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Do you love Raina Telgemeier’s Smile series? Here are ten more graphic novels about middle school, friendship, and growing up that you may also enjoy!  Click on the titles to be taken to the catalog.

Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova

The first book in the Berrybrook Middle School series follows Peppi Torres as she tries to survive her new school.  Unfortunately, the kids start calling her “nerder girl” and, to try to escape the humiliation, she is mean to another student.  Can Peppi find a way to make amends and make new friends?  Followed by Brave.

Cub by Cynthia L. Copeland

It’s the 1970s and twelve-year-old Cindy is thrilled to be training as a cub reporter under a female reporter!  With the help of her new mentor, Cindy will learn not only how to be strong and fearless in a society where women have to fight to earn respect, but also find the courage to deal with changing friendships and new crushes.

New Kid by Jerry Craft

Seventh grader Jordan Banks dreams of going to art school, but his parents send him to a fancy prep school instead.  As one of the few students of color, Jordan feels a little out of place.  Can he find a way to make new friends while still remaining true to himself and his old friends?  Followed by the companion book Class Act.

Real Friends by Shannon Hale

Shannon and Adrienne are best friends–but then Adrienne starts hanging out with popular Jen and The Group.  Shannon wants to stay friends with Adrienne and to be popular, too, but The Group bullies others.  What is real friendship?  And can Shannon find it?  Followed by Best Friends.

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Astrid and Nicole have always done everything together, so Astrid is dismayed when she signs up for roller derby camp and Nicole signs up for ballet camp.  But soon Astrid is making new friends and learning a sport she loves.  Maybe it’s all just part of growing up.

Twins by Varian Johnson

Maureen and Francine do everything together–until the sixth grade, when Francine suddenly becomes Fran and starts doing things Maureen isn’t interested in. Is this the end of their friendship?  Or can the sisters make it through middle school together?

Just Jaime by Terri Libenson

Jaime has always been part of the popular group at school, but suddenly her friends seem to find her too “babyish” and keep finding ways to exclude her.  Maybe she could find new friends, but her old group is known to be full of gossips, and Jaime has to admit she was a part of that.  Jaime will have to find her inner strength to meet the challenges of changing friendships.

Click by Kayla Miller

Olive has always “clicked” with everyone in her class, but suddenly all her friends have groups for the upcoming school variety show–and Olive doesn’t.  Can Olive find her own group where she feels like she belongs?

Nat Enough by Maria Scrivan

Natalie has never felt good enough, and things only get worse when her best friend Lily suddenly seems to think she’s not cool enough.  Suddenly friendless, Nat is determined to get Lily back.  But, in the process, she starts to find her self confidence.

Stargazing by Jen Wang

When Moon moves in next door, Christine is thrilled to have a new best friend–one who is allowed to do everything Christine is not.  While Christine’s family are concerned about her academic success and won’t even let her wear nail polish, Moon’s family is more easygoing.  But Moon says she can hear celestial beings from the stars.  And then one day something terrible happens.  Can Christine find a way to be there for her friend when it matters the most?