Wyatt Flynn can hardly believe it, but it seems that a freak accident gave him superpowers! Now he is ready to use his powers to do good in the world, but his father will not allow it. He thinks Wyatt is too young and he worries about what would happen if people discovered Wyatt’s abilities. Wyatt’s little sister is convinced that Wyatt should use his powers for good and she teams up with him to fight crime. These two are determined to make a difference, but can they do it and still keep their secret?

This is a fun graphic novel for elementary and middle school kids. I love the “average kid becomes a superhero” troupe and it’s a ton of fun in this book. The book took a turn at the end and the result felt a little far out there for me, but superhero books often have some pretty unbelievable elements so it is understandable.

The graphics are full of color and enjoyable to read. Every page feels unique and there is a lot of variation in the layouts and design.

Great book. I definitely recommend this one for kids! And I can’t wait for the sequel.

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Zeus: King of the Gods
by George O’Connor

The graphic novel series, the Olympians, was one of my son’s favorites when he was in middle school.

Zeus: King of the Gods is the first one in this series. This book is a brief, graphic version about the early life of Zeus when he plotted against his father. This is not a detailed version of the story, but an excellent introduction.

NOTE: The illustrations are dark and intense, which match the early story of Zues’ life but might be a bit much for a younger audience.

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Red’s Planet (Books 1 and 2)
Eddie Pittman

Red is a fun 10-year-old who wants to live in her own perfect paradise. When a UFO kidnaps her, Red gets her wish and is taken away undiscovered by the ship captain. Unfortunately the UFO crashes and Red finds herself on a small planet with a group of misfit aliens. She must find a way to survive even if it isn’t the paradise she was hoping for.

Book Two continues the adventures!

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Shirley and Jamila Save Their Summer
Gillian Goerz

“Jamila Waheed is staring down a lonely summer in a new neighborhood–until she meets Shirley Bones. Sure, Shirley’s a little strange, but both girls need a new plan for the summer, and they might as well become friends.

Then this kid Oliver shows up begging for Shirley’s help. His pet gecko has disappeared, and he’s sure it was stolen! That’s when Jamila discovers Shirley’s secret: She’s the neighborhood’s best kid detective, and she’s on the case. When Jamila discovers she’s got some detective skills of her own, a crime-solving partnership is born.

The mystery of the missing gecko turns Shirley and Jamila’s summer upside down. And when their partnership hits a rough patch, they have to work together to solve the greatest mystery of all: What it means to be a friend.”

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
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Lightfall: The Girl and the Galdurian
Tim Probert

Publisher’s Description: “Deep in the heart of the planet Irpa stands the Salty Pig’s House of Tonics & Tinctures, home of the wise Pig Wizard and his adopted granddaughter, Bea. As keepers of the Endless Flame, they live a quiet and peaceful life, crafting medicines and potions for the people of their once-prosperous world.

All that changes one day when, while walking through the woods, Bea meets Cad, a member of the Galdurians, an ancient race thought to be long-extinct. Cad believes that if anyone can help him find his missing people, it’s the Pig Wizard.

But when the two arrive home, the Pig Wizard is nowhere to be found—all that’s left is the Jar of Endless Flame and a mysterious note. Fearing for the Pig Wizard’s safety, Bea and Cad set out across Irpa to find him, while danger fights its way out of the shadows and into the light.

Will these two unexpected friends find the beloved Pig Wizard and prevent eternal darkness from blanketing their world? Or has Irpa truly seen its last sunrise?

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
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This list of graphic novels for middle schoolers are sure to be engaging reads.

The Oracle Code
Marieke Nijkamp

After a gunshot leaves her paralyzed, Barbara Gordon enters the Arkham Center for Independence, where Gotham’s teens undergo physical and mental rehabilitation. Now using a wheelchair, Barbara must adapt to a new normal, but she cannot shake the feeling that something is dangerously amiss. Within these walls, strange sounds escape at night; patients go missing; and Barbara begins to put together pieces of what she believes to be a larger puzzle.

But is this suspicion simply a result of her trauma? Fellow patients try to connect with Barbara, but she pushes them away, and she’d rather spend time with ghost stories than participate in her daily exercises. Even Barbara’s own judgment is in question.

