YALSA – 2012 Great Graphic Novels for Teens

Each year a committee of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), recommends books for those ages 12-18 that meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens. This year (2012), the list of 56 titles, drawn from 78 official nominations, is presented at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. “This year’s list reflects the wide range of graphic novels available for teens,” said Chairwoman Joy Kim. “From kung-fu epics to ghost stories to memoirs, this year’s selected titles represent many genres, styles, and sequential art traditions. We hope librarians, teens, and graphic novel aficionados will find this to be a valuable resource.”
Source: http://www.ala.org/yalsa. All rights reserved.

This particular collection includes selected books of YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels for Teens of 2012.


Morning Glories, Vol. 1: For a Better Future (2011)

Written by Nick Spencer

Illustrated by Joe Eisma and Rodin Esquejo

Morning Glory Academy is one of the most prestigious prep schools in the country, but something sinister and deadly lurks behind its walls. When six gifted but troubled new students arrive, they find themselves trapped and fighting for their lives as the secrets of the academy reveal themselves! (Copyright © Image Comics. All rights reserved.)

Source:  Image Comics Inc.

Rodin Esquejo is an Eisner-nominated cover artist for Image's New York Times best-selling comic book, Morning Glories and the artist of Image’s Mind the Gap. He has done covers for Avengers Academy, Generation Hope, Iron Man 2.0, Charmed, Hack/Slash, Previews, Tales from Wonderland: Queen of Hearts vs. Mad Hatter, The Theater, and X-Club. He has also done works on comic books like I Am Captain America, Fractured Fables, and Forty-Five.

Sources: http://comiconart.com/ and https://imagecomics.com.


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