2010 Maverick Reading List

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Titles for Grades 6-8

1. Gaiman, Neil. Coraline. Illustrated by P. Craig Russell. HarperCollins, 2009. Fiction 

While exploring one day, bored Coraline discovers an alternate universe in her home where her “other mother” lives, who kidnaps her real parents in an attempt to keep Coraline for herself. 

2. Hale, Shannon. Rapunzel’s Revenge. Illustrated by Nathan Hale. Bloomsbury, 2008. Fiction 

Rapunzel is placed in a tree as punishment, but she is able to escape and with the help of Jack, embarks on a plan to defeat a witch. 

3. Hicks, Faith Erin. War at Ellsmere. Illustrated by the author. SLG Publishing, 2008. Fiction 

Juniper starts getting bullied by the snootiest girl in school, but she's not going to take it quietly. This means war. 

4. Kibuishi, Kazu. Amulet. Illustrated by the author. Graphix, 2008. Fiction 

Devastated by the death of their father, two children must find the courage to rescue their mother from a dangerous world after she is kidnapped by a strange creature. 

5. Loux, Matthew. Salt Water Taffy, Volume 1: The Legend of Old Salty. Illustrated by the author. Oni Press, 2008. Fiction 

Brothers Jack and Benny aren’t sure about their vacation to Chowder Bay until they meet an old fisherman whose tales of a huge lobster turn out to be true. 

6. Osada, Yuko. Toto! The Wonderful Adventure, Volume 1. Illustrated by the author. Del Ray Manga, 2008. Fiction 

Kakashi is ready for some excitement and stows away on an airship hoping to see the world. When the ship is hijacked, he gets more than he ever anticipated. 

7. Phelan, Matt. The Storm in the Barn. Illustrated by the author. Candlewick, 2009. Fiction 

The rain hasn’t come and dust takes over everything and everyone. When Jack finds the rain, can he do what needs to be done to make it come back? 

8. Sala, Richard. Cat Burglar Black. Illustrated by the author. First Second, 2009. Fiction 

On K’s first day at boarding school, she learns that she has not been recruited for her smarts, but for her burglary skills! Can she outsmart the villainous schoolmasters? 

9. Schweizer, Chris. Crogan’s Vengeance. Illustrated by the author. Oni Press, 2008. Fiction 

It's 1701 and Catfoot Crogan wants to be a simple, honest sailor. Who knew he’d soon be fighting off mean pirates and sharks and making tough decisions? 

10. Soo, Kean. Jellaby, Volume 1. Illustrated by the author. Hyperion, 2008. Fiction 

The highly intelligent Portia leads a lonely existence at her school. Then she discovers Jellaby, a childlike purple monster, in the woods and her life will never be the same. 

 

Titles for Grades 6-12 

 

11. Barry, Lynda. What It Is. Illustrated by the author. Drawn & Quarterly, 2008. Non-Fiction 

Dreamlike collages, philosophical musings, and a captivating memoir create an otherworldly how-to book on drawing and writing. 

12. Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451. Illustrated by Tim Hamilton. Hill and Wang, 2009. Fiction 

Dystopian novel about a fireman in a society in which books are forbidden and burned. Can he alone change this? 

13. Castellucci, Cecil. Janes In Love. Illustrated by the author. Minx, 2008. Fiction 

The Plain Janes are back to their mission of free art for all and along the way learn about the ways of the heart. 

14. Chmakova, Svetlana. Nightschool, Volume 1. Illustrated by the author. Yen Press, 2009. Fiction 

A series of vampire attacks; a special school for demons, werewolves, and weirns; and a cookie-loving astral? This book has everything! 

15. DeFillippis, Nunzio and Christina Weir. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: A Graphic Novel. Illustrated by Kevin Cornell. Quirk Books, 2008. Fiction 

Originally published in 1922 by great American novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald, this is the strange story of an unusual man who, instead of getting older, ages in reverse. 

16. Edginton, Ian. The Hound of the Baskervilles. Illustrated by I.N.J. Culbard. Sterling Publishing, 2009. Fiction 

Does a supernatural hound haunt the moors? Who is killing off the Baskervilles? Find out in this graphic adaptation of the classic mystery featuring famous detective Sherlock Holmes. 

17. Fies, Brian. Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow. Illustrated by the author. Abrams ComicArts, 2009. Fiction 

From the 1939 World’s Fair to the present, follow a father and his son as technology changes from utopian cities, electricity, rockets, space travel and micro machines. 

18. Geary, Rick. Famous Players: The Mysterious Death of William Desmond Taylor. Illustrated by the author. ComicsLit, 2009. Non-Fiction 

In the early days of Hollywood, a movie executive is found murdered in his home. Before the police arrive, the house is mobbed with people and valuable evidence is destroyed. 

19. Hennessey, Jonathan. United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation. Illustrated by Aaron McConnell. Farrar Staus Giroux, 2008. Non-Fiction 

Find out the hidden stories behind the U.S. Constitution and learn about the Articles and Amendments in this interesting and memorable, full-color comic book format that makes history come alive! 

20. Heuvel, Eric. The Search. Illustrated by the author. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2009. Fiction 

Teenager Jeroen finds a scrapbook his grandmother made in Amsterdam during the German occupation, where she endured the loss of her Jewish best friend, Esther. 

21. Itsuki, Natsumi. Jyu-Oh-Sei, Volume 1. ToykoPop, 2008. Fiction 

In the year 2436, twins Rai and Thor are kidnapped and marooned on the mysterious 'Planet of the Beast King' after finding their parents brutally murdered aboard in their home. 

22. Itsuki, Natsumi. Jyu-Oh-Sei, Volume 2. ToykoPop, 2008. Fiction 

Thor learns of Third’s military connection to his father, and with his help, vies to become the leader of the Ochre ring in the harsh environs of Kimaera. 

23. Johnston, Antony. Wolverine, Volume 1: Prodigal Son. Del Rey, 2009. Fiction 

Logan is months away from graduating from martial arts school when he learns that there are other mutants, discovers a black-ops conspiracy, and loses the only home he can remember. 

24. Kibuishi, Kazu. Flight, Volume 5. Villard Books, 2008. Fiction 

Twenty-one short stories comprised of fantastical adventures, thorny challenges, and sweet romance. 

25. Kwitney, Alisa. Token. Illustrated by Joelle Jones. Minx, 2008. Fiction 

Shira has trouble accepting her father dating and her lack of friends at school. Her only way to get control is to shoplift with the help of an attractive boy. 

26. Lee, Tony. Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood. Illustrated by Sam Hart and Artur Fujita. Candlewick Press, 2009. Fiction 

The legendary Robin Hood and his fight with the Sheriff of Nottingham is being brought to a new generation with this wonderfully told and illustrated version of his life. 

27. Ottaviani, Jim. T-Minus: The Race to the Moon. Illustrated by Zander Cannon and Kevin Cannon. Aladin Books, 2009. Non-Fiction 

The fascinating story of the scientists, astronauts and superpowers in the race to put men on the moon! 

28. Patterson, James. Maximum Ride, Volume 1. Illustrated by NaRae Lee. Yen Press, 2009. Fiction 

Max is a little strange. She has wings and is being hunted by Erasers. Can she defeat the enemy, or will she have to go back to school? 

29. Rogers, John & J. Torres. Blue Beetle: Reach For the Stars. Illustrated by Rafael Albuqerque. DC Comics, 2009. Fiction 

Teenager Jaime Reyes has become the latest Blue Beetle. Still new to being a superhero, Jaime is learning how to use his powers and make the right choices. 

30. Schultz, Mark. The Stuff of Life: A Graphic Guide to Genetics and DNA. Illustrated by Zander Cannon and Kevin Cannon. Hill and Wang, 2009. Fiction 

The science of DNA and genetics are presented with useful illustrations and in the context of an alien species studying us and our scientific advances. 

31. Schreiber, Ellen. Vampire Kisses: Blood Relatives, Volume 2. Illustrated by Rem. TokyoPop, 2008. Fiction 

Raven must help her vampire boyfriend protect his family's secret treasure from Alex's meddlesome half-vampire cousin into a pure vampire. Can Raven help her boyfriend without risking her own life? 

32. Stevenson, Robert Louis. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Illustrated by Andrzej Klimowski. Sterling Publishing, 2009. Fiction 

A respectable doctor drinks a potion that turns him into a terrifying murderer in this classic tale of good and evil. 

33. Tamaki, Mariko. Emiko Superstar. Illustrated by the author. Minx, 2008. Fiction 

Emiko takes a babysitting job one summer that highlights the contrast between suburbia and life as an artist- something she desires when she meets a group of performers calling themselves Freaks. 

34. Urasawa, Naoki. Pluto, Volume 1. Illustrated by the author. VIZ, 2009. Fiction 

Mont-Blanc, one of the most famous and loved robots in the world has been killed! His friend the robot Gesicht is tasked to find his killer. 

 

Titles for Young Adults, Grades 9-12 

 

35. Abouet, Marguerite & Clement Oubrerie. Aya of Yop City. Drawn & Quarterly, 2008. Fiction 

Bintou is in love with her Parisian gentleman, Adjoua isn't telling who is the father of her baby, and Aya is trying to understand all the confusion in Yop City! 

36. Berry, Hannah. Britten and Brulightly. Metropolitian Books, 2008. Fiction 

Detective Fernandez Britten and his teabag partner, Stewart Brulightly, delve into the suicide of Berni Kudos. The mystery is solved but family secrets are sacrificed in the process. 

37. Black, Holly. The Good Neighbors. Graphix, 2008. Fiction 

Teenager Rue Silver's father is accused of murder, vines are taking over, and she thinks her mother might be a faerie. It's up to Rue to unravel the truth. 

38. Donner, Rebecca. Burnout. Minx, 2008. Fiction 

After being abandoned by her father, Danni’s mom dates Mr. Wrong and Danni soon finds herself falling for his mysterious son. Is she doomed to repeat her mother’s mistakes? 

39. Geary, Rick. J. Edgar Hoover: A Graphic Biography. Hill and Wang, 2008. Non-Fiction 

J. Edgar Hoover formed the FBI, then ruled it with an iron fist for nearly 50 years. This biography tells the full story, plus digs up some dirt on this unusual man. 

40. Harris, Joe. Batman: Joker’s Asylum. Illustrated by Juan Doe. DC Comics, 2008. Fiction 

Vignettes on the major super villains and enemies of Batman. The stories highlight how the villains find themselves in Arkham Asylum and delve into the psychosis of each character. 

41. Jones, Sabrina and Paul Buhle. Isadora Duncan: A Graphic Biography. Hill and Wang, 2008. Non-Fiction 

The tragic, complicated and controversial life of Isadora Duncan, a dancer from the late 1880s – early 1900s, is presented in graphic novel form. 

42. Moore, Terry. Echo: Moon Lake. Illustrated by the author. Abstract Studio, 2008. Fiction 

Government conspiracies, nuclear power, and unspeakable destruction come together in Julie, a woman who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. 

43. Pyle, Kevin C. Katman. Henry Holt and Co, 2009. Fiction 

Kit is facing a boring summer in his rundown neighborhood. He begins to feed some neighborhood stray cats and earns the attention of artistic Jess and her cool, headbanger friends. 

44. Tamaki, Mariko. Skim. Illustrated by Jillian Tamaki. Groundwood Books, 2008. Fiction 

Kim Cameron has a lousy best friend, recently divorced parents, and a crush on her English teacher. Skim beautifully portrays the loneliness, confusion, and surprising high points of junior year. 

45. Urasawa, Naoki. Naoki Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys, Volume 1. Illustrated by the author. Viz, 2009. Fiction 

Memories of Kenji’s youth, long since forgotten, come rushing back when he notices a mysterious symbol outside the house of some non-paying customers. 

47. Wood, Brian. New York Four. Illustrated by Ryan Kelly. Minx, 2008. Fiction 

College freshman Riley must juggle her new independence, new friends, new boys, new city and new life all while re-uniting with an estranged older sibling. 

46. Yang, Gene Luen. The Eternal Smile: Three Stories. Illustrated by Derek Kirk Kim. First Second, 2009. Fiction 

In these three short stories we are introduced to a great hero, a greedy frog and a shy lady, but reader beware, things are not necessarily as they seem. 

 

Adult Titles for Young Adults 

 

48. Abel, Jessica & Gabriel Soria. Life Sucks. Illustrated by Warren Pleece. First Second, 2008. Fiction 

Former vegetarian vampire Dave battles ennui and the dark side working for his evil lord boss in an all-night convenience store. Can Dave win lovely goth girl Rosa and his self-respect? 

49. Guibert, Emmanuel. The Photographer: Into War-Torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders. First Second, 2009. Non-Fiction 

Journey into war-torn Afghanistan with a young photographer hired to document the arduous and inspiring work of Doctors Without Borders. 

50. Hill, Joe and Gabriel Rodriguez. Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft. IDW Publishing, 2008. Fiction 

The California based Locke family tries to rebuild after a terrible tragedy kills their father. Unfortunately, after moving to the Locke family estate in Maine, tragedy finds them. 

51. Johnson, Mat. Incognegro. Illustrated by Warren Pleece. DC Comics, 2008. Fiction 

Posing as a white man, reporter Zane Pinchback details lynchings in the South under his byline, "Incognegro." Incognegro goes undercover one last time when his brother is accused of murder. 

52. Novgorodoff, Danica. Refresh, Refresh. First Second, 2009. Fiction 

A small group of teens whose fathers have gone to serve in the Iraq war try to find their place in a small Oregon town. 

53. Robinson, Alex. Too Cool To Be Forgotten. Illustrated by the author. Top Shelf Productions, 2008. Fiction 

Smoking is a bad habit. Hypnosis could be the cure, but when it plunges Andrew back to high school, he gets more than he expected. 

54. Wood, Brian. Local. Illustrated by Ryan Kelly. Oni Press, 2008. Fiction 

In her life, Megan Mckeever has lived in a lot of towns. Some of these places have been good, some bad, but all are idiosyncratic and interesting. 

Created on Mar 26, 2010 | Last updated April 12, 2010