Graphic Novels for Young Adults

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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.

Five creepy stories with eerie, ominous art to match.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

A graphic novel version of the true story of an 11 year old who murdered and was murdered in a gang violence.

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

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.

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.

Follow an immigrant's journey in this amazing, wordless graphic novel.

  • YA Telgemeier, Raina Drama

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

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.


This series fills in the blanks of Hatter M's story from the Looking Glass Wars series.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. . .

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).

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.

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.

An illustrated account of Lincoln's famous speech in the context of its time and its enduring significance.

In these award-winning graphic novels, Art Spiegelman traces the effects of the Holocaust on both his parents and his own lives.

An account of the causes and effects of the Dust Bowl on the lives of residents of the Great Plains during the 1930s.