YALSA names 2014 Great Graphic Novels for Teens

For Immediate Release
Tue, 02/04/2014


Jaclyn Finneke

Communications Manager

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)


PHILADELPHIA — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2014 Great Graphic Novels for Teens. The list of 78 titles, drawn from 122 official nominations, is presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting.

The books, recommended for those ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens. The complete list with annotations can be found at http://www.ala.org/yalsa/great-graphic-novels.

In addition, the Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee created a Top Ten list of titles that exemplify the quality and range of graphic novels appropriate for teen audiences:

  • Gulledge, Laura Lee. “Will & Whit.” Amulet Books, 2013.
  • Hicks, Faith Erin. “The Adventures of Superhero Girl.” Dark Horse, 2013.
  • Keenan, Sheila and Nathan Fox. “Dogs of War.” Graphix, 2013.
  • Kindt, Matt. “MIND MGMT V.1: The Manager.” Dark Horse, 2013.
  • Lepp, Royden. “Rust V.2: Secrets of the Cell.” Archaia, 2013.
  • Lewis, John, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. “March: Book 1.” Top Shelf, 2013.
  • McKay, Sharon and Daniel Lafrance. “War Brothers: The Graphic Novel”. Annick Press, 2013.
  • Sakisaka, Io. “Strobe Edge V.1-6.” VIZ Media, 2012-2013.
  • Shen, Prudence and Faith Erin Hicks. “Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong.” First Second, 2013.
  • Yang, Gene Luen. “Boxers & Saints.” First Second, 2013.

 “The 2014 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list explores ancient Chinese rebellions, first love, modern day Uganda, futuristic scenarios, civil rights in America and everything in between,” said Chair Tessa Barber. “The graphic novels on this list are first rate in the marriage of storytelling and art and have appeal to a wide range of teen readers. The list is designed to be a resource for libraries and teens alike.”

Members of the Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee are Tessa Barber, chair, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh; Jonatha Jo Basye, Hampton City Schools, Hampton, Va.;  Heather Gruenthal, Western High School, Anaheim, Calif.; Katy Hepner, St. Tammany Parish Library, Mandeville, La.; Marcus Lowry, Roseville Library, Maplewood, Minn.; Thomas Maluck, Richland Library, Columbia, S.C.; Karen Perry, High Point, N.C.; Jason Poole, Webster Public Library, Webster, N.Y.; Emily Pukas, Nashville Public Library, Nashville, Tenn.; Andrea Sowers, Joliet Public Library, Joliet, Ill.; Brooke Young, Salt Lake City Public Library, Salt Lake City.

YALSA'S portfolio of book and media awards helps strengthen library services for and with teens by identifying quality, age appropriate resources for librarians and library workers to share with the teens in their communities.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos, and audio books for teens.  For more information about YALSA or for lists of recommended reading, viewing and listening, go to www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail, yalsa@ala.org.