Note: This book could be disturbing or scary for some children as Barbara has strange dreams and such.

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
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The Awakening Storm: City of Dragons
Jaimal Yogis

Publisher’s Description: “Grace and her friends must protect a newly hatched dragon from mysterious evildoers.

When Grace moves to Hong Kong with her mom and new stepdad, her biggest concern is making friends at her fancy new boarding school. But when a mysterious old woman gifts her a dragon egg during a field trip, Grace discovers that the wonderful stories of dragons she heard when she was a young girl might actually be real–especially when the egg hatches overnight.

The dragon has immense powers that Grace has yet to understand. And that puts them both in danger from mysterious forces intent on abusing the dragon’s power. And now it’s up to Grace and her school friends to uncover the sinister plot threatening the entire city!”

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
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Power Up
Sam Nisson

Publisher’s Description: “Miles and Rhys know each other only as Gryphon and Backslash, and in the video game Mecha Melee they’re an unstoppable team. They’re the best friends they’ve got, online or in the real world, and they don’t even realize they go to the same middle school.
But real-life wrongdoing blasts their duo into a crater the size of Arcticon. With life online and off a complete mess and BattleCon—and the Every Game Ever tournament—just weeks away, can the boys play their way back to each other?”

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
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Besties: Work It Out (The World of Click)
Kayla Miller and Jeffrey Canino

Publisher’s Description: “Meet Beth and Chanda, two stylish best friends on their way to building their fashion empire! An unexpected business opportunity presents itself when the girls are asked to dogsit at Ms. Langford’s luxurious house while she’s away, but it quickly turns into a disaster after an accident leaves one of Ms. Langford’s prized possessions in pieces.

Now Beth and Chanda have to take on as many odd jobs as they can in order to afford a replacement. Car washing, book sales, interior decorating—you name it, Beth and Chanda are there! Will they be able to patch up their mistake in time?”

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
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No One Returns from the Enchanted Forest
Robin Robinson

Publisher’s Description: “Bix and Pella are goblins sisters with very different dispositions. Bix is a worrywart who is most content when she’s home knitting. Her little sister, Pella, is an impetuous thrill seeker who is always getting in trouble. When Pella’s thirst for adventure leads her into the Enchanted Forest―a strange and dangerous place that no goblin has ever safely returned from―Bix is forced to leave her comfort zone to save her. Elemental demigods and countless hungry monsters stand in her way, but Bix is about to learn that even a worrywart can become a hero.”

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
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Apocalypse Taco
Nathan Hale

It’s the night before dress rehearsal, and the school theater troupe is working late and very hungry. Eleven-year-old twins Axl and Ivan—along with their sixteen-year-old driver, Sid—volunteer to make a late-night fast-food run. At the drive-through, their tacos start to . . . move. And they don’t seem friendly. Even after they get rid of the food, the world around them isn’t quite right. There are strangely moving cars, buildings, and people—and they seem intent on swallowing everything in their path. Now the trio will have to use their wits, their truck, and even their windshield scraper to escape . . . before they’re replaced by monstrous versions of themselves!

Note: This graphic novel is considered a horror genre and the images might be disturbing for some kids.

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
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Kate Karyus Quinn

Publisher’s Description: “When a mission to steal an experimental technological device brings the two girls face to face with each other, the device sparks, and the two girls switch bodies! Now they must live in each other’s shoes as they figure out a way to switch back.

Anti/Hero is a story that explores what makes a hero, how one can find friendship where it’s unexpected, and what it means to walk in another person’s shoes…literally!”

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
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Redwall: The Graphic Novel
Brian Jacques

Publisher’s Description: “The classic fantasy adventure that began the Redwall phenomenon is finally available in a cool graphic format. Illustrated by renowned comics artist Bret Blevins, Redwall: The Graphic Novel brings to life all the battles, all the heroes, and all the villains in a fun new format perfect for reluctant readers, those just entering the Redwall world, or the countless existing fans of the series.”

Note: Similar to the original novel, this graphic adaptation is quite violent.

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
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Tom’s Midnight Garden
Philippa Pearce

Publisher’s Description: “When Tom’s brother gets sick, he’s shipped off to spend what he’s sure will be a boring summer with his aunt and uncle in the country. But then Tom hears the old grandfather clock in the hall chime thirteen times, and he’s transported back to an old garden where he meets a young, lonely girl named Hatty.

Tom returns to the garden every night to have adventures with Hatty, who mysteriously grows a little older with each visit. As the summer comes to an end, Tom realizes he wants to stay in the garden with Hatty forever.”

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
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Miles Morales: Shock Waves
Justin A. Reynolds

Publisher’s Description: “Miles Morales is a normal kid who happens to juggle school at Brooklyn Visions Academy while swinging through the streets of Brooklyn as Spider-Man. After a disastrous earthquake strikes his mother’s birthplace of Puerto Rico, Miles springs into action to help set up a fundraiser for the devastated island. But when a new student’s father goes missing, Miles begins to make connections between the disappearance and a giant corporation sponsoring Miles’ fundraiser. Who is behind the disappearance, and how does that relate to Spider-Man?”

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
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Target Practice: Cleopatra in Space #1
Mike Maihack

Publisher’s Description: “When Cleo finds a mysterious tablet that zaps her to the far, really far future, she learns of an ancient prophecy that says she is destined to save the galaxy from the tyrannical rule of the evil Xaius Octavian. She enrolls in Yasiro Academy, a high-tech school with classes like algebra, biology, and alien languages (which Cleo could do without), and combat training (which is more Cleo’s style). With help from her teacher Khensu, Cleo learns what it takes to be a great leader, while trying to figure out how she’s going to get her homework done, make friends, and avoid detention!”

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
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ND Stevenson

Publisher’s Description: “Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.

But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.”

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
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New Kid
Jerry Craft

Jordan Banks is entering seventh grade and would love to go to art school but his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school instead. Now Jordan has to navigate two worlds – his home in Washington Heights and his world at Riverdale Academy, where he is one of the very few kids of color.

Continue the story from the point of view of one of the other characters in Class Act and then School Trip.

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
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K. A. Applegate and Michael Grant

Sometimes weird things happen to people. Ask Jake. He could tell you about the night he and his friends saw a strange light in the sky that seemed to be heading right for them. That was the night five normal kids learned that humanity is under a silent attack — and were given the power to fight back. Now Jake, Rachel, Cassie, Tobias, and Marco can transform into some of the most dangerous creatures on Earth. And they must use that power to outsmart an evil greater than anything the world has ever seen. . . .

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
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Varian Johnson

Publisher’s Description: Maureen and Francine Carter are twins and best friends. They participate in the same clubs, enjoy the same foods, and are partners on all their school projects. But just before the girls start sixth grade, Francine becomes Fran — a girl who wants to join the chorus, run for class president, and dress in fashionable outfits that set her apart from Maureen. A girl who seems happy to share only two classes with her sister! Maureen and Francine are growing apart and there’s nothing Maureen can do to stop it. Are sisters really forever? Or will middle school change things for good?

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Nidhi Chanani

From Publisher: Priyanka Das has so many unanswered questions: Why did her mother abandon her home in India years ago? What was it like there? And most importantly, who is her father, and why did her mom leave him behind? But Pri’s mom avoids these questions—the topic of India is permanently closed.

For Pri, her mother’s homeland can only exist in her imagination. That is, until she find a mysterious pashmina tucked away in a forgotten suitcase. When she wraps herself in it, she is transported to a place more vivid and colorful than any guidebook or Bollywood film. But is this the real India? And what is that shadow lurking in the background? To learn the truth, Pri must travel farther than she’s ever dared and find the family she never knew.

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Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword
Barry Deutsch

Publisher’s Description: Spunky, strong-willed eleven-year-old Mirka Herschberg isn’t interested in knitting lessons from her stepmother, or how-to-find-a-husband advice from her sister, or you-better-not warnings from her brother. There’s only one thing she does want: to fight dragons!

Granted, no dragons have been breathing fire around Hereville, the Orthodox Jewish community where Mirka lives. But that doesn’t stop the plucky girl from honing her skills by fearlessly stands up to local bullies. She battles a very large, very menacing pig. But when she boldly accepts a challenge from a mysterious witch, Mirka might finally get her very own dragon-slaying sword! All she has to do is find—and outwit—the giant troll who’s got it!

