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Engaging Middle School Graphic Novels

Graphic novels are an engaging genre to add to your middle school classroom library. Check out this list of must have graphic novels for your school from 2 Peas and a Dog. #reading #middleschool #graphicnovels

Graphic novels are a great way to hook students onto reading. Below is a list of graphic novels that are popular in middle school classrooms.

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9 Engaging Middle School Graphic Novels

Bone by Jeff Smith

Three misfit cousins are pushed out of Boneville and end up lost in the desert. They find their way to a valley inhabited by creatures both good and bad. With the help of some interesting beings, they must try to survive all while causing trouble for the people that live in the valley.

Big Nate: A Good Old-Fashioned Wedgie by Lincoln Peirce

Nate Wright is in the sixth grade and his answer to every situation is a good old-fashioned wedgie! This graphic novel follows Nate and his friends through all their middle school hijinks.

All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson

Imogene (Impy) decides to go to public school after being homeschooled all her life. Impy must deal with a unique family, friends that aren’t so friendly and all the joys of navigating the sixth grade.

Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova

Peppi Torres starts middle school by tripping into a quiet boy, Jaime, in the hall drawing attention to herself by the mean kids who call her “nerder girlfriend”. She pushes Jaime and runs away. She joins the art club but continues to feel badly about how she treated Jaime. Things are awkward between them and get worse when the art club and the science club go to war.

Brave by Svetlana Chmakova

Jensen is worried about sunspots and wants everyone to be just as cautious, so he contacts the school paper to get the message out. Jenny and Akilah from the paper learn the school bullies are going after Jensen and use the paper to educate the school about bullying.


Crush by Svetlana Chmakova

Jorge appears to have it all in middle school, he’s big so no one bothers him and he’s also a great guy with good friends. The only time he is a little off is around a certain girl.

Real Friends by Shannon Hale

Shannon and Adrienne have been best friends forever until Adrienne starts to hang out with the popular girls known as The Group. Everyone in The Group tries to be best friends with the leader even if they have to bully others.

The Dodgeball Chronicles: Knights of the Lunch Table #1 by Frank Cammuso

Arthur (Artie) King just wants to fit in at his new school. He opens his locker and is given powers which don’t sit well with the bullies at school.

Babymouse #1: Queen of the World! by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm

Babymouse is looking for excitement in her life, not the same thing every day. When she learns of Felicia Furrypaw’s slumber party she is determined to get an invite and is sure it will be the more exciting thing she has ever done.

12 Genre Book Reports Assignment


Love teaching with genres?

Help your students dive deeper into their reading with these 12 different genre-focused book report assignments. Each assignment enables students to showcase their creativity while meeting curriculum standards. This assignment covers both fiction and non-fiction books. The assignment structure rotates every three months helping students achieve proficiency, while still providing student choice. Assignments can be used in any order. A sample teaching schedule is provided.

Included Genres

  • Realistic Fiction
  • Mystery Fiction
  • Graphic Novel
  • Science Fiction
  • Biography & Memoirs
  • Historical Fiction
  • Classical Fiction (pre-1970)
  • Fantasy Fiction
  • Non-Fiction
  • Traditional Literature vs. Fractured Fairy Tales
  • Sports Fiction
  • Free Verse Fiction

Assignment Types:

  1. Written Response – critical thinking and written reflection assignment.
  2. Creative Choice Board – students are provided with 3 options and must select which creative option they want to produce.
  3. Oral Presentation – a book talk format assignment.
  4. Student-Created Lesson based on a non-fiction book
  5. Traditional Literature vs. Fractured Fairy Tales Comparison Assignment

Find the 12 Genres Book Reports resource on Shopify CAD or Teachers Pay Teachers USD.

For more great middle school books, check out this blog post – Best Middle School Book Recommendations. Also, check out some fantastic YA books in this blog post – High School Book Recommendations.

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