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January 1&15, 2017 BOOKLIST
Find more Great Graphic Novels for Teens
Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence. By Geoffrey Canada. Illus. by Jamar Nicholas. Beacon, paper, $14 (9780807044490).
Geoff has to learn the violent codes of the street or he won’t survive.
The Odyssey. By Gareth Hinds. Illus. by the author. Candlewick, $24.99 (9780763642662).
Twenty years of braving monsters, gods, shipwrecks, and traitors in order to make it home is the ultimate journey.
The Odyssey. By Tim Mucci. Illus. by Ben Caldwell. Sterling, paper, $7.95 (9781402731556).
Odysseus is here to chew bubble gum and kick butt . . . and he’s all out of bubble gum.
*Smile. By Raina Telgemeier. Illus. by the author. Scholastic/Graphix, $21.99 (9780545132053).
Brace yourself: middle school plus orthodontia equals dental drama. A 2011 Notable Children’s Book.
Trickster: Native American Tales. Ed. by Matt Dembicki. illus. Fulcrum, paper, $22.95 (9781555917241).
Trickster tales told by Native American storytellers. A 2011 Notable Children’s Book.
*Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty. By G. Neri. Illus. by Randy DuBurke. Lee & Low, paper, $16.95 (9781584302674).
The life, death, and aftermath of an 11-year-old gangbanger, based on a true tragedy. A 2011 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book, a 2011 Top 10 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, and a 2011 Notable Children’s Book.
Zeus: King of the Gods. By George O’ Connor. Illus. by the author. Roaring Brook/First Second, $16.99 (9781596436251).
What does it take to become the ruler of the Gods?
7 Billion Needles, v.1. By Nobuaki Tadano. Illus. by the author. Vertical, paper, $10.95 (9781934287873).
Hikaru gets a second chance at life, but there are some major strings attached.
Afterschool Charisma, v.1. By Kumiko Suekane. Illus. by the author. VIZ Media, paper, $12.99 (9781421533971).
Shiro’s classmates are the clones of Hitler, Mozart, and Marie Curie.
The Amazing Screw-On Head and Other Curious Objects. By Mike Mignola. Illus. by the author. Dark Horse, $17.99 (9781595825018).
The absurd adventures of a robotic Victorian superhero and other assorted weirdness.
Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean. By Sarah Stewart Taylor. Illus. by Ben Towle. Disney/Hyperion, $17.99 (9781423113379).
Amelia’s historic takeoff inspires one young lady in Nova Scotia. A 2011 Amelia Bloomer Book.
The Amulet of Samarkand. By Jonathan Stroud and Andrew Donkin. Illus. by Lee Sullivan. Disney/Hyperion, $19.99 (9781423111467).
A shape-shifting djinni and a magician’s apprentice versus the evil mastermind of the British Empire: it’s on!
The Anchor, v.1: Five Furies. By Phil Hester. Illus. by Brian Churilla. BOOM! Studios, paper, $9.99 (9781608860043).
God’s own leg breaker wreaks havoc on evil both in this world and in hell.
Arisa, v.1. By Natsumi Ando. Illus. by the author. Del Rey, paper, $10.99 (9780345522412).
Tsubasa poses as her troubled twin sister and discovers dark secrets that may be more than she bargained for.
Batwoman: Elegy. By Greg Rucka. Illus. by J. H. Williams. DC Comics, $24.99 (9781401226923).
Don’t ask, don’t tell Batwoman what to do.
BB Wolf and the Three LPs. By J. D. Arnold. Illus. by Rich Koslowski. Top Shelf, paper, $12.95 (9781603090292).
BB Wolf wasn’t looking for trouble, but the little pigs sure brought it to his door.
Beast. By Marian Churchland. Illus. by the author. 2009. Image, paper, $15.99 (9781607061472).
A young artist is hired to create a sculpture of an ancient creature, but the job is not what it first appears and neither is the beast.
Beasts of Burden: Animal Rites. By Evan Dorkin. Illus. by Jill Thompson. Dark Horse, $19.99 (9781595825131).
A group of dogs and one open-minded cat join forces to protect the community of Burden Hill from a variety of supernatural forces.
Biomega, v.1. By Tsutomu Nihei. Illus. by the author. VIZ Media, paper, $12.99 (9781421531847).
A zombie virus has hit the atmosphere and is spreading rapidly.
Black Butler, v.1. By Yana Toboso. Illus. by the author. Yen, paper, $10.99 (9780316080842).
Earl Phantomhive’s butler is devilishly good.
