In the event you find yourself or your tween looking for new graphic novels, 2022 has you covered. Filled with new stories and sequels the year promises a ton graphic novel releases for tweens. When I started compiling this list I didn’t realize there would be so MANY books to choose from. I’ve whittled the list down to some of the best tween graphic novels releasing in 2022!
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Borders is a masterfully told story of a boy and his mother whose road trip from Alberta to Salt Lake City is thwarted at the border when they identify their citizenship as Blackfoot. Refusing to identify as either American or Canadian first bars their entry into the US, and then their return into Canada. In the limbo between countries, they find power in their connection to their identity and to each other.
Borders releases on January 18 2022.
This graphic novel adaptation of The Subtle Knife is a great entry point for readers new to the remarkable world of His Dark Materials and an exciting new look at the classic from Philip Pullman.
The Subtle Knife releases January 2022!
Stacey McGill is moving back to New York! That means no more Stoneybrook Middle School, no more Charlotte Johanssen, and worst of all… no more Baby-sitters Club. Stacey’s friends are crushed when they hear that Stacey’s moving, especially Claudia. Stacey is her best friend.What kind of going-away present is good enough for someone so special? And how will the BSC go on without Stacey?
Good-bye, Stacy Good-bye releases on February 2022.
In this Middle Grade foray into the 80’s-nostalgia hit series from Netflix, when Erica’s frenemy loses track of her mother’s prized Parakeet, the two will have to work together to return the bird safe and sound, or deal with the consequences. They learn that even the toughest and smartest people need a little help now and then.
Erica The Great releases January 25 2022.
This graphic novel adventure tells the story of 10-year-old Elvie and her crucial mission to save humanity from extinction after a sun shift has changed life on earth as we know it. Little Monarchs releases on April 5, 2022.
When Jarrett J. Krosoczka was in high school, he was part of a program that sent students to be counselors at a camp for seriously ill kids and their families. Going into it, Jarrett was worried: Wouldn’t it be depressing, to be around kids facing such a serious struggle? Wouldn’t it be grim? Now, in his follow-up to the National Book Award finalist Hey, Kiddo, Jarrett brings readers back to Camp Sunshine so we can meet the campers and fellow counselors who changed the course of his life.
Sunshine releases May 31 2022.
It’s the ‘Burb Defender vs the Negatrixes’ in this new graphic novel from New York Times bestselling author Shea Fontana and acclaimed artist Celia Moscote! Getting Dizzy releases in July 2022.
Enter the rich and fantastical world of Rema in the first installment of this middle-grade graphic novel series with sweeping adventure and light romance! The Rema Chronicles releases in April 2022!
In Shuri and T’Challa: Into the Heartlands Shuri and T’Challa set out to remove a curse from Wakanda in this action-packed, totally original graphic novel! This new “Marvel Black Panther” graphic novel releases April 2022!
“Coming Back” is a beautiful graphic novel fantasy romance that follows two young women who have to go on their own separate adventures to discover the truth about themselves and about each other.
In “Apple Crush“, after finally adjusting to life on a family farm with two brand new step-sisters, a young girl faces an even bigger challenge – figuring out where she fits in at her first year in middle school. This middle-grade graphic novel explores family, friendship, and change!
Apple Crush releases in May 2022!
Secret rooms, eerie curses, forgotten caves. Could you survive a week in the Underlook Hotel? In Spirit Week, aspiring engineer Suzy Hess is invited to the famous Underlook Hotel, domain of the reclusive horror writer Jack Axworth, in the mountains above her hometown of Estes Park, Colorado. Suzy thinks she’s there to tutor Jack’s son, Danny, but instead she finds herself investigating a local curse that threatens the landmark hotel.
Trying out for middle school cheerleader means: performing in the giant school gym, with the whole school watching, and risking total humiliation. If Christina can make it through this, she can make it through anything. As one of the only Asian American kids in her small Texas town, Christina just wants to fit in. Luckily, her best friend, Megan, who is Iranian American, can totally relate. The two girls have always been inseparable and relish creating elaborate fantasy worlds together. But middle school is a reality-check, and suddenly popularity is way more important than playing pretend. When cheerleading tryouts are announced, Christina and Megan literally jump at the chance to join the squad. Hilarious and heartfelt, The Tryout is Christina Soontornvat’s personal story, sure to make you laugh, cry, and cheer!
In Freestyle Cory’s dance crew is getting ready for a major competition. It’s the last one before they graduate eighth grade and go their separate ways to high schools all over New York City, so they have to make it count! The group starts to have problems as their crew captain gets increasingly intense about nailing the routine, and things go from bad to worse when Cory’s parents ground him for not taking his grades seriously. He gets stuck with a new tutor, Sunna, who he dismisses as a boring nerd… until he catches her secretly practicing cool yo-yo tricks. Cory wants to learn the art of yo-yo, and as his friendship with Sunna grows, he ends up missing practice and bailing on his crew — and they are not happy about it. With mounting pressure coming from all sides, how is Cory supposed to balance the expectations of his parents, school, dance, and his new friend?