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Graphic Novels

Young Adult Graphic Novels
El Deafo
by Cece Bell

The author recounts in graphic novel format her experiences with hearing loss at a young age, including using a bulky hearing aid, learning how to lip read, and determining her "superpower."
Anya's Ghost
by Vera Brosgol

Anya, embarrassed by her Russian immigrant family and self-conscious about her body, has given up on fitting in at school, but when she falls down a well and makes friends with the ghost there, she thinks she's found just what she needs--or has she?
Through the Woods
by Emily Carroll

A collection of five spine-tingling short stories.
Page by Paige
by Laura Lee Gulledge

After moving to New York City, Paige Turner has trouble adjusting to her new life, but her "secret identity" as an artist and her favorite sketchbook help her make friends, explore the city and find her true self.
Real Friends
by Shannon Hale

The Newbery Honor-winning author of Princess Academy traces the roller-coaster challenges of first friendships as demonstrated by her own experiences from kindergarten through fifth grade, years marked by cliques, bullies and her efforts to gain popularity. Illustrated by the best-selling artist of the Princess in Black series. Simultaneous.
by Ayun Halliday

Nervous about starting her sophomore year at a new high school, Sadie decides to make herself more interesting by claiming to be allergic to peanuts, but her lie quickly spirals out of control.
Friends With Boys
by Faith Erin Hicks

After an idyllic childhood of homeschooling with her mother and three older brothers, Maggie enrolls in public high school, where interacting with her peers is complicated by the ghost that has followed her throughout her entire life. 
All's Faire in Middle School
by Victoria Jamieson

Homeschooled by Renaissance Fair enthusiasts, eleven-year-old Imogene has a hard time fitting in when her wish to enroll in public school is granted. 
Roller Girl
by Victoria Jamieson

A graphic novel adventure about a girl who discovers roller derby right as she and her best friend are growing apart.
March Book One
by John Lewis

A first-hand account of the author's lifelong struggle for civil and human rights spans his youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., and the birth of the Nashville Student Movement.
March Book Two
by John Lewis

The award-winning, best-selling series returns, as John Lewis' story continues through Freedom Rides and the legendary 1963 March on Washington.
March Book Three
by John Lewis

Congressman John Lewis, one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, joins co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell to bring the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today's world.
by Liz Prince

Eschewing female stereotypes throughout her early years and failing to gain acceptance on the boys' baseball team, Liz learns to embrace her own views on gender as she comes of age, in an anecdotal graphic novel memoir.
by Guy A. Sims

A graphic novel adaptation of Walter Dean Myers' National Book Award finalist depicts teen murder defendant Steve Harmon's trial and stint in juvenile detention in striking black-and-white artwork.
by Noelle Stevenson

A graphic novel debut based on the author's critically acclaimed Web comic follows a nefarious plot by an impulsive young shapeshifter and a vengeful villain who want to defame their kingdom's Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics. 
This One Summer
by Mariko Tamaki

A graphic tale of a young teen whose latest summer at a beach lake house is overshadowed by her parents' constant arguments, her younger friend's secret sorrows and the dangerous activities of older teens.
The Arrival
by Shaun Tan

Although saddened at having to leave the family he loves, the immigrant is certain that moving to the new land is the right thing to do and so ventures off to a strange land to begin a life that will hopefully reap the rewards he seeks through his sacrifice, hard work, and determination.
by Raina Telgemeier

Designing sets for her middle school's play, Callie tries to overcome limited carpentry skills, low ticket sales and squabbling crew members only to find her efforts further complicated by the arrival of two cute brothers. 
by Raina Telgemeier

A companion to the Eisner Award-winning Smile finds Raina's disappointing bond with a cranky, independent younger sister further challenged by the arrival of a baby brother and an estrangement in their parents' marriage. 
by Raina Telgemeier

In this coming-of-age true story, Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader, but one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth, and what follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear and even a retainer with fake teeth attached--on top of all that, there's a major earthquake, boy confusion and friends who turn out to be not so friendly.
Spill Zone
by Scott Westerfeld

When a disaster destroys her city, ends her parents' lives and leaves her sister badly scarred, Addison earns money by taking photographs of the devastation for high-paying art collectors, including an eccentric patron who offers a million dollars for a life-risking image.
The Shadow Hero
by Gene Luen Yang

In the comics boom of the 1940s, a legend was born: the Green Turtle. He solved crimes and fought injustice just like the other comics characters. But this mysterious masked crusader was hiding something more than your run-of-the-mill secret identity: the Green Turtle was the first Asian American super hero. The comic had a short run before lapsing into obscurity, but Gene Luen Yang has revived this character in Shadow Hero, a new graphic novel that creates an origin story for the Green Turtle
American Born Chinese
by Gene Luen Yang

In an action-packed modern fable about the problems young Chinese Americans face when trying to participate in American popular culture, the lives of three apparently unrelated characters--Jin Wang, Monkey King, and Chin-Kee--come together with an unexpected twist.
Level Up
by Gene Luen Yang

Dennis Ouyang lives in the shadow of his parents' high expectations: they want him to go to medical school; Dennis just wants to play video games (and he might actually be good enough to do it professionally)--but four adorable, bossy and occasionally terrifying angels arrive just in time to lead Dennis back onto the straight and narrow path to gastroenterology.
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