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Expanding the Story: 30 Mighty Girl Graphic Novels for Teens

A Mighty Girl's top picks of girl-empowering graphic novels for teens.

We've already shown how graphic novels for young readers can explore real life issues and take readers on amazing flights of fancy — but, of course, graphic novels are not just for young readers! Graphic novels aimed at teens can tackle even more challenging material, exploring more complex worlds and characters that are more understandable for an older audience.

With that in mind, this blog post showcases graphic novels for teen and adult readers, set in both real-life and fantasy. From exploring the challenges of coming of age for modern teens to tackling difficult social issues such as war, abuse, and addiction, these graphic novels bring greater complexity and depth into the story than titles targeted at younger readers. After all, few things in life are black and white even within a comic strip's panels.

For our full collection of graphic novels for all ages, check out our Top Graphic Novels Starring Mighty Girls.

Mighty Girl Graphic Novels for Teens

To Kill a Mockingbird: A Graphic Novel

To Kill a Mockingbird: A Graphic Novel

Illustrated by: Fred Fordham
Recommended Age: 12 and up

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s haunting portrait of race and class, hypocrisy and heroism set in the Deep South of the 1930s, remains of the most beloved and important novels of all time. The story of Scout, Jem, Boo Radley, Atticus Finch, and the small town of Maycomb, Alabama has now been vividly reborn in this beautifully crafted graphic novel. This timeless novel illuminates the complexities of human nature and the depths of the human heart with humor, unwavering honesty, and a tender, nostalgic beauty — its lifetime admirers and new readers alike will be touched by this stunning visual edition.

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Supergirl: Being Super

Supergirl: Being Super

Written by: Mariko Tamaki
Illustrated by: Joelle Jones
Recommended Age: 12 and up

Kara Danvers has spent years trying to blend in and feel normal — despite her super-strength and her ability to fly. But when an earthquake hits her small town near her 16th birthday, she can't pretend any more. Her superpowers are kicking into high gear, and people she thought she could trust may have ulterior motives. Kara will have to choose between the world where she was born and the world she loves if she's going to save the day. This Supergirl graphic novel, featuring a spectacular partnership between writer Mariko Tamaki and artist Joëlle Jones, collects the limited series Supergirl: Being Super #1-4, now in a new 6"X9" teen graphic novel format with new color by Jeremy Lawson.

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Pumpkinheads

Pumpkinheads

Written by: Rainbow Rowell
Illustrated by: Faith Erin Hicks
Recommended Age: 12 and up

Deja and Josiah have spent three years as seasonal friends while they worked at the local pumpkin patch. But this is their last year: they're both college-bound next summer. And Deja has a plan: instead of a maudlin night thinking how much they'll miss one another, she and Josie are going on an adventure full of excitement, snacks, and maybe even a chance for him to finally meet the girl at the Fudge Shoppe. Shy Josie isn't sure he's ready for what Deja has planned, but sometimes, a friend knows just what you need — even when it pushes you WAY out of your comfort zone. This delightful graphic novel by bestselling author Rainbow Rowell and Eisner Award-winning artist Faith Erin Hicks celebrates friendship, love, and nights you'll never forget.

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Anne Frank's Diary: The Graphic Adaptation

Anne Frank's Diary: The Graphic Adaptation

Illustrated by: David Polonsky
Recommended Age: 12 and up

For decades, Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl has inspired the world with its humanity and optimism in the face of the horrors of World War II. Now, this graphic novel adaptation, authorized by the Anne Frank Foundation in Basel, provides a fresh look at this enduring classic. Extensive quotations directly from the definitive edition of The Diary are accented by stunning illustrations which add a sense of immediacy and intimacy to this story, which is as relevant today as when it was written.

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Nimona

Nimona

Written by: Noelle Stevenson
Illustrated by: Noelle Stevenson
Recommended Age: 13 and up

Nimona is a young shapeshifter who’s eager to turn her remarkable talent into a career as a supervillain’s dastardly sidekick! So when she meets Lord Ballister Blackheart, a sinister man with a vendetta, it seems like the perfect match. Together, they will prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his Institute of Law Enforcement aren’t the noble heroes everyone thinks they are. And, Nimona’s ferocious shapeshifting abilities are just what's needed to tip the scales of this ongoing rivalry! This clever and funny collection of issues from Stevenson’s webcomic — which has been called "a mash-up of medieval culture with modern science and technology" — also includes exclusive material, as well as conceptual sketches.

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Tiny Dancer

Tiny Dancer

Written by: Siena Cherson Siegel
Illustrated by: Mark Siegel
Recommended Age: 13 and up

Siena has always dreamed of being a ballerina, and her hard work earned her a spot at the School of American Ballet — the first step towards becoming a member of George Balanchine's New York City Ballet Company. But her feelings about ballet are becoming more complicated. Siena's hours in rehearsal keep her away from family and friends. Frustrations like mastering a new step — but only on one side of the body — and being told she's too tall for certain roles begin to take their toll. And then there are the injuries, which every dancer fears and no dancer can avoid. Now Siena has to decide if she should look beyond the dance world... and who she is if she gives up the passion that has consumed years of her life. This stunning graphic memoir, a sequel to the Siebert Honor-winning To Dance, is a powerful story that speaks to the universal struggle of finding your footing in the world.

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The Princess and the Grilled Cheese Sandwich

The Princess and the Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Written by: Deya Muniz
Illustrated by: Deya Muniz
Recommended Age: 13 and up

When Lady Camembert's father dies, she knows she's got a problem: women are not allowed to inherit, and the last thing she wants to do is get married (at least to a man.) So with her faithful servant Feta by her side, she disguises herself as a man and moves to capital as Count Camembert. Cam just wants to blend in, but she's bored to tears until she meets Crown Princess Brie, who also loves fashion but with an activist twist. Cam wants to get to know Brie better, but every encounter risks revealing her secret... This graphic novel, packed with mistaken identities, laugh-out-loud scenarios, and unexpected love (and grilled cheese) is sure to delight teen readers.

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Ms. Marvel: No Normal

Ms. Marvel: No Normal

Written by: C. Willow Wilson
Illustrated by: Adrian Alphona
Recommended Age: 13 and up

This first graphic novel in the new Ms. Marvel series introduces Kamala Khan, an ordinary girl from Jersey City who is mysteriously endowed with extraordinary superpowers. Suddenly, the 16 year old who has always adored superheroes -- particularly her idol Ms. Marvel -- finds herself stepping into the famous suit! Finding out how best to wield her new powers will be challenging, however, especially as she tries to balance the expectations of her strict Pakistani immigrant parents. But it takes more than powers to be a hero and Kamala will have to find the confidence to be herself if she’s truly going to come into her own as the new Ms. Marvel. This volume collects the new Ms. Marvel issues 1 to 5; fans of Kamala can follow her continuing story in Ms. Marvel: Generation Why and Ms. Marvel: Crushed.

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Brontë

Brontë

Written by: Manuela Santoni
Illustrated by: Manuela Santoni
Recommended Age: 13 and up

Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë are facing a crisis: their father is desperately ill, and their brother Branwell, addicted to alcohol and opium, is as likely to drain the family accounts as add to them. Plus, all three women dream of writing — not something that proper ladies should do. But under the pseudonyms of Currer, Acton, and Ellis Bell, three brothers, their works enter the literary world to both acclaim and controversy. In this stunning black and white graphic novel, Manuela Santoni fictionalizes the story of the Brontë sisters, exploring the courage it took to seek independence through art and how their work changed English literature forever.

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Wires and Nerve, Volume 1

Wires and Nerve, Volume 1

Written by: Marissa Meyer
Illustrated by: Douglas Holgate
Recommended Age: 13 and up

Iko is an android with a heart of gold, but she's facing a big problem: rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers are threatening the hard-won peace between Earth and Luna. Iko decides that she has to hunt down the wolf-hybrid's leader, but to do so, she'll end up working side-by-side with a royal guardsman — and as their relationship grows, she'll start to question everything she thought she knew about who she really is. Marissa Meyer's first graphic novel continues the story of The Lunar Chronicles and fans will love seeing favorite characters like Cinder, Cress, Scarlet, and Winter make appearances in this thrilling tale. Iko's story continues in Wires and Nerve, Volume 2: Gone Rogue.

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Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas

Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas

Written by: Jim Ottaviani
Illustrated by: Maris Wicks
Recommended Age: 13 and up

This terrific account captures the lives and world of three great primatologists of the 20th century, Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas! At a time when women were rarely involved in sciences, particularly fieldwork, these three women — also known as “Leakey’s Angels” or “the Trimates” — not only broke new ground, but also shattered centuries of beliefs about the distinctions between apes and humans. Inviting illustrations and inspiring stories combine to create a volume that’s as much adventure story as it is scientific biography.

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Teen Titans: Raven

Teen Titans: Raven

Written by: Kami Garcia
Illustrated by: Gabriel Picolo
Recommended Age: 13 and up

When 17-year-old Raven Roth is in a car accident, she loses her foster mom and her memory in an instant. Her foster mother's sister Natalia, who lives in New Orleans, takes her in, and her daughter Max happily befriends the quiet girl. Soon, though, it becomes obvious that Raven is more than she seems: not only can she sense the emotions of her classmates, but sometimes her secret dark thoughts become real. With Max and a new friend, Tommy Torres, at her side, Raven will have to face whatever dark force may have its claws in her... This riveting graphic novel origin story is a tribute to the power of trust, friendship, and facing up to who you are.

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Why Is Everybody Yelling? Growing Up in My Immigrant Family

Why Is Everybody Yelling? Growing Up in My Immigrant Family

Written by: Marisabina Russo
Illustrated by: Marisabina Russo
Recommended Age: 13 and up

Marisabina Russo has grown up Catholic in 1950s New York, even attending a Catholic school — but when she tells her mom that she's interested in becoming a nun, she uncovers a family secret: she's Jewish by blood, with family members, including her mother, who are survivors of the Holocaust. Over the years, Marisabina explores her identity as a Jewish immigrant, develops a new understanding of how the trauma of the war affected her family, and discovers a path that can be uniquely her own. This sometimes moving and sometimes hilarious graphic memoir by an acclaimed picture book creator is a poignant and exuberant look at how family, religion, and history can shape a person as they grow.

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Sheets

Sheets

Written by: Brenna Thummler
Illustrated by: Brenna Thummler
Recommended Age: 13 and up

13-year-old Marjorie is fighting to keep things together as she manages the family laundry business while trying to manage school and more. Wendell is the ghost of a boy who died young, whose identity is dependent on a sheet and who is determined to find a purpose in the human world. When Wendell decides to haunt Marjorie's laundry, he doesn't realize that he's accidentally sabotaging everything that she's worked for... but if the two become friends, maybe they can find a way forward for both of them. This delightfully original graphic novel is a celebration of forgiveness, friendship, and figuring out who you are. Marjorie and Wendell's story continues in the sequel, Delicates.

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The Girl from the Sea

The Girl from the Sea

Written by: Molly Knox Ostertag
Illustrated by: Molly Knox Ostertag
Recommended Age: 13 and up

15-year-old Morgan Kwon hides her true self from everyone: she's sure she can't let anyone know she's gay until she goes away to college. That means a lot of pretending, to both family and friends. But when Morgan almost drowns one night, only to be rescued by a Selkie girl named Keltie, everything changes. Their growing romance makes Morgan happier than anything she's felt before, but Keltie has plans to stop the island's new cruise ship from traveling close to the seal rookery... plans that mean she refuses to stay quiet. This graphic novel, with its gorgeous underwater scenes and sweet LGBTQ romance, is a compelling story about love, family, and what it means to be yourself.

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Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant

Written by: Tony Cliff
Illustrated by: Tony Cliff
Recommended Age: 13 and up

Delilah Dirk has been to Japan, Indonesia, France, and even the New World — and she’s always found rollicking adventure! Now, she’s planning a daring robbery, targeting a rich and corrupt Sultan in Constantinople. It’s going to be trickier with Erdemogul Selim, a Turkish Lieutenant who just wants a good cup of tea, by her side, but even slow, steady Selim can’t resist the indomitable Delilah’s thirst for new exploits. Constantinople won’t know what hit it! This colorful graphic novel features a swashbuckling heroine and plenty of action. Fans of the first volume can follow Delilah's story in the sequel, Delilah Dirk and the King's Shilling.

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The Phantom Twin

The Phantom Twin

Written by: Lisa Brown
Illustrated by: Lisa Brown
Recommended Age: 13 and up

16-year-old Isabel and Jane, also known as "Jan-Iss," are the Extraordinary Peabody Sisters — the conjoined twins have lived in a traveling freak show since their parents sold them at the age of three. Jane, the more out going twin, wants a normal life, while artistic Isabel appreciates how the carnival gives them a chance to be financially independent, rather than living in an institution. When an ambitious surgeon's effort to separate the twins goes tragically wrong, Isabel is left without an arm and a leg — and haunted by her sister. Now, she has to figure out where she belongs when she's one, not two, and how she can build a life for herself. Spooky and atmospheric, with a sensitive examination of historic attitudes to differences and disabilities, this moving graphic novel explores what it takes to keep going when you think you've lost everything.

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Between Shades of Gray: The Graphic Novel

Between Shades of Gray: The Graphic Novel

Recommended Age: 13 and up

15-year-old Lina is a budding artist when her life changes forever in June of 1941. Suddenly, the Soviet secret police are at her family's door; her father is sent to a prison camp and Lina, her mother, and her younger brother are deported from Lithuania to Siberia, where they're put to work in horrific conditions. But Lina's art becomes a source of solace and rebellion, allowing her to capture what life is really like in the camp... and, hopefully, conveying a message to her father that might allow her to reunite her family. Just in time for the 10th anniversary of Ruta Sepetys' award-winning novel Between Shades of Gray, this stunning four-color graphic novel adaptation provides a new way to share this powerful story of loss, fear, and survival.

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Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind Boxed Set

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind Boxed Set

Written by: Hayao Miyazaki
Recommended Age: 13 and up

Hayao Miyazaki is best known in the West as a visionary filmmaker, founder of Studio Ghibli and creator of Mighty Girl movies like Kiki’s Delivery Service and Spirited Away, but he began his career in manga comics — and Nausicaa is his masterwork. Nausicaa is the princess of a small country on a future Earth, which has a bioengineered ecological system. War between two larger nations is threatening an ecological disaster, and in the midst of it, Nausicaa discovers a valley full of life. If the Earth is ever going to be green and vibrant again, Nausicaa will have to make the rest of the world see the importance of protecting this precious place. This deluxe boxed set includes the entire manga series, as well as a bonus poster. The first volume of the series was also adapted into Miyazaki’s animated film Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind.

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Graceling (Graphic Novel)

Graceling (Graphic Novel)

Written by: Kristin Cashore
Illustrated by: Gareth Hinds
Recommended Age: 13 and up

In Katsa's world, some people are Gracelings: they are born with an extreme skill. Katsa didn't expect to discover that she was one, until an incident at a royal banquet results in her learning she could kill a man with her bare hands. Her uncle, the king, decides to take advantage of her Grace by turning her into an enforcer who threatens anyone who opposes them. But when a foreign prince named Po comes looking for information about his grandfather's disappearance, Katsa agrees to help him... and uncovers terrible secrets that could destroy everything she loves. Kristin Cashore's best-selling fantasy novel Graceling gets a graphic novel adaptation with stunning illustrations by award-winning artist Gareth Hinds, capturing all the magic and adventure of this beloved story.

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Goldie Vance, Volume 1

Goldie Vance, Volume 1

Written by: Hope Larson
Illustrated by: Brittney Williams
Recommended Age: 13 and up

Sixteen-year-old Marigold "Goldie" Vance has big plans! Her divorced father runs a Florida resort, and Goldie is determined that she'll be the one to take over the in-house detective position. Of course, the current detective, Charles, isn't crazy about her idea! But when he runs into a case that he can't crack, he relents and agrees to take her on as a student... if she'll help him solve the mystery. With her father busy managing the resort, and her mother working as a live mermaid in a downtown club, she's got the perfect opportunity to prove she's got the chops of a detective. This exciting mystery adventure will delight would-be detectives! Goldie's story continues in Goldie Vance, Volume 2.

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Captain Marvel: Higher, Further, Faster, More

Captain Marvel: Higher, Further, Faster, More

Written by: Kelly Sue Deconnick
Illustrated by: David Lopez
Recommended Age: 13 and up

Captain Carol Danvers, a.k.a Captain Marvel, Earth’s Mightiest Hero, is facing an unexpectedly challenging assignment. She was supposed to be returning Rocket Girl to her home world, but she lands in the middle of an uprising — and the man behind the plot has a history with her. When he threatens to blackmail her to turn the Avengers against her, though, it’s time for some payback... with the help of the Guardians of the Galaxy! This volume collects issues 1 to 6 of Kelly Sue DeConnick's Captain Marvel series; fans of the series can find issues 7 - 11 in Captain Marvel: Stay Fly and issues 12 - 15 in Alis Volat Propriis.

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In Real Life

In Real Life

Written by: Cory Doctorow
Illustrated by: Jen Wang
Recommended Age: 13 and up

Anda loves a massively multiplayer online game called Coarsegold Online, where she can be a fighter and a hero, and meet people from all over the world. Gaming, as far as she is concerned, can only be a good thing, right? Then she meets a gold farmer: a character in the game being played by a poor teen in China, whose only purpose is to collect valuable items and sell them to players in the developed world. It’s against the rules of Coarsegold, but shutting down this player means a real person doesn’t have enough to eat. Suddenly, it seems that right and wrong aren’t as clear as they seem — even in a video game. This sensitive graphic novel, which tackles issues of global economic inequality that few teens have encountered, is sure to make them think twice about their favorite game.

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Princeless: Raven the Pirate Princess, Book 1 - Captain Raven and the All-Girl Crew

Princeless: Raven the Pirate Princess, Book 1 - Captain Raven and the All-Girl Crew

Written by: Jeremy Whitley
Illustrated by: Rosy Higgins; Ted Brandt
Recommended Age: 13 and up

Fans of Raven the pirate from Princeless Book 3: Pirate Princess will love this spin-off! Her brothers have taken the pirate legacy to which she should be the rightful heir, so now Raven is determined to win it back... but to do so, she's going to need the toughest crew around. These awesome ladies may not be your "typical" pirates, but you don't want to come up against them! With plenty of action and adventure and a daring LGBTQ character as its lead, this series gets off to a thrilling start. Fans can check out the second trade paperback in the series, Free Women.

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The Good Neighbors: Kin

The Good Neighbors: Kin

Written by: Holly Black
Recommended Age: 13 and up

Rue Silver’s mother has disappeared, and her father has been accused of her murder. Meanwhile, Rue is seeing strange things in town — people with animal faces and vines that sprout up over everything at night. It’s not until her extended family appears that Rue learns the truth: she, like her mother, is a faerie, and her father’s broken oath has resulted in her mother being thrown back into the faerie world. If Rue wants to rescue her, she’ll have to dare a journey there herself — one that will also pit her against a dark enemy that threatens more than just her family. This dark and mystical graphic novel handily mixes an urban high school environment with fantastic and mythical realms; the story continues in the sequel, Kith.

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Hera: The Goddess and Her Glory

Hera: The Goddess and Her Glory

Written by: George O'Connor
Recommended Age: 13 and up

She was Queen of the Gods in Greek myth, and no god or goddess denied her power! In this volume of the Olympians series, O’Connor tells stories of the heroes who sought Hera’s favor and patronage, including the famous Hercules. By drawing on classical documents, he stays true to the original myths, but the action packed illustrations are a reminder that these stories are not hoary, boring old tales, but full of adventure, romance, destiny, and might. Fans of this volume will also want to check out Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess and Artemis: Wild Goddess of the Hunt.

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Page by Paige

Page by Paige

Written by: Laura Lee Gulledge
Recommended Age: 13 and up

Paige Turner has just moved to New York and it’s a big change from the quiet town where she used to live! She takes refuge in her sketchbook, trying out different ideas to make sense of her new life, including a burgeoning dream: a life in art. Making new friends and exploring the city take courage, but revealing her secret identity as an artist is terrifying and might also be one of the most rewarding things she’s done yet. Teens with feel for Paige’s struggles with revealing the innermost parts of herself, especially if they too have a dream they fear will be crushed by mentioning its name. At the same time, the light and funny tone reminds readers that everyone can find their place.

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Sita’s Ramayana

Sita’s Ramayana

Written by: Samhita Arni
Illustrated by: Moyna Chitrakar
Recommended Age: 13 and up

The epic Hindu poem The Ramayana has had great influence on Indian culture for centuries, with children urged to emulate Rama and Sita, the main characters. In this graphic retelling of the story, Arni and Chitrakar explore Sita’s perspective, as she is captured and imprisoned by the arrogant king Ravana. Sita steadfastly refuses Ravana’s proposals of marriage, but when Rama frees her, she is shocked to discover he no longer trusts her and that he demands she undergo an ordeal to prove her fealty. This exciting and dramatic telling explores the same themes of right, wrong, loyalty, compassion, and trust as the original story, all with vivid artwork.

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The Prince and the Dressmaker

The Prince and the Dressmaker

Written by: Jen Wang
Illustrated by: Jen Wang
Recommended Age: 13 and up

Frances is a brilliant dressmaker whose life changes forever when she gets a very unusual commission: Prince Sebastian wants to hire her — to create gorgeous gowns for his alter ego, Lady Crystallia. Working for Crystallia means the chance to create the works of art she's always dreamed of, but a secret weapon has to stay secret, leaving Frances worried she'll never be known for her work. Meanwhile, Sebastian's parents have decided he has to marry, and he's worried what a potential bride with think about his time as Crystallia. How can these two friends find ways to be true to themselves, while also protecting the other? In this story about identity, art, and love that's both poignant and funny, Jen Wang creates a timeless fairy tale graphic novel that will speak to readers young and old.

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Friends With Boys

Friends With Boys

Written by: Faith Erin Hicks
Illustrated by: Faith Erin Hicks
Recommended Age: 14 and up

Maggie grew up homeschooling with her mother and roughhousing with her older brothers and now she’s facing a new adventure: high school. Adapting to the teen world would be hard enough, but she’s also got a mysterious ghost that’s silently followed her for her entirely life. Maggie will have to figure out why the melancholy spirit is so attached to her, and how to interact with these unpredictable peers... and maybe even how to make friends with someone who isn’t in her family. This graphic novel tackles a realistic scenario with a slight fantasy twist for an intriguing and emotional story.

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Speak: The Graphic Novel

Speak: The Graphic Novel

Written by: Laurie Halse Anderson
Illustrated by: Emily Carroll
Recommended Age: 14 and up

No matter how much people say to speak up, Melinda knows that's a lie: no one wants to hear her story. She called the cops on an end-of-summer party right before she started high school, and now nobody wants anything to do with her. Her art teacher, though, seems to realize Melinda is hurting, and as she works on an art project, Melinda is finally able to face the truth: she was raped by an upperclassman at that party, one who still attends her school. And as she rediscovers her voice, Melinda also rediscovers her own power. This adaptation of Laurie Halse Anderson's modern classic Speak is just as gripping as when the story was first published.

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Anya’s Ghost

Anya’s Ghost

Written by: Vera Brosgol
Illustrated by: Vera Brosgol
Recommended Age: 14 and up

Anya is a lonely teen when she discovers an old well in the park — by falling into it. At the bottom, she is shocked to discover the skeleton of Emily, a ghost from 1918 who has been mourning her fiancee’s death and her own murder for decades. For Russian-born Anya, who struggles to fit in, Emily first seems like the perfect friend, always there for her and willing to help her improve herself — and even give her suggestions on talk to the boy she has a crush on. But things start going wrong, and Anya starts to wonder if Emily is really her friend and what she may have accidentally unleashed. This spooky, intense graphic novel beautifully combines mystery with teen insecurity.

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Hungry Ghost

Hungry Ghost

Written by: Victoria Ying
Illustrated by: Victoria Ying
Recommended Age: 14 and up

Valerie Chu's mother makes delicious Chinese dishes... but Valerie knows better than to eat too much. Her mother has always shamed her about her eating, and makes snide comments about Valerie's curvy best friend. So for years, Valerie has stayed meticulously thin, concealing her bingeing and purging from everyone. But when her class goes on a trip to Paris, Valerie is forced to consider changing her habits: she can't maintain her purging schedule and still see the sights. And when a family tragedy strikes, Valerie faces a choice: continue making herself disappear, or seek help — even if it means separating herself from her mother's toxic projections. This stunning graphic novel is a gentle but piercing exploration of mental health, eating disorders, and what it means to love yourself.

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Spinning

Spinning

Written by: Tillie Walden
Illustrated by: Tillie Walden
Recommended Age: 14 and up

Tillie Walden was a talented figure skater, and the rink provided an escape from day to day worries like school, bullies, and family. Every day was the same: practice in the early-morning dark, practice after school. Weekends were filled with competitions, which she regularly won. But as she grew older, discovered a love of art, and fell in love with her first girlfriend, Tillie realized that skating was no longer a passion. Instead, it had become a millstone around her neck. This gripping graphic novel memoir about finding your voice — and leaving behind a major part of your old life — will speak to many teens.

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$15.22 (USD)

California Dreamin': Cass Elliot Before The Mamas & The Papas

California Dreamin': Cass Elliot Before The Mamas & The Papas

Written by: Pénélope Bagieu
Illustrated by: Pénélope Bagieu
Recommended Age: 16 and up

Ellen Cohen grew up in Baltimore with big dreams: she had an incredible voice, unshakeable confidence, and plans to become a star — no, a superstar. When she left her hometown, she called herself Cass Elliot, and set out to make music history. But at her size, she realized that she would never be the woman record producers wanted on album covers... so with a few unlikely friends, she became Mama Cass of The Mamas and The Papas. The band was short-lived, but their music became the sound of the 1960s. This graphic biography of Cass Elliot captures her bigger-than-life personality and her struggle to maintain her sense of self as she fought her way to the fame she dreamed of.

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Almost American Girl: An Illustrated Memoir

Almost American Girl: An Illustrated Memoir

Written by: Robin Ha
Illustrated by: Robin Ha
Recommended Age: 14 and up

Chuna and her mother have always been as close as could be, even if it's difficult living as the only child of a single mother in Seoul, Korea. But her life is turned upside down when the pair visit Huntsville, Alabama, and her mother suddenly announces that the relocation is permanent — and she's getting married. Chuna struggles with learning a new language, bullying both at school and by her stepfamily, and perhaps worst, feeling isolated from the mother who used to be the one person she could count on. Then one day, her mother enrolls the comics-loving girl in a drawing class — and Chuna, now going by Robin, discovers a future she never expected. This moving graphic memoir explores the challenges of immigration, the power of art, and the resilience of a strong mother-daughter bond.

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The Complete Persepolis

The Complete Persepolis

Written by: Marjane Satrapi
Recommended Age: 15 and up

Marjane is growing up with a large and loving family in Tehran, Iran. But when the Islamic Revolution begins, she has two very different lives — one in private and one in public — something that’s especially difficult for a young person already struggling with identity. Her family sends her to a high school in Vienna, which leaves her to come of age in a new culture that’s suspicious of her nationality and makes her eventual homecoming a struggle. This stunning graphic novel captures a story that’s simultaneously beyond the imagination of many teens today and, at the same time, surprisingly familiar, full of universal trials and joys of growing up. Readers intrigued by this graphic novel can also check out the animated film.

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A Game For Swallows: To Die, To Leave, To Return

A Game For Swallows: To Die, To Leave, To Return

Written by: Zeina Abirached
Illustrated by: Zeina Abirached
Recommended Age: 15 and up

Zeina was born in the midst of Lebanon’s civil war; the conflict is all that she’s ever known. Beirut is divided in two, with one side for Christians and the other side for Muslims, and sandbags and snipers separating them. But one day Zeina’s parents don’t return from a visit to the opposite side of the city, and the bombing gets louder — and closer. Fortunately, neighbors from their apartment create a world of gossip, games, and cooking, hoping to make this dangerous night feel a little safer. This real-life story takes place over a single day, creating a sense of immediacy, but what stands out the most is the powerful message about the strength of community. For another look at Abirached’s childhood in Lebanon, check out I Remember Beirut.

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My Last Summer with Cass

My Last Summer with Cass

Written by: Mark Crilley
Illustrated by: Mark Crilley
Recommended Age: 15 and up

Every summer, Megan and Cass vacationed at the same Michigan cottage, and they forged a deep friendship based on their love of art. But when they were 13, Cass' parents got divorced, and the summer vacations ended. Several years later, Megan has finally convinced her protective parents — who don't think art is a real career — to let her visit Cass in New York. Cass seems determined to shock her Midwestern friend with her tattoos and the exotic foods she eats, and she also wants to challenge Megan to develop her art, exploring more mature topics. Their collaboration could even end up in an art show! But when Megan's parents show up unexpectedly, she makes a decision that could cost her friendship... Fans of This One Summer will love this thoughtful graphic novel about friendship, art, and choosing your path as you come of age.

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Honor Girl

Honor Girl

Written by: Maggie Thrash
Illustrated by: Maggie Thrash
Recommended Age: 15 and up

Maggie Thrash has always loved her summers at the one-hundred-year-old Camp Bellflower for Girls, and she's secretly always hoped she'd be named Honor Girl, the girl who most exemplifies the camp's spirit. But the summer she is fifteen, things are different. A chance contact between Maggie and Erin, one of the counselors, sets off unexpected feelings for Maggie — and Camp Bellflower is not the place for a girl to fall in love with another girl. On top of that, her proficiency at the rifle range is setting her at odds with one of the other campers. In this graphic memoir, Maggie will learn a lot about her self at camp this summer... including the power of creating your own identity.

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Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World

Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World

Written by: Pénélope Bagieu
Illustrated by: Pénélope Bagieu
Recommended Age: 15 and up

Both past and present, if you're a girl who dares to go against the world, you have to be a little brazen! Celebrated graphic novelist Pénélope Bagieu profiles the lives of 33 women from a variety of social, ethnic, cultural, and historical backgrounds, always with a sense of wit and humor that will draw readers into their stories and leave them eager to learn more. Sometimes infuriating but always inspiring, the stories of the obstacles these women overcame will inspire the next generation to become a little brazen themselves.

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Numb to This: Memoir of a Mass Shooting

Numb to This: Memoir of a Mass Shooting

Written by: Kindra Neely
Illustrated by: Kindra Neely
Recommended Age: 15 and up

For Kindra Neely, mass shootings were events to gasp at on the news... until it happened to her. On October 1, 2015, a mass shooter targeted Umpqua Community College, killing eight students and one professor, and leaving Kindra and other survivors reeling. Kindra's not sure why the attack has scarred her so deeply — she didn't even see the shooter — but she finds herself swinging between despair and panic, concealing all of it, even a suicide attempt, from her loved ones. And every time she thinks she's getting better, an alert appears on her phone about the next act of violence... This raw and gripping graphic memoir shows how Kindra discovered that telling her story through art might be a pathway to both healing and change.

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This One Summer

This One Summer

Written by: Mariko Tamaki
Illustrated by: Jillian Tamaki
Recommended Age: 15 and up

Every summer, Rose looks forward to time at the cottage in Awago Beach, and her summer friend, Wendy, who is like the little sister she never had. But this year is different: Rose’s parents won’t stop fighting, about something that happened last year — something they’ve never explained to Rose, but that has sent her mother into a spiral of depression and anger. And when one of the local teens finds herself in a terrible situation of her own, Rose and Wendy realize how lucky they each are to have one person they know they can always depend on. This story is a true slice of life, combining the ordinary details of a summer vacation with the difficult process of a family dealing with loss.

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