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Graphic Novels for Teens

American Born Chinese
by Gene Luen Yang (2006)

Jin Wang moves to a new school where there are few Asian Americans. All he wants to do is fit in, but everyone there thinks he is too different. Jin hates "different" and begins to hate who he is.

Blankets: An Illustrated Novel
by Craig Thompson (2003)

In the middle of a Wisconsin winter, a young outcast fights with his brother and falls in love with a girl from another town.

Confessions of a Blabbermouth
by Mike Carey, Louise Carey, and Aaron Alexovich (2007)

Tasha uses her blog to vent about the problems in her life.

Fruits Basket (series)
by Natsuki Takya (2004)

An optimistic girl finds a home and a family with a cursed family who turns into a zodiac animal when touched by the opposite sex.

Good as Lily
by Natsuki Takya (2004)

Grace Kwon is confronted by versions of herself at three points in her life while trying to save the school play. What are they here to help her deal with? Or will they be here forever?

Loveless (series)
by Yun Kouga (2006)

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Maus, A Survivor's Tale
by Art Spiegelman (1986)

In this 2-book graphic novel Spiegelman's father recounts his story of hiding from Nazis and surviving the Holocaust to his son.

Pride of Baghdad
by Brian K. Vaughan, art by Niko Henrichon (2006)

During the United States air raid on Iraq in 2003, a group of lions escape from the Baghdad Zoo and struggle with lifestyle choices, new enemies, loyalty, and the concept of freedom.

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
by Marjane Satrapi (2004)

Satrapi recounts her girlhood in Iran, from the overthrow of the Shah's regime to Iran's war with Iraq to her troubles adjusting to the enforced veil.

Runaways (series)
by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona (2004)

When these kids find out their parents are supervillians, they are disgusted and run away looking for a way to balance out the harm their parents have done.

Super Crush
by Sean McKeever (2005)

Mary Jane struggles with her feelings for Spider-Man, who just doesn't live up to her fantasy, and Peter, who just isn't fantasy material. (Volume 1 of the Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane Series)

Tales of the Slayers
by Joss Whedon, Amber Benson, Jane Espenson, David Fury, Rebecca Rand Kirshner, and Doug Petrie (2006)

There's no Buffy or Angel here, yet plenty of stories chock full of betrayal fill out the slayer legacy and leave the reader satisfied.