2009 Great Graphic Novels for Teens

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The Great Graphic Novels for Teens list of fifty-three titles, drawn from one hundred fifty-four official nominations, is presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. The books, recommended for those aged twelve through eighteen, meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens.

"This year's list is diverse and engaging for a wide variety of teen readers," said Robin Brenner, committee chair. "Creating the list reinforced how many quality titles are available for teens."

Members of the Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee are Robin Brenner, chair, Brookline (Mass.) Public Library; Rachel Kay Aronowitz, San Francisco (Calif.) Public Library; Marea Black, Burton Barr Central Library, Phoenix, Ariz.; Sarah Couri, Donnell Library Center, New York Public Library; Christi Showman Farrar, Woburn (Mass.) Public Library; Lisa Goldstein, Stone Avenue Branch, Brooklyn (N.Y.) Public Library; Michael Jara, South Pasadena (Calif.) Public Library; Sadie Mattox, Oklahoma Dept. of Libraries, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Barbara Moon, Suffolk Coop Library System, Bellport, N.Y.; Michael Pawuk, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Brooklyn, Ohio; Eva Volin, Alameda (Calif.) Free Library; and Ian Chipman, consultant, Booklist, Chicago, Ill.

Learn more about the list and read annotations at www.ala.org/yalsa/ggnt.

Fiction

* Denotes items on the Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens List.

* Abel, Jessica, Gabriel Soria, and Warren Pleece. Life Sucks. Macmillan First Second, 2008; ISBN: 978-1-59643-107-2; $19.95.

* Ashihara, Hinako. Sand Chronicles, Vol. 1. VIZ, 2008; ISBN: 978-1-4215-1477-2; $8.99.

Sand Chronicles, Vol. 2. VIZ, 2008; ISBN: 978-1-4215-1478-9; $8.99.

Sand Chronicles, Vol. 3. VIZ, 2008; ISBN: 978-1-4215-1479-6; $8.99.

Bialik, Steve. Minister Jade. Cellar Door, 2008; ISBN: 978-0-976683-13-1; $14.99.

Black, Holly and Ted Naifeh. The Good Neighbors: Book One, Kin. Scholastic/Graphix, 2008; ISBN: 978-0-4398-5562-4; $16.99.

Brubaker, Ed and Steve Epting. The Death of Captain America: The Death of the Dream, Vol. 1. Marvel, 2008; ISBN: 978-0-785124-23-8; $14.99.

The Death of Captain America: The Burden of Dreams, Vol. 2. Marvel, 2008; ISBN: 978-0-785124-24-5; $14.99.

* Clevinger, Brian and Steve Wegener. Atomic Robo: Atomic Robo and the Fightin' Scientists of Tesladyne. Red Five Comics, 2008; ISBN: 978-0-9809302-0-7; $18.99.

David, Peter, Robin Furth, and Jae Lee. Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born, Vol. 1. Marvel, 2008; ISBN: 978-0-785121-44-2; $14.99.

Dark Tower: The Long Road Home, Vol. 2 Marvel, 2008; ISBN: 978-0-785127-09-3; $14.99.

Diggle, Andy Diggle, Jock. Green Arrow: Year One. DC, 2008; ISBN: 978-1-4012-1687-0; $24.99.

Flight, Vol. 5. Random House/Villard, 2008; ISBN: 978-0-345-50589-7; $25.00.

Fujisawa, Yuki. Metro Survive, Vol. 1. DNG/Dr Master Publications, 2008; ISBN: 978-1-59796-125-7; $9.95.

Metro Survive, Vol. 2. DNG/Dr Master Publications, 2008; ISBN: 978-1-59796-126-4; $9.95.

Hale, Shannon, Dean Hale, and Nathan Hale. Rapunzel's Revenge. Macmillan/ Bloomsbury, 2008; ISBN: 978-0-345-50330-5; $18.99.

Hicks, Faith Erin. The War at Ellsmere. Slave Labor Graphics, 2008; ISBN: 978-1-59362-140-7; $12.95.

Hotta, Yumi and Takeshi Obata. Hikaru No Go, Vol. 12. VIZ, 2008; ISBN: 978-1-4215-1508-3; $7.95.

Hikaru No Go, Vol. 13. VIZ, 2008; ISBN: 978-1-4215-1509-0; $7.95.

In-Wan, Youn and others. Deja-Vu: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter. Tokyopop, 2008; ISBN: 978-1-4278-0318-4.

* Inoue, Takehiko. Real, Vol. 1. VIZ, 2008; ISBN: 978-4215-1989-0; $12.99.

Real, Vol. 2. VIZ, 2008; ISBN: 978-1-4215-1990-6; $12.99.

Inoue, Takehiko. Slam Dunk, Vol. 1. VIZ, 2008; ISBN: 978-1-4215-0679-1; $7.99.

* Ito, Junki. Uzumaki, Vol. 1. VIZ, 2007; ISBN: 978-1-4215-1389-8; $9. …

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