Bokurano: Ours, v.1. By Mohiro Kitoh. Illus. by the author. VIZ Media, paper, $12.99 (9781421533612).
Giant robots have come to Earth—most to attack, but one mysterious mech is here to protect.
*Brain Camp. By Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan. Illus. by Faith Erin Hicks. Roaring Brook/First Second, paper, $16.99 (9781596433663).
Two teens discover there is something far more sinister than nature hikes going on at their summer camp.
Calamity Jack. By Shannon Hale and Dean Hale. Illus. by Nathan Hale. Bloomsbury, $19.99 (9781599900766).
Rapunzel’s best guy, Jack, is back to save his mom from the giant at the top of the beanstalk.
*Chew, v.1: Taster’s Choice. By John Layman. Illus. by Rob Guillory. 2009. Image, paper, $9.99 (9781607061595).
When Tony Chu has to investigate murder, just about anything can wind up down the hatch.
Cross Game, v.1. By Mitsuri Adachi. Illus. by the author. VIZ Media, paper, $19.99 (9781421537580).
Ko’s family runs a sporting-goods store, but he learns to love baseball from the four sisters who live down the street.
Destiny’s Hand Omnibus. By Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir. Illus. by Mel Calingo. 2009. Seven Seas, paper, $14.99 (9781934876732).
Olivia fights her way into a pirate’s life.
Foiled. By Jane Yolen. Illus. by Mike Cavallaro. Roaring Brook/First Second, paper, $15.99 (9781596432796).
En garde! A girl should never leave home without her trusty rapier. A 2011 Amelia Bloomer Book.
Four Eyes, v.1. By Joe Kelly. Illus. by Max Fiumara. Image, paper, $9.99 (9781607062929).
When his father dies, a young boy takes over his job for a Depression-era gangster . . . hunting dragons.
*Ghostopolis. By Doug TenNapel. Illus. by the author. Scholastic/Graphix, $24.99 (9780545210270).
Garth Hale has gone to the other side, but he’s not dead yet.
Grandville. By Bryan Talbot. Illus. by the author. 2009. Dark Horse, $17.95 (9781595823977).
Detective Inspector LeBrock of Scotland Yard will badger anyone who stands in the way of the truth.
*Green Monk. By Brandon Dayton. Illus. by the author. 2009. Whistling Cloud, paper, $4.99 (9780615382838).
A young monk with the most powerful blade of grass ever wanders into battle with a fierce giant.
Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword. By Barry Deutsch. Illus. by the author. Abrams/Amulet, $15.95 (9780810984226).
Mirka is an Orthodox Jewish girl who aspires to live an unorthodox life—fighting dragons.
House of Five Leaves, v.1. By Natsume Ono. Illus. by the author. VIZ Media, paper, $12.99 (9781421532103).
An out-of-work samurai finds himself drawn into the gang known as the Five Leaves.
How I Made It to Eighteen: A Mostly True Story. By Tracy White. Illus. by the author. Roaring Brook, $16.99 (9781596434547).
Seventeen-year-old Stacy has checked into a mental institution.
Itazura Na Kiss, v.1. By Kaoru Tada. Illus. by the author. 2009. DMP, paper, $14.95 (9781569701317).
Will Kotoko survive the meddling of her family and friends long enough to win the heart of the boy of her dreams?
Kill Shakespeare, v.1. By Conor McCreery and Anthony Del Col. Illus. by Andy Belanger. IDW, paper, $19.99 (9781600107818).
Shakespeare’s greatest heroes clash with his most menacing villains.
Library Wars, v.1: Love & War. By Hiro Arikawa. Illus. by Kiiro Yumi. VIZ Media, paper, $9.99 (9781421534886).
Join the Library Defense Force! Fight for your right to read!
Lola: A Ghost Story. By J. Torres. Illus. by Elbert Orr. 2009. Oni, $14.95 (9781934964330).
Just like his Filipina grandmother, Jesse sees things no one else can.
Maoh: Juvenile Remix, v.1. By Kotaro Isaka. Illus. by Megumi Osuga. VIZ Media, paper, $9.99 (9781421534282).
Vigilantes rule the streets of Nakota. Does Ando have a secret power that will change that?
*Meanwhile. By Jason Shiga. Illus. by the author. Abrams/Amulet, $15.95 (9780810984233).
Have you played any comics lately? Choose your own adventure. A 2011 Notable Children’s Book.
Mercury. By Hope Larson. Illus. by the author. Atheneum, $19.99 (9781416935858).
Two girls: separated by 150 years but connected by one locket.
