What are the best graphic novels for middle school?

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    #1Nimona

    Nimona

    Nimona by Noelle Stevenson is a fantasy fiction graphic novel published in 2015. This book follows the story of Nimona and Lord Blackheart in their mission to wreck the peace in their kingdom as their little mischief escalated to a war.

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    Sean Murray
    Written on March 6, 2018
    "A good graphic novel for middle school aged children is Nimona. It's written by Noelle Stevenson and it tells a fantasy story of Nimona and Lord Blackheart as they start a war. It's an interesting read. "
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    #2El Deafo

    El Deafo
    El Deafo is a story by Cece Bell about a young deaf girl who struggles with finding friendship and fitting in a peer. Her bulky hearing aid will give her super powers that will make her a super hero.
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    George Ford
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "This is the type of book everyone loves but not everyone would read it, i prefer to buy it as a audio for my kid to listen to at night. i love the review, it is great and popular but i would prefer it as an audio but it is still great as it is."
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    #3The Invention of Hugo Cabret

    The Invention of Hugo Cabret
    This book by Brian Selznick tells the story of Hugo an orphan, clock keeper, and thief, who lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo's undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message from Hugo's dead father form the backbone of this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery.
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    Brenda Armstrong
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "I love this book. It's very unusual and imaginative. Maybe you have seen the movie. Like always, the book is better than the movie. It's very fast paced and hard to put down. It's for middle school ages but I think adults will enjoy this book just as much. Good choice."
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    #4Bone

    Bone
    Bone by Jeff Smith is a comedic fantasy series first published in 1991. This comic book follows the story of three Bone Cousins - Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone - who got lost in a vast uncharted desert.
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    Andrew Walters
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Interesting graphic novel. Its a good match for teens. "
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    #5Coraline Graphic Novel

    Coraline Graphic Novel

    Coraline Graphic Novel:  A book about a girl who moved in a new house with her parents. She gets bored and discontented with her family until she found a door in their new house that leads her in a parallel world that will give her surprises and nightmares. 


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    Harry Mitchell
    Written on March 5, 2018
    "i loved this story and the movie. its a good choice for a graphic novel to read"
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    #6American Born Chinese

    American Born Chinese

    American Born Chinese: A book that shows how it is to live as a Chinese-American. There are three characters who represents the different kinds of Chinese-Americans. It shows the characters' journey in life.

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    Jane Howell
    Written on March 10, 2018
    "This sounds as if it could be interesting...I would imagine it's more of a niche topic, but it certainly fits the description."
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    #7Friends with Boys

    Friends with Boys

    Friends with Boys is a graphic novel by Faith Erin Hicks originally published in 2012. This book follows the story of Maggie McKay as she enters high school after years of homeschooling. Now, she also has to deal with a ghost following her.

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    Jerry Lucas
    Written on February 28, 2018
    "Friends with Boys is a very interesting graphic novel that is a bit dark but very entertaining, I Highly recommend this book."
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    #8Smile

    Smile
    Smile is a graphic novel about the struggles of a girl named Raina after losing her two front teeth in a camp. The story revolves around the journey of a typical young girl that experiences typical problems growing up. 





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    Heather Ortiz
    Written on March 10, 2018
    "This is a great book for a young girl to read who may be dealing with the tough things of growing up. An easy read for the younger generation but some mature tones."
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    #9Afterlife with Archie: Escape from Riverdale

    Afterlife with Archie: Escape from Riverdale

    Afterlife with Archie: Escape from Riverdale is a horror fiction graphic novel by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. It tells the story of the Archie gang as they try to escape from an unfortunate event that threatens the safety of Riverdale.

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    Anna Hernandez
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "Actually surprisingly good. I enjoyed it."
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    #10Batman '66 (2013, Volume 63)

    Batman '66 (2013, Volume 63)

    Batman '66 (2013, Volume 63) is a graphic novel by Gabe Soria and illustrated Ty Templeton. Published by DC Comics, it focuses on the adventures of Batman and Robin.

