YALSA names 2008 Great Graphic Novels for Teens

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January 22, 2008

YALSA names 2008 Great Graphic Novels for Teens

PHILADELPHIA -The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest-growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), today announced its 2008 Great Graphic Novels for Teens. The list of 43 titles, drawn from 138 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.

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:

  • Abadzis, Nick.

    First Second, 2007. $17.95 (ISNB13: ISBN13: 978-1596431010).
  • Carey, Mike.

    DC/Minx, 2007. $9.99 (ISNB13: ISBN13: 978-1-4012-0371-9).
  • Fleming, Ann Marie.

    The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam.
    Penguin Group, 2007. $14.00 (ISBN13: 978-1594482649).
  • Giffen, Keith.

    Blue Beetle: Shell-shocked.
    DC Comics, 2006. $12.99 (ISBN13: 978-1401209650);

    Blue Beetle: Road Trip.
    DC Comics, 2007. $12.99 (ISBN13: 978-1401213619).
  • Iwahara, Yuji.

    King of Thorn
    , vol. 1. Tokyopop, 2007. $9.99 (ISBN13: 978-1-59816-235-6);

    King of Thorn
    , vol. 2. Tokyopop, 2007. $9.99 (ISBN13: 978-1-59816-236-3).
  • Loux, Matthew.

    Oni Press, 2007. $11.95 (ISBN13: 978-1-932664-50-8).
  • Mizushiro, Setona.

    After School Nightmare
    , vol. 1. Go Comi!, 2006. $10.99 (ISBN13: 978-1933617169);

    After School Nightmare
    , vol. 2." Go Comi!, 2006. $10.99 (ISBN13: 978-1933617176);

    After School Nightmare
    , vol. 3. Go Comi!, 2007. $10.99 (ISBN13: 978-1933617244);

    After School Nightmare
    , vol. 4. Go Comi!, 2007. $10.99 (ISBN13: 978-1933617336);

    After School Nightmare
    , vol. 5. Go Comi!, 2007. $10.99 (ISBN13: 978-1933617480).
  • Mori, Kaoru.

    , vol. 1. CMX, 2006. $9.99 (ISBN13: 978-1-4012-1132-5);

    , vol. 2. CMX, 2006. $9.99 (ISBN13: 978-1-4012-1133-2);

    , vol. 3. CMX, 2007. $9.99 (ISBN13: 978-1-4012-1134-9);

    , vol. 4. CMX, 2007. $9.99 (ISBN13: 978-1-4012-1135-6);

    , vol. 5. CMX, 2007. $9.99 (ISBN13: 978-1-4012-1136-3).
  • Sis, Peter.

    The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain.
    Farrar, Strauss, Giroux, 2007. $18.00 (ISBN13: 978-0-374-34701-7).
  • Tan, Shaun.

    The Arrival
    . Arthur A. Levine, 2007. $19.99 (ISBN13: 978-0439895293).

The full list can be found at
www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists. The annotated list is available to YALSA members only at

"The committee gathered in historic Philadelphia from all parts of the country to represent a great variety of teen readers and pull together a terrific list with wide ranging appeal," said Jody Sharp, committee chair. "We read some fantastic titles and had great debates and are excited to share the final results with you all."

Members of the Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee are Jody Sharp, chair, Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, Md.; Marea Black, Phoenix (Ariz.) Public Library; Robin Brenner, Brookline (Mass.) Public Library; Sarah Couri, Donnell Library Center, New York Public Library; Jennifer Sweeney, Goshen (N.Y.) Public Library; Michael Jara, University of California Los Angeles; Melissa Jenvey, Donnell Library Center, New York Public Library; Esther Lewenstein, Marine Park Intermediate School, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Gail Tobin, Schaumburg Township District Library, Hanover Park, Ill.; Eva Volin, Margaret K. Troke Library, Stockton, Calif.; Jennifer Venker Weidenbenner, Bourbonnais (Ill.) Public Library; Gillian Engberg, consultant,
Booklist, Chicago, Ill.; Elizabeth Rafferty, administrative assistant, Baltimore County Public Library, Baltimore, Md.

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: