Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List

The Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List is intended to motivate young adults in grades 6-12 to become lifelong readers and to participate in the community of readers in Texas.

Grades 6-8

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Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper

Lupe, Flapjack, Elirio customize their car into a low rider for the Universal Car Competition to win the cash prize that will enable them to buy their own garage.

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Princess Decomposia and County Spatula by Andi Watson

Princess Decomposia, overworked and underappreciated, runs the underworld for her layabout father but when she hires Count Spatula, a vampire with a sweet tooth, as the new chef, he not only helps straighten out her life, he may become more than a friend.

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Roller Girl by Victoria Jemison

A graphic novel adventure about a girl who discovers roller derby right as she and her best friend are growing apart.

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Rutabaga: The Adventure Chef by Eric Colossal

Rutabaga and his magic cooking pot join three young adventurers on a culinary quest to defeat a dragon, discover new ingredients, and identify monsters to invite to, or eat for, dinner.

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Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm and Matt Holm

Lewin is sent to live with her grandfather for the summer in Florida, where she befriends Buzz, a boy completely obsessed with comic books, and faces the secret behind why she is in Florida in the first place.


The Crogan Adventures: Catfoot’s Vengeance by Chris Schweizer

When "Catfoot" Crogan becomes the new favorite of an infamous pirate captain whose crew he was forced to join, he incurs the wrath of the murderous first mate D'or. Can Catfoot keep his new crewmates safe when D'or hatches a scheme that will bring the full might of every navy in the West Indies down on their heads?


Grades 6-12


Ares: Bringer of War by George O’Connor

Retells in graphic novel format the story from Greek mythology of Ares' role in the Trojan War and his competition with Athena.


Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova

After shunning Jaime, the school nerd, on her first day at a new middle school, Penelope Torres tries to blend in with her new friends in the art club, until the art club goes to war with the science club, of which Jaime is a member.

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Baba Yaga’s Assistant by Marika McCoola

When her father announces that he is remarrying, Masha decides to leave home and become Baba Yaga's assistant. But to earn her place at the witch's house, she must first pass a series of tests.

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Bass Reeves: Tales of the Talented Tenth by Joel Christian Gill

The true story of Bass Reeves, the most successful lawman in the Old West!

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Battle Lines: A Graphic History of the Civil War by Ari Kelman

A graphic history of the Civil War, told through everyday objects.

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Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans by Don Brown

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina's monstrous winds and surging water overwhelmed the protective levees around low-lying New Orleans, Louisiana. Eighty percent of the city flooded, in some places under twenty feet of water. Property damages across the Gulf Coast topped $100 billion. One thousand eight hundred and thirty-three people lost their lives. The tale of this historic storm and the drowning of an American city is one of selflessness, heroism, and courage -- and also of incompetence, racism, and criminality. Don Brown's kinetic art and as-it-happens narrative capture both the tragedy and triumph of one of the worst natural disasters in American history.


Girl in Dior by Annie Goetzinger

In graphic novel format, relates the launch and rise of Christian Dior's revolutionary fashion house through the eyes of a fictional aspiring fashion columnist who is hand-picked by the couturier to be a model in 1947.

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Gotham Academy, vol 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy by Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher & Karl Kerschl

The new school year at Gotham Academy is not going well for Olive Silverlock, with a ghost haunting the campus and a secret society conducting bizarre rituals, but worst of all is when she is assigned to be a guide to Maps, her ex's kid sister.

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Human Body Theater by Maris Wicks

A humorous and informative skeleton introduces each system of the human body, gaining a layer of her "costume" by the end of each act, becoming a fully formed human by the end of the play.

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In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang

Immersing herself in an online role-playing game where she enjoys fantasy heroics, Anda confronts a difficult choice when she befriends a disadvantaged Chinese kid who works illegally to collect valuable objects and sell them to other players for real money.

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Jaco the Galactic Patrolman by Akira Toriyama

Retired scientist Omori lives alone on a deserted island while continuing his research into time-travel. His quiet life is interrupted when galactic patrolman Jaco crash-lands and decided to move in with him. This agent from space claims to be elite, but sometimes it can be a little hard to believe. Can Jaco get along with the old man long enough to save the earth from a dangerous threat?

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Last of the Sandwalkers by Jay Hosler

When field scientist Lucy defies the law of her safe but authoritarian home on an oasis by leading a team of researchers into the desert to learn about the greater world, what she finds will change everything, beginning with the knowledge that beetles are not the only living creatures.

Love. The Tiger

Love. The Tiger by Frederic Brremaud and Frederico Bertolucci

Chronicles a day in the life of a tiger as it hunts prey and defends itself from other animals.


Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis and Brooke Allen

Best friends Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley spend a fun summer at Lumberjane scout camp where they encounter yetis, three-eyed wolves, and giant falcons while solving a mystery that holds the fate of the world in the balance.

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March. Book Two by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell

After the success of the Nashville sit-in campaign, John Lewis is more committed than ever to changing the world through nonviolence -- but as he and his fellow Freedom Riders board a bus into the vicious heart of the deep south, they will be tested like never before.

