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10 Must-Read Graphic Novels for Middle Schoolers This Summer!

Summer is the perfect time for middle schoolers to dive into the world of graphic novels. These visual stories not only captivate young readers with their vibrant illustrations but also offer compelling narratives that can inspire a lifelong love of reading. Whether your child is an avid reader or just getting started, graphic novels are a fantastic way to keep their minds engaged over the break. Here’s a roundup of some age-appropriate graphic novels that are sure to delight middle schoolers.

1. "Bone" Series by Jeff Smith

This fantasy epic is a journey through a vast, uncharted desert with the Bone cousins. Encountering various creatures and adventures along the way, it’s a perfect blend of humor and excitement.

2. "Amulet" Series by Kazu Kibuishi

Follow siblings Emily and Navin as they discover a magical amulet that leads them into a world filled with demons, robots, and talking animals. This series is a gripping fantasy adventure with stunning artwork that’s hard to put down.

3. "Hilo" Series by Judd Winick

Meet Hilo, a boy who crashes to Earth and discovers he has superpowers. Together with his friends, he navigates a series of thrilling adventures to save the world.

4. "Awkward" by Svetlana Chmakova

This slice-of-life story follows Penelope as she tackles the challenges of middle school, from making new friends to dealing with bullies. It’s a relatable and heartwarming read for any middle schooler.

5. "El Deafo" by Cece Bell

Based on the author’s own experiences, this graphic memoir tells the story of Cece, who becomes deaf at a young age. She navigates school and friendships with the help of her hearing aid, dubbed the "Phonic Ear."

6. "Cardboard" by Doug TenNapel

When Cam and his father create creatures from a mysterious cardboard box, things get out of control as the creations come to life. This imaginative story is filled with adventure and creativity.

7. "Ghosts" by Raina Telgemeier

This touching story follows Cat and her family as they move to a new town for her sister Maya's health. There, they encounter ghosts and learn about the Mexican tradition of the Day of the Dead.

8. The Nameless City" Series by Faith Erin Hicks

Set in a city that constantly changes rulers, this historical fantasy follows Kaidu, a young soldier, and Rat, a local girl, as they form an unlikely friendship and uncover secrets about their city.

9. Roller Girl" by Victoria Jamieson

Astrid discovers a passion for roller derby and works hard to become a strong competitor. This story highlights friendship, perseverance, and finding one’s passion, making it an inspiring read for middle schoolers.

10. The Last Kids on Earth" Series by Max Brallier

This series follows Jack Sullivan and his friends as they navigate a post-apocalyptic world filled with zombies and monsters. It’s a mix of humor, action, and adventure.


The City of Ember" by Jeanne DuPrau (adapted by Dallas Middaugh)

  • This graphic novel adaptation of the popular novel follows Lina and Doon as they discover secrets that could save their underground city from darkness.

These graphic novels are perfect for middle schoolers, offering a variety of themes from fantasy and adventure to realistic fiction. Each story is crafted to engage young minds and foster a love for reading. So, grab a book, find a cozy spot, and let the summer reading adventure begin!



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