Continue the adventures with Mirka in the next two graphic novels.

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The Legend of Brightblade
Ethan M. Aldridge

Publisher’s Description: Young Prince Alto dreams of being a hero like his mother, the Lady Brightblade. Her well-known legend was woven into stories by the magical bard who fought by her side.

The kingdom may be at peace now, but Alto believes that the world still needs heroes. He has been learning the bard’s magic, and has grown restless with royal life. Determined to have an adventure of his own, Alto runs away from the palace.

On his journey, he finds himself making new friends and encountering new and exciting magic. But when he discovers that there are dangers threatening the kingdom, Alto realizes that he might not be able to handle them alone—and making his mark as a hero is harder than the stories made it seem.

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Matt Tavares

This story is based on an actual girl’s basketball team in 1975 in Indiana. It is their rookie season and even though they are undefeated, they are stuck practicing at the elementary school and playing in front of empty bleachers. Unlike the boys’ team, the Lady Bears don’t have buses to transport them or a laundry service. With help from a committed coach, they push through and begin to change their situation.

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
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Spy School: Graphic Novel
By Stuart Gibbs and Anjan Sarkar

Ben Ripley is only in middle school but the CIA has already recruited him. Under the pretense of a magnet school focused on science, Ben ahs been enrolled in a junior CIA academy. And try as he might to prove his worth as an agent, it would be without mishaps. Join him on the start of his CIA adventures and then continue on the adventures in the rest of the series.

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
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Speak Up
Rebecca Burgess

Mia is trying to navigate the world of school as an autistic kid who isn’t understood by most of her peers. She loves to express her feelings through songwriting so her friend Charlie has been writing music for her.

Together, they have released their original songs on the internet under the the singer name, Elle-Q. Their songs become viral sensations but no one knows who they are, including Mia’s classmates.

Now Mia will have to decide who she is and if she is ready to reveal her true self.

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
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The Secret Garden on 81st Steet
Ivy Noelle Weir

This updated version of The Secret Garden has a ton of great modern twists and updates.

Mary Lennox lives a life as a loner in Silicon Valley, but when her parents die in a tragic accident, she moves to NYC to live with her uncle. While living there, she discovers a secret rooftop garden and a cousin living with anxiety. With the help of her new friends, Colin and Dickon, Mary restores the garden while also growing new friendships and learning to handle grief.

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
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Miss Quinces
Kat Fajardo

Publisher’s Description: Sue just wants to spend the summer reading and making comics at sleepaway camp with her friends, but instead she gets stuck going to Honduras to visit relatives with her parents and two sisters. They live way out in the country, which means no texting, no cable, and no Internet! The trip takes a turn for the worse when Sue’s mother announces that they’ll be having a surprise quinceañera for Sue, which is the last thing she wants. She can’t imagine wearing a big, floofy, colorful dress! What is Sue going to do? And how will she survive all this “quality” time with her rambunctious family?

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Gale Galligan

Publisher’s Description: Cory’s dance crew is getting ready for a major competition. It’s the last one before they graduate eighth grade and go their separate ways to high schools all over New York City, so they have to make it count! The group starts to have problems as their crew captain gets increasingly intense about nailing the routine, and things go from bad to worse when Cory’s parents ground him for not taking his grades seriously. He gets stuck with a new tutor, Sunna, who he dismisses as a boring nerd… until he catches her secretly practicing cool yo-yo tricks. Cory wants to learn the art of yo-yo, and as his friendship with Sunna grows, he ends up missing practice and bailing on his crew — and they are not happy about it. With mounting pressure coming from all sides, how is Cory supposed to balance the expectations of his parents, school, dance, and his new friend?

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The Hobbit (Graphic Novel)
Adapted by Charles Dixon and Written by J. R. R. Tolkien

When Thorin Oakenshield and his band of dwarves embark upon a dangerous quest to reclaim the hoard of gold stolen from them by the evil dragon Smaug, Gandalf the wizard suggests an unlikely accomplice: Bilbo Baggins, an unassuming Hobbit dwelling in peaceful Hobbiton.

