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Young Adult Graphic Novels

Highlighting the young adult graphic novels of the Huntsville Madison County Public Library

The Excelsior Awards

Since it's inception in 2011, the Excelsior Award is the only nationwide book award for graphic novels and manga - where kids aged 11-18 decide the winner by rating each book as they read it! For more information and a full list of shortlist winners, check out the official website here

2020 Shortlist

The books on the Excelsior Award Blue shortlst have been designated as suitable for children aged 11+ 

The books on the Excelsior Award Red shortlst have been designated as suitable for children aged 14+

The books on the Excelsior Award Black shortlist have been designated as suitable for children aged 16+

Topics are avoided that could be considered "offensive" or "too adult" for a school library, but books on this shortlist may include moderate swearing and moderate violence, akin to a 15-rated movie.

2019 Shortlist

The books on the Excelsior Award White shortlist have been designated as suitable for children aged 9+

The books on the Excelsior Award Blue shortlst have been designated as suitable for children aged 11+

The books on the Excelsior Award Red shortlst have been designated as suitable for children aged 14+

The books on the Excelsior Award Black shortlist have been designated as suitable for children aged 16+

Topics are avoided that could be considered "offensive" or "too adult" for a school library, but books on this shortlist may include moderate swearing and moderate violence, akin to a 15-rated movie.

2018 Shortlist

The following books formed the shortlist for the 2018 Excelsior Award Junior and were designated as suitable for children aged 9-11

The books on the Excelsior Award shortlst for 2018 were designated as suitable for children aged 11-16

2017 Shortlist

The following books formed the shortlist for the 2017 Excelsior Award Junior and were designated as suitable for children aged 9-11

The books on the Excelsior Award shortlst for 2017 were designated as suitable for children aged 11-16

2016 Shortlist

The books on the Excelsior Award shortlst for 2016 were designated as suitable for children aged 11-16

2015 Shortlist

The following books formed the shortlist for the 2015 Excelsior Award Junior and were designated as suitable for children aged 9-11

The books on the Excelsior Award shortlst for 2015 were designated as suitable for children aged 11-16

2014 Shortlist

The books on the Excelsior Award shortlst for 2014 were designated as suitable for children aged 11-16

2013 Shortlist

The books on the Excelsior Award shortlst for 2013 were designated as suitable for children aged 11-16

2012 Shortlist

The books on the Excelsior Award shortlst for 2012 were designated as suitable for children aged 11-16

2011 Shortlist

The books on the Excelsior Award shortlst for 2011 were designated as suitable for children aged 11-16