YA Graphic Novels - Younger Teens

YA Graphic Novels - Younger Teens

Graphic Novels feature some of the best storytelling you'll find anywhere! We bet you can't read just one!


Compiled by:
Sam O. and Becky F.
Another Castle: Grimoire

Andrew Wheeler
(Graphic Novels - Wheeler)

Princess Misty of Beldora longs for a more exciting life, but gets more than she bargained for when she is captured by Lord Badlug, the ruler of the neighboring kingdom of Grimoire. He intends to marry her and conquer Beldora, leading the land into ruin and chaos. Together with the long-suffering citizens of Grimoire and a certain bumbling prince, Misty must fight to protect her kingdom and free both realms from Badlug's tyrannical rule.


Awkward

Svetlana Chmakova
(Graphic Novels - Chmakov)

After shunning Jaime, the school nerd, on her first day at a new middle school, Penelope Torres tries to blend in with her new friends in the art club, until the art club goes to war with the science club, of which Jaime is a member.


The Backstagers, Vol. 1: Rebels Without Applause

James Tynion IV
(Graphic Novels - Tynion)

When Jory transfers to an all-boys private high school, he's taken in by the only ones who don't treat him like a new kid, the lowly stage crew known as the Backstagers. Not only does he gain great, lifetime friends, Jory is also introduced to an entire magical world that lives beyond the curtain. With the unpredictable twists and turns of the underground world, the Backstagers venture into the unknown, determined to put together the best play their high school has ever seen. 


Be Prepared

Vera Brosgol
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J-GN Brosgol Be Prepared)

A misfit girl and her brother attend summer camp, where they struggle with primitive plumbing, snobby tentmates, and boys-versus-girls competitions.


The City on the Other Side

Mairghread Scott
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J Scott)

Isabel has been sheltered in a high-society world. All that changes, when she breaches an invisible barrier, and steps into a magical and dangerous city where war rages between the fairies of the Seelie and Unseelie Courts.


El Deafo

Cece Bell
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J 362.42 Bel)

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."


Estranged

Ethan M Aldridge
(Graphic Novels - GN Aldridg Estranged)

Enduring lives where their differences render them outcasts, a changeling and a human child must unite when a cruel sorceress ascends the throne, placing the fates of both worlds in their hands.


Ghosts

Raina Telgemeier
(Graphic Novels - Telgeme)

Catrina and her family have moved to the coast of Northern California for the sake of her little sister, Maya, who has cystic fibrosis--and Cat is even less happy about the move when she is told that her new town is inhabited by ghosts, and Maya sets her heart on meeting one.


Goldie Vance, Vol. 1

Hope Larson
(Graphic Novels - Larson)

Sixteen-year-old Marigold "Goldie" Vancelives at a Florida resort with her dad, who manages the place. Her mom, who divorced her dad years ago, works as a live mermaid at a club downtown. Goldie has an insatiable curiosity, which explains her dream to one day become the hotel's in-house detective. When Charles, the current detective, encounters a case he can't crack, he agrees to mentor Goldie in exchange for her help solving the mystery.


In Real Life

Cory Doctorow
(Graphic Novels - Doctoro)

Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role playing game. But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer -- a poor Chinese kid whose avatar illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them to players from developed countries with money to burn. This behavior is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person's real livelihood is at stake.


Kim Reaper, Vol. 1: Grim Beginnings

Sarah Graley
(Graphic Novels - GN Kim Reaper v. 1)

Like most university students, Kim works a part-time job to make ends meet. Unlike most university students, Kim's job is pretty cool: she's a grim reaper, tasked with guiding souls into the afterlife. Like most university students, Becka has a super intense crush. Unlike most university students, Becka's crush is on a beautiful gothic angel that frequents the underworld.


Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy

Noelle Stevenson
(Graphic Novels - Stevens)

Friendship to the max! At Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's camp for hardcore lady-types, things are not what they seem. Three-eyed foxes. Secret caves. Anagrams. Luckily, Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five rad, butt-kicking best pals determined to have an awesome summer together-- and they're not gonna let a magical quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way!


Making Friends

Kristen Gudsnuk
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J-GN Gudsnuk Making Friends)

Sixth grade was so much easier for Danny. All her friends were in the same room and she knew exactly what to expect out of life. Now that she's in seventh grade, she's in a new middle school, her friends are in different classes and forming new cliques, and she is totally, completely lost. What Danny really needs is a new best friend! So when she inherits a magic sketchbook from her eccentric great-aunt in which anything she sketches in it comes to life, she draws Madison, the most amazing, perfect, and awesome best friend ever.


Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy

Rey Terciero
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J-GN Meg Jo Beth and Amy)

Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy are having a really tough year: Not only is their father overseas with the military and their mother working overtime to make ends meet, but each girl is struggling with her own unique problems. Whether it's school woes, health issues, boy troubles or simply feeling lost, the March sisters all need the same thing: support from each other.


Mighty Jack, Vol. 1

Ben Hatke
Juvenile Graphic Novels – J Hatke

Jack dreads summer because his single mother has to work and leaves him at home with his boring little sister, who is autistic. She doesn't talk at all. Ever. But one day while they are at a flea market, she does talk. She tells Jack to trade their mother's car for a box of mysterious seeds. It's the best mistake Jack has ever made!


Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Vol. 1: BFF

Brandon Montclare
(Graphic Novels - Montcla)

Lunella Lafayette is an inhuman preteen genius who wants to change the world! THAT JOB would be a lot easier if she wasn't living in mortal fear of her latent inhuman gene. There's no telling what she'll turn into -- but Luna's got a plan. All she needs is an Omni-Wave Projector. Easy, right? That is, until a red-scaled beast is teleported from the prehistoric past to a far-flung future we call...today! Together they're the most Marvelous Team-Up of all -- the Inhuman Moon Girl and time-tossed Devil Dinosaur!