Natsume’s Book of Friends, v.1. By Yuki Midorikawa. Illus. by the author. VIZ Media, paper, $9.99 (9781421532431).
His grandmother’s strange legacy helps Natsume make friends with both humans and spirits.
Not Simple. By Natsume Ono. Illus. by the author. VIZ Media, paper, $14.99 (9781421532202).
Ian journeys across the U.S. to find his sister.
Possessions, v.1: Unclean Getaway. By Roy Fawkes. Illus. by the author. Oni, paper, $5.99 (9781934964361).
Gurgazon the Unclean is just about the cutest little pit demon you are likely to meet.
Prime Baby. By Gene Luen Yang. Illus. by the author. Roaring Brook/First Second, $19.99 (9781596436503).
Is Thaddeus’ baby sister a prime-number-loving alien?
Resistance, v.1. By Carla Jablonski. Illus. by Leland Purvis. Roaring Brook/First Second, paper, $16.99 (9781596432918).
You’re never too young to fight for freedom.
Salem Brownstone. By John Harris Dunning. Illus. by Nikhil Singh. Candlewick, $18.99 (9780763647353).
Salem receives an inheritance that goes beyond a gothic mansion: he must fight his father’s battle against dark forces.
*Saturn Apartments, v.1. By Hisae Iwaoka. Illus. by the author. VIZ Media, paper, $12.99 (9781421533643).
Mitsu takes on his late father’s dangerous job as a window washer on the spaceship Saturn Apartments.
*Set to Sea. By Drew Weing. Illus. by the author. Fantagraphics, $16.99 (9781606993682).
A lumbering poet discovers hardship and wisdom on the high seas.
SilverFin. By Charlie Higson. Illus. by Kev Walker. Disney/Hyperion, $19.99 (9781423130222).
James Bond’s days at school were as exciting as you might expect.
The Simpsons Futurama Crossover Crisis. By Matt Groening and Bill Morrison. Illus. by Matt Groening. Abrams ComicArts, $24.95 (9780810988378).
Can two comedies survive when Fry, Bender, Leela, and the rest of the Planet Express delivery service meet up with the citizens of Springfield?
Superman: Earth One. By J. Michael Straczynski. Illus. by Shane Davis. DC Comics, $19.99 (9781401224684).
Strange visitor, mild-mannered reporter. You know the story . . . but not quite like this.
A Study in Scarlet: A Sherlock Holmes Graphic Novel. By Arthur Conan Doyle and Ian Edginton. Illus. by I. N. J. Culbard. Sterling, paper, $14.95 (9781402770821).
A tale of desperate revenge and keen deduction.
The Stuff of Legend, v.1: The Dark. By Mike Raicht and Brian Smith. Illus. by Charles Paul Wilson. Villard, paper, $13 (9780345521002).
When a boy is kidnapped by the Boogeyman, his toys brave the horrors of the Dark to rescue him.
Sweet Tooth, v.1: Out of the Woods. By Jeff Lemire. Illus. by the author. Vertigo, paper, $9.99 (9781401226961).
When you’re a half deer, half boy, every day is hunting season.
Time and Again. By JiUn Wun. Illus. by the author. Yen, paper, $10.99. v.1. 2009. (9780759530584); v.2. (9780759530591).
An exorcist and his sensible bodyguard travel through Tang-dynasty China completing jobs for hire.
Twin Spica, v.1. By Kou Yaginuma. Illus. by the author. Vertical, paper, $10.95 (9781934287842).
Asumi must pass the entrance exam for space school.
The Unsinkable Walker Bean. By Aaron Renier. Illus. by the author. Roaring Brook/First Second, paper, $13.99 (9781596434530).
Evil sea witches, skulls made of pearl, pirates, burning ships: now that’s adventure!
The Unwritten, v.1: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity. By Mike Carey. Illus. by Peter Gross. Vertigo, paper, $9.99 (9781401225650).
What if your father wrote a best-selling fantasy series named after you . . . and all of it was true?
We Kill Monsters. By Christopher Leone and Laura Harkcom. Illus. by Brian Churilla. Red 5, paper, $14.95 (9780980930276).
Why do monsters keep appearing in Kern County? The Basher Brothers are on a mission to find out.
Wolverine: Old Man Logan. By Mark Millar. Illus. by Steve McNiven. Marvel, $29.99 (9780785131724).
Fifty years after supervillains take over, a broken Wolverine treks across the country to save those dearest to him.
*The Zabime Sisters. By Aristophane. Illus. by the author. Roaring Brook/First Second $16.99 (9781596436381).
Experience the first day of summer vacation with three sisters on their island home of Guadeloupe.
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