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The Great American Whatever. By Tim Federle.
Simon & Schuster, $17.99 (9781481404099).
Quinn hasn’t left his room in six months since
the death of his sister, also his filmmaking partner.
After reluctantly going out with his best friend,
Geoff, Quinn falls in love, uncovers secrets, and
come to terms with his sister’s death.
Heartless. By Marissa Meyer. Feiwel and Friends,
In this faithful-to-the-original prequel to
Alice in Wonderland, the one-day Queen of Hearts
is just Cath, a talented and creative young baker
with dreams of opening her own shop. This
heartbreaking love story explains how sweet Cath
becomes the ruthless queen.
Highly Illogical Behavior. By John Corey
Whaley. Dial, $17.99 (9780525428183).
Agoraphobic Solomon has not stepped outside
his home for three years. Then Lisa decides to write
a scholarship essay on her experience with mental
illness and makes “curing” Sol her project, dragging
boyfriend Clark into the plot. Gradually, her plan
takes a backseat to the real friendships that develop.
If I Was Your Girl. By Meredith Russo. Flatiron,
After a harrowing incident following gender-reassignment surgery, Amanda moves to another
state to live with her father and finish high school.
Here Amanda searches for the friends and acceptance for which she has longed her entire life. A
2017 Stonewall Book Award winner and a 2017
Top 10 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult
Kids of Appetite. By David Arnold. Viking,
Vic’s father died two years ago. Unable to accept
his mother’s new relationship, he flees with his fa-
ther’s urn. An unlikely gang of misfits bring Vic
into their fold, helping him fulfill his dad’s final
instructions regarding disposal of the ashes. A tri-
umphant celebration of the many kinds of family.
Labyrinth Lost. By Zoraida Córdova.
Sourcebooks/Fire, $17.99 (9781492620945).
Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a
generation—and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, she performs a spell to rid herself
of her power. But her whole family gets transported into Los Lagos instead. Now she must travel to
the in-between land with a brujo to rescue them.
The Last True Love Story. By Brendan Kiely.
Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry,
Teddy and Corrina team up to take “Gpa,” his
grandfather, on a road trip from L.A. to Ithaca to
help him anchor down the memories of his wife
before he loses them to Alzheimer’s. Along the
way, music, old and new, builds bridges between
generations, between past and possible loves.
The Lie Tree. By Frances Hardinge. Abrams/
Amulet, $17.95 (9781419718953).
In 1868, Faith’s father is providing expertise at
an archaeological dig, and when his body is found,
most assume suicide amid the allegations of falsified discoveries. Only Faith suspects murder—and
her determination to find his killer leads her to
dark secrets about her father and his priceless
Mendacity Tree. A Top 10 Amelia Bloomer Project Book and a 2017 Notable Children’s Book.
Lily and Dunkin. By Donna Gephart.
Delacorte, $16.99 (9780553536744).
Tim and Norbert are both starting eighth grade
and prefer to be known as “Lily and Dunkin.”
Lily knows that she is really a girl, despite having
boy parts. Dunkin just wants to fit in, despite his
struggle with bipolar disorder.
Lucy and Linh. By Alice Pung. Knopf, $17.99
Lucy, a Chinese Australian teen from a poor
suburb, must navigate the cutthroat, very rich,
and very white world of private school when she is
offered a scholarship to Laurinda.
The Memory of Light. By Francisco X.
Stork. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine, $17.99
After attempting suicide, Vicky joins Mona,
Gabriel, E. M., and their therapist at Lakeview
Hospital. There she develops deep friendships,
works to understand her depression, and discovers
unrealized strengths. Will the moments of hope
and light be enough to help her through her return home and the crises her friends face?
Merrow. By Ananda Braxton-Smith.
Candlewick, $16.99 (9780763679248).
Living on the isolated Irish coastland with her
aunt has always been a harsh existence for Neen.
But when a stranger washes ashore, she renews her
quest to discover if her mother abandoned her for
a different life in a new town or rejoined her mermaid family in the sea.
My Lady Jane. By Cynthia Hand and others.
Harper Teen, $17.99 (9780062391742).
The historical version of the story of the teenage
Lady Jane Grey, England’s queen for nine days, is
given a fantastical twist and a much happier ending for all involved.
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The Great Graphic Novels for Teens list is compiled annually by a committee of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and comprises recommended graphic novels for
readers ages 12 to 18. The titles below make up the top 10 picks from the full list, which is available at www.ala.org/yalsa/2017-great-graphic-novels-teens. Titles published in 2015 are noted; all
others were published in 2016.
TOP 10 GREAT GRAPHIC NOVELS
FOR TEENS, 2017
Filmish: A Graphic Journey through Film.
By Edward Ross. Illus. by the author. 2015.
SelfMadeHero, $24.95 (9781910593035).
Ross’ cartoon alter ego guides readers through
the annals of cinematic history, introducing
some of the strange and fascinating concepts at
work in the movies and tackles serious issues—
sexuality, race, censorship, propaganda—with
authority and wit.
March: Book Three. By John Lewis and
Andrew Aydin. Illus. by Nate Powell. Top
Shelf, $19.99 (9781603094023).
Congressman Lewis chronicles the struggles
and triumphs of the civil rights movement,
from 1963 through the Voting Rights Act.
The 2017 Michael L. Printz Award winner, the
2017 Coretta Scott King Author Book Award
winner, the 2017 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award winner, the 2017 YALSA
Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young
Adults winner, and a 2017 Notable Children’s
Black Panther, v.1: A Nation under Our Feet.
By Ta-Nehisi Coates. Illus. by Brian Stelfreeze.
Marvel, $16.99 (9781302900533).
When a superhuman terrorist group sparks
a violent uprising, Wakanda is thrown into
turmoil. Can its monarch, one in a long
line of Black Panthers, survive the necessary
change? Heavy lies the head that wears the
Giant Days. By John Allison. Illus. by Lissa
• v. 1. 2015. BOOM! Box, $9.99
• v. 2. BOOM! Box, $9.99
Friends Susan, Esther, and Daisy navigate
their first semester in college while balancing
boys, halls, rivals, and classes.
Mighty Jack. By Ben Hatke. Illus.
by the author. First Second, $14.99
Jack; his sister, Maddy; and new friend Lilly
fight monster plants after he buys seeds from a
orange: The Complete Collection, v. 1. By
Ichigo Takano. Illus. by the author. Seven Seas
Entertainment, $18.99 (9781626923027).
Naho receives a letter from her future self,
begging her to watch over new student Kakeru.
Paper Girls, v. 1. By Brian K. Vaughan.
Illus. by Cliff Chiang. Image, $9.99
In the early hours after Halloween 1988,
four 12-year-old newspaper-delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time.
Plutona. By Jeff Lemire and Emi Lennox.
Illus. by Emi Lennox. Image, $16.99
You’ve heard this before: five kids find a body
in the woods and don’t know what to do; but
this time, it is the city’s greatest superhero, Plutona!
Prez, v.1: Corndog-in-Chief. By Mark
Russell. Illus. by Ben Caldwell and Mark
Morales. DC, $14.99 (9781401259792).
In a future where corporations can run for
office, the poor are used as human billboards,
and tacos are delivered by drone, 19-year-old
social-media celebrity Beth Ross unwittingly
becomes president of the U.S.
We Stand on Guard. By Brian K. Vaughan.
Illus. by Steve Skroce. Image, $24.99
One hundred years in the future, Canada
and the U.S. are at war, and a small band of
Canadian freedom fighters is all that stand in
the way of total U.S. takeover.