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January 1&15, 2017 BOOKLIST
Find more Great Graphic Novels for Teens
Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War. By Jessica Dee Humphreys and Michel Chikwanine. Illus. by Claudia Davila. Kids Can, $17.95 (9781771381260).
Michel describes his experiences being kidnapped to be a child soldier, escaping, and continuing to live in fear in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. A 2016 Notable Children’s Book.
*Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans. By Don Brown. Illus. by the author. HMH, $18.99 (9780544157774).
Brown chronicles Hurricane Katrina and the impact it had on the city and people of New Orleans. A 2016 Notable Children’s Book and a 2016 Sibert Honor Book.
Halfway Home: Drawing My Way through Japan. By Christine Mari Inzer. Illus. by the author. Naruhodo, paper, $11.95 (9780990701408).
A 16-year-old teen presents a sketchbook of her solo journey to Japan.
Human Body Theater. By Maris Wicks. Illus. by the author. First Second, $19.99 (9781626722774).
Skeleton teaches the reader about the human body using humor and various singing and talking body parts.
Lafcadio Hearn’s “The Faceless Ghost” and other Macabre Tales from Japan. By Sean Michael Wilson. Illus. by Michiru Morikawa. Shambhala, paper, $16.95 (9781611801972).
A selection of eerie Japanese folktales collected by Lafcadio Hearn in Japan around the turn of the century.
Macbeth. By William Shakespeare and Gareth Hinds. Illus. by the author. Candlewick, $21.99 (9780763669430).
In this retelling of Shakespeare’s classic play, an evil seed takes root in the mind of Macbeth, a general in the king’s army, when three witches