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Favourite Graphic Novels for Middle Grade Children

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These comics and graphic novels offer a different route into discovering the pleasure of reading.

From hilarious capers to nail-biting thrillers and superhero adventures to touching tales, there is something here for everyone.

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  • Nightlights

    Author: Lorena Alvarez

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Nightlights

    Author: Lorena Alvarez

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 10+

    A remarkable, haunting and beautiful graphic novel for younger readers, Nightlights is a magical fable about creativity and believ…

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  • Calamity Jack

    Author: Dean and Shannon Hale Illustrator: Nathan Hale

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Calamity Jack

    Author: Dean and Shannon Hale Illustrator: Nathan Hale

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

    This graphic novel is full of fun action set pieces, comedic turns and well-drawn out characters and is a much-needed updating of …

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  • Looshkin

    Author: Jamie Smart

    Interest level: 7-9

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Looshkin

    Author: Jamie Smart

    Interest level: 7-9

    Reading age: 7+

    Looshkin is named ‘the maddest cat in the world’ for good reason – anything that could possibly go wrong all comes down …

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  • Geis

    Author: Alexis Deacon

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Geis

    Author: Alexis Deacon

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

    The chief of her tribe is dying, and has no heir. To decide the rulership of her kingdom after her death, she calls fifty warriors…

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  • KidGlovz

    Author: Julie Hunt and Dale Newman

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10-12

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  • KidGlovz

    Author: Julie Hunt and Dale Newman

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10-12

    This stunning pencil-drawn graphic novel of talent, music and friendship will readers young and old. You'll be rooting for KidGlov…

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  • Tamsin and the Deep

    Author: Neill Cameron and Kate Brown

    Interest level: 8-12

    Reading age: 8-12

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  • Tamsin and the Deep

    Author: Neill Cameron and Kate Brown

    Interest level: 8-12

    Reading age: 8-12

    A fantastic graphic novel from the team at children's comic The Phoenix, this is a page-turning adventure with a great main charac…

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  • El Deafo

    Author: Cece Bell

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • El Deafo

    Author: Cece Bell

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 8+

    Delivered in graphic-novel format, this story is based on the childhood of US author/illustrator Cece Bell who was diagnosed as de…

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  • Roller Girl

    Author: Victoria Jamieson

    Interest level: 10-14

    Reading age: 9-14

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  • Roller Girl

    Author: Victoria Jamieson

    Interest level: 10-14

    Reading age: 9-14

    It’s really exciting to be starting at Roller Derby summer camp, but less so when Astrid finds herself doing it alone. A fantastic…

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  • Scales and Scoundrels

    Author: Author Sebastian Girner Illustrator: Galaad and Jeff Powell

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10-12

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  • Scales and Scoundrels

    Author: Author Sebastian Girner Illustrator: Galaad and Jeff Powell

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10-12

    Luvander and her companions go on an expedition to find The Hall of Dreaming Teasures. Their journey is like a cross between India…

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  • Azzi in Between

    Author: Sarah Garland

    Interest level: 6-12

    Reading age: 7

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  • Azzi in Between

    Author: Sarah Garland

    Interest level: 6-12

    Reading age: 7

    This is a moving tale of a refugee family told in graphic novel style and so appealing to a wide range of younger readers.

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  • Electrigirl

    Author: Jo Cotterill Illustrator: Cathy Brett

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Electrigirl

    Author: Jo Cotterill Illustrator: Cathy Brett

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 8+

    An exciting graphic fantasy novel about a girl who develops amazing superpowers - but who values her family and friends even more.…

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  • The Adventures of John Blake

    Author: Philip Pullman Illustrator: Fred Fordham

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • The Adventures of John Blake

    Author: Philip Pullman Illustrator: Fred Fordham

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

    Like the Bourne films with time travel and a ghost ship, Pullman’s story rockets along at thrilling speed, full of secrets, myster…

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  • Corpse Talk: Season 1

    Author: Adam and Lisa Murphy

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Corpse Talk: Season 1

    Author: Adam and Lisa Murphy

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

    Corpse Talk, the 'show that brings the dead famous to life' is a highly amusing and clever comic style history book that introduce…

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  • The King of Birds

    Author: Alexander Utkin Translator: Lada Morozova

    Interest level: 8-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • The King of Birds

    Author: Alexander Utkin Translator: Lada Morozova

    Interest level: 8-11

    Reading age: 8+

    Gamayun, the magical human-faced bird of Slavic mythology, narrates this vibrant and luxurious graphic novel for younger readers. …

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  • The Marvels

    Author: Brian Selznick

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • The Marvels

    Author: Brian Selznick

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

    More than just a mystery, The Marvels is a heart-warming story about growing up, identity and family, full of cinematic and captiv…

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  • Fantasy Sports

    Author: Sam Bosma

    Interest level: 7-12

    Reading age: 7-9

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  • Fantasy Sports

    Author: Sam Bosma

    Interest level: 7-12

    Reading age: 7-9

    Magic and sport are rarely combined in stories for children, especially with a girl protagonist you can root for from the first pa…

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  • Sheets

    Author: Brenna Thummler

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 11+

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  • Sheets

    Author: Brenna Thummler

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 11+

    At just 13, Marjorie has to run the family launderette. When a plan emerges to turn it into a posh yoga retreat, unexpected h…

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