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Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man Collection Book 1 by Brian Michael Bendis, et al.

On the anniversary of Peter Parker's death, the fallen Spidey's friends gather and reveal stunning secrets, while Miles Morales, the new ultimate Spider-Man, must fight a returning Green Goblin.

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My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi

Middle school student Izuku Midoriya wants to be a hero more than anything, but he hasn't got an ounce of power in him. With no chance of ever getting into the prestigious U.A. High School for budding heroes, his life is looking more and more like a dead end. Then an encounter with All Might, the greatest hero of them all, gives him a chance to change his destiny.


Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Lord Blackheart, a villain with a vendetta, and his sidekick, Nimona, an impulsive young shapeshifter, must prove to the kingdom that Sir Goldenloin and the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren't the heroes everyone thinks they are.

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No Normal: Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona

Kamala Khan, a Pakistani American girl from Jersey City who lives a conservative Muslim lifestyle with her family, suddenly acquires superhuman powers and, despite the pressures of school and home, tries to use her abilities to help her community.


Princess Ugg, vol. 1 by Ted Neifeh

Ulga isn't your standard princess, but her royal lineage goes back for generations. At her mother's bequest, Ulga travels to the city-state of Atraesca, where the prestigious Princess Academy lies, so that she can learn about things like diplomacy--hopefully for the benefit of her rough and tumble people. But Ulga will learn that she's more behind in her studies than she realized--and that when you're a princess, you're bound to have a few enemies.

steve jobs

Steve Jobs: Insanely Great by Jessie Hartland

This biography in graphic format presents the story of the ultimate American entrepreneur, who brought us Apple Computer, Pixar, Macs, iPods, iPhones and more, this unique and stylish book is sure to appeal to the legions of readers who live and breathe the techno-centric world Jobs created.


Terrible Lizard by Cullen Bunn, Drew Moss and Ryan Hill

When the scientists of Cosmos Labs bring a dinosaur from the ancient past into the present, he imprints on teenager Jessica, and together they battle the other mutated, prehistoric monsters that follow him through the time portal.

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The Devil is a Part-Timer by Satoshi Wagahara and Akio Hiiragi

It's tough being evil when you have to pay the rent! This comical tale of a demon-lord-turned-fry-slinger follows the daily travails of (former) Devil King Sadao Maou and his general ShiroAshiya as they navigate the complexities of life in modern-day Tokyo. Having suffered utter defeat at the hands of a plucky hero, they've been banished to earth and stripped of magical power. And if that wasn't enough, that pesky hero is still hell bent on finishing the job.

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The Golden Compass Graphic Novel, vol. 1 by Stephane Melchior-Durand and Clement Oubrerie

In the first of a three-volume graphic novel adaptation, Lyra Belacqua and her daemon familiar set out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.

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The Underground Abductor by Nathan Hale and Chad Beckerman

In graphic novel format, Revolutionary War spy Nathan Hale tells a hangman and British officer about the life of Harriet Tubman and her life-risking dedication to helping runaway slaves find freedom.


Grades 9-12

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The Ancient Magus’ Bride by Kore Yamazaki

The Ancient Magus' Bride is an all-new manga series that features a fascinating relationship between a troubled teenage girl and an inhuman wizard.

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Assassination Classroom by Yusei Matsui

The students in class 3-E are the misfits in their school, but their teacher is a powerful, tentacled extraterrestrial who has already damaged the Moon and threatens the Earth, and they have been assigned to assassinate him.


Bandette, vol 2: Stealers, Keepers by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover

Bandette and friendly rival Monsieur compete in the Great Thieving Race, while criminal organization FINIS retaliates by sending an assassin after Bandette.

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Batman Earth One: Vol. 2 by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank

Gotham City is changing, the new mayor Jessica Dent and her brother D.A. Harvey Dent team up with Detective Jim Gordon and the Dark Knight to stop a new threat that enjoys playing games of riddles.


Descender, vol. 1 by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen

A decade after planet-sized robots wreaked havoc across the galaxy, a young android awakens to find that all robots have been outlawed and goes on the run with his robot dog.


Down, Set, Fight! by Chris Sims, Chad Bowers and Scott Kowalchuk

Chuck Fairlane, a former professional football player, travels across the country to find the costumed mascot that assaulted him.

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I was the Cat by Paul Tobin and Benjamin Dewey

Allison Breaking is a talented journalist with her own blog and a lot of bills to pay, so when she receives an offer from a mysterious stranger named Burma to write his memoirs, it's an offer she can't refuse, not even with all the red flags popping up. But Burma is quite literally unlike any man Allison's ever known because he's a cat. And this cat has stories to tell about how he (over the course of a few lifetimes) has shaped the world -- and another, darker, story that Allison must risk all to uncover... a story of what this particular cat has been doing with the last of his nine lives.


Kamen, vol. 1 by Gunya Mihara

In a world of fantasy and might, a lone warrior emerges. Kamen, a mysterious masked man appears among prisoners of war in ancient Japan and becomes a legendary warrior and defender of the innocent while his enemies rush to uncover his secrets.


