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 - GN Another Castle v. 1)

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 - GN Berrybrook Middle School v. 1)

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 - GN Backstagers v. 1)

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.


Beetle & the Hollowbones

Aliza Layne
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J-GN Layne Beetle And The Hollowbones)

Twelve-year-old goblin and witch-in-training Beetle enlists her former best friend, Kat Hollowbones, to help stop Kat's sorceress aunt from demolishing the mall where Beetle's friend Blob Ghost is trapped.


The Deep & Dark Blue

Niki Smith
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J-GN Smith Deep And Dark Blue)

After a terrible political coup usurps their noble house, Hawke and Grayson flee to stay alive and assume new identities, Hanna and Grayce. Desperation and chance lead them to the Communion of Blue, an order of magical women who spin the threads of reality to their will. As the twins learn more about the Communion, and themselves, they begin to hatch a plan to avenge their family and retake their royal home. While Hawke wants to return to his old life, Grayce struggles to keep the threads of her new life from unraveling, and realizes she wants to stay in the one place that will allow her to finally live as a girl.


Dragon Hoops

Gene Luen Yang
(Graphic Novels - GN 741.5092 Yang Yan)

Gene understands stories - comic book stories, in particular. Big action. Bigger thrills. And the hero always wins. But Gene doesn't get sports. As a kid, his friends called him 'Stick' and every basketball game he played ended in pain. He lost interest in basketball long ago, but at the high school where he now teaches, it's all anyone can talk about. The men's varsity team, the Dragons, is having a phenomenal season that's been decades in the making. Each victory brings them closer to their ultimate goal: the California State Championships. Once Gene gets to know these young all-stars, he realizes that their story is just as thrilling as anything he's seen on a comic book page. He knows he has to follow this epic to its end. What he doesn't know yet is that this season is not only going to change the Dragons's lives, but his own life as well.


El Deafo

Cece Bell
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J-GN 741.5092 Bell 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 Estranged v. 1)

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.


Goldie Vance, Vol. 1

Hope Larson
(Graphic Novels - GN Goldie Vance v. 1)

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.


Guts

Raina Telgemeier
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J-GN 741.5092 Telgeme Tel)

Raina wakes up one night with a terrible upset stomach. Her mom has one, too, so it's probably just a bug. Raina eventually returns to school, where she's dealing with the usual highs and lows: friends, not-friends, and classmates who think the school year is just one long gross-out session. It soon becomes clear that Raina's tummy trouble isn't going away... and it coincides with her worries about food, school, and changing friendships. What's going on?


In Real Life

Cory Doctorow
(Graphic Novels - GN Doctoro In Real Life)

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.


Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy

Noelle Stevenson
(Graphic Novels - GN Lumberjanes v. 1)

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 Tercier 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

Ben Hatke
(Juvenile Graphic Novels – J-GN Mighty Jack v. 1)

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 - GN Moon Girl And Devil Dinosaur v. 1)

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-GN Nameless City v. 1)

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.


New Kid

Jerry Craft
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J-GN Craft New Kid)

After his parents send him to a prestigious private school known for its academics, Jordan Banks finds himself torn between two worlds.


Pashmina

Nidhi Chanani
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J-GN Chanani Pashmina)

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.


The Prince and the Dressmaker

Jen Wang
(Graphic Novels - GN Wang Prince And The Dressmaker)

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-GN Princeless v. 1)

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

Katie O'Neill
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J-GN Oneill Princess Princess Ever After)

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 - GN Rickety Stitch And The Gelatinous Goo v. 1)

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-GN Jamieso Roller Girl)

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


Sarah's Scribbles. Adulthood is a myth

Sarah Andersen
(Graphic Novels - GN Anderse Sarahs Scribbles Adulthood Is A Myth)

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 Sedgwick
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J-GN Sedgwic Scarlett Hart Monster Hunter)

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.


Snapdragon

Kat Leyh
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J-GN Leyh Snapdragon)

Snap's town had a witch. At least, that's how the rumor goes. But in reality, Jacks is just a crocks-wearing, internet-savvy old lady who sells roadkill skeletons online--after doing a little ritual to put their spirits to rest. It's creepy, sure, but Snap thinks it's kind of cool, too. They make a deal: Jacks will teach Snap how to take care of the baby opossums that Snap rescued, and Snap will help Jacks with her work. But as Snap starts to get to know Jacks, she realizes that Jacks may in fact have real magic--and a connection with Snap's family's past.


Sunny Side Up

Jennifer L. Holm, Matthew Holm
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J-GN Sunny Side Up v. 1)

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.


Superman Smashes the Klan

Gene Luen Yang
(Graphic Novels - GN Superman Smashes The Klan)

When Dr. Lee moves his family to Metropolis, his son Tommy adjusts to the new neighborhood while daughter Roberta feels out of place, so when the evil Klan of the Fiery Cross begins a string of terrorist attacks on the city, Superman fights them, and Roberta and Superman soon learn to embrace their own unique features that set them apart.


The Tea Dragon Society

Katie O'Neill
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J-GN Tea Dragon Series v. 1)

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 - GN Squirrel Girl Unbeatable v. 1)

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!


When Stars Are Scattered

Victoria Jamieson, Omar Mohamed
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J-GN 305.9069 Jam)

Omar and his younger brother Hassan live in a refugee camp, and when an opportunity for Omar to get an education comes along, he must decide between going to school every day or caring for his nonverbal brother in this intimate and touching portrayal of family and daily life in a refugee camp.


The Witch Boy

Molly Ostertag
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J-GN Witch Boy vol. 1)

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