YALSA names 2010 Great Graphic Novels for Teens

Contact: Stephanie Kuenn
Communications Specialist

For Immediate Release,
January 20, 2010

BOSTON —The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2010 Great Graphic Novels for Teens. The list of 73 titles, drawn from 127 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:

· Hardison, Jim and Bart Sears. The Helm. Dark Horse. 2009.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

· Igarashi, Daisuke. Children of the Sea, vol 1. VIZ Media. 2009.

· Jensen, Van and Dusty Higgins. Pinocchio: Vampire Slayer. SLG Publishing. 2009.

· Kelly, Joe and J.M. Ken Nimura. I Kill Giants. Image. 2009.

· Lethem, Jonathan and Farel Dalrymple. Omega the Unknown. Marvel. 2008.

· Love, Jeremy. Bayou, vol 1. DC Comics/Zuda. 2009.

· Neufeld, Josh. A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge. Pantheon Books. 2009.

· Siddell, Tom. Gunnerkrigg Court, vol 1: Orientation. Archaia Studios Press. 2009.

· Urasawa, Naoki and Takashi Nagasaki. Pluto. VIZ Media. 2009.

· Yoshinaga, Fumi. Ooku: The Inner Chambers, vol 1. VIZ Media. 2009.

The complete list with annotations can be found at www.ala.org/yalsa/ggnt.

“There was a wealth of great titles to choose from this year,” said Eva Volin, committee chair. “This allowed the committee to create a well-rounded list that includes everything from European comics to manga, superhero titles to adaptations of classic literature. We think librarians will find this to be a very useful list.”

Members of the Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee are Eva Volin, chair, Alameda (Calif.) Free Library; Marea Black, Burton Barr Central Library, Phoenix, Ariz.; Lisa Goldstein, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Jesse Karp, Little Red School House/Elisabeth Irwin High School, New York; Candice Mack, Encino Tarzana (Calif.) Public Library; Barbara Moon, Suffolk Coop Library System, Bellport, N.Y.; Kimberly Paone, Elizabeth (N.J.) Public Library; Michael Pawuk, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Brooklyn, Ohio; Jessica Smith, Bend (Ore.) Senior High School; Christian Zabriskie, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Dorcas Wong, administrative assistant, San Francisco, Calif.; and Ian Chipman, consultant, Booklist, Chicago, Ill.

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.