The Nameless City, Vol. 1

Faith Erin Hicks
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J Hicks)

Every time it is invaded the City gets a new name, but to the natives in is the Nameless City, and they survive by not letting themselves get involved--but now the fate of the Cityrests in the hands of Rat, a native, and Kaidu, one of the Dao, the latest occupiers, and the two must somehow work together if the City is to survive.


Pashmina

Nidi Chanani
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J Chanani)

Indian-American teen, Priyanka "Pri" Das, attempts to reconnect with her mother's homeland through a magical pashmina shawl. Presented in comic book format.
Priyanka Das has so many unanswered questions: Why did her mother abandon her home in India years ago? What was it like there? And most importantly, who is her father, and why did her mom leave him behind? But Pri's mom avoids these questions and the topic of India is permanently closed. For Pri, her mother's homeland can only exist in her imagination. That is, until she find a mysterious pashmina tucked away in a forgotten suitcase. When she wraps herself in it, she is transported to a place more vivid and colorful than any guidebook or Bollywood film.


Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat!, Vol. 1: Hooked on a Feline

Kate Leth
(Graphic Novels - Leth)

Patsy Walker has managed to escape her past, her enemies and Hell itself (literally)--but nothing compares to job hunting in New York City! Between trying to make rent and dodging bullets, she barely has time to deal with the popular republication of her mother's exploitative romance comics about Patsy's teenage years, much less their interference with her work and dating life. As she goes from living a double life to living a triple one, what the Hell is Patsysupposed to do? There'll be burgers, monsters and rent checks; old friends like She-Hulk and Valkyrie; and a ghost from the past with questionable motives!


The Prince and the Dressmaker

Jen Wang
(Graphic Novels - Wang)

Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride--or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia--the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!


Princeless, Vol. 1: Save Yourself

Jeremy Whitley
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J Whitley)

Princess Adrienne is tired of being locked in a tower, waiting around to be rescued by a prince. She escapes from the tower with the help of her guardian dragon, Sparky, and with her plucky sidekick Bedelia, Adrienne sets off on a quest to rescue her sisters who are suffering the same fate.


Princess Princess Ever After

Kate O'Neill
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J Oneill)

When the heroic princess Amira rescues the kind-hearted princess Sadie from her tower prison, neither expects to find a true friend in the bargain. Yet as they adventure across the kingdom, they discover that they bring out the very best in the other person. They’ll need to join forces and use all the know-how, kindness, and bravery they have in order to defeat their greatest foe yet: a jealous sorceress, who wants to get rid of Sadie once and for all. Join Sadie and Amira, two very different princesses with very different strengths, on their journey to figure out what “happily ever after” really means—and how they can find it with each other.


Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo, Vol. 1: The Road to Epoli

Ben Costa
(Graphic Novels - Costa)

Meet Rickety Stitch . . . a walking, talking, singing skeleton minstrel. He's the one skeleton in the dungeon who seems to have retained his soul, and he has no idea why. His only clue to his former identity is a song he hears snippets of in his dreams, an epic bard's tale about the Road to Epoli and the land of Eem.


Roller Girl

Victoria Jamieson
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J Jamieso)

A graphic novel adventure about a girl who discovers rollerderby right as she and her best friend are growing apart.


Sarah's Scribbles Collection, Vol.1: Adulthood is a Myth

Sarah Andersen
(Graphic Novels - Anderse)

Adulthood is a myth confronts head-on the horrors, anxiety, and awkwardness of modern adult life. From the agony of holding hands with a gorgeous guy to the yawning pit of hell that is the wifi gone down to the eye-watering pain of eating too-hot pizza because one cannot stand to wait for it to cool down, Sarah fearlessly documents it all.


Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter

Marcus Sedwick
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J Sedgwic)

Scarlett Hart, orphaned daughter of two legendary monster hunters, is determined to carry on in her parents' footsteps--even if the Royal Academy for the Pursuit and Eradication of Zoological Eccentricities says she's too young to fight perilous horrors. But whether it's creepy mummies or a horrid hound, Scarlett won't back down, and with the help of her loyal butler and a lot of monster-mashing gadgets, she's on the case.


Sunny Side Up

Jennifer L. Holm, Matthew Holm
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J Holm)

From the groundbreaking and award-winning sister-brother team behind Babymouse comes a middle-grade, graphic-novel memoir. Following the lives of kids whose older brother's delinquent behavior has thrown their family into chaos, 'Sunny Side Up' is at once a compelling 'problem' story and a love letter to the comic books that help the protagonist make sense of her world.


The Tea Dragon Society

Katie O'Neill
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J Oneill)

After discovering a lost Tea Dragon in the marketplace, apprentice blacksmith Greta learns about the dying art form of Tea Dragon caretaking from the kind tea shop owners.


The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 1: Squirrel Power

Ryan North
(Graphic Novels - Unbeata)

Wolverine, Deadpool, Doctor Doom, Thanos: There's one hero that's beaten them all-and now she's got her own ongoing series! (Not that she's bragging.) That's right, you asked for it, you got it, it's Squirrel Girl! (She's also starting college this semester.) It's the start of a brand-new set of adventures starring the nuttiest and most upbeat super hero in the world!


The Witch Boy, Vol. 1

Molly Ostertag
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J Osterta)

In thirteen-year-old Aster's family, all the girls are raised to be witches, while boys grow up to be shapeshifters. Anyone who dares cross those lines is exiled. Unfortunately for Aster, he still hasn't shifted... and he's still fascinated by witchery, no matter how forbidden it might be. When a mysterious danger threatens the other boys, Aster knows he can help -- as a witch and it will require all of his courage to save his family... and be truly himself