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Jun 19

Staff Picks - Graphic Novels

Posted on June 19, 2020 at 7:56 AM by Bobbie Clark

Dear Reader,  

Graphic novels are on the rise in popularity for all ages. Graphic novels can be fiction, non-fiction, history, biography, fantasy or anything in-between. Do you remember our Big Read book selection from the fall of 2018, Roz Chast’s Can’t we talk about something more pleasant?  For some, this book served as an introduction to reading graphic novels. And did you know New Kid, a graphic novel by Jerry Craft, won this year’s prestigious Newbery Award?  Check out Lewis & Clark Library’s terrific selection of graphic novels in our catalog and also, in digital format through Hoopla. Here are a few titles recommended by LCL staff. Read through to the end for children and teen recommendations. 


Eric recommends . . . 

The Walking Dead 

Robert Kirkman (Writer), Various (Artists) 

Graphic Novels 1 

Follow Sheriff Rick Grimes, as he leads a band of survivors while they try to hold onto their humanity in a world ruled by the dead.                                        

Find a catalog link to this popular series HERE 

Also available through Montana Library2Go, find the first volume HERE 


Locke & Key 

Joe Hill (Writer), Gabriel Rodriguez (Artist)  

Graphic Novels 2 

Welcome to Keyhouse, where the Locke family unearth magical keys which bestow the holder with special powers. As keys surface, the mystery around their father’s death, his childhood, and the shadowy Dark Lady begin to reveal themselves. 

Katy further recommends Locke & Key, You emerge from each book in this series feeling like just watched a really great movie. 

 Find a catalog link to this popular series  HERE 

Trivia Question: Who is author Joe Hill’s famous literary father? Find the answer, along with more information about Joe Hill’s other work HERE 


Bretagne recommends . . . 

Stumptown, Volume 1 

By Greg Rucka 

Graphic Novels 3 

A private investigator named Dex in Portland, Oregon changes her down and out luck with an exciting case. 

Find it in the library catalog HERE 


Heather recommends . . . 

Lumberjanes series 

Created by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Brooklyn A. Allen and Noelle Stevenson 

Graphic Novels 4 

 Mysteries and adventures abound with a touch of the supernatural. Join in as this gang of friends confront the unknown and kick butt! 

 Find a catalog link for the Lumberjanes series HERE 

Available through Hoopla HERE 

Hey, Kiddo: how I lost my mother, found my father, and dealt with family addiction 

By author/illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka 

Graphic Novels 5 

True story of a young man growing up and navigating the difficulties of family addiction. Heart breaking and inspiring. 

Find it in our catalog HERE 

Available in eAudiobook form through Hoopla HERE 

National Book Award finalist, read Kirkus Review starred review HERE 


Molly recommends . . . 

The Witch Boy series 

By Molly Knox Ostertag 

Graphic Novels 6 


This great series is focused on a magical family where the males are shapeshifters, and the females are witches. Aster wants to learn spells and incantations, despite being a boy. When a magical force begins attacking his family, Aster must decide if he's willing to expose his skills as a witch.  

Find this series in our catalog HERE 


Primer: A Superhero Graphic Novel  

By Jennifer Muro 

Graphic Novels 7 

Ashley hasn’t had the easiest life, but she’s settling into her new foster home when she discovers a suitcase of spray paints that grant various superpowers. Ashley loves experimenting with the combinations of superpowers, but when she and her new foster parents are threatened, she must choose between her past and her future. 

Find it in our catalog HERE 


The Time Museum series [on re-order - coming soon!] 

By Matthew Loux  

Graphic Novels 8 

Here’s a mash up of "Night at the Museum" and "Doctor Who." Hilarious hijinks and danger ensue as a group of tween and teen summer interns attempt to save the Time Museum and history! 



Graphic Novels 9 




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