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    Diane Harvey
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "This particular Batman is the reason why I loved Batman and Robin as a kid growing up, it's the hilarious yet suspenseful adventures that come with reading Batman and Robin against the best of the best villains the comic book world could offer, The Joker."
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    #11Superman: The Man of Steel

    Superman: The Man of Steel

    Superman: The Man of Steel was the treatment that John Byrne gave to the iconic character when he left Marvel to join DC. In this remarkable saga, Byrne explores the relationship between Superman and Lois, Superman and Luthor, Superman and Batman, with a modern and adult touch,  while fighting and confronting menaces like Brainiac, Bizarro and Magpie.  

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    Ethan Nichols
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "Superman: The Man of Steel is a modern adaptation of the classic Superman tale I read as a kid when they were called comic books. Some of the details vary but the story is essentially the same, told in a way that a middle schooler could easily relate to. Some characters never go out of style."
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    #12Tintin in Tibet (The Adventures of Tintin)

    Tintin in Tibet (The Adventures of Tintin)

    Tintin in Tibet was written and illustrated by cartoonist Hergé in 1959. This fiction comic book is the 20th volume in Hergé's The Adventures of Tintin series. It is followed by The Castafiore Emerald.

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    Thomas Jensen
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "This is a great book for middle schoolers today, especially since many of the graphic novel conventions that are current today were not there when Tintin was written. The story is adventurous, and the plot is well-structured. Tintin is really out and about in the world, and graphic elements do a good job of complementing the text. This is really what makes a graphic novel work. This an interesting choice if you are getting starting with Tintin, especially since it captures Tibet as a place that the protagonist is not familiar with. Highly recommended!"
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    #13Red Rackham's Treasure (The Adventures of Tintin)

    Red Rackham's Treasure (The Adventures of Tintin)
    Tintin and Captain Haddock set sail aboard the Sirius to find the sunken remains of the Unicorn ship and notorious pirate Red Rackham's treasure. Red Rackham's Treasure is the twelfth volume of The Adventures of Tintin, the comics series by Belgian cartoonist Hergé. 
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    Arnav Pawar
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This is a very good choice for a middle school student. It has been years since I read this book, but it is very well worth the purchase. "
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    #14Princeless: The Pirate Princess

    Princeless: The Pirate Princess

    Princeless: The Pirate Princess is a graphic novel written by Jeremy Whitley and illustrated by Rosy Higgins and Ted Brandt. It follows the story of Adrienne as she rescues Raven Xingtao, the daughter of the Pirate King.

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    Harold Carpenter
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "a great modern classic"
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    #15Crab with Golden Claws (The Adventures of Tintin)

    Crab with Golden Claws (The Adventures of Tintin)

    Crab with Golden Claws was written and illustrated by cartoonist Hergé in 1941. This fiction comic book belongs to Hergé's The Adventures of Tintin series. It is followed by The Shooting Star released in 1942.

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    Víctor Escobedo
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Tintin is a great comic for new and upcoming readers that want something that is eye grabbing but also presents a good storyline to follow. Its easy to get wrapped up in one of the many adventures. Crab with Golden Claws is a good story and allows the reader to change their surroundings due to the good art work and the quick jump into an unfamiliar environment. Very fun read and will be a great addition to a young reader's shelf. "
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    #16Black Summer

    Black Summer

    Black Summer is a graphic novel written by Warren Ellis and illustrated by Juan Jose Ryp. This comic book is a limited series that was published between May 2007 to July 2008. There were eight issues released.

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    Christopher Meyer
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Black Summer is a pretty good graphic novel suitable for kids in middle school. It's well-written and illustrated beautifully. It never bogs down and you're left with wanting to know more."
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    #17Tintin in America (The Adventures of Tintin)

    Tintin in America (The Adventures of Tintin)

    Tintin in America was written and illustrated by cartoonist Hergé in 1932. This fiction comic book is the 3rd volume in Hergé's The Adventures of Tintin series. It is followed by Cigars of the Pharaoh released in 1934.

