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.

Best Fiction for Young Adults (#BFYA2024) Summer Quarterly Round-Up

  • Divine Rivals
  • By Rebecca Ross
  • Publication Date: 2023.
  • Length: 357 p.
  • Publisher: Wednesday Books, $18.99
  • ISBN: 9781250857439
  • Reading Level: Gr. 10 – 12.

As the war between the gods creeps closer to the city, Iris and Roman fiercely compete to become the new newspaper columnist for the prestigious Oath Gazette. Their lives become further entwined and complicated thanks to the magical letters they unknowingly write to each other.

  • Friends Like These
  • By Jennifer Lynn Alvarez
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Length: 377 p.
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press, $18.99 
  • ISBN: (9780593309674)
  • Reading Level: Gr. 9 – 12

Power couple Jessica and Jake’s relationship is irreparably damaged when Jake’s former girlfriend live streams their sexual encounter at a party.  Jake wakes up disoriented, Jessica leaves the party devastated, and Tegan–the ex–is missing and presumed dead.

  • Give Me a Sign
  • By Anna Sortino
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Length: 303 p.
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, $18.99 
  • ISBN: (9780593533796)
  • Reading Level: Gr. 7 – 10.

Lilah is hard of hearing and uses hearing aids, but she feels like she doesn’t fit in with the hearing world. She learns to embrace her Deaf identity while working as a junior counselor at a summer camp for the deaf and blind, while also making friends and starting a summer romance.

  • Gloria Buenrostro Is Not My Girlfriend
  • By Brandon Hoàng
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Length: 293 p.
  • Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux, $19.99 
  • ISBN: (9780374388577)
  • Reading Level: Gr. 8 – 12

Gary Võ’s revelation that he has an “in” with the untouchable Gloria Buenrostro has the potential of lifting him and his best friend, Preston, out of social obscurity–if he is willing to betray Gloria’s trust in the relationship the two of them have built.

  • Going Bicoastal
  • By Dahlia Adler
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Length: 325 p.
  • Publisher: Wednesday Books, $20.00 
  • ISBN: (9781250871640)
  • Reading Level: Gr. 9 – 12.

Jewish, bisexual Natalya has to choose between trying something new and scary or making the familiar new again in this light-hearted rom-com, which tells two parallel romance storylines: one where Natalya spends her summer in LA with her estranged mother and one where she stays in NYC with her dad.

  • I Kick and I Fly
  • By Ruchira Gupta
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Length: 336 p.
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press, $18.99 
  • ISBN: (9781338825091)
  • Reading Level: Gr. 7 – 12

Heera is a girl, told since she was little, that she is destined for a life of prostitution. She is invited into a hostel for endangered girls and is given the chance to learn kung fu and, in the process, learn about how strong she really is.

  • If Tomorrow Doesn’t Come
  • By Jen St. Jude
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Length: 397 p.
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury YA, $19.99 
  • ISBN: (9781547611362)
  • Reading Level: Gr. 10 – 12

Avery is ready to end her life when she receives a call that an asteroid is imminent and  will end the world for everyone. With a handful of days left, she must decide how and with whom to spend the remaining time.

  • Into the Light
  • By Mark Oshiro
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Length: 442 p.
  • Publisher: Tor Teen, $19.99 
  • ISBN: (9781250812254)
  • Reading Level: Gr. 9 – 12.

Manny, exiled from his adoptive family and their religious organization, roams about trying to survive. When he sees the report of a dead body near the organization’s camp, he is determined to discover if the body belongs to his sister in hopes he is not too late.

  • Invisible Son
  • By Kim Johnson
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Length: 404 p.
  • Publication Date: Random House, $18.99 
  • ISBN: (9780593482100)
  • Reading Grade: Gr. 9 – 12

Andres Jackson just spent two months incarcerated for a crime he didn’t commit.  A restorative justice program allows him to return to his family home in Northeast Portland but his  plans for returning to school and establishing his innocence are interrupted by the COVID-19 Pandemic.

  • Izzy at the End of the World
  • By K. A. Reynolds
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Length: 330 p.
  • Publication Date: Clarion Books, $19.99 
  • ISBN: (9780358467779)
  • Reading Level: Gr. 5 – 9

Izzy Wilder is a fourteen-year-old autistic girl who recently lost her mom. Now living with her grandparents, Izzy witnesses a bright light that causes everyone she knows to vanish. With only her beloved dog left of her family, Izzy must try to survive.

  • Nigeria Jones
  • By Ibi Zoboi
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Length: 369 p.
  • Publisher: Balzar + Bray, $17.99 
  • ISBN: (9780062888846)
  • Reading Level: Gr. 7 – 12

Growing up in a Black Nationalist compound, Nigeria Jones has accepted her father’s philosophies without question. His decision to begin a relationship with a younger woman in the absence of Nigeria’s mother as well as his restrictions prohibiting her from attending the private school her mother wanted her to attend are causing Nigeria not just to question him, but to rebel.

  • Reggie and Delilah’s Year of Falling
  • By Elise Bryant
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Length: 392 p.
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray, $18.99 
  • ISBN: (9780063212992)
  • Reading Level: Gr. 8 – 11

A New Year’s Eve gig that Delilah can’t get out of and a little peer pressure forcing Reggie to attend a party where Delilah’s band is performing is the beginning of a relationship that neither of them can seem to escape.

  • The Dos and Donuts of Love
  • By Adiba Jaigirdar
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Length: 321 p
  • Publisher: Feiwel and Friends, $19.99 
  • ISBN: (9781250842114)
  • Reading Level: Gr. 8 – 12.

Shireen Malik is determined to win the Junior Irish Baking Show to save her parents’ struggling donut shop, but finds herself partnered with her ex-girlfriend.  Navigating friendships, romantic entanglements, and the competition is enough to challenge any baker.

  • The Minus-One Club
  • By Kekla Magoon
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Length: 360 p.
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), $19.99 
  • ISBN: (9781250806208)
  • Reading Level: Gr. 9 – 12

After fifteen year-old Kermit loses his older sister in a car accident, he finds a message signed “-1” in his locker, inviting him into an unlikely group of fellow students dealing with grief.

  • The Queens of New York
    • By E.L. Shen
    • Publication Date: 2023
    • Length: 326 p.
    • Publisher: Quill Tree Books, $19.99 
    • ISBN: (9780063237957)
    • Reading Level: Gr. 8 – 11

Summer has just begun when three best friends, Everett, Jia and Ariel head separate ways for a summer of discovery, romance, and most importantly, friendship. That summer will also test their relationship and create opportunities for personal growth.

  • This Delicious Death
  • By Kayla Cottingham
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Length: 290 p.
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire, $11.99 
  • ISBN: (9781728236445)
  • Reading Level: Gr. 9 – 12

A new pathogen requires individuals to eat synthetic human meat to not turn into monsters. All is going well until people start disappearing at a music festival. As users of the synthetic meat, Zoey, Celeste and their friends are determined to solve the mystery before more people get hurt.

  • What Happened to Rachel Riley?
  • By Claire Swinarski
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Length: 343 p.
  • Publication Date: Quill Tree Books, $19.99 
  • ISBN: (9780063213098)
  • Reading Level: Gr. 5 – 8.

When Anna starts eighth grade at a new school, she is immediately drawn to the mystery surrounding Rachel Riley, a former popular student who the entire eighth grade class has shunned. Anna decides to use her fact-finding skills to create a podcast dedicated to figuring out what happened to Rachel Riley.

  • Where You See Yourself
  • By Claire Forrest
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Length: 306 p.
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press, $19.99 
  • ISBN: (9781338813838)
  • Reading Level: Gr. 10 – 12

Effie, a high school senior with cerebral palsy, grapples with advocating for herself, deciding which college to attend, and revealing her feelings to the guy she has had a secret crush on for years.

  • Wings in the Wild
  • By Margarita Engle
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Length: 211 p.
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, $18.99 
  • ISBN: (9781665926362)
  • Reading Level: Gr. 7 – 10

A hurricane displaces Soleida and her family, leading to her parents’ imprisonment for making illegal art and forcing Soleida to flee Cuba alone on foot. Dariel travels with his Cuban grandfather to Costa Rica to help those in need. Soleida and Dariel fall in love and fight the climate crisis.

The Selected Lists teams read throughout the year in search of the best titles published in their respective categories. Once a book is suggested (either internally or through the title suggestion form), it must pass through a review process to be designated an official nomination.

Each week, the teams feature a review of one of the officially nominated titles. Additional titles to receive this designation are listed as well. At year’s end, the team will curate a final list from all nominated titles and select a Top Ten.
The Best Fiction for Young Adults Committee appreciates teen feedback as members evaluate the nominated titles. Teen librarians are encouraged to share the List of Potential Nominees under consideration with their patrons and solicit feedback using the link: