For immediate release | January 24, 2012

YALSA names 2012 Great Graphic Novels for Teens

DALLAS — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2012 Great Graphic Novels for Teens. The list of 56 titles, drawn from 78 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

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:

  • Amir and Khalil. “Zahra’s Paradise.” First Second, 2011
  • Bendis, Brian Michael and Alex Maleev. “Scarlet.” Marvel/Icon Comics, 2011.
  • Brosgal, Vera. “Anya’s Ghost.” First Second, 2011.
  • Gladstone, Brooke, Josh Neufeld, and others. “The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media.” W. W. Norton and Company, 2011.
  • Langridge, Roger, Chris Samnee, and others.

    “Thor: The Mighty Avenger V. 1.” Marvel, 2010.

    “Thor: The Mighty Avenger V. 2.” Marvel, 2011.
  • McLeod, Kagan. “Infinite Kung Fu.” Top Shelf, 2011.
  • Mori, Kaoru. “A Bride’s Story V. 1.” Yen Press, 2011.
  • Nicolle, Malachai and Ethan Nicolle. “Axe Cop V. 1.” Dark Horse, 2011.
  • Ralph, Brian. “Daybreak.” Drawn and Quarterly, 2011.
  • Shimura, Takako. . “Wandering Son V. 1.” Fantagraphics Books, 2011.

“This year’s list reflects the wide range of graphic novels available for teens,” said Chair Joy Kim. “From kung fu epics to ghost stories to memoirs, this year’s selected titles represent many genres, styles, and sequential art traditions. We hope librarians, teens, and graphic novel aficionados will find this to be a valuable resource.”

Members of the Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee are Joy Kim, chair, Pierce County Library System, Tacoma, Wash.; Tessa Barber, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (Pa.); Chris Durr, Kirkwood (Mo.) Public Library; Summer Hayes, King County Library System, Tukwila, Wash.; Jesse Karp, Little Red School House/Elizabeth Irwin High School, New York; Candice Mack, Los Angeles Public Library; Matthew Moffett, Fairfax (Va.) County Public Library; Rachael Myers, Horace Mann School, Bronx, N.Y.; Jessica Lorentz Smith, Bend (Ore.) Senior High School; Steve Teeri, Detroit Public Library; Dorcas Wong, San Francisco Public Library; Katy Hepner, administrative assistant, St. Tammany Parish Library, Mandeville, La.; and Ian Chipman, Booklist consultant, Chicago.

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


Jaclyn Finneke

Marketing & Communications Specialist

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)