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Song of the Court
from Union Square & Co.

Interest Level: Grades K-3
Katy Farina brings us a charming fairy tale – told in graphic novel style – about two unlikely friends who encourage each other to pursue their dreams. Arietta attempts to sell her family’s treasured violin to raise money for her beloved garden, but her plans get off track quickly, and she must find a way to express her feelings to find a resolution.

Hermit Hill
from Orca Book Publishers

Interest Level: Grades K-3
This graphic novel by Mike Deas and Nancy Deas is perfect for early middle readers. The youngest member of a ragtag crew of kids feels left out of a big project and finds himself a group of magical moon creatures to lord over. This is the third book in the Sueño Bay Adventures series, following Shadow Island and Otter Lagoon.

So Embarrassing: Awkward Moments and How to Get Through Them
from Workman Publishing

Interest Level: Grades 3-6
In this informative graphic narrative, best-selling middle grade cartoonist Charise Mericle Harper dives deep into that everyday source of stress and humor for kids – embarrassment. With science facts, jokes, and compassion, this book lets kids know they aren't alone and puts them at ease with practical information and fun facts.

Greek Mythology Book Set
from North Star Editions

Interest Level: Grades 3-6
“That’s his Achilles heel.” “It felt like I was lost in a labyrinth!” “You opened a real Pandora’s box with that move!” We’re all familiar with these idioms. But where did they come from? Find out with this beautifully illustrated series. Each title tells the tale of a famous Greek myth – it’s the perfect guide on the quest for knowledge!

Just Roll with It
from Random House Children’s Books

Interest Level: Grades 3-6
Maggie, who struggles with anxiety and OCD, is the focus of this novel written by Veronica Agarwal and Lee Durfey-Lavoie. Maggie gets through her first year of middle school by making friends, finding the best after-school clubs, and using her 20-sided dice to help her make decisions.

Jake Maddox Graphic Novels
from Capstone

Interest Level: Grades 3-6
Fan-favorite author Jake Maddox is going for the win by combining exciting sports stories with a dynamic graphic novel format. Building off the success of the best-selling Jake Maddox series, these fast-paced tales of sportsmanship and teamwork come to life in full-color comics and supplemental materials to help readers develop critical thinking skills.

Class Act
from HarperCollins Publishers

Interest Level: Grades 5-8
Class Act is the sequel to Jerry Craft’s New Kid, winner of the 2020 Newbery Medal, the Coretta Scott King Author Award, and the Kirkus Prize. This time, we follow Jordan’s friend Drew as he navigates what it’s like to be one of the few kids of color in a prestigious private school.

When Stars Are Scattered
from Penguin Young Readers Group

Interest Level: Grades 5-8
This graphic novel from Omar Mohamed and Victoria Jamieson is based on Mohamed’s life growing up in a refugee camp in Kenya. The book tells the story of young Omar, who must decide between going to school or caring for his nonverbal brother, Hassan. It’s an intimate and touching portrayal of family and daily life in a refugee camp.

Survivors of the Holocaust: True Stories of Six Extraordinary Children
from Sourcebooks

Interest Level: Grades 5-8
Perhaps there is no simple, easy way to educate children about the Holocaust. Yet this new extraordinary work from Kath Shackleton in the form of a nonfiction graphic novel for children is a valiant attempt to do just that. These testimonials serve as a reminder never to allow such a tragedy to happen again.

Queen of the Sea
from Candlewick Press

Interest Level: Grades 5-8
Popular graphic novelist and illustrator Dylan Meconis offers a reimagining of history in this hybrid novel loosely based on the exile of Queen Elizabeth I by her sister, Queen Mary. Meconis paints their world in soft greens, grays, and reds, transporting readers to a quiet, windswept island at the heart of a treasonous royal plot.

Malcolm’s Martians: Exploring Mars Book Set
from Cherry Lake Publishing

Interest Level: Grades 5-8
This set of graphic novels by Jason Burns blends science fiction with science facts as Malcolm and his friend Daniela delve deep into the Red Planet. Throughout their journey exploring the unexplored, the Martians that Malcolm draws on paper come to life inside his mind, combining the biology of Earth animals with the geology of Mars.

Dune: House Atreides Series
from ABDO

Interest Level: YA
Set in the years leading up to the explosive events in Dune, this prequel series by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson transports readers to the far future on the desert planet Arrakis. The emperor’s son plans a violent coup; eight-year-old slave Duncan Idaho seeks to escape his cruel enslavers, and a young man named Leto Atreides begins a fateful journey.

Glorious Wrestling Alliance
from Lerner Publishing

Interest Level: Grades YA
Step into the ring at Glorious Wrestling Alliance, the universe’s least professional wrestling company. Collected in colossal full color for the first time, Josh Hicks’ cult-hit comic covers identity, anxiety, and leg drops. In this hilarious love letter to the surreal theater of pro wrestling, the insecure grapplers of GWA lock up, throw things, throw each other, and occasionally curl up into little balls.

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