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., Laura W. & Fern. S
Another Kind

Trevor Bream
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J-GN Bream Another Kind)

Tucked away in a government facility nicknamed the Playroom, six not-quite-human kids learn to control their strange and unpredictable abilities. Life is good -- or safe, at least -- hidden from the prying eyes of a judgmental world. That is, until a security breach forces them out of their home and into the path of the Collector, a mysterious being with leech-like powers.

Avatar the Last Airbender: Imbalance Part One

Faith Erin Hicks
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J-GN Avatar The Last Airbender Imbalance v. 1)

When Aang, Katara, Sokka, and Toph return to Earthen Fire Industries--the factory owned by Toph's father--Team Avatar finds that the once small town is now booming. Expecting a warm welcome, Aang is surprised when their arrival is met with unimpressed, cold-shouldered spectators.

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.

Breaking Cat News

Georgia Dunn
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J-GN Breaking Cat News v. 1)

Cynical, no-nonsense Elvis and shy, sweet, sensitive Puck, are the reporter kitties in the field, while the adventurous jokester Lupin serves as anachor cat. Togehter they break headlines on the food bowl, new plants, mysterious red dots, strange cats in the yard, and all the daily happenings in their home.


Danie Stirling
(Graphic Novels - GN Stirlin Crumbs)

In a very special town, there's an even more unusual bakery with a selection of baked treats hand-crafted to help your dreams come true. For Ray, a quiet young woman with special powers of her own, the order is always the same: a hot tea with a delicious side of romance. When Ray meets Laurie, the kind barista who aspires to be a professional musician, she gets a real taste of love for the first time.

The Deep and 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.

Dungeon Critters

Natalie Riess, Sara Goetter
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J-GN Riess Dungeon Critters)

Join the Dungeon Critters--a tight-knit squad of animal companions--on a wild adventure investigating a sinister botanical conspiracy among the furry nobility. As they risk their lives traveling through haunted dungeons, swamps, and high society balls--they also come closer together as friends.


Svetlana Chmakova
(Graphic Novels - GN Berrybrook Middle School v. 5)

Felicity is sure she's going to do something big. Her sister, Letty, teases Felicity that she never finishes stuff, but that's just because Letty is so perfect. But when she decides to join a contest to show Letty that she can get things done, Felicity begins to wonder if friends becoming enemies is easier than she thought.


Claribel A. Ortega
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J-GN Ortega Frizzy)

Marlene loves three things: art, her cool tía Ruby and hanging out with her best friend, Camila. But according to her mother, Paola, the only things she needs to focus on are school and growing up. That means straightening her hair every weekend so she can have 'presentable,' 'good' hair. But Marlene hates being in the salon and doesn't understand why her curls are not considered pretty by those around her.

Girl From the Sea

Molly Knox Ostertag
(Graphic Novels - GN Osterta Girl From The Sea)

Morgan has a secret: She can't wait to escape the perfect little island where she lives. She's desperate to finish high school and escape her sad divorced mom, her volatile little brother, and worst of all, her great group of friends...who don't understand Morgan at all. Because really, Morgan's biggest secret is that she has a lot of secrets, including the one about wanting to kiss another girl. Then one night, Morgan is saved from drowning by a mysterious girl named Keltie.

Huda F Are You

Huda Fahmy
(Graphic Novels - GN Fahmy Huda F Are You)

Huda and her family just moved to Dearborn, Michigan, a small town with a big Muslim population. In her old town, Huda knew exactly who she was—she was the hijabi girl. But in Dearborn, everyone is the hijabi girl. Huda is lost in a sea of hijabis, and she can't rely on her hijab to define her anymore. She has to define herself.

The Legend of Auntie Po

Shing Yin Khor
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J-GN Khor Legend Of Auntie Po)

Aware of the racial tumult in the years after the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act, Mei tries to remain blissfully focused on her job, her close friendship with the camp foreman's daughter, and telling stories about Paul Bunyan--reinvented as Po Pan Yin (Auntie Po), an elderly Chinese matriarch.

Life of Melody

Mari Costa
(Graphic Novels - GN Costa Life Of Melody)

A human child abandoned in the woods is discovered by an unlikely pair: Razzmatazz, a fairy godfather, and Bon, a beast man. After quarreling over the best way to handle the child, they finally agree to co-parent in the human world--for now. What the two men don't expect is this little arrangement will push them to discover more about themselves...and more about each other, which might result in love.

Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy

N.D. 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!

My Aunt is a Monster

Reimena Yee
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J-GN Yee My Aunt Is a Monster)

The reclusive Lord Whimsy plans to stop an old rival from uncovering the truth of a disappearance and blind Safia finds herself experiencing an adventure and parts of the world she had only dreamed about.

Nayra and the Djinn

Iasmin Omar Ata
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J-GN Ata Nayra And The Djinn)

In this coming-of-age graphic novel with a fantastical twist, Nayra Mansour, a Muslim American, girl is helped on her journey to selfhood by a djinn.

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.

The Okay Witch

Emma Steinkeller
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J-GN Okay Witch v. 1)

Moth Hush loves all things witchy. But she's about to discover that witches aren't just the stuff of movies, books, and spooky stories. When some eighth-grade bullies try to ruin her Halloween, something really strange happens. It turns out that Founder's Bluff, Massachusetts, has a centuries-old history of witch drama. And, surprise: Moth's family is at the center of it all!

Other Ever Afters: New Queer Fairy Tales

Melanie Gillman
(Graphic Novels - GN Gillman Other Ever Afters)

In this new feminist, queer fairy tale collection, the princesses, mermaids, barmaids, children, and wise old women who have been forced to sit on the sidelines in classic stories take center stage to fulfill their own dreams and find the love, power, and happiness they deserve.

The Princess and the Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Deya Muniz
(Graphic Novels - GN Muniz Princess And The Grilled Cheese Sandwich)

Cam disguises herself as a man to inherit her father's money and estate, and though she tries to keep a low profile, she ends up falling for Crown Princess Brie.

Salt Magic

Hope Larson
(Graphic Novels - GN Larson Salt Magic)

Vonceil Taggart, willing to risk everything to set things right, leaves her family's Oklahoma farm in 1919 seeking the salt witch who cast a spell that turned their spring to saltwater.

Scales and Scoundrels

Sebastion Girner
(Graphic Novels - GN Scales And Scoundrels v. 1)

As Luvander dives into an epic journey along with a young prince, his stern bodyguard, and a plucky young dwarf, our heroes will discover a secret that will bring light to a world encroached upon by an ancient darkness.

Shadow of the Batgirl

Sarah Kuhn
(Graphic Novels - GN Kuhn Shadow Of The Batgirl)

Cassandra Cain, teenage assassin, isn't exactly Batgirl material...yet. Will she step out of the shadows and overcome her greatest obstacle--that voice inside her head telling her she can never be a hero?


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.

The Sprite and the Gardener

Rii Abrego
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J-GN Abrego Sprite And The Gardener)

Long, long ago, sprites were the caretakers of gardens. But when humans appeared and began growing their own gardens, the sprites' magical talents soon became a thing of the past. When Wisteria, an ambitious, kind-hearted sprite, starts to ask questions about the way things used to be, she'll begin to unearth her long-lost talent of gardening.

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.

Swim Team

Johnnie Christmas
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J-GN Christm Swim Team)

Bree can't wait for her first day at her new middle school, Enith Brigitha, home to the Mighty Manatees--until she's stuck with the only elective that fits her schedule, the dreaded Swim 101. The thought of swimming makes Bree more than a little queasy, yet she's forced to dive headfirst into one of her greatest fears.

The Tea Dragon Society

K. 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.

Whistle: A New Gotham City Hero

E. Lockhart
(Graphic Novels - GN Lockhar Whistle)

Willow Zimmerman reconnects with estranged family friend and real estate tycoon E. Nigma, but after he helps her earn enough for medical treatments for her mom she is attacked by the monstrous Killer Croc and upon waking after the fight she gains powers and insight she will need to make the right choices.


Marjorie M. Liu
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J-GN Liu Wingbearer)

Zuli is extraordinary--she just doesn't realize it yet. Raised by mystical bird spirits in the branches of the Great Tree, she's never ventured beyond this safe haven. Until now. When a sinister force threatens the life-giving magic of the tree, Zuli, along with her guardian owl, Frowly, must get to the root of it.