Kill Shakespeare: The Backstage Edition by Anthony Del Col and Connor McCreery

Kill Shakespeare: Backstage Edition collects the entirety of the first 12-issue arc of the award-winning series in one gorgeous hardcover volume. Filled with never before seen art, sketches, a brand new back-up story, and fun annotations by top Shakespeare scholars, the Backstage Edition is a must-have for both fans of the series and those looking for a thrilling new comics adventure.

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Legendary Star-Lord: Face It, I Rule by Sam Humphries, Paco Medina and Freddie Williams II

Peter Quill battles the Badoon, fights to save an orphanage, and still finds time to flirt with the X-Men's Kitty Pryde - all in a day's work for the legendary Star-Lord! But when Peter is captured by a bounty hunter with a strange connection to his past, can the two make amends before he's fed to a giant alien? Sharing a Badoon jail cell with a criminal and a child isn't exactly Peter's idea of a good time...luckily, he's got an ace named Kitty up his sleeve. But Star-Lord soon encounters the all-powerful Titan responsible for so much mayhem in his life: Thanos! It's the battle to end all battles, but can Star-Lord possibly get out alive?


Macbeth by Gareth Hinds

The creator of the graphic novels Beowulf and King Lear presents a visually striking adaptation of Shakespeare's classic story of ambition, madness and murder set in 11th-century Scotland.

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Meteor Men by Jeff Parker, Sandy Jarrell and Kevin Volo

On a summer night, Alden Baylor sits in a field watching the largest meteor shower in human history. What begins as teenage adventure becomes something more - the celestial event brings travelers who will change the world completely, and Alden discovers a connection to one of them. How does a young man who had to grow up fast handle the invasion of his planet? Can Alden keep humanity from oblivion?


The Outside Circle by Patti LaBoucane-Benson and Kelly Mellings

Pete, a young Aboriginal gang member, is sent to jail for killing his mother's boyfriend during a fight. While there, he realizes that he has become a negative influence on his younger brother and decides to turn his life around with the help of traditional Aboriginal healing circles and ceremonies.

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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, et al.

A powerful tale of forbidden love, shame, and revenge comes to life in Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter. Faithfully adapted by Crystal Chan from the original novel, this new edition features stunning artwork by SunNeko Lee (Manga Classics: Les Miserables) which will give old and new readers alike a fresh insight into the Nathaniel Hawthorne's tragic saga of Puritan America.

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The Woods, vol 1.: The Arrow by James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas

On October 16, 2013, 437 students, 52 teachers, and 24 additional staff from Bay Point Preparatory High School in suburban Milwaukee, WI vanished without a trace. Countless light years away, far outside the bounds of the charted universe, 513 people find themselves in the middle of an ancient, primordial wilderness. Where are they? Why are they there? The answers will prove stranger than anyone could possibly imagine.


The Woods, vol. 2: The Swarm by James Tynion IV, Michael Dialynas and Josan Gonzalez

Set before the students and staff of Bay Point Preparatory High School disappear, shares the lives of the students and faculty as they prepare for opening night of the school's rendition of "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

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Tokyo Ghoul, vol. 1 by Sui Ishida

College student Ken Kaneki is thrilled to be going on a date with beautiful Rize, but when the encounter turns violent, he is transformed into a human-ghoul hybrid who must learn to deal with Ghoul turf wars, Ghoul society, and his new powers.

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Tru Detective by Norah McClintock and Steven P. Hughes

Truman’s parents are out of town, and he has made plans with his girlfriend, Natalia. When she doesn’t show up, he is angry. But when he finds out she has been murdered, Truman becomes the prime suspect. With no alibi, he must try to find the truth behind his girlfriend’s violent death. But the more he digs, the more he realizes he doesn’t really know who Natalia was, and he starts to wonder why she was interested in him at all.

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World Trigger, vol. 1 by Daisuke Ashihara

Destroy thy Neighbor! A gate to another dimension has burst open, and invincible monsters called Neighbors invade Earth. Osamu Mikumo may not be the best among the elite warriors who co-opt other-dimensional technology to fight back, but along with his Neighbor friend Yuma, he'll do whatever it takes to defend life on Earth as we know it.


Adult Graphic Novels for Young Adult Readers


Democracy by Alecos Papadatos

From a team including the artists of the New York Times bestseller Logicomix, another entertaining and educational graphic delight focusing on the origins and rise of democracy.


Mike’s Place by Jack Baxter

Recounts the authors' experiences as filmmakers who were working on a project on Mike's Place, a Tel Aviv blues bar where Jews, Christians, and Muslims freely mingled with expatriates, when the place was destroyed in a suicide bombing, and the events that led up to it.

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The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Padua

With interesting & curious anecdotes of celebrated and distinguished characters fully illustrating a variety of instructive and amusing scenes; as performed within and without the remarkable difference engine. Embellished with portraits and scientific diagrams.


The Warren Commission Report by Dan Mishikin, Ernie Colon and Jerzy Drozd

Provides a graphic novel interpretation of the assassination of President John Kennedy and the subsequent investigation, resulting in the Warren Report.