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Best Graphic Novels For Teens

Dive into visually stunning narratives with our list of critically acclaimed graphic novels for teens, compiled from leading book blogs and ranked by frequency of recommendations.

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Almost American Girl
An Illustrated Memoir
Robin Ha - 2020-01-28
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A graphic novel memoir about a Korean-born girl who moves to Alabama, leaving behind her friends, language, and passion for comics. She struggles to adapt to this new life, feeling isolated and angry at her mother. But one day, Robin discovers a newfound love for comic arts that changes her life forever.
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Anya's Ghost
Vera Brosgol - 2011-06-07
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A young girl named Anya stumbles upon a century-old ghost at the bottom of a well, hoping to gain a new friend to ease her troubles. However, Anya soon realizes that her new friend may come with more than she bargained for. Join Anya on a spooky, heartwarming, and hilarious adventure in this debut novel from Vera Brosgol.
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Noelle Stevenson - 2015-05-12
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A subversive and irreverent graphic novel that explores the themes of villainy, science, and symbolism. Follow Nimona, a shapeshifting young woman with a talent for troublemaking, and her supervillain mentor Lord Ballister Blackheart as they battle against the heroic Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics. But as their mission escalates, Lord Blackheart begins to question whether Nimona's wild side is too dangerous for their cause. With an exclusive epilogue and stunning artwork, this book is perfect for fans of the beloved web comic.
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Dragon Hoops
Gene Luen Yang - 2020-03-17
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A graphic novel about a bestselling author's journey to understand sports through the high school basketball team he teaches at. Despite his lack of interest in the sport, Gene becomes invested in the Dragons' quest for the California State Championships and discovers the captivating story of these young all-stars. Follow Gene's journey as he realizes that the heroics of sports are just as exciting as anything he's seen on a comic book page.
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This One Summer
Mariko Tamaki - 2014-05-06
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Escape to Awago Beach with Rose and her family for a summer of friendship, secrets, and growing up. As her parents' fighting escalates, Rose and her friend, Windy, navigate a new set of problems. In this stunning graphic novel, cousins Mariko and Jillian Tamaki tell a heartbreaking yet ultimately hopeful story about a girl on the cusp of her teenage years.
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Rainbow Rowell - 2019-08-27
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Two seasonal best friends, Deja and Josiah, work together every autumn at the best pumpkin patch in the world. But this year is different - they're seniors and it's their last season. Deja has a plan to make it an adventure, but Josiah is ready to mourn the end. Will they go out with a bang or will Josiah spend the night feeling melancholy?
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Through the Woods
Emily Carroll - 2014-07-15
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Journey into the eerie abyss of the woods with five spine-tingling tales that will leave you haunted. From the acclaimed and award-winning comic creator Emily Carroll, these chilling stories will take you on a journey into the depths of the unknown. Come, take a step into the woods and discover what lies ahead...
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American Born Chinese
Gene Luen Yang - 2006-09-05
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This book explores the struggle to fit in as a Chinese American, following Jin Wang as he navigates being the only one of his kind in a new school. Alongside his story, we follow the Monkey King and his struggle to be recognized as a god and an offensive Chinese stereotype that is ruining his cousin's life. These seemingly unrelated tales come together with an unexpected twist, resulting in a modern fable that is both hilarious and poignant.
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The Magic Fish
(A Graphic Novel)
Trung Le Nguyen - 2020-10-13
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Explore the complexities of family and discover the power of storytelling with this incredible YA graphic novel. Follow Tiến, a young boy who struggles to communicate with his Vietnamese parents and come out as gay. As he navigates the challenges of real life, Tiến turns to fairytales and literature for solace. With beautiful illustrations and accessible storytelling, The Magic Fish is a heartwarming and thought-provoking tale that reminds us all of the power of connection and the possibility of happy endings.
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Hey, Kiddo
Jarrett J. Krosoczka - 2018-10-09
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A heart-wrenching yet inspiring memoir that delves into the complexities of growing up in a family struggling with addiction. Follow the story of Jarrett, who navigates life with a mother in and out of rehab and a father he knows little about. Despite the turmoil, Jarrett finds solace in expressing himself through art and eventually must confront the truths of his family's struggles. A truly profound and remarkable read.
Bloom by Kevin Panetta
Displacement by Kiku Hughes
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
They Called Us Enemy by George Takei
When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson
The Princess and the Grilled Cheese Sandwich by Deya Muniz
Class Act by Jerry Craft
The Girl from the Sea by Molly Knox Ostertag
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Kiss Number 8 by Colleen Af Venable
On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden
Boxers & Saints Boxed Set by Gene Luen Yang
Hockey Girl Loves Drama Boy by Faith Erin Hicks
Go with the Flow by Karen Schneemann, Lily Williams
March by John Lewis
Fights by Joel Christian Gill
Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker
Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
青のフラッグ 2 [Ao no Flag 2] by Kaito
Messy Roots by Laura Gao
I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina
M Is for Monster by Talia Dutton
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki
All Together Now by Hope Larson
Honor Girl by Maggie Thrash
Spinning by Tillie Walden
Dancing at the Pity Party by Tyler Feder
Himawari House by Harmony Becker
Squire by Nadia Shammas, Sara Alfageeh
Twins by Varian Johnson
New Kid by Jerry Craft
Shubeik Lubeik by Deena Mohamed
Crumbs by Danie Stirling
Miss Quinces by Kat Fajardo
Anne Frank's Diary by Ari Folman
Flamer by Mike Curato
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
A Map to the Sun by Sloane Leong
Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks
Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Isla to Island by Alexis Castellanos
The Oracle Code by Marieke Nijkamp
The Infinity Particle by Wendy Xu
Snapdragon by Kat Leyh
Blue Period, Vol. 1 by Tsubasa Yamaguchi
Witch Hat Atelier, Vol. 1 by Kamome Shirahama
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Fred Fordham
Check, Please! Book 1 by Ngozi Ukazu
Becoming RBG by Debbie Levy
The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel Single Volume by Neil Gaiman
The Deep & Dark Blue by Niki Smith
The Fire Never Goes Out by Noelle Stevenson
The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil by Stephen Collins
Harley Quinn by Mariko Tamaki
Cub by Cynthia L. Copeland
Black Heroes of the Wild West by James Otis Smith, Kadir Nelson
Astronauts by Jim Ottaviani
Fence, Vol. 1 by C.S. Pacat
Paper Girls Volume 1 by Brian K Vaughan
Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
Real Friends by Shannon Hale
El Deafo by Cece Bell
Drifting Dragons Vol. 15 by Taku Kuwabara
Banned Book Club by Kim Hyun Sook, Ryan Estrada, Hyung-Ju Ko
Baba Yaga's Assistant by Marika McCoola
Maus I by Art Spiegelman
Sheets by Brenna Thummler
Ghost World s/c by Daniel Clowes
Hoops by Matt Tavares
In Real Life by Cory Doctorow
Raven by Kami Garcia
Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Huda F Are You? by Huda Fahmy
In the Shadow of the Fallen Towers by Don Brown
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer
Nubia by L. L. McKinney, Robyn Smith
A First Time for Everything by Dan Santat
Ride On by Faith Erin Hicks
Mexikid by Pedro Martín
Little Monarchs by Jonathan Case
Apple Crush by Lucy Knisley
Saving H'Non by Trang Nguyen, Jeet Zdung
Blankets by Craig Thompson
Hidden Systems by Dan Nott
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm