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Middle-Grade Graphic Novel Reading List

by Elizabeth Rusch
Published on: October 20, 2012
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One of my favorite things about the Viva Scrivas is that often after reading a manuscript, they will suggest some books that are similar in some way, are a good model in some way or, as ScrivaAmber once said: “I don’t know, there is something about it that I think you should see, that might be helpful.”

Reading other books in your genre or that somehow do something like what you are trying to do can be incredibly helpful as you write – and especially as you revise.

These days I’m writing and revising a middle-grade graphic novel called Muddy Max, about a boy with neat-freak parents who gets superpowers from mud. (The book, to be published in 2014 by AMP! For Kids, will be illustrated by the talented Portland comic artist Mike Lawrence  http://threeredheadstudios.blogspot.com/)

Since it’s my first foray into writing graphic novels, I’ve been devouring them.  (I should mention that my 3rd grade daughter is also devouring them. She is what I would call a developing reader, yet when I brought a stack of middle-grade graphic novels home from the library one afternoon, she had read four by dinner time.)

Here are some of my recent favs, some recommended by Scrivas, and some that I just pulled off the shelf and loved. This is far from a comprehensive list of the best (I KNOW I have missed some great ones!) so if you have any you love, please let us all know!


Early Middle Grade

Guinea PIG, Pet Shop Private Eye series by Colleen AF Venable

Babymouse series by Jennifer and Matthew Holm

Lunch Lady series by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Magic Trixie series by Jill Thomspon


Middle Grade

Zita the Spacegirl series by Ben Hatke

Sidekicks by Dan Santat

Bone series by Jeff Smith

Secret Science Alliance series by Eleanor Davis


Upper Middle Grade

Hereville: How Mirka got her sword by Barry Deutch

Chiggers by Hope Larson

Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

Smile by Raina Telgemeier

Page by Page by by Laura Lee Gulledge

The Arrival by Shaun Tan


So tell me, what did I miss?



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