Great Graphic Novels
Plain Janes, by Cecil Castellucci: When Jane is forced to move from the confines of Metro City to Suburbia, she thinks life is over. But she finds her tribe: 3 other girls named Jane. They form a secret art gang and paint the town P.L.A.I.N. - People Loving Art In Neighborhoods. But can art attacks really save?
Friends with Boys, by Faith Erin Hicks: After an idyllic childhood of homeschooling with her mother and three older brothers, Maggie enrolls in public high school, where interacting with her peers is complicated by the melancholy ghost that has followed her throughout her entire life.
Resistance, by Carla Jablonski: Paul and Marie's bucolic French town is almost untouched by the ravages of WWII. When the Jewish parents of their friend Henri disappear, and Henri goes into hiding, Paul and Marie realize they must take a stand.
Manga Man, by Barry Lyga: Ryoko Kiyama, a character from a Japanese comic book, or manga, falls through a rip into the real world--the western world--and tries to survive as the ultimate outsider at a typical American high school.
War Brothers, Sharon E. McKay: Jacob is a 14-year-old Ugandan who is sent away to a supposedly safe boys' school. But not long after, the boys are abducted and brought to feared rebel soldiers. They must kill or be killed, and their world turns into a terrifying struggle to endure and survive.
Inubaka: Crazy for Dogs 1, by Yukiya Sakuragi: All alone except for her loyal mutt Lupan, 18-year-old Suguri moves from the countryside to the big city to find a job and a new life! When she accepts a job at a pet store, she meets a variety of dogs and owners, each with own quirky personality. What she lacks in experience, she makes up for with her natural rapport with all things wagging and fluffy!
Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong, by Prudence Shen: Charlie is the basketball team captain and Nate is president of robotics club. Their friendship is tested when Nate declares battles the cheerleaders and who make Charlie their figurehead in the ugliest class election campaign the school has ever seen.
Ghostopolis, by Doug TenNapel: When Garth is accidentally zapped into the ghost world by Frank Gallows, a washed-up ghost wrangler, he discovers that he has special powers. Soon he is running from the evil ruler of Ghostopolis, who wants to use Garth's abilities to tighten his grip on the spirit world.
Blankets, by Craig Thompson: Wrapped in the landscape of a blustery Wisconsin winter, Blankets explores the sibling rivalry of two brothers growing up in the isolated country, and the budding romance of two coming-of-age lovers.
Fray, by Joss Whedon: Hundreds of years in the future, Manhattan has become a deadly slum, run by mutant crime-lords and disinterested cops. Stuck in the middle is a young girl who thought she had no future, but learns she has a great destiny. In a world so poisoned that it doesn't notice the monsters on its streets, how can a street kid like Fray unite a fallen city against a demonic plot to consume mankind?
Cairo, by Willow Wilson: Set in modern-day Cairo, this magical-realism thriller interweaves the lives of a drug runner, a down-on-his-luck journalist, an American expatriate, a young activist, an Israeli soldier, and a genie as they navigate the city's streets and spiritual underworld.
The Motherless Oven, by Rob Davis: In Scarper Lee's world, parents don't make children--children make parents. In this world, it rains knives and household appliances have souls. There are no birthdays--only deathdays. Scarper knows he has just three weeks to live. As his deathday approaches, he is forced from his routine and strikes out into the unknown.
I Remember Beirut, by Zeina Abirached: Zeina Abirached grew up in Beirut in the 1980s as fighting between Christians and Muslims divided the city streets. with striking black-and-white artwork, Abirached recalls the details of ordinary life inside a war zone.
Anya’s Ghost, by Vera Brogsol:Anya, embarrassed by her Russian immigrant family and self-conscious about her body, has given up on fitting in at school but falling down a well and making friends with the ghost there just may be worse.
Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant, by Tony Cliff: Lovable ne'er-do-well Delilah Dirk is an Indiana Jones for the 19th century. She has traveled to Japan, Indonesia, France, and even the New World. Using the skills she's picked up on the way, Delilah's adventures continue as she plots to rob a rich and corrupt Sultan in Constantinople. With the aid of her flying boat and her new friend, Selim, she evades the Sultan's guards, leaves angry pirates in the dust, and fights her way through the countryside. For Delilah, one adventure leads to the next in this thrilling and funny installment in her exciting life
Dogs of War, by Sheila Keenan:Three fictional stories, told in graphic novel format, about soldiers in World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War who were aided by combat dogs. Based on true stories.
Primates, by Jim Ottaviani: An action-packed account of the three greatest primatologists of the last century: Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas. These three ground-breaking researchers were all students of the great Louis Leakey, and each made profound contributions to primatology-and to our own understanding of ourselves. Tackling Goodall, Fossey, and Galdikas in turn, and covering the highlights of their respective careers, Primates is an accessible, entertaining, and informative look at the field of primatology and at the lives of three of the most remarkable women scientists of the twentieth century.
Tomboy: a graphic memoir by Liz Prince: Eschewing female stereotypes throughout her early years and failing to gain acceptance on the boys' baseball team, Liz learns to embrace her own views on gender as she comes of age, in an anecdotal graphic novel memoir.
The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang ; art by Sonny Liew ; lettering by Janice Chiang: In the comics boom of the 1940s, a legend was born: the Green Turtle. He solved crimes and fought injustice just like the other comics characters. But this mysterious masked crusader was hiding something more than your run-of-the-mill secret identity: the Green Turtle was the first Asian American super hero. The comic had a short run before lapsing into obscurity, but Gene Luen Yang has revived this characte\r in Shadow Hero, a new graphic novel that creates an origin story for the Green Turtle.