Good middle age group graphic novels for a woke 9 year old girl
August 31, 2020 5:34 AM   Subscribe

As above! I saw her reading Nnedi Okorafor’s Ikenga. Shippable to US on not amazon would be great. Very social justice orientated family. Thank you!
posted by The Last Sockpuppet to Writing & Language (12 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Covering a bunch of different genres here!

Snapdragon, by Kat Leyh

New Kid, by Jerry Craft

Witchlight, by Jessi Zabarsky

The Breakaways, by Cathy G Johnson

The Witch Boy books, by Molly Ostertag

Not quite out yet, but I've read the ARC and it's excellent -- The Magic Fish, by Trung Le Nguyen

Also not quite out yet, but there's been a lot of great buzz around Twins, by Varian Johnson and Shannon Wright.

Getting into some YA books, if she's up for them:

Displacement, by Kiku Hughes

The Prince and the Dressmaker, by Jen Wang
posted by Narrative Priorities at 5:59 AM on August 31 [4 favorites]

Oh, and....

These are definitely books for adults, and so you'd probably want to read them first and/or read them along with her. But the March trilogy by Nate Powell and Congressman John Lewis sounds like it would be worth a look for your family.
posted by Narrative Priorities at 6:03 AM on August 31 [2 favorites]

The Prince and the Dressmaker and the Witch Boy series, as Narrative Priorities said, are wonderful.

I'd also suggest The Okay Witch, by Emma Steinkellner, and maybe the Princeless series.
posted by gideonfrog at 6:58 AM on August 31

posted by dizziest at 7:31 AM on August 31 [3 favorites]

The Kindred (by Octavia Butler) graphic novel adaptation looks fantastic, and Nnedi Okorafor wrote the introduction :)
posted by 0bvious at 7:37 AM on August 31

These may be better suited for someone a couple of years older, but I'm not very good with age recommendations, and I suppose they'd fit to be read along with an adult:
posted by miaow at 8:12 AM on August 31

Ursula Vernon's books.

People here suggested the Unicorn Rescue Society, which is awesome and has thoughtful themes around politics and culture (border wall, Native cultural resilience, Basque independence). It's not a graphic novel, but has great illustrations.

For new purchases, and to buy used,
posted by spamandkimchi at 8:16 AM on August 31

Came here to suggest THE WITCH BOY books, which fit the bill perfectly.

On the strength, in part, of reviews praising its wokeness, I recently purchased for my 5yo the first book in the Cardboard Kingdom series, but haven't finished reading it yet.
posted by Dr. Wu at 9:25 AM on August 31

From Marvel, you might consider the reboot of an old title, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur.

Hot Comb, by Ebony Flowers.

Are you Listening? by Tillie Walden was beautiful and mysterious.
posted by Lawn Beaver at 10:25 AM on August 31

They Called Us Enemy by that George Takei covers his family's internment during World War 2 when he was a child.
posted by any portmanteau in a storm at 11:07 AM on August 31

The bigfoot boy series.
Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol.
posted by umbú at 3:07 PM on August 31

Get her some Gene Luen Yang! American Born Chinese is where most people start, but his recent "Superman Smashes the Klan" is based on a golden age radio play about chinese immigrants to Metropolis being targeted by a white supremacist org and is diverse, hopeful and also Superman beats up the Klan in a very satisfying but not too scary for kids way! Five out of five stars, loved it.

To speak to above, Kindred is NOT for 9 year olds.
posted by theweasel at 5:36 PM on August 31 [2 favorites]

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