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									   Graphic Novels for Teens:
     beyond superheroes & Manga
Covering everything from superheroes to serious topics like war, graphic novels are stories told in
a visual format. They combine wonderful writing with incredible artwork for a fantastic reading
experience. - Novelist

Age of Bronze: A Thousand Ships by Eric Shanower (YA AGE)
Drawn from the myths and legends of centuries, A thousand ships presents anew for the twenty-first
century the complete prelude to the Trojan war- each sensual touch, every savage blow, the smiles and
tears, the lust and betrayal, the entire tapestry of drama and action. Shanower won the Eisner Award for
Best Writer/Artist for this book. Also try Age of Bronze Vol. 2: Sacrifice.

Bone: Out From Boneville by Jeff Smith (YA BONE)
The Eisner Award winning Bone is a Tolkien-meets-Pogo fantasy about the Bone cousins, Fone Bone,
Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone are run out of Boneville and later get separated and lost in the wilderness,
meeting monsters and making friends as they attempt to return home. This popular nine-volume series
continues with The Great Cow Race.

The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci (YA CASTELLUCCI)
When transfer student Jane is forced to move from the big city to suburbia, she thinks that her life is over
until she meets three other girls named Jane who decide to form a secret art gang and turn the town and
high school upside down. Also try Boy Proof and The Queen of Cool.

Chiggers by Hope Larson (YA CHIGGERS)
Abby is back at the same old camp she goes to every summer, except for the fact that this summer,
nothing is the same. Her friend Rose is a cabin assistant, her friend Beth is pierced, and now the only
person who doesn't seem too cool for Abby is Shasta, the new, and unusual, girl. Can Abby be friends with
a girl who all her other friends can't stand? Especially when Abby discovers that Shata’s keeping secrets?

Re-Gifters by Mike Carey (YA DIXIE)
Korean American Jen Dik Seong, also known as Dixie, is on the verge of winning a championship in the
ancient martial art of hapkido until she falls for fellow hapkido fan Adam, a California surfer, and she
struggles to win his affections as well.

Dead High Yearbook by Ivan Velez (YA DEADHIGH)
When eight teenagers from a local high school each encounter their own disastrous end throughout the
year, they all end up somewhere in a world between life and death, in a collection of intertwining tales in a
graphic novel format. Named one of the best graphic novels for teens 2008 by the ALA.

Flight: Volume 1 Edited by Kazu Kibuishi (YA FLIGHT)
Flight Volume One features stories by professionals and non-professionals alike, all playing on the theme of
flight in its many incarnations. From the maiden voyage of a home-built plane to the adventures of a
young courier and his flying whale to a handful of stories about coming of age and letting things go, this
graphic novel is full of memorable tales that will both amaze and inspire.

Graphic Classics: Arthur Conan Doyle (YA GRAPHIC CLASSICS)
The Graphic Classics series is a cool new way to experience some of those stories you want (or need) to
read, but just don’t have time for the unabridged version. In this volume we’re treated to illustrated
versions of several Sherlock Holmes stories, including The Hound of the Baskervilles. Also included is
Doyle’s fantastic adventure story The Lost World. Other authors in this series include Jack London, Edgar
Allan Poe, Bram Stoker and Mark Twain.
Sloth by Gilbert Hernandez (HERNANDEZ)
After awakening from a self-induced coma, suburban teen Miguel Serra picks up his life where he left off
but with one difference ... he moves at a frighteningly slow pace. Miguel, along with his girlfriend Lita and
their friend Romeo, spend their free time investigating the haunting legends of the local lemon orchard.
(Note: this title is shelved in our adult graphic novel area.)
The Hobbit: An Illustrated Edition of the Fantasy Classic by J.R.R. Tolkien (YA HOBBIT)
Bilbo Baggins was a hobbit who wanted to live alone in quiet comfort. But the wizard Gandalf came along
with a band of dwarves. Soon Bilbo was drawn into their quest, facing dangers like trolls, wolves, evil orcs,
and giant spiders. Finally, it was Bilbo-alone and unaided-who had to confront the great dragon Smaug.
Maus: a Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman (MAUS)
Told with chilling realism in a graphic novel format, this is more than a tale of surviving the Holocaust.
Spiegelman relates the effect of those events on the survivors and upon the lives of their children. Art,
who was born after the war, is visiting his father, Vladek, in Rego Park, NY to record his experiences in
Nazi-occupied Poland. The Nazis, portrayed as cats, gradually introduce increasingly repressive measures,
until the Jews, drawn as mice, are systematically hunted and herded toward the Final Solution. Also try
Maus II: And Here My Troubles Began. (Note: this title is shelved in our adult graphic novel area.)
Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 by David Peterson (YA PETERSON)
After the war with the weasels, the Mouse Guard, headquartered at the fortress of Lockhaven, turned
their energies to protecting travelers from predators in between the mice's hidden villages. When three of
the Guard-Lieam, Kenzie, and the brash, young Saxon - are sent to find a missing rice merchant, they
uncover a plot to overthrow Lockhaven's mistress, Gwendolyn, and replace the support she provides to
the villages with tyranny. Worse, they discover that rebellion's leader is himself a Guard member.
Vampire Loves by Jonathan Sfar (YA SFAR)
Ferdinand is a Lithuanian vampire in Paris who is newly single and searching for love and has encounters
with a tree-man, a teenage vampire, and assorted humanoids as he cruises bars, visits a mansion, and
goes into the forest.
Star Wars: Tag & Bink Were Here (YA STAR WARS)
For a funny look at what was going on behind the scenes during Star Wars Episode IV check out this new
collection of the Star Wars: Tag & Bink series. Told in a way that pays homage to the play (and movie)
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Tag & Bink follows two everyday officers who got in over their
heads one day when they found themselves aboard the ship carrying Princess Leia, which was under
attack by the Empire. Also try any others in the Star Wars series, including Star Wars Rebellion Vol. 1.
The Arrival by Shaun Tan (YA TAN)
Traveling someplace new can be fun and exciting. It can also be scary, especially when you don’t speak
the language or know the customs. In this amazingly illustrated story Shaun Tan “tells” us what it would
be like to have to leave your home, travel to a new and far off land and make your way among strange
people and ways. Only Tan doesn’t really tell us using words he uses only some awesome drawings.
Clubbing by Andi Watson (YA WATSON)
When she’s caught with a fake I.D. at a posh London nightclub, Charlotte Lottie Brook’s punishment is
spending the summer at her grandparent’s stuffy country club. But Lottie will end up doing more than just
serving time in country boot camp. She will narrowly escape romance and solve a murder mystery.
American Born Chinese by Gene Yang (YA YANG)
All Jin Wang wants is to fit in… When his family moves to a new neighborhood, he suddenly finds that he’s
the only Chinese-American student at his school. Jocks and bullies pick on him constantly, and he has
hardly any friends. Then, to make matters worse, he falls in love with an all-American girl. This Graphic
Novel was the winner of the 2007 Michael Printz Award.
 * Please also see our other reading lists: ‘Superheroes for Teens’ and ‘Manga for Teens’
                     * Note: Not all titles are appropriate for all ages.
       Created by D. Brooks —03/09—Cary Public Library—Annotations from B&

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