Flyleaf's Favorite Graphic Novels for Kids & Teens 2021

The first books on this list are recommendations for middle grade readers (generally ages 8-12). The final three are for young adult readers (ages 12/13+).
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Katie the Catsitter Cover Image
By Colleen AF Venable, Stephanie Yue (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781984895639
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - January 5th, 2021

The Awakening Storm: A Graphic Novel (City of Dragons #1) Cover Image
By Jaimal Yogis, Vivian Truong (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338660425
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Published: Graphix - September 21st, 2021

The Legend of Auntie Po Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780525554899
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Published: Kokila - June 15th, 2021

Allergic: A Graphic Novel Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338568905
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Published: Graphix - March 2nd, 2021

Blancaflor, the Hero with Secret Powers: A Folktale from Latin America: A Toon Graphic Cover Image
By Nadja Spiegelman, Sergio García Sánchez (Illustrator), F. Isabel Campoy (Introduction by)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781943145560
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Published: Toon Graphics - September 14th, 2021

A fascinating feminist take on a classic Latin American folktale, Nadja Spiegelman and Sergio Garcia Sánchez have once again created another fantastic graphic novel for kids! --Jennie


Shark Summer Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780316461443
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 25th, 2021

A group of friends set out to create a short film uncovering the truth about the Martha's Vineyard phantom shark and win the youth film contest, however, they uncover  some secrets that are tough to deal with. Suspenseful and heartwarming, with relatable characters, Shark Summer is a winning graphic novel! -Jennie


Garlic and the Vampire Cover Image
By Bree Paulsen, Bree Paulsen (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062995087
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Published: Quill Tree Books - September 28th, 2021

An endearing graphic novel about finding your own strength and courage in the midst of adversity. Garlic is a precious characteryou'll fall in love! --Jennie


Run: Book One Cover Image
By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, L. Fury (Illustrator), Nate Powell (Illustrator)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781419730696
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Published: Abrams ComicArts - August 3rd, 2021

The Girl from the Sea: A Graphic Novel Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781338540574
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Published: Graphix - June 1st, 2021

Squad Cover Image
By Maggie Tokuda-Hall, Lisa Sterle (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062943149
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Published: Greenwillow Books - October 5th, 2021

Nerdy and new-to-town high school junior Becca is shocked and surprised when she is invited to hang out with the cool kids. Something has gotta be up, right? Of course! All the cool girls are werewolves and they feed on predator guys at school, shown in bloody scenes illustrated beautifully/gruesomely by Lisa Sterle. As things get messier and the pack starts to distrust each other, plans unravel and danger seems inevitable in this intense but highly entertaining graphic novel from Maggie Tokuda-Hall. --Colin