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    Stephen Garrett
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "A wonderful book and really good for most people, in my opinion. If you haven't already read one of these then by all means, go for it now!"
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    #18Flight 714 to Sydney (The Adventures of Tintin)

    Flight 714 to Sydney (The Adventures of Tintin)

    Flight 714 to Sydney was written and illustrated by cartoonist Hergé in 1967. This fiction comic book is the 22nd volume in Hergé's The Adventures of Tintin series. It is followed by Tintin and the Picaros released in 1976.

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    Christine Webb
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Yeah, no... Not this. There are ones that will grab a middle schooler's attention faster and hold it longer."
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    #19Cairo

    Cairo

    Cairo is a graphic novel written by G. Willow Wilson. It was illustrated by M. Kutlukhan Perker while Travis Lanham provides the letters. First published in 2007, it focuses on the adventure of an American expatriate.

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    Madison Stewart
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This is a gripping graphic novel. I really enjoyed the whole story and I'm not even normally a fan of graphic novels. This one was also interested because it takes place in Cairo and involves a few different characters from different walks of life all looking for a stolen hooka. I couldn't put the book down and have been recommending it to everyone."
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    #20The Black Island (The Adventures of Tintin)

    The Black Island (The Adventures of Tintin)

    The Black Island was written and illustrated by cartoonist Hergé in 1938. This fiction comic book is the 7th volume in Hergé's The Adventures of Tintin series. It is preceded by The Broken Ear released in 1937.

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    Agustín Navarro
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Growing up as a young boy I loved reading Tintin novels. This book would be wonderful to buy and read to my little boy Cooper."
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    #21The Castafiore Emerald (The Adventures of Tintin)

    The Castafiore Emerald (The Adventures of Tintin)
    The Castafiore Emerald was written and illustrated by cartoonist Hergé in 1962. This fiction comic book is the 21st volume in Hergé's The Adventures of Tintin series. It is preceded by Tintin in Tibet released in 1959.
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    Mary Foster
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "This is a great solution. The description is very clear."
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    #22Disney Gravity Falls Cinestory Comic (Vol 2)

    Disney Gravity Falls Cinestory Comic (Vol 2)
    Volume 2 of the Disney Gravity Falls Cinestory Comic by the Walt Disney Company recounts the paranormal adventures of Californian 12-year-old twins, Dipper and Mabel Pines, who were sent to spend the summer with their Grunkle Stan in Gravity Falls.
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    Christopher Fowler
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Disney Gravity Falls Cinestory Comic is guaranteed to capture the imagination of middle school kids. it chronicles the adventures in the forest of Dipper and Mabel, the characters from the first comic."
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    #23The Convenience Store...of HORRORS! (Gravity Falls)

    The Convenience Store...of HORRORS! (Gravity Falls)

    The Convenience Store...of HORRORS! by the Walt Disney Company is a Gravity Falls storybook. When Dipper, Mabel, Wendy and her teenage friends are trapped by ghosts in an abandoned convenience store, Dipper dances his way to all their freedoms.

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    Amy Welch
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "I would actually buy this for a kid going into 2nd grade or a strong reader in 1st grade. There's enough reading to challenge them but enough fun and images to keep them engaged and motivated. These are fun!"
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    #24The Broken Ear (The Adventures of Tintin)

    The Broken Ear (The Adventures of Tintin)

    The Broken Ear was written and illustrated by cartoonist Hergé in 1937. This fiction comic book is the 6th volume in Hergé's The Adventures of Tintin series. It is preceded by The Blue Lotus in 1936.

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    Kevin Qiu
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "I grew up reading the Adventures of Tintin books and eventually got interested in the cartoon show. So when my middle school age daughter was looking for some entertainment, I introduced her to The Broken Ear. My family actually fun with this book, because we read it aloud together and included our younger kids as well. I personally found it enjoyable to relive these golden adventures with my family."
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    #25Scooby-Doo, Where Are You (2010; Volume 69)

    Scooby-Doo, Where Are You (2010; Volume 69)

    Scooby-Doo, Where Are You (2010; Volume 69) is a graphic novel by Derek Fridolfs and Paul Kupperberg. Published by DC Comics, Scooby-Doo Volume 69 was illustrated by Walter Carzon and Fabio Laguna.

