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Ages 9-12

Middle Grade Comics and Graphic Novels

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El Deafo by Cece Bell
The author recounts in graphic novel format her experiences with hearing loss at a young age, including using a bulky hearing aid, learning how to lip read, and determining her "superpower."
Finders Creepers by Derek Fridolfs
Twins Atticus and Esmeralda Fetch are the best pet finders in Thorns Hollow- a town where people have a lot of pets, and those pets often get lost. But when a lost dog leads them to an old, Victorian house on the edge of town, the twins find their world turned upside down. This creepy house contains a portal that leads to a whole other world- a world where mythical creatures like trolls, fairies, and dragons are real. Now, Minerva, Atticus, and yes, their canine companion will have to work together if they want to save our world, and the world beyond the portal!
Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix, Volume 1 by Shiro Amano
After a terrible storm shatters the peace of his tropical island home, a young boy named Sora is set adrift from his world and his friends, Riku and Kairi. Meanwhile, Disney Castle is in an uproar when it is discovered that King Mickey has gone missing, leaving it up to Court Wizard Donald and Captain Goofy to find him! When Sora, in search of his friends, and Donald and Goofy, in search of their king, cross paths, their fateful encounter will change the destiny of the universe forever!
Lumberjanes. Vol. 1, Beware the Kitten Holy by  Noelle Stevenson
Friendship to the max! At Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's camp for hardcore lady-types, things are not what they seem. Three-eyed foxes. Secret caves. Anagrams. Luckily, Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five rad, butt-kicking best pals determined to have an awesome summer together-- and they're not gonna let a magical quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way!
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Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles. 1 by  Naru Narumi
Ms. Koizumi loves ramen noodles, and Yu likes Ms. Koizumi! But Yu soon discovers the only way to get closer to this cool, mysterious transfer student is to become her pupil on the path of the one thing Ms. Koizumi really cares about... RAMEN!
My Little Pony the Manga, A Day in the Life of Equestria. 1 by  David Lumsdon
When Pinkie Pie lends a hoof to help Twilight Sparkle and Spike clean up the castle Library, she discovers a mysterious mirror with the power to gaze into alternate realities. Upon entering the portal-like mirror, Pinkie Pie sets off a chain of events that could spell doom for Equestria!
Pilu of the Woods by  Mai K. Nguyen
One day, when Willow's bad feelings get the better of her, she decides to run away into the woods near her house. There, she meets Pilu, a lost tree spirit who can't find her way back home. Willow offers to help Pilu, and the two quickly become friends. But the journey is long, and Pilu isn't so sure she's ready to return home yet...
Sparks! by  Ian Boothby
August is a brilliant inventor who is afraid of the outside. Charlie is a crack pilot who isn't afraid of anything. Together these pals save lives every day. They also happen to be cats who pilot a powerful, mechanical dog suit! Always eager to leap into danger, this feline duo have their work cut out for them as they try to thwart Princess, an evil alien bent on enslaving mankind. When Princess and the browbeaten fools she calls servants enact a brilliant and dastardly plan to conquer Earth, August and Charlie pull out all the stops to save the day.
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Stargazing by  Jen Wang
Growing up in the same Chinese-American suburb, perfectionist Christine and artistic, confident, impulsive Moon become unlikely best friends, whose friendship is tested by jealousy, social expectations, and illness.
The Breakaways by  Cathy G Johnson
When a popular student encourages her to join the soccer team, Faith signs up even though she has never played the game and learns about loyalty and friendship. "Bad at soccer. Okay at friends."
The Complete Chi's Sweet Home, Part 1 by  Kanata Konami
Chi is a mischievous newborn kitten who, while on a leisurely stroll with her family, finds herself lost in a city park. Overcome with loneliness, she breaks into tears, and is suddenly rescued by a young boy named Yohei and his mother. The kitty is then quickly and quietly whisked away into the warm and inviting Yamada family apartment... where pets are strictly not permitted!
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Chi's Sweet Home
The Only Living Boy. Vol. 1, Prisoner of the Patchwork Planet by  David Gallaher
Tells the story of 12-year old Erik Farrell, who runs away from home only to find himself without his memory, stranded on a patchwork planet with danger lurking around every corner.
The Singing Rock & Other Brand-New Fairy Tales by  Nathaniel Lachenmeyer
Four original, wry and utterly charming fairy tales comprise this new collection of stories: A genie just wants a chance to grant a wish to the totally normal frog who accidentally let him out of his lamp. A witch is tormented by the cheerful (and awful) singing of a persistent bard. A wizard wants a pet. An ogre just wants to make beautiful art.
The Tea Dragon Society by  Katie (Cartoonist) O'Neill
After discovering a lost Tea Dragon in the marketplace, apprentice blacksmith Greta learns about the dying art of Tea Dragon caretaking from a pair of kind tea shop owners.
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 1: Squirrel Power by Ryan North
Wolverine, Deadpool, Doctor Doom, Thanos: There's one hero that's beaten them all-and now she's got her own ongoing series! (Not that she's bragging.) That's right, you asked for it, you got it, it's Squirrel Girl! (She's also starting college this semester.) It's the start of a brand-new set of adventures starring the nuttiest and most upbeat super hero in the world!
Updated 09/10/2020