Committee chair Marcus Lowry of the Ramsey County Library, Roseville, Minnesota described the choices. "The 2015 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list celebrates the enormous variety of the graphic format including tales about forgotten heroes and heroines, online rebellions, new takes on beloved characters, and so much more," he said. "The richness of these titles will engage and delight teen readers for years to come."
As we’ve noted in the past (as, for example, with last year’s list, see "YALSA Top Ten Graphic Novels for Teens 2014"), although the list is intended to be used by librarians and teens, it can also be a great merchandising resource for retailers, with high odds that a customer that buys a recommended book will enjoy it and be back for more.
First Second, with two titles, was the only publisher with more than one title on the list.
The YALSA Top Ten Graphic Novels for Teens from 2014:
Afterlife with Archie: Escape from Riverdale, by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, art by by Francesco Francavilla (Archie Comics)
Bad Machinery V.3: The Case of the Simple Soul, by John Allison (Oni Press)
47 Ronin, by Mike Richardson and Stan Sakai (Dark Horse).
In Real Life, by Cory Doctorow, art by Jen Wang (First Second)
Ms. Marvel: V.1. No Normal, by G. Willow Wison, with art by Adrian Alphona (Marvel)
Seconds: a Graphic Novel, by Bryan Lee O’Malley (Ballantine Books)
The Shadow Hero, by Gene Luen Yang, with art by Sonny Liew (First Second)
Through The Woods, by Emily Carrol (Margaret K. McElderry Books)
Trillium, by Jeff Lemire (Vertigo)
Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki, by Mamoru Hosoda, art by Yu (Yen Press)