Staff Picks

Great Graphic Novels for Teens Part One

Every year, the Young Adult Library Services Association of the American Library Association publishes a list of recommended graphic novels and illustrated nonfiction for ages 12-18. This year's nominees are out, and of the 41 nominees, the Library owns 27. We'll be taking a look at these 27 titles in the form of two booklists (Part Two will be coming in August). In addition, three of the nominees not owned by the Library are in the form of free web comics (follow the links to the non-MCPL websites):

Bad Machinery by John Allison

Two groups of British school kids compete to solve mysteries in this funny and action-packed daily comic.

 

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff

Action adventuress Deliliah Dirk travels the globe in the early 19th century in search of treasure and sword fights!

 

The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks

Fighting monsters, looking for an arch nemesis, and contending with a far more popular superhero brother are Superhero Girl's goals in this semi-weekly web comic.

Chris H.
Abelard     Abelard    
Renaud Dillies
    Dillies

A small French bird trravels to America in search of a machine that will allow him to capture the moon for his sweetheart.

Beautiful Creatures     Beautiful Creatures    
Cassandra Jean
    Cassand

Psychic romance and a haunted Southern Gothic setting highlight this manga adaptation of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's novel.

Blue Bloods: The Graphic Novel     Blue Bloods: The Graphic Novel    
Robert Venditti
    Venditt

A graphic novel adaptation of Melissa de la Cruz's tale of wealthy New York socialite teens with a bloodthirsty secret. Art by Alina Urusov.

Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir     Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir    
Nicole Georges
    Georges

A 23-year-old woman's world is turned upside-down after learning from a psychic that the father she had always thought dead is alive, and that her family has known about it all along.

Cursed Pirate Girl     Cursed Pirate Girl    
Jeremy Bastian
    Bastian

Pirates, ghosts, and mythic creatures abound in this nautical tale of a cursed pirate girl in search of her father, a legendary pirate captain of the Omerta Seas.

Haganai: I Don't Have Many Friends, Volume One     Haganai: I Don't Have Many Friends, Volume One    
Itachi
    Itachi

A group of high school social misfits (including an imaginary friend) form a club dedicated to making new friends. Story by Yomi Hirasaka.

Hawkeye Volume One: My Life as a Weapon     Hawkeye Volume One: My Life as a Weapon    
Matt Fraction
    Fractio

The dark underside of New York City is the setting for part-time Avenger Hawkeye's battle against crime in this first collection. Art by David Aja.

Marble Season     Marble Season    
Gilbert Hernandez
    Hernand

Hernandez, of Love & Rockets fame, presents a portrait of growing up in the 1960s, from neighborhood bullies to Cold War intrigue.

Peanut     Peanut    
Ayun Halliday
    Hallida

A lie about a peanut allergy quickly gets way out of hand for a sophomore in high school. Art by Paul Hoppe.

The Infernal Devices Volume One: Clockwork Angel     The Infernal Devices Volume One: Clockwork Angel    
Cassandra Clare
    Clare
Infernal Devices

Set in Victorian-era London's supernatural underworld, this is a manwha adaptation of Clare's novel about a young woman with mysterious powers in search of a lost brother. For fans of the supernatural and steampunk alike. Art by HyeKyung Baek. 

The Odyssey     The Odyssey    
Seymour Chwast
    Chwast

An imaginative adaptation of Homer's epic poem, utilizing Chwast's simple, clean illustrations and sly humor.

Will & Whit     Will & Whit    
Laura Lee Gulledge
    Gulledg

A young woman is forced to confront her fear of the dark when a hurricane cuts her off from friends and all sources of light.

Wonder Woman Volume 2: Guts     Wonder Woman Volume 2: Guts    
Brian Azzarello
    Wonder

Wonder Woman travels to Hell on a rescue mission, with a little help from the God of Love and the God of Smiths.