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    Gregory Olson
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Scooby-Doobie-Doo, where are you? The answer is that he's right here in this graphic novel that will bring you back to your childhood and unmask that villain! And you will get away with it this time, not in spite of any meddling kids."
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    #26Blade of the Immortal Vol. 1: Blood of a Thousand

    Blade of the Immortal Vol. 1: Blood of a Thousand

    Blade of the Immortal Volume 1: Blood of a Thousand is a historical fiction manga written by Hiroaki Samura. It was first published in 1994 by Dark Horse Comics under ISBN 1569712395. It follows the adventure of the immortal Manji.

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    Julia Olson
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "From the beginning, you will not want to book this book down. The book grabs a hold of you and does not let go!"
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    #27Secret Invasion

    Secret Invasion

    Secret Invasion is a graphic novel written by Brian Michael Bendis wherein shapeshifting aliens calles Skrulls have vanished key figures on earth including some Marvel superheroes. 

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    Ralph Morris
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "My nephew loved the graphic novel Secret Invasion. It's a pretty good comic line story that deals with shapeshifting aliens invading the earth, and of course, Marvel Super Heroes gonna have something to say about that! If your middle schoolers are into comics, they will think this graphic novel is great! "
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    #28The Push Man and Other Stories

    The Push Man and Other Stories
    The Push Man and Other Stories is a slice of life gekiga manga written and illustrated by Yoshihiro Tatsumi in 2005. This graphic novel is a compilation of all of the gekiga short stories of Tatsumi in his entire career.
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    Samuel Soto
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "Tatsumi's work depicts the underbelly of the affluent urban Japanese society of the economic boom of the 60s, dealing with themes of existential alienation and sexual frustration. The stories, while good when taken on their own, tend to be very much alike when taken all together so don't read it in one sitting."
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    #29Lumberjanes Volume 35

    Lumberjanes Volume 35

    Lumberjanes Volume 35 is a graphic novel by Shannon Watters and Kat Leyh. Illustrated by Carolyn Nowak, it was published in 2017 by Marvel. It is the 35th book in the Lumberjane series.

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    Diane Carpenter
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "It references a specific issue in a series of books instead of the actual series. I'm sure the series is interesting for middle schoolers but the description says nothing other than it is book #35 in the series."
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    #30Doppelganger At the Hanger (True Tales of the Roller Derby)

    Doppelganger At the Hanger (True Tales of the Roller Derby)

    True Tales of Roller Derby: Doppelganger at The Hangar is a graphic novel by Lisa Titan and Nader Absood. Illustrated by Dennis Culver, it was first published in 2009 by Oni Press.

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    Arjun Kapoor
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "Saw this and decided to buy it because it sounded like it would be funny in a Scooby Doo sort of way. I wasn't disappointed. It's entertaining, though the artwork isn't that impressive."
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    #31The Secret of the Unicorn (The Adventures of Tintin)

    The Secret of the Unicorn (The Adventures of Tintin)

    The Secret of the Unicorn was written and illustrated by cartoonist Hergé in 1943. This fiction comic book is the 11th volume of Hergé's The Adventures of Tintin series. It is preceded by The Shooting Star released in 1942.

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Best What are the best graphic novels for middle school
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1NimonaBooks 14 Paid
2El DeafoBooks 11 Paid
3The Invention of Hugo CabretBooks 8 Paid
4BoneBooks 8 Paid
5Coraline Graphic NovelBooks 8 Paid
6American Born ChineseBooks 5 Paid
7Friends with BoysBooks 4 Paid
8SmileBooks 3 Paid
9Afterlife with Archie: Escape from RiverdaleBooks 1 Paid
10Batman '66 (2013, Volume 63)Books 0 Paid
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