2018 Great Graphic Novels for Teens

YALSA has announced their list of Great Graphic Novels for Teens for 2018. They also have a top ten:

The Backstagers, Vol. 1 (The Backstagers, Volume One)

The Backstagers by James Tynion IV, illustrated by Rian Sygh

Black Hammer, Vol. 1: Secret Origins

Black Hammer, Volume 1: Secret Origins by Jeff Lemire, illustrated by Dean Ormston

Brave (Awkward, #2)

Brave by Svetlana Chmakova

I Am Alfonso Jones

I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina, illustrated by Stacey Robison and John Jennings

Jonesy #1

Jonesy by Sam Humphries, illustrated by Caitlin Rose Boyle

Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation

Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Damian Duffy and Octavia E. Butler, illustrated by John Jennings

Lighter Than My Shadow

Lighter Than My Shadow by Katie Green

My Brother's Husband, Volume 1 (My Brother's Husband Omnibus, #1)

My Brother’s Husband by Gengoroh Tagame


Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani

Spill Zone (Spill Zone, #1)

Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld, illustrated by Alex Puvilland

2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults

YALSA has announced their list of Best Fiction for Young Adults for 2018. The impressive list also offers a Top Ten, which you can see below:

Eliza and Her Monsters

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Guide, #1)

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Goodbye Days

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic (Grisha Verse, #0.5, #2.5, #2.6)

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo, illustrated by Sara Kipin

Long Way Down

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Piecing Me Together

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson


Sparrow by Sarah Moon

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

What Girls Are Made Of

What Girls Are Made Of by Elana Arnold

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman (9781442472457)

This is the sequel to the award-winning first book in the Arc of a Scythe series. It continues the story of Citra and Rowan. Citra is completing her apprenticeship under Scythe Curie when they find themselves being hunted down. Rowan meanwhile is doing the hunting, taking out scythes who are hiding illegal activity. He kills as Scythe Lucifer and has become a legend of sorts. As the time for the Winter Conclave comes about though, something far more sinister is rising up and just in time for when the MidMerica scythes gather.

I often have issues with second books in series, a kind of sophomore slump. Shusterman though does not miss a step here. He brings readers right back into his sharply drawn world. It is the writing itself that does this. He has a particular tone and style evident here as he writes of beloved characters and introduces new characters to root for. They are all marvelously complexly drawn, the heroes full of darkness and the villains full of righteousness. The character of the Thunderhead itself is also wonderfully created, its voice wise and also full of questions.

The book is one that will keep readers guessing throughout. Even as they know something is coming, it is not clear what it is or what that will mean. There are layers here that reveal, foreshadowing that is deftly written, and an ending that is so fast and wild that you almost can’t turn the pages quickly enough.

Beautifully crafted and written, this is a worthy successor to the first. And that is saying something! Appropriate for ages 14-18.

Reviewed from copy provided by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

This Week’s Tweets, Pins & Tumbls

Here are some cool links I shared on my TwitterPinterest, and Tumblr accounts in the last week:


The Children’s Book That Made Me Realize It’s Okay to Be Alone |

Congratulations to this year’s Cybils Award Winners!

Judith Kerr’s The Tiger Who Came for Tea gets film deal | The Bookseller

‘Sad’ dog looking for kids to read to him is now all booked up | https://t.co/Ay5SYuR3mE

Sexual Harassment In Children’s Publishing Reaches a Crisis Point


“It felt so otherworldly.” – ‘We Are Okay’ author on winning the Printz Medal

Making the Personal Political: Angie Thomas on “The Hate U Give”

Muse of Nightmares: Preview Laini Taylor’s epic sequel to Strange the Dreamer – https://t.co/6AkzBc6Jcl

2018 Amelia Bloomer Top Ten

The Amelia Bloomer awards are managed by the a committee of the Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association. Books with significant feminist content and excellent writing are selected. Here are the top ten for 2018:

Ahimsa by Supriya Kelkar

Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time

Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time by Tanya Lee Stone

Hand Over Hand

Hand Over Hand by Alma Fullerton, illustrated by Renné Benoit

Malala's Magic Pencil

Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai, illustrated by Kerascoet


Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

#Notyourprincess: Voices of Native American Women

#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale

The One Hundred Nights of Hero

The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg

Piecing Me Together

Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson

Saints and Misfits

Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali

Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist

Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist by Jess Keating, illustrated by Marta Alvarez Miguens

2018 Rainbow List

This list offers the best of LGBTQIA+ books for children and teens, ages birth through 18. There are 48 books on the list. Here are the top ten:

The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives

The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater

The ABC's of LGBT+

The ABC’s of LGBT+ by Ashley Mardell

Baby's First Words

Baby’s First Words by Stella Blackstone and Sunny Scribens, illustrated by Christiane Engel

The Backstagers, Vol. 1 (The Backstagers, Volume One)

The Backstagers, Vol 1 by James Tynion IV and Rian Sygh

Dress Codes for Small Towns

Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney Stevens

Felix Yz

Felix XY by Lisa Bunker

Ramona Blue

Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy


Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee

They Both Die at the End

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

We Are Okay

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour