Graphic Novels Your Tween Can’t Resist

If digital platforms and social media consuming your tween’s attention, try handing them one (or all) of these 5 Graphic Novels Your Tween Can’t Resist. Children may tell you they are too old for books with pictures, but these graphic novels are flying off the shelves. Try giving one of these diverse graphic novels next time the child in your life is reluctant or resistant to reading a book in their down time.

5 Graphic Novels Your Tween Can’t Resist


Inspired by the author’s real life experiences, this rollicking, charming novel follows sixth grade Egyptian immigrant Nadia as she navigates the ups and downs of friendships, racism, and some magic, too!Nadia loves fun facts. Here are a few about her:

  • She collects bobbleheads — she has 77 so far.
  • She moved from Egypt to America when she was six years old.
  • The hippo amulet she wears is ancient… as in it’s literally from ancient Egypt.
  • She’s going to win the contest to design a new exhibit at the local museum. Because how cool would that be?!

(Okay, so that last one isn’t a fact just yet, but Nadia has plans to make it one.)But then a new kid shows up and teases Nadia about her Egyptian heritage. It’s totally unexpected, and totally throws her off her game.And something else happens that Nadia can’t explain: Her amulet starts glowing! She soon discovers that the hippo is holding a hilarious — and helpful — secret. Can she use it to confront the new kid and win the contest?From political satirist and comedian Bassem Youssef, aka The Jon Stewart of the Arab World, and author Catherine R. Daly comes a humorous and heartfelt story about prejudice, friendship, empathy, and courage. Includes sections of black-and-white comics as well as lively black-and-white illustrations throughout.

THE MAGICAL REALITY OF NADIA Written by Bassem Youssef and Catherine R. Daly
Illustrated by Douglas Holgate 
Published by Scholastic Books


MERCI SUAREZ CAN’T DANCE Written by Meg Medina
Published by Candlewick Press


Class Act



CLASS ACT by Jerry Craft
Published by Quill Tree Books, Harper Collins



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