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Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel adapted by Michael Moreci & Stephen Gilpin (2019)

Artemis Fowl is a genius, the leader of his family’s empire, and has dedicated his life to running criminal activities. And he’s only 12-years-old. Following extensive research, Artemis discovers that fairies exist and will stop at nothing to get his hands on their gold. With the help of his bodyguard, they capture elf Captain Holly Short. But what Artemis doesn’t realise is that fairies come armed and dangerous… This graphic novel adaptation brings life to Eoin Colfer’s phenomenal misadventure.

Recommended reading age: 9-11 years old

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Big Shot (Book 16) by Jeff Kinney (2021)

A career in sports is just not on the cards for Greg Heffley, and that's ok. He's come to terms with it. But just as he's about to hang up his sports trainers for the last time, Greg's mum convinces him to try out for the basketball team. Tryouts don't go well but by some miracle, Greg makes the team! They are the worst team in the league, however, and it's up to Greg to make that crucial shot if they've ever got a chance of winning... Fans of comic strips will love Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

Recommended reading age: 7-12 years old

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson (2017)

Astrid Vasquez normally does everything with her best friend Nicole. But when Astrid signs up for a roller derby summer camp and Nicole wants to do ballet instead, suddenly Astrid is on her own. Not only does she have to figure out how to roller skate, but she also has to work out who she really is. WITHOUT her BFF. This is a comic-style book about friendship and confidence, packed full of girl power.

Recommended reading age: 9-11 years old

My Magical Life by Zach King & Beverly Arce (2017)

Everyone in 11-year-old Zach’s family has magical powers, but Zach is having a few, err... difficulties, getting to grips with his. When his parents decide to send him to a 'real' school, Zach can’t resist doing a spot of magic and soon everyone at school is wondering who Zach is and how exactly he does his ‘tricks’. Each book comes with a downloadable app, which makes Zach’s magical life truly interactive and brings the fun illustrations and characters to life in 3D.

Recommended reading age: 8-12 years old

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel by adapted Robert Venditti, Attila Futaki & José Villarrubia (2010)

Percy Jackson is the son of Poseidon, God of the Sea. He’s also a teenager looking forward to his sweet 16. But before he reaches the big day, a prophecy is bestowed upon Percy that could see the world destroyed. Not your typical birthday present but c’est la vie. It’s now up to Percy and his friends to stop Kronos, Lord of the Titans, and the powerful monster Typhon. Beautifully illustrated, this graphic novel will transport and immerse readers in Rick Riordan’s magnificent world.

Recommended reading age: 10-15 years old

Northern Lights: The Graphic Novel Volume 1 by adapted by Stéphane Melchior & Clément Oubrerie (2015)

Lyra lives among the scholars of Jordan College with her faithful daemon, Pantalaimon, and spends her days playing with the town children. But when she finds out that her Uncle Asriel is mixed up in a struggle that could destroy her whole world, she sets off on a quest more dangerous than anything she’s ever imagined. From stolen children to armoured bears, this magical graphic novel adaptation of the first book in Philip Pullman’s gripping His Dark Materials series is packed with mystery and fantastical adventure.

Recommended reading age: 9-11 years old

Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed To Earth (Book 1) by Judd Winick (2016)

What happens when a mysterious boy dressed in some very curious silver underpants crash-lands on Earth? Meet Hilo, an alien invader who has no idea where he came from or why he’s here but with the help of new friends D.J. and Gina, he’s about to find out! Hilo is an action-packed graphic novel with a big sense of humour that celebrates friendship and diversity, and above all - finding the extraordinary in the ordinary. 

Recommended reading age: 7-12 years old

Rowley Jefferson's Awesome Friendly Adventure by Jeff Kinney (2020)

Rowley Jefferson – wimpy kid Greg Heffley’s best friend – has started to keep a journal. And he’s also started to write his own book – a story that follows a larger-than-life adventure! In Rowley’s story, best friends Roland and Garg the Barbarian must leave the safety of their village to rescue Roland’s mum from the fearsome White Warlock. But Greg keeps trying to tell Rowley how he should write the book. What will happen to Rowley’s heroes? And will Rowley and Greg be able to put aside their creative differences?

Recommended reading age: 7-12 years old

Invisible Emmie by Terri Libenson (2017)

Artistic Emmie is quiet and shy, while athletic Katie is outgoing and popular. They are two very different girls. But their worlds collide when an embarrassing note falls into the wrong hands. A day in the life of this unlikely pair is told through parallel stories in this debut cartoon-led book. Invisible Emmie is a fun and heartfelt story with a surprising and empowering final twist.

Recommended reading age: 8-12 years old

Danger Really is Everywhere: School of Danger by David O’Doherty & Chris Judge (2016)

Dr Noel Zone is the greatest (and only) Dangerologist in the world and he’s ready to teach you how to avoid danger - at all costs! A fully illustrated, completely bonkers, creative handbook with loads of laugh-out-loud pages. Perfect for readers who like goofy humour and zany weirdness, all the books in the Danger is Everywhere series are delightful page-turners.

Recommended reading age: 8-11 years old

Ali-A Adventures: Game On! by Ali-A, Cavan Scott & Aleksandar Sotirovski (2017)

When Ali-A is invited to a game launch he expects all the action to be on-screen, but he’s taken by surprise when a hoard of aliens turn up wanting to get in on the party. It’s up to Ali to transform from a gaming icon to a real-life superhero. Can he defeat the end-of-game boss and save the day? With more than 13 million YouTube subscribers across his two channels, Ali-A is one of the biggest gamers on YouTube and his hotly-anticipated graphic novel is certain to give any gaming fans a thrill.

Recommended reading age: 9-17 years old

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