The best graphic novel adaptations of your favorite YA books

Your favorite YA books illustrated into new life.

 

This past year, I have become an avid reader of graphic novels. They are perfect comfort reading. In my constant searching for something new to read, I was surprised to find just how many classic and popular YA novels have been adapted into graphic novel form.

Some of the best graphic novels I read this year were actually based on YA books. It’s fascinating to see how authors and illustrators work together to take an old story and give it a fresh new look. 

Here is a list of 11 awesome YA books that have been adapted into graphic novels!

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Juliet Takes a Breath: The Graphic Novel

‘Juliet Takes A Breath: The Graphic Novel’ by Gabby Rivera (BOOM! Box)

The graphic novel version of Juliet Takes A Breath (2016) was released in 2020. It is written by Gabby Rivera and illustrated by Celia Moscote.


Long Way Down: The Graphic Novel

‘Long Way Down: The Graphic Novel’ by Jason Reynolds (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books)

The graphic novel version of Long Way Down (2017) was released in 2020. It is written by Jason Reynolds and illustrated by Danica Novgorodoff.


Fangirl, Vol. 1: The Manga

‘Fangirl, Vol. 1: The Manga’ by Sam Maggs (VIZ Media LLC)

The manga version of Fangirl (2013) was released in 2020. It is written by Sam Maggs and illustrated by Gabi Nam.


Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy: A Modern Graphic Retelling of Little Women

‘Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy’ by Rey Terciero (Little, Brown books for young readers)

This graphic retelling of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved Little Women (1868) was released in 2019. It is written by Rey Terciero and illustrated by Bre Indigo.


The Giver: Graphic Novel

‘The Giver: Graphic Novel’ by P. Craig Russell (HMH Books for Young Readers)

The graphic novel version of Lois Lowry’s dystopian YA classic The Giver (1993) was released in 2019. It was adapted and illustrated by P. Craig Russell.


Speak: The Graphic Novel

‘Speak: the graphic novel’ by Laurie Halse Anderson (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

The graphic novel version of Speak (1999) was released in 2018. It is written by Laurie Halse Anderson and illustrated by Emily Carroll.


The Mortal Instruments: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1

‘The Mortal Instruments Vol. 1’ by Cassandra Clare (Yen Press)

The first volume of the graphic novelization of Casandra Clare’s bestselling urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments was released in 2017. It is written by Cassandra Clare and Cassandra Jean.


Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel

‘Anne of Green Gables a graphic novel’ by Mariah Marsden (Andrews McMeel Publishing)

This graphic retelling of L.M. Montgomery’s beloved Anne of Green Gables (1908) was released in 2017. It was adapted by Mariah Marsden and illustrated by Brenna Thummler.


The Lost Hero: The Graphic Novel

‘The Lost Hero: The Graphic Novel’ by Robert Venditti by Disney-Hyperion

The graphic novel version of Rick Riordan’s The Lost Hero (2010) was released in 2014. It was adapted by Robert Venditti and illustrated by Nate Powell with color from Orpheus Collar.


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: The Graphic Novel

‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: The Graphic Novel’ by Ransom Riggs (Yen Press)

Need a refresher before reading The Desolation of Devil’s Acre? The graphic novel version of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2011) was released in 2013. It is written by Ransom Riggs and illustrated by Cassandra Jean.


Vampire Academy: The Graphic Novel

‘Vampire Academy: The Graphic Novel by Leigh Dragoon (Razorbill)

The graphic novelization of the popular Vampire Academy series was released in 2011. It was adapted by Leigh Dragoon and illustrated by Emma Vieceli.


Which of your favorite YA books would you like to see adapted as a graphic novel next? Leave us your answer in the comments below!

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Spencer is a recent graduate from the University of Calgary where he studied English Literature and Education. He reads, researches and writes about Children's and Young Adult Literature.

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