Graphic Novels (Grades 3-6)

Bell, Cece.  El Deafo.  [J Graphic Novel] J B Bell
The author recounts in graphic novel format her experiences with hearing loss at a young age, including using a bulky hearing aid, learning how to lip read, and determining her “superpower. 

Butzer, C. M.   The Gettysburg Graphic.  [J Graphic Novel] JPB B // [Graphic Novel] 973.7349 B
A detailed, comic-book style to depicting the Battle of Gettysburg; the national movement to create a memorial there; and the quiet day in 1863 when Lincoln delivered his galvanizing speech. Butzer uses only primary sources for the text, drawing from first-person letters and diaries, speeches, and Lincoln’s own writing to unpack this series of historical events. The address itself is played out over eighteen pages, with every phrase given a visual interpretation that will resonate with young readers.

Craddock, Erik.  BC Mambo.  [J Graphic Novel] JPB C (Stone Rabbit SERIES)
After Stone Rabbit is transported back to prehistoric times, his bottle of barbecue sauce becomes the key ingredient in a power-hungry Neanderthal’s plan to dominate the world. SEQUELSPirate Palooza(2009), Deep Space Disco (2009), Superhero Stampede (2010), Superhero Stampede (2010),  Ninja Slice (2010), Night of the Living Dust Bunnies (2011), Dragon Boogie (2012).

Dillard, Sarah.  Extraordinary Warren: Super Chicken.  [J Graphic Novel] J FIC Dillard  (SERIES)
An ordinary chicken discovers what makes him super– inside and outSEQUELExtraordinary Warren Saves the Day (2014).  

DIXON–  The Ocean of Osyria.  [J Graphic Novel] J FIC Dixon
Collected from the first three Hardy Boys comics, here’s the complete saga of Frank and Joe’s adventure in the war-torn Middle Eastern land of Osyria! After rescuing Jackpot, a kidnapped prize-winning racehorse, Frank and Joe are stunned to return to Bayport and discover that the Department of International Security has arrested their best friend, Chet Morton, for stealing a priceless art treasure! The Hardy Boys decide the only way to clear the friend is to journey to the Middle East and find the Ocean of Osyria themselves!

Ferrier, Florian & Katherine.  Hotel Strange: Wake Up, Spring.  [J Graphic Novel]  Q J FIC Ferrier  (Hotel Strange SERIES)
Although it is spring, the winter weather will not end and the quirky residents of Hotel Strange decide to find out for themselves where Mr. Springtime has gone. SEQUEL: On the Sapphire’s Trail (2016).

Feuti, Norm.  The King of Kazoo.   [J Graphic Novel] J FIC Feuti
Scatterbrained Cornelius, King of Kazoo, and his resourceful daughter, Bing, explore a mysterious cave at the top of Mount Kazoo. There they discover a famous alchemist named Quaf is planning a dangerous and forbidden experiment. Now Cornelius, Bing, and the brilliant royal inventor Torq must go all out to stop Quaf before his crazy undertaking threatens the entire kingdom. 

Fridolfs, Derek.  Study Hall of Justice.  [J Graphic Novel]  J FIC Fridolfs
Using comics, journal entries and doodles, this inventive illustrated novel follows young Bruce Wayne and his friends Clark (Superman) and Diana (Wonder Woman) as they start a Junior Detective Agency to investigate their teachers and find out what’s going on behind closed doors at Doomvale Academy, all before recess. 

Gownley, Jimmy.  Amelia Rules, The Whole World’s Crazy  [J Graphic Novel] JPB G  (SERIES)
Amelia Rules is a funny, witty series about one girl’s journey through childhood as she deals with her parents’ divorce.

Hayes, Geoffrey.  Benny and Penny in Just Pretend.  [J Graphic Novel] J FIC Hayes (SERIES)
How can Benny pretend to be a brave pirate when his pesky little sister, Penny, wants to tag along and is always asking for a hug? He tries to lose her, but when he does, he starts to feel a little lost himself. Penny proves her bravery and saves Benny from a bug. They hug as Benny explains he was only pretending she bugged him.  SEQUELS: Benny and Penny in The Big No-No! (2009), Benny and Penny in the Toy Breaker (2010), Benny and Penny in Lights Out! (2012).

Hergé.  The Adventures of Tintin.  [J Graphic Novel] J FIC Herge (SERIES)
Tintin in America. Cigars of the pharaoh. The blue lotus — v. 2. The broken ear. The black island. King Ottokar’s sceptre — v. 3. The crab with the golden claw. The shooting star. The secret of the unicorn — v. 4. Red Rackham’s treasure. The seven crystal balls. Prisoners of the sun — v. 5. Land of black gold. Destination moon. Explorers of the moon — v. 6. The calculus affair. The Red Sea sharks. Tintin in Tibet — v. 7. The Castafiore emerald. Flight 714. Tintin and the Picaros.