Along the way, the company faces trolls, goblins, giant spiders, and worse. But as they journey from the wonders of Rivendell to the terrors of Mirkwood and beyond, Bilbo will find that there is more to him than anyone—himself included—ever dreamed. Unexpected qualities of courage and cunning, and a love of adventure, propel Bilbo toward his great destiny . . . a destiny that waits in the dark caverns beneath the Misty Mountains, where a twisted creature known as Gollum jealously guards a precious magic ring.

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Sanity and Tallulah
Molly Brooks

Publisher’s Description: It can get pretty dull living on a small, out-of-the-way station like Wilnick SS. Best Friends Sanity Jones and Tallulah Vega do their best to relieve the monotony of everyday space life by finding adventures, solving mysteries, and taking turns getting each other into and out of trouble. But when Sanity’s latest science project-an extremely-illegal-but-impossibly-cute three-headed kitten escapes from the lab and starts causing havoc, the girls will have to turn the station upside down to find her-before the damage becomes irreversible!

Continue the adventures with the next two books!

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Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky
Kwame Mbalia

Publisher’s Description: Seventh grader Tristan Strong feels anything but strong ever since he failed to save his best friend when they were in a bus accident together. All he has left of Eddie is the journal his friend wrote stories in. Tristan is dreading the month he’s going to spend on his grandparents’ farm in Alabama, where he’s being sent to heal from the tragedy.

But on his first night there, a sticky creature shows up in his bedroom and steals Eddie’s notebook. Tristan chases after it–is that a doll?–and a tug-of-war ensues between them underneath a Bottle Tree. In a last attempt to wrestle the journal out of the creature’s hands, Tristan punches the tree, accidentally ripping open a chasm into the MidPass, a volatile place with a burning sea, haunted bone ships, and iron monsters that are hunting the inhabitants of this world.

Tristan finds himself in the middle of a battle that has left Black American folk heroes John Henry and Brer Rabbit exhausted. In order to get back home, Tristan and these new allies will need to entice the god Anansi, the Weaver, to come out of hiding and seal the hole in the sky. But bartering with the trickster Anansi always comes at a price.

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The Stonekeeper: Amulet Book 1
Kazu Kibuishi

After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather. The strange house proves to be dangerous. Before long, a tentacled creature lures the kids’ mom through a door in the basement. Em and Navin, desperate not to lose her, follow her into a fantastical world inhabited by robots, mysterious plants, and talking animals. It’s up to Em and Navin to figure out how to set things right and save their mother’s life!

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by Svetlana Chmakova

This series is a favorite with the tweens in my house. Awkward is the first book in this series of graphic novels that take place at Berrybrook Middle School.

The other two books in the series are Crush by Svetlana Chmakova and Brave by Svetlana Chmakova. My kids love all three in this series and shared that you can read them in any order.

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Bone: Out from Boneville
by Jeff Smith

This book is one of several books in a series that follow the adventures of the three bone cousins – Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone. My kids love this series though it wasn’t one of my personal favorites. There are 13 more books in this graphic novel series for your middle schooler to enjoy!

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
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by Ethan M. Aldridge

This epic graphic novel is perfect for fans of Amulet (another popular graphic novel series).

From Amazon: “…when the cruel sorceress Hawthorne seizes the throne, the Childe and Edmund must unite on a dangerous quest to save both worlds—even if they’re not sure which world they belong to.”

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All’s Faire in Middle School
by Victoria Jamieson

This book is a perfect choice for your middle school reader.

From Amazon: “Impy has always thought of herself as a heroic knight, but when she does something really mean in order to fit in, she begins to wonder whether she might be more of a dragon after all.”

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
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Sunny Side Up
by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm

This graphic novel deals with the topic of substance abuse by family members. Sunny’s brother is struggling with substance abuse and Sunny is packed off to live with her grandparents for the summer. My daughter really enjoyed this one and we had some great conversations following her reading.

There are two more books in the series for you to follow the adventures and fun with Sunny. A particular favorite in this house is Sunny Rolls the Dice because it includes the Dungeons and Dragons game.

