Great Graphic Novels

NOTE: “Graphic novels” are high-quality, developed stories that you can truly read like a regular “novel.” They are much different than brief comic strips, like Calvin & Hobbes - which are meant to be entertaining, but not "literary." This list highlights the very best fiction and nonfiction graphic novels in the LMC by genre.

**Most graphic novels have a Dewey Decimal Number: 741.5, but are located in a separate LMC section.**

Great Graphic Authors

Don Brown

Nathan Hale

Shannon Hale

Ben Hatke

Faith Erin Hicks

Victoria Jamieson

Hope Larson

Matt Phelan

Noelle Stevenson

Raina Telgemeier

Doug TenNapel

Gene Luen Yang

Fantasy & Adventure

Amulet #1: The Stonekeeper [series] - Kazu Kibuishi

Bad Island - Doug TenNapel

Compass South - Hope Larson

The Nameless City - Faith Erin Hicks

Newsprints - Ru Xu

Nimona - Noelle Stevenson

Fairy Tale, Myth, & Legend Adaptations

Baba Yaga’s Assistant - Marika McCool

Fish Girl - Donna Jo Napoli & David Wiesner

Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword - Barry Deutsch

Mighty Jack - Ben Hatke

Olympians Greek Myths [series] - George O’Connor

Rapunzel’s Revenge - Shannon Hale

Graphic Classics & Adaptations

Adaptor’s Name, [Original Author]

Black Beauty - June Brigman [Anna Sewell]

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - Bowen & Ruiz [Jules Verne]

The Red Pyramid - Orpheus Collar [Rick Riordan]

A Wrinkle in Time - Hope Larson [Madeleine L’Engle]

Realistic Stories

All’s Faire in Middle School - Victoria Jamieson

Awkward - Svetlana Chmakova

The Babysitter’s Club [series] - Raina Telgemeier, multiple authors

Drama - Raina Telgemeier

Real Friends - Shannon Hale

Roller Girl - Victoria Jamieson

Smile - Raina Telgemeier

Sunny Side Up - Jennifer L. Holm

Swing It, Sunny - Jennifer L. Holm

Historical Stories

Bluffton - Matt Phelan

A Family Secret - Matt Heuvel

Gaijin: American Prisoner of War - Matt Faulkner

Laika - Nick Abadzis

Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales [series] - Nathan Hale

The Search - Matt Heuvel

The Storm in the Barn - Matt Phelan

Mysteries & Thrillers

I Am Princess X - Cherie Priest

Salt Water Taffy - Matthew Loux

Secret Coders - Gene Luen Yang

Nonfiction & Biographical Graphic Novels

NOTE: Located with the rest of the graphic novels!

Child Soldier: When Boys & Girls Are Used in War - Jessica Dee Humphreys

Death Camp Uprising: The Escape from Sobibor Concentration Camp - Nel Yomtov

Dogs of War - Sheila Keenan & Matt Fox

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans - Don Brown

El Deafo - CeCe Bell

The Great American Dust Bowl - Don Brown

Hidden: A Child’s Story of the Holocaust - Loïc Dauvillier

March [3 volumes] - Congressman John Lewis

Maus - Art Spiegelman

Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales [series] - Nathan Hale

Native Princess: Sarah Winnemucca - Trina Robbins

Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas - Jim Ottaviani

Real Friends - Shannon Hale [graphic novel]

T-Minus - Jim Ottaviani

Science Fiction

Earthling - Mark Fearing

One Trick Pony - Nathan Hale

Secret Coders - Gene Luen Yang

Zita the Spacegirl - Ben Hatke

Supernatural & Spooky

Baba Yaga’s Assistant - Marika McCool

Ghosts - Raina Telgemeier

Ghostopolis - Doug TenNapel

Graveyard Shakes - Laura Terry

Snow White: A Graphic Novel - Matt Phelan

Thornhill - Pam Smy