Great Graphic Novels #GGN2025 Quarterly Round-Up: Spring

Each quarter, the Selected Lists teams compile the officially nominated titles to date. These titles have been suggested by the team or through the title suggestion form, read by multiple team members, and received approval to be designated an official nomination. At the end of the year, each team will choose the final list of nominations and determine the Selected List’s Top Ten from these titles. For brevity, we have not included official nominations of subsequent volumes in ongoing series in this round-up, only first volumes and standalone titles.

–Meg Bowie, GGN Coordinator

  • Bunt!: Striking Out on Financial Aid
  • By Ngozi Ukazu
  • Art by Mad Rupert
  • Release: 2024
  • Length: 279p.
  • Publisher: First Second, paper, $17.99 (9781250193513)
  • Reading Lelve: Gr. 9-12
  • 741.5973.

When college freshman Molly Bauer’s full-ride scholarship to art school falls through, her only option is to assemble a ragtag group of reluctant softball players in pursuit of an athletic scholarship.

  • Call Me Iggy
  • By Jorge Augusto Aguirre
  • Art by Rafael Rosado
  • Release: 2024
  • Length: 245p.
  • Publisher: First Second, paper, $18.99 (9781250204134).
  • Reading Level: Gr. 9-12.
  • 741.5973.

Ignacio (aka “Iggy”), a second generation Columbian American, starts high school and is visited by his dead grandfather.

  • Cooking with Monsters: The Beginner’s Guide to Culinary Combat
  • By Jordan Alsaqa
  • Art by Vivian Truong
  • Release: 2023
  • Length: 256p
  • Publishers: IDW Publishing, paper, $16.99 (9781684059836)
  • Reading Level: Gr. 7-12
  • 741.5973

To become a warrior chef, Hana must face furious monsters, navigate awkward friendships, and learn to make the perfect meal.

  • Freshman Year
  • By Sarah Mai. Art by the author
  • Release: 2024
  • Length: 273p.
  • Publisher: Christy Ottaviano Books, paper, $17.99 (9780316401173)
  • Reading Level: Gr. 9-12
  • 741.5973

This book chronicles one girl’s freshman year in college, from making new friends and exploring one’s identity to staying up all night cramming for finals.

  • Gachiakuta, vol. 1.
  • By Kei Urana. Art by the author
  • Release: 2024
  • Length: 188p.
  • Publisher: Kodansha Comics, paper, $12.99 (9798888770207)
  • Reading Level: Gr. 9-12
  • 741.5952.

Framed for murder and exiled into the pit, Rudo will learn that there is more than garbage beyond the Sphere.

Chelsea’s newfound high school popularity is threatened when she’s forced to work at her dad’s paranormal removal company; but soon she discovers a mystery she can’t help but try to solve.

  • Gokurakugai, vol. 1
  • By Yuto Sano. Art by the author
  • Release: 2024
  • Length: 184p
  • Publisher: VIZ Media, paper, $11.99 (9781974743568)
  • Reading Level: Gr. 9-12
  • 741.5952

The Gokurakugai Troubleshooter Agency hunts down supernatural monsters terrorizing their neighborhood.

  • Hockey Girl Loves Drama Boy
  • By Faith Erin Hicks
  • Art by the author
  • Release: 2023
  • Length: 286p.
  • Publisher: First Second, paper, $17.99 (9781250838728)
  • Reading Level: Gr. 9-12.
  • 741.5971

When hockey player Alix realizes she needs help keeping her cool, she asks her classmate Ezra to become her mentor – and ends up falling for him.

  • How to Love: A Guide to Feelings & Relationships for Everyone
  • By Alex Norris. Art by the author.
  • Release: 2023
  • Length: 220p.
  • Publisher: Walker Books US, hardcover, $17.99 (9781536217889)
  • Reading Level: Gr. 9-12
  • 306.7083

Author and illustrator Alex Norris answers common questions about love, relationships, and feelings of all sorts.

