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

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The Story of Saiunkoku, Volume 1 (2010)

Written by Sai Yukino

Illustrated by Kairi Yura

Shurei Hong, destitute but of noble birth, has always dreamed of working as a civil servant in the imperial court of Saiunkoku, but women are barred from holding office. The emperor Ryuki, however, refuses to take command, leaving everything to his advisors. Shurei is asked to become a consort to the emperor to persuade the ne'er-do-well ruler to govern.

Shurei enters the palace as Ryuki's consort, but he has yet to seek her out. It is rumored that men, not women, share the emperor's bedchamber. Shurei must think of a way to stop the emperor from shirking his responsibilities, but she has to find him first! (Copyright © VIZ Media. All rights reserved.)

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