Graphic novels are one of my favorite type of books because it combines art and text to bring the story alive. Here are my favorite graphic novels for your middle grade reader.
By Victoria Jamieson
Imogene (Impy) is raised by parents working the Renaissance Faire. She loves all that goes into a fair and can't wait to begin her own training. Impy's quest is to attend public school after being homeschooled her whole life. But public school is not as adventurous as she hoped and there are a ton of rules to follow. Will Impy complete her quest and become a brave knight? Watch the book trailer here.
By Raina Telgemeier
It all starts with a stomach ache. Once her family gets over a bug, Raina realizes her stomach pain is not going away. Raina worries about a lot of things - school, friends, siblings, food and most importantly, if someone is going to puke around her. This is the author's true story about dealing with her food and anxiety issues. Through honesty and courage, Raina discovers how to manage her worries. Watch the book trailer here.
By Jerry Craft
Jordan Banks is entering the 7th grade as the new kid in a upscale, private school. Jordan loves art and wishes his mom would have sent him to art school instead. As he balances fitting in at Riverdale Academy Day School with his life in Washington Heights, Jordan explores the importance of friendship and getting to know people for who they are and not what they look like. Watch the book trailer here.
By Svetlana Chmakova
Penelope, a.k.a Peppi, had an awkward and embarrassing encounter on the first day of middle school. She wants nothing more than to apologize to the student she hurt that day but she always chickens out. Peppi and her friends are in the art club, which rivals with the science club working in the classroom across the hall. When a contest is announced to the two clubs by the principal, a war is started. Can Peppi bring the two clubs together and also heal an old memory? This book is the first is the series, Berrybrook Middle School. Watch the book trailer here.
By Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed, Illustrated by Victoria Jamieson and Iman Geddy
Omar and his brother, Hassan, are Somalin refugees in Kenya. Life is hard in the camp: lack of food, no medical care, and days that blur together. Omar knows his nonverbal brother needs care than the camp can provide. When Omar is given the opportunity to go to school, which not every child is offered, he knows this may change his life. But Omar is scared too. He is scared to leave Hassan, the only family he has left. Watch the book trailer here.