Graphic Novels for Young Adults
- YA Brosgol, Vera Anya's Ghost
When Anya falls in an abandoned well, she meets the ghost of Emily, who has been trapped there for 90 years. Emily hitches a ride when Anya is rescued, and Anya discovers that having a ghost for a friend may be more than she bargained for.
- YA Carroll, Emily Through the Woods
Five creepy stories with eerie, ominous art to match.
- YA Castellucci, Cecil The Plain Janes
When Jane's family moves from the city to the suburbs following a terrorist attack, she teams up with several other girls, also name Jane, to stage "art attacks" in protest over the loss of nature and beauty in the city. The story continues in Janes In Love.
- YA Cliff, Tony Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant
- YA Gulledge, Laura Lee Will & Whit
Planning a show with her friends during a post-hurricane blackout helps Will to come to terms with her fear of the dark and the deaths of her parents. Look for some familiar local scenes in this story set in Charlottesville. Also by Laura Lee Gulledge, Page by Paige
- YA Hale, Shannon and Dean Rapunzel's Revenge
Remember the legend of the damsel in distress locked in a tower who lets her hair fall out of the tower so the prince can climb up to save her? Well, that was then. THIS Rapunzel isn't waiting to be saved -- she'll do it herself, thank you! Here you get a twist on the legend in an action-packed Wild West setting. Don't miss the sequel, Calamity Jack, in which Jack climbs a magical beanstalk.
- YA Halliday, Ayun Peanut
As Sadie transfers to a new school, she pretends to have a peanut allergy in order to stand out among her schoolmates, but her lie becomes harder to maintain as she makes new friends.
- YA Hicks, Faith Erin Friends With Boys
After being homeschooled all her life, Maggie is now adjusting to life at high school while also being haunted by a ghost who died 200 years ago.
- YA Neri, Greg Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty
A graphic novel version of the true story of an 11 year old who murdered and was murdered in a gang violence.
- YA Russell, P. Craig The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel, vols. 1 & 2
Neil Gaiman's award-winning novel, The Graveyard Book has been adapted to a two-volume graphic novel, bringing the dark, creepy story to life. Don't miss Russell's earlier adaptation of Gaiman's Coraline
- YA Shen, Prudence Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong
Basketball star Charlie is caught in the middle of the battle for school funding between his Robotics Club buddy and his Cheerleader ex-girlfriend, until they figure out a way to work together to benefit both sides.
- YA Stevenson, Noelle Nimona
- YA Tamaki, Mariko This One Summer
Rose is spending her summer trying to figure out why her parents keep arguing, what’s up with the dramatic, strange behavior of the local teens, and why is this growing up business so confusing. The struggles of growing up and other heavy topics are explored in this gorgeously illustrated graphic novel that captures the essence on one truly memorable summer.
- YA Tan, Shaun The Arrival by Shaun Tan
Follow an immigrant's journey in this amazing, wordless graphic novel.
- YA Telgemeier, Raina Drama
- YA TenNapel, Doug Ghostopolis
When a ghost hunter transports a horse skeleton to the afterlife, Garth is accidentally sent along, where he ends up facing the evil ruler of Ghostopolis. Other great graphic novels by TenNapel include Cardboard and Bad Island
- YA Yang, Gene Luen American Born Chinese
Three humorous and thought-provoking stories reflect the Chinese-American experience in terms of traditions, prejudices, and issues of self-image and coming of age. Yang is a prolific author. Don't miss his other books, including Boxers and Saints and The Shadow Hero.
- YA Beddor, Frank Hatter M
This series fills in the blanks of Hatter M's story from the Looking Glass Wars series.
- YA Kibuishi, Kazu Amulet
After their father's death, Emily and her brother Navin move with their mom to an old house with an entry to an alternate version of earth.
- YA O'Connor, George Olympians
Features the stories of individual figures in Greek mythology, from Athena to Zeus. A good series for fans of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series.
- YA Petersen, David/ YA Mouse Mouse Guard
In this beautifully drawn series, Saxon, Kenzie, and Lieam patrol the borders of the Mouse Territories to keep its citizens safe. If you liked the Redwall series, you'll love these!
- YA Smith, Jeff Bone
The adventures of the Bone cousins --Fone, Smiley, and Phoney -- who are thrown out of Boneville fter Phoney Bone's shady deals go bad.
- YA Vaughan, Brian K. Runaways
A group of teenagers run away from home when they discover their parents are super-villains and bond together in a series of adventures. In some ways, this series is like a teenage version of X-Men.
- various authors Adventure Time created by Pendleton Ward
Based on the animated TV series featuring the adventures of Finn and Jake in the Land of Ooo.
- GN 306.875 Telgemeier, Raina Sisters
A three-week road trip to a family reunion with a younger sister and baby brother can reveal a lot about siblings - the good, the bad, and the strength of family ties. Then there’s the incident with the snake. . .
- GN 323.029 Lewis, John March
Congressman John Lewis was one of the key figures in the Civil Rights Movement. This graphic novel trilogy is his first-hand account of his lifelong struggle for civil and human rights. Book 1 includes an account of Lewis’ youth in Alabama, his meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., and the birth of the Nashville student movement. Many student activitists were inspired by a 1950s comic book, "Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story," an important factor in Lewis’ choice to tell his own story in graphic novel format.
- GN 617.645 Telgemeier, Raina Smile
It all started with a simple accident that damaged her front teeth. But from there Raina’s dental woes escalate dramatically. As if being a teenager weren’t hard enough. . .
- GN 623.451 Fetter-Vorm, Jonathan Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb
From the first, nineteenth-century experiments to the top-secret Manhattan Project, this graphic novel follows the dramatic race to build the first atomic bomb. Some of the greatest scientific minds of the twentieth century struggled first to design the bomb and then with the ethics of using it. A great companion to Bomb:The Race to Build - and Steal - the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin (623.451 Sheinkin).
- GN 92 Abirached, Zeina A Game For Swallows: To Die, To Leave, To Return
The story of Zeina’s childhood, growing up in Beirut during the civil war when snipers, barricades and barbed separate the family’s apartment building from the rest of the city. One night, Zeina’s parents are out in the city when the bombing starts, and the residents come together in the family’s apartment to keep the children company during the tense wait for their return.
- GN 92 King, Martin Luther, Jr. I See the Promised Land by A.R. Flowers
An account of King's life and legacy, combining the styles of African storytelling and Indian fold art, with a background of the historic developments leading to his work.
- GN 92 Lincoln, Abraham The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Novel Adaptation
An illustrated account of Lincoln's famous speech in the context of its time and its enduring significance.
- GN 940.5318 Spiegelman, Art The Maus series
In these award-winning graphic novels, Art Spiegelman traces the effects of the Holocaust on both his parents and his own lives.
- GN 978.02 Brown, Don The Great American Dust Bowl
An account of the causes and effects of the Dust Bowl on the lives of residents of the Great Plains during the 1930s.