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
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Mighty Jack
by Ben Hatke

This twist on the classic fairy tale, Jack and the Beanstalk, makes for a fantastic adventure. Jack, Maddie (his sister), and Lily form a delightful trio and their magical garden adventures are a ton of fun. The artwork is bright and imaginative and the author uses graphic novel panels in creative ways.

The Mighty Jack series is considered a Young Adult graphic novel, so parents should consider the content before allowing younger children to read this adventure (there is a brief kiss and some language).

Don’t miss the other books in the series, especially the crossover book with Zita the Spacegirl!

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
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Explorer: The Hidden Doors
by Kazu Kibuishi

This is the first book in a series of Explorer graphic novels. One writing prompt leads to seven different short stories written by 7 different graphic novel authors. This is a fun collection of short stories so readers can experience a variety of different art and writing styles.

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
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El Deafo
by Cece Bell

This graphic novel is about a deaf child’s experience in the classroom with all hearing students. All of my kids read this one and it is an all-time favorite book in this house. My mother, a sign language interpreter in the school system for years, read this book and thought it was one of the best she has read when it comes to capturing the experience of a deaf student.

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
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Real Friends
by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham

This is a great option to open up a great middle school-appropriate conversation.

From Amazon: “Shannon and Adrienne have been best friends ever since they were little. But one day, Adrienne starts hanging out with Jen, the most popular girl in class and the leader of a circle of friends called The Group. Everyone in The Group wants to be Jen’s #1, and some girls would do anything to stay on top . . . even if it means bullying others.”

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Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales
by Nathan Hale

My boys own every book in this series and some of the special versions. They read these historical graphic novels again and again. I finally read the one that takes place during WW1 and learned a ton. It gave me plenty of insight as to why they love this series so much!

You can read these in any order, but it is helpful to begin with the first one, “One Dead Spy” because you will meet the narrators that are involved in the rest of the books.

My Rating of This Series: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Rapunzel’s Revenge
by Shannon and Dean Hale

This title is a thrilling adventure for your tween or teen.

From Amazon: “Rapunzel escapes her tower-prison all on her own, only to discover a world beyond what she’d ever known before. Determined to rescue her real mother and to seek revenge on her kidnapper would-be mother, Rapunzel, and her very long braids team up with Jack (of Giant killing fame) and together they perform daring deeds and rescues all over the western landscape, eventually winning the justice they so well deserve.”

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
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This was Our Pact
by Ryan Andrews

This graphic novel takes place during the Autumn Equinox Festival and the release of paper lanterns down the river. A group of friends is determined to discover if the legend of the lanterns is true. The artwork is gorgeous and the story is a sort of middle-school quest story.

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ (graphics are 5 stars!)
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by Kayla Miller

This graphic novel is about finding where you “click” in middle school. Olive fits in with everyone which makes it hard for her to find her place. She isn’t quite sure where she “clicks” but she how to embrace what makes her unique. With the help of her aunt, and the support of those around her, Olive discovers exactly what type of friend she can be.

Be sure to continue reading more of the fantastic graphic novels from the World of Click by Kayla Miller:

My Rating of Click: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
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Smile, Sisters, and Guts
by Raina Telgemeier

These three graphic novels are choices that my children absolutely adore. All three titles are based on real-life situations that happened to the author during her middle school years. From family relationships to handling anxiety, this trio of books is sure to be a hit.

The Witch Boy (Book One of a Trilogy)
by Molly Knox Ostertag

This is the story of Aster’s family in a magical world that has rules about magic. Girls are raised to be witches while boys are raised to be shapeshifters. Aster knows he is supposed to be a shapeshifter, but he hasn’t shifted yet and can’t deny that he is interested in the role of a witch. Now that there is eminent danger, Aster must decide if he is ready to use witchery to fight the danger to his community.

NOTE: This book sensitively explores gender roles and could open up a discussion with your tween.

The rest of the books in the series continue Aster’s story.

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Baba Yaga’s Assistant
by Marika McCoola

This story is a modern-day twist on the classic Russian tale of Baba Yaga. Baba Yaga needs an assistant and Masha is looking for an adventure. Now Masha must prove herself by passing a series of tests so she can be the assistant Baba Yaga is looking for.

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  1. Awesome list of graphic novels! I Highly recommend checking out these amazing reads as a middle grader.

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