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Five Graphic Novels Your Preteen Girl Will Love

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Jenny Justice
Jenny Justice
 2021-05-19

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My daughter is 12. She will only read graphic novels. As a bookworm who read giant books by the time I was in grade school, I used to be concerned about this. I wanted her to read anything and everything like I used to. But it has been pointed out my daughter is growing up in a different time, and with a much different household environment, than I - and in so many ways, this is a good thing.

She is also an artist. She loves to draw and create. So graphic novels are perfect for her both in her reading development and in her artistic development. Sidenote: she is very picky!

So, we bring you this short list of five really great graphic novels recommended to you and yours by my daughter.

Witches of Brooklyn by Sophie Escabasse

This book is about a girl named Effie who lives with her aunts in Brooklyn. She finds out they might be witches and that she also might be a witch. It is a funny book with great drawings. I love witch books and this one is going to be a series, with a new one coming out in August 2021.

Making Friends by Kristen Gudsnuk

This is a book about a girl named Dani in 6th grade who had friends and then when she went into 7th grade she had no friends and was getting bullied. She found an old sketchbook that belonged to her great aunt and started to draw some of her favorite characters in it. The characters came to life! She drew herself a friend who was cool, funny and smart named Madison, who comes to life and becomes the new girl at school. But what happens when Madison finds out she is not real but a creation of Dani?

Shirley and Jamila Save Their Summer by Gillian Goerz

This one is also new and number 1 in an upcoming series. How exciting! Jamila loves to play basketball and Shirley is good at observing people, they meet at a garage sale and become good friends. This book is about their friendship and their summer of solving neighborhood crime together. It is funny, the illustrations are great and the way the girls talk to each other is like real life.

Seance Tea Party by Reimena Yee

This book has lovely drawings and art. It is about girls who are friends, who like tea, and who have a seance. Ghosts are involved! Friend ghosts!

Mooncakes by Wendy Xu and Suzanne Walker

This book has so much that is great. A werewolf, witches, a cat cafe and library and a tad bit of teen romance that is just enough and not too much. It has action and adventure, magic and friendship, and so much more! My daughter loves it and has read it three times.

You can purchase these books at your local bookseller, here in Reno head over to Sundance or Barnes and Noble, or to your local library to find out more, for us it's Sparks Library but the Downtown Reno Library is always a special treat too!