Slice of Life Graphic Novels

While books about monsters, aliens, and quests can transport us to magical lands, sometimes the most interesting stories happen in real life. These realistic fiction titles are set in worlds just like ours, allowing children to see representation of their own circumstances and build empathy by imagining the lives of others. Enjoy these beautifully illustrated graphic novels where adventures are bound to unfold on a car ride, the playground, the classroom, and any place you might dream of. 

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Anne of West Philly

In this modern graphic retelling of Anne of Green Gables, Anne Shirley is fostered into the West Philly home of siblings Marilla and Matthew. While she initially has a hard time at school, she ends up joining the robotics team and competes for a spot in an elite STEM program. 

 This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on Libby. 

Big Apple Diaries

In the year 2000, Alyssa is a 12-year old living in New York City, navigating the trials and tribulations of middle school. Then life abruptly changes on September 11, 2001. After the Twin Towers fall, Alyssa must find a new sense of self and find the strength to move forward with hope. 

Frankie's World

Frankie is different from everyone in her class. She has trouble concentrating, and her classmates tease her for not having a dad at home. One day, when Frankie sneaks into her mom’s room and sees her father’s name on her birth certificate, she decides to go on a mission to track him down. 


Five very different students who are forced together to complete their school’s community service hours discover that they may just have more in common than being overlooked Spanish-speaking kids. You can also check out this title as an eBook on OverDrive/Libby or as eAudio on Hoopla.


A story about the unexpected friendship between Jo, the loneliest girl in class, and Pawcasso, the coolest canine in town. 

 This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on Libby.