Greetings fellow graphic novel enthusiasts! Every year, the American Library Association gives awards and creates recommended reading lists for all kinds of material; everything from the best book written in English on the subject of library history to outstanding books on animal life which may develop a humane attitude in children are recognized. Of course, I pay special attention to my favorite awards list - the annual "Great Graphic Novels for Teens" ALA top ten list. Presented below is a selection of titles from this list, conveniently available at Kitsap Regional Library.

Giant Days by John Allison and Lissa Treiman.

Susan, Esther and Daisy started at university three weeks ago and became fast friends. Away from home for the first time, all three want to reinvent themselves. But in the face of hand-wringing boys, “personal experimentation,” influenza, mystery mold, nu-chauvinism and the willful, unwanted intrusion of “academia,” they may be lucky just to make it to spring alive. Going off to university is always a time of change and growth, but for Esther, Susan and Daisy, things are about to get a little weird.

Black Panther by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Briane Stelfreeze.

A new era begins for the Black Panther! MacArthur Genius and National Book Award-winning writer Ta-Nehisi Coates takes the helm, confronting T'Challa with a dramatic upheaval in Wakanda that will make leading the African nation tougher than ever. When a superhuman terrorist group that calls itself The People sparks a violent uprising, the land famed for its incredible technology and proud warrior traditions will be thrown into turmoil. If Wakanda is to survive, it must adapt...but can its monarch, one in a long line of Black Panthers, survive the necessary change? Heavy lies the head that wears the cowl!

Prez by Mark Russell, Ben Caldwell, and Mark Morales.

Meet Beth Ross, the first teenage President of the United States. In a nation where corporations can run for office, the poor are used as human billboards and tacos are delivered by drone, our only hope is this nineteen-year-old Twitter sensation. But the real question isn't whether she's ready for politics - it's whether politics is ready for her.

Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang.

In the early hours after Halloween of 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time. Suburban drama and otherworldly mysteries collide in this smash hit series about nostalgia, first jobs and the last days of childhood.

Of course, this is just scratching the surface of the excellent graphic novels available for kids, teens and adults. Stop by your favorite Kitsap Regional Library location to fully immerse yourself in the world of superhero stories, fantasy adventures and off-beat, wacky examinations of everyday life.

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