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Exciting Graphic Novels for Middle School Students

Students love graphic novels. Check out this list of must have graphic novels for your school or classroom library from 2 Peas and a Dog. #reading #middleschool #graphicnovelsGraphic novels are a HUGE hit in my middle school classroom. I cannot keep them on my shelves. Most of my students enjoy reading them, but they are especially valuable for struggling and disengaged learners as well as my students with special needs or who are new to the English language. These are age-appropriate novels so no one feels left out.

Check out the list below to see what would be a great addition to your school or classroom library.

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8 Exciting Graphic Novels for Middle School Students

Smile by Raina Telgemeier

A story about Raina who falls and injures her two front teeth this results in a long journey of braces, surgery, fake teeth and more.

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Callie loves drama but doesn’t sing. So she’s the set designer for the drama department. She is determined to produce a Broadway set on a school budget all while dealing with middle school drama.

Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

Raina wants to be a big sister until she is one. This is the story of her relationship with her sister.

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

Catrina’s younger sister, Maya, is sick so they move to an area that will help with her sickness. They find out their new town has ghosts, Maya wants to meet one and Cat does not.


The Babysitters Club Series by Raina Telgemeier and Ann M. Martin

5 best friends start up a business called the Babysitters Club. They handle any challenge life throws at them personally or in their business.

The Stonekeeper (Amulet #1) by Kazu Kibuishi

Two years after her father dies, Emily along with her younger brother Navin and their mother move into her great-grandfather’s abandoned house. Their mother is kidnapped by a monster and the kids need to follow her to the underground world save her.

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Astrid and Nicole have done almost everything together for 12 years until Astrid goes to roller derby camp and Nicole goes to dance camp. Astrid must deal with her friendship changing all while trying to keep up with the older girls at roller camp.

A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel by Madeleine L’Engle

Meg Murry’s father has disappeared while doing secret work for the government. One night Meg, her brother and a friend are visited by three individuals who transport them through space and time on a mission to save Meg’s father.

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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