  • Huda F Cares?
  • By Huda Fahmy. Art by the author.
  • Release: 2023
  • Length: 194p.
  • Publisher: Dial Press, paper, $16.99 (9780593532805)
  • Reading Level: Gr. 7-12
  • 741.5973

On a family vacation to Disney World, Huda navigates her identity as a Muslim American as well as her relationship with her sisters

  • In Utero
  • By Chris Gooch. Art by the author
  • Release: 2024
  • Length: 248p.
  • Publisher: Top Shelf Productions, paper, $24.99 (9781603095341)
  • Reading Level: Gr. 7-12.
  • 741.5994

Twelve-year-old Hailey discovers both friendship and subterranean horrors when she attends summer day camp in an abandoned mall.

  • Ink Girls
  • By Marieke Nijkamp. Art by Sylvia Bi.
  • Release: 2023
  • Length: 288p.
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books, paper, $15.99 (9780063027107).
  • Reading Level: Gr. 3-7
  • 741.5973

Eleven-year-old disabled printer’s apprentice Cinzia attempts to liberate her mentor and hold the government accountable to the people it represents.

  • Just Another Story: A Graphic Migration Account.
  • By Ernesto Saade. Art by the author.
  • Release: 2024
  • Length: 216p.
  • Publisher: Graphic Universe, paper, $17.99 (9798765623367).
  • Reading Level: Gr. 7-12.
  • 305.9.

A retelling of a story about a mother and son (Carlos and Elena) who leave El Salvador to come to the United States.

  • Lunar New Year Love Story.
  • By Gene Luen Yang. Art by LeUyen Pham.
  • Release: 2024.
  • Length: 352p.
  • Publisher: First Second, paper, $17.99 (9781250908261).
  • Reading Level: Gr. 9-12.
  • 741.5973.

Valentina grew up loving Valentine’s Day… until she learned that her family is cursed in love. After meeting Lion Dancer Les, can she break the curse?

  • Mall Goth
  • By Kate Leth. Art by the author
  • Release: 2023
  • Length: 244p.
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, paper, $14.99 (9781534476943).
  • Reading Level: Gr. 7-12.
  • 741.5973

Liv must deal with confusing friendships, inappropriate attention from a teacher, and a job at the mall as she starts over in a new school as a bisexual goth girl.

  • Omniscient Reader’s Viewpoint, vol. 1.
  • By Umi (REDICE STUDIO) and singNsong. Art by Sleepy-C
  • Release: 2023
  • Length: 237p.
  • Publisher: Ize Press, paper, $20.00 (9798400901065)
  • Reading Level: Gr. 7-12
  • 741.5951

Dojka Kim, the lone devoted reader of an obscure web novel, is forced into unexpected action when the world of the story becomes real.

  • Run and Hide: How Jewish Youth Escaped the Holocaust
  • By Don Brown. Art by the author.
  • Release: 2023.
  • Length: 190p.
  • Publisher: Clarion Books, hardcover, $22.99 (9780358538165)
  • Reading Level: Gr. 7-12
  • 940.5318

Brown tells the stories of how some children escaped the Holocaust through the heroic efforts of strangers and friends, as well as their own courage and quick thinking.

  • Super Boba Cafe.
  • By Nidhi Chanani. Art by the author.
  • Release: 2023.
  • Length: 215p.
  • Publisher: Amulet Books, paper, $16.99 (9781419759574).
  • Reading Level: Gr. 3-7
  • 741.5973

Aria’s summer in San Francisco with her grandmother, Jing Li, is full of boba, delicious food – and mystery.

  • The Fox Maidens
  • By Robin Ha. Art by the author
  • Release: 2024
  • Length: 308p.
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray, paper, $18.99 (9780062685124).
  • Reading Level: Gr. 7-12
  • 741.5973

As Kai fights for her dream of becoming a warrior like her father, she realizes a secret about her past that will change her destiny forever.

  • Wildfire
  • By Breena Bard. Art by the author
  • Release: 2023
  • Reading Length: 271p.
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company, paper, $12.99 (9780316277655)
  • Reading Level: Gr. 3-7
  • 741.5973

After losing her home to a wildfire, Julianna and her family relocate to Portland; but Carson, the boy Julianna suspects was involved in starting the wildfire, shows up at her new school.