Graphic novels are a great way to hook students onto reading. Below is a list of graphic novels that are popular in middle school classrooms. This blog post contains affiliate links which are of no cost to the reader. If you make a purchase through the provided links this blog will receive a small commission to help with the financial costs of maintaining the site.
Bone by Jeff Smith
Three misfit cousins are pushed out of Boneville and end up lost in the desert. They find their way to a valley inhabited by creatures both good and bad. With the help of some interesting beings, they must try to survive all while causing trouble for the people that live in the valley.
Big Nate: A Good Old-Fashioned Wedgie by Lincoln Peirce
Nate Wright is in the sixth grade and his answer to every situation is a good old-fashioned wedgie! This graphic novel follows Nate and his friends through all their middle school hijinks.
All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson
Imogene (Impy) decides to go to public school after being homeschooled all her life. Impy must deal with a unique family, friends that aren’t so friendly and all the joys of navigating the sixth grade.
Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova
Peppi Torres starts middle school by tripping into a quiet boy, Jaime, in the hall drawing attention to herself by the mean kids who call her “nerder girlfriend”. She pushes Jaime and runs away. She joins the art club but continues to feel badly about how she treated Jaime. Things are awkward between them and get worse when the art club and the science club go to war.
Brave by Svetlana Chmakova
Jensen is worried about sunspots and wants everyone to be just as cautious, so he contacts the school paper to get the message out. Jenny and Akilah from the paper learn the school bullies are going after Jensen and use the paper to educate the school about bullying.
Crush by Svetlana Chmakova
Jorge appears to have it all in middle school, he’s big so no one bothers him and he’s also a great guy with good friends. The only time he is a little off is around a certain girl.
Real Friends by Shannon Hale
Shannon and Adrienne have been best friends forever until Adrienne starts to hang out with the popular girls known as The Group. Everyone in The Group tries to be best friends with the leader even if they have to bully others.
The Dodgeball Chronicles: Knights of the Lunch Table #1 by Frank Cammuso
Arthur (Artie) King just wants to fit in at his new school. He opens his locker and is given powers which don’t sit well with the bullies at school.
Babymouse #1: Queen of the World! by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
Babymouse is looking for excitement in her life, not the same thing every day. When she learns of Felicia Furrypaw’s slumber party she is determined to get an invite and is sure it will be the more exciting thing she has ever done.
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