10 Great Graphic Novels for Middle Schoolers

It can be challenging getting your middle schooler to pick up a book, especially in this day and age where it is so easy for kids to turn to an electronic device. Though we do what we can to reduce screen time for our kids, we still need to be creative in coming up with books that kids want to read. Graphic novels have become increasingly popular for kids who want a balance of a compelling story with great supporting artwork.

Dr. Jaynes and the dental team can do more than just suggest books for kids about going to the dentist. We have some excellent suggestions on graphic novels that your middle schooler will love. We’ve read some of these ourselves, and if we haven’t, we have patients who have. Who knows? Maybe one of these novels will be just what it takes for your child to develop a love for reading.

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1. The Lumberjanes Series by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Brooklyn A. Allen, and Noelle Stevenson

Published by Boom! Studios, this series of five graphic novels tells the story of five friends who spend their summer at Lumberjane scout camp. But this isn’t just any camp. Full of yetis, three-eyed wolves, and giant falcons, this series will keep your child flipping the pages for more.

2. The Bone Series, Written and Illustrated by Jeff Smith

This series contains 55 issues that were released between 1991 and 2004. It follows Fone Bone and his two cousins, Phoney Bone and Smiley Bone. The series consists of light-hearted comedy with some dark fantasy woven throughout and has remained popular for decades.

3. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Written back in 2008, this book continues to delight young readers, especially those into ghosts and thrills. This book will take your young reader through the dangers and adventures of Bod, a perfectly normal boy who happens to live in a graveyard and is educated by ghosts.

4. Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper

This book tells of Lupe, El Chavo, and Elirio, who happen to love working with cars. But these cars are a bit different than the cars that we know of. These cars can dip and drop, hip and hop, or go slow and low.

5. The Mountain’s Secret by Dmitry Mintz and Nadia Tatishcheva

Since everyone has a secret now and then, The Mountain’s Secret might be perfect for your 9 to 13-year-old. This graphic novel contains a scary tale told by a mountain, yes, a mountain.

6. Middle School Trouble by E.T. Aardentee

For kids who can’t wait for the summer, Middle School Trouble is the perfect choice for your child aged 10 to 12. This book reads like a diary and tells everything teachers wish they knew about its owner, Devin Snarky.

7. Noise by Kathleen Raymundo

Based on a true story, it tells the tale of an introverted girl who wants to be left alone. This is a great story that speaks of finding joy in the least likely of places. Both adults and children alike will enjoy this full-color short comic story.

8. Ms. Marvel Volume 1 by G. Willow Wilson

This book kicks off the series by telling Kamala Khan’s story, an ordinary girl from Jersey City who becomes empowered with extraordinary gifts. The author tells the story of Ms. Khan, who takes the Marvel Universe by storm, discovering the dangers of her newfound powers and the secrets behind them.

9. Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon and Dean Hale

This book tells a unique version of Rapunzel’s escape from her tower-chamber—she does it all by herself. Your young reader is sure to love this new take on an old fairy tale.

10. Drama, by Raina Telgemeier

This 2012 graphic novel tells the story of Callie, who wants to try out for her school musical, “Moon Over Mississippi”, but she can’t sing. Instead, she becomes the set-designer for the drama department and works to create a fantastic stage and set, developing her carpentry skills, sales, and leadership skills along the way.

Dr. Jaynes and the dental team want to share their love of graphic novels with you and your middle schooler.

Being a pediatric dentist is about more than just caring for your child’s teeth. We understand how important an education is for your child, and we also know that middle school can be hard. Our goal is to make things just a bit easier by sharing interests with your child. We hope to create a great dental experience for your child in a fun and compassionate environment. And we love hearing about your child’s education and their favorite graphic novels during their dental visits.

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