Selects the Hottest Graphic Novels of Summer 2009: Fifty Titles for Kids, Tweens, Teens, and Adults

Jun 12th 2009
(New York, NY) has announced the Hottest Graphic Novels of 2009 --- its picks for the top graphic novels and manga for summer. The books are divided into age-appropriate categories for readers of all levels: adult fiction, nonfiction, teens, tweens, and kids.
“Some of the best creative talent in the industry are releasing books this summer,” said John Hogan, Editorial Director of “These graphic novels are not only highly anticipated, but they also represent high-quality stories and art. Our list of graphic novels and manga shows the breadth this format is capable of, from bold works of fiction to riveting nonfiction to great books for young readers.”

The list includes Stitches, a frank and powerful memoir about David Small's life as a child enduring horrible medical abuses. Stitches was one of the most buzzed about titles at the recent BookExpo America show in New York. Another book already generating great publicity is The Photographer, an intense memoir about one man's journey through 1986 Afghanistan while photographing the work of Doctors Without Borders.

Other books on the list include superhero comics featuring Batman, Batgirl, and Captain America; suspenseful vampire fiction for tweens in Cirque du Freak; all-ages kids' fare like Bone: Rose, Amelia Rules!, Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom, and Ninja Baseball Kyuma; and groundbreaking new works of art from David Mazzucchelli (Asterios Polyp), Jeff Lemire (The Nobody), and Josh Neufeld (A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge).

“Developing this list just six months after the launch of symbolizes our commitment to delivering the same editorial integrity with this website that we have with the other sites in,” said Carol Fitzgerald, President of The Book Report Network. “Graphic novels and manga have earned a place at our online literary table alongside traditional prose with equally robust content and community features.”

For the complete list of the Hottest Graphic Novels of Summer 2009, visit

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