TWEENS Core List

As a staff, we’ve considered nominations, voted, and created a series of recommended core title lists.  These are the titles and series that we believe belong on all library shelves. Some are the most popular, others classics of the format, and some the most engaging titles for both fans of graphic novels and new comics readers.

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Maker Comics Series

Maker Comics Series

Maker Comics is the ultimate DIY guide. Inside this graphic novel you will find illustrated instructions for eight ...
Measuring Up

Measuring Up

Twelve-year-old Cici has just moved from Taiwan to Seattle, and the only thing she wants more than to fit in at ...
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur series

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur series

LUNELLA LAFAYETTE is a preteen super genius who wants to change the world-but learned the hard way that it takes ...
Mouse Guard series

Mouse Guard series

The forest is a dangerous place for any animal, especially one as small as a mouse. In the past, the mouse world ...
Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales series

Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales series

“I regret that I have but one life to give for my country.” These are the famous last words of Nathan Hale, a spy ...
New Kid

New Kid

Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to ...
Olympians Series

Olympians Series

In Olympians, O'Connor draws from primary documents to reconstruct and retell classic Greek myths. But these ...
Pashmina

Pashmina

Priyanka Das has so many unanswered questions: Why did her mother abandon her home in India years ago? What was it ...
Prince and the Dressmaker

Prince and the Dressmaker

Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride—or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy ...
Princeless

Princeless

Adrienne Ashe never wanted to be a princess. She hates fancy dinners, is uncomfortable in lavish dresses, and has ...
Princess Princess Ever After

Princess Princess Ever After

When the heroic princess Amira rescues the kind-hearted princess Sadie from her tower prison, neither expects to ...
Queen of the Sea

Queen of the Sea

When her sister seizes the throne, Queen Eleanor of Albion is banished to a tiny island off the coast of her ...
Real Friends

Real Friends

Shannon and Adrienne have been best friends ever since they were little. But one day, Adrienne starts hanging out ...
Roller Girl

Roller Girl

For most of her twelve years, Astrid has done everything with her best friend Nicole. But after Astrid falls in ...
Sci-Fu

Sci-Fu

Set in 1980s Brooklyn, a young DJ accidentally summons a UFO that transports his family, best friend, and current ...
Sea Sirens

Sea Sirens

Trot, a Vietnamese American surfer girl, and Cap’n Bill, her cranky one-eyed cat, catch too big a wave and wipe ...
Seen: Edmonia Lewis

Seen: Edmonia Lewis

“Sometimes the times were dark and the outlook was lonesome, but where there is a will, there is a way. I pitched ...
Sincerely, Harriet

Sincerely, Harriet

Harriet Flores struggles with boredom and an unrequited crush while learning to manage her chronic illness through ...
Smile

Smile

Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely ...
Snapdragon

Snapdragon

Snap's town had a witch. At least, that’s how the rumor goes. But in reality, Jacks is just a crocks-wearing, ...