SLAV Online Book Club – March 22nd, 2023 – Graphic Novels.

Our thanks to those of you able to join us for our Wednesday March 22 online book club meeting to discuss the topic: Graphic Novels.

Graphic novels offer so much – award winning, artistic, meaningful they are a broad and inviting genre but they can also be confronting and culturally inappropriate.

We asked – What are the best and what are the worst to be avoided? Where do you source them?Where are they kept in your library?

As always, so many of you had so many wonderful contributions to share with us, and it is very appreciated.

We were also delighted to be joined, once again, by the fabulous and knowledgeable, Jenny from The Younger Sun Bookshop in Yarraville.

This was our second book club meeting for 2023, and we want to say a very special thank you to all who have attended and contributed to these informal and informative meetings. We cannot wait to see you at our next meeting! You can see our full list of planned topics for 2023 HERE.

 Disclaimer: The lists generated as a result of Book Club discussions are not, by any means, an exhaustive list of all titles or authors for each genre/category discussed. Nor will all titles be suitable for all libraries. We advise staff discretion when referencing these lists, to properly confirm individual title suitability for individual libraries, school and student’s needs. These are suggested titles only, shared by our members and inclusion on, or exclusion from, a list does not suggest SLAV endorsement or rejection of a title.

Books Discussed

Seance Tea Party by Reimena Yee

Percy Jackson Series graphic novels by Rick Riordan

The Arrival by Shaun Tan (in small format)

Bloom by Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau

Hoops by Matt Tavares

Leon the Extraordinary by Jamar Nicholas

Friendly Bee and Friends by Sean E Avery

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Katie the Catsitter by Colleen A.F. Venable

Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

Cat on the Run series by Aaron Blabey  (Coming September 2023)

In Waves by AJ Dungo

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett Krosoczka

Jarretts’ TED Talk

Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Underground by Mirranda Burton

Kent State by Derf Backderf (both treat Vietnam War themes).

Any graphic novel versions of classics such as 1984, Animal Farm, Jane Austen adaptations, Dracula, Frankenstein, Shakespeare.

Chippy Chasers by Sam Cotton

Sad Ghost Club series by Lize Meddings

Year 10s at my school study Long Way Down (we have it for 7/8s in our MS) – the verse novel version.

Muhammad Najeen War Reporter by Muhammad Najeen

Welcome to St Hell by Lewis Hancox

Holocaust by Dolan Hugh

This Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews

Sheets and Delicates by Brenna Thummler

Wicked things by John Allison- a 19-year-old detective who is framed for murder.

Tiny Dancer by Siena Cherson Siegela story about a young dancer who struggles with body image and mental health.

Making Friends series by Kristen Gudsnuk- the secondary girls have been loving this series. The books are never on the shelves.

One Year at Ellesmere by Faith Erin Hicks- a story about a 13-year-old student struggling to fit in at a posh boarding school, when she wins a scholarship.

Invisible Emmie by Terri Libenson (and friends) series- A solid middle grade read. Similar to Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the drawings and text are mixed. It makes for a very easy read, but deals with issues which middle-grade students may start to have.

Go With The Flow by Karen Schneemann, Lily Williams

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell

WARRIORS by Erin Hunter graphic novel series

ALL Raina Telgemeier graphic novels

Tokyo Ghoul series by Sui Ishida

Click, Camp, Act, Crunch  by Kayla Miller

Furball series by Adrian Beck

Secret Mole series by James Foley

Brobot series with Sally Tinker Inc.

Catwad by Jim Benton

Kate and Jol Temple – The Under Dogs series is great!

Wings Of Fire by Tui Sutherland – graphic novel series

Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi

Alex Rider series graphic novels by Anthony Horowitz

Babysitters Club by Ann M. Martin – graphic novel series

Adult books – What We Are Reading

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

On the Savage Side by Tiffany McDaniel

The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel

Red Queen by Juan Gomex-Jurado

I Have Some Questions for You by Rebecca Makkai

The Running Club by Ali Lowe

The Sinister Booksellers of Bath by Garth Nix

Limberlost by Robbie Arnott

Two Steps Forward by Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist

The Rise of Wolves by Kerr Thomson

Running Full Tilt by Michael Currinder

Chessboxer by Stephen Davies

Two Steps Forward by Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist

Helpful Links / Further Resources


Graphic Novel list by

Jenny Kiely – Schools Specialist at The Younger Sun Bookshop, Yarraville.






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