Holm, Jennifer.   Babymouse, Queen of the World  [J Graphic Novel] JPB H (SERIES)
Babymouse is a smart, spirited, and creative young rodent. Read the series and enjoy her  humorous adventures at camp, school and elsewhere.

Holm, Jennifer.  Sunny Side Up.  [J Graphic Novel] J FIC Holm
Sunny 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. 

Hunter, Erin.  Warriors: The Lost Warrior (Series)
Describes the adventures of Graystripe, a former leader of ThunderClan, as he struggles between staying with his adopted Twoleg family and embarking on a quest to find his lost feline companions

Krosoczka, Jarrett.  Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute  [J Graphic Novel] JPB K (SERIES)
The school lunch lady is a secret crime fighter who uncovers an evil plot to replace all the popular teachers with robots

Lechner, John.  Sticky Burr: Adventures in Burrwood Forest.   [J Graphic Novel] JPB L  (SERIES)
Sticky Burr is on the verge of being kicked out of his village in Burrwood Forest but when the village is attacked by wild dogs, Sticky Burr and his friends save the day. SEQUELThe Prickly Peril (2009).

Maihack, Mike.  Cleopatra in Space 1, Target Practice.  [J Graphic Novel] J FIC Maihack
When a young Cleopatra finds a mysterious tablet that zaps her to the far, REALLY far future, she learns of an ancient prophecy that says she is destined to save the galaxy from the tyrannical rule of the evil Xaius Octavian

Martin, Ann M.  The Baby-Sitter’s ClubKristy’s Great Idea (SERIES)
Follows the adventures of Kristy and the other members of the Baby-sitters Club as they deal with crank calls, uncontrollable two-year-olds, wild pets, and parents who do not always tell the truth. A graphic novel based on the 1988 book by the same name.

Pilkey, Dav.  Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot.  JPB P  (SERIES)
A small mouse named Ricky Ricotta and his best friend, a giant flying robot, save the world from Victor Von Vulture and his vicious voodoo vultures from Venus.

Runton, Andy.  Owly : The Way Home & The Bittersweet Summer.  [J Graphic Novel] JPB R
Owly is a lonely little brown owl who’s always on the lookout for new friends.  SEQUELS:  Just a Little Blue (2005), Flying Lessons (2005), A Time to Be Brave (2007), Tiny Tales (2008).

Santat, Dan.  Sidekicks.  [J Graphic Novel] J FIC Santat
When Captain Amazing feels he is getting too old to be a reliable superhero, he tries to hire a new sidekick, but his pets have different ideas.

Smith, Jeff.  Out From Boneville.  [J Graphic Novel] JPB S (SERIES)
Fone Bone and his ne’er-do-well brothers, Smiley and Phoney, are kicked out of Boneville and end up in strange new land where they go on many adventures. SEQUELS: The Great Cow Race (2005), Eyes of the Storm(2005), The Dragonslayer (2006), Rock Jaw: Master of the Eastern Border (2007), Old Man’s Cave (2007), Ghost Circles (2008), Treasure Hunters (2008), Crown of Horns (2009).

Steinberg, D.J.  The Adventures of Daniel Boom (aka Loud Boy) : Sound Off.  [J Graphic Novel] JPB S (SERIES)
Daniel is a 10 year-old, born with no “indoor voice” who starts a new school and discovers other unique children.  SEQUELS: Mac Attack!(2008), Game On! (2009), Grow Up! (2010).

Tan, Shaun.  The Arrival.  [J Graphic Novel] Q J FIC Tan
In this wordless graphic novel, a man leaves his homeland and sets off for a new country, where he must build a new life for himself and his family.

TenNapel, Doug.  Nnewts. 1, Escape From the Lizzarks.   [J Graphic Novel] J FIC TenNapel
Longing for stronger legs, loveable little Nnewt Herk is forced to flee his home when his village is attacked by Lizzarks reptiles, a situation that forces him to navigate a dangerous world while outmaneuvering an evil lord.

Warner, Gertrude.  The Boxcar Children.  [J Graphic Novel] JPB W // [J Graphic Novel] J FIC Warner (Series)
Four orphans take shelter in an old boxcar during a storm, and, determined to make it their own, they turn it into a safe, cozy home.

Winick, Judd.  Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth.  [J Graphic Novel]  J FIC Winick
When a mysterious boy falls from the sky, friends D.J. and Gina must discover the secrets of his identity and help him save the world. 

Yang, Gene Luen.  Secret Coders.  [J Graphic Novel] J FIC Yang
Attending an elite school where enterprising students are challenged to solve a variety of clues and puzzles using computer programming, Hopper and her friend, Eni, resolve to crack the school founder’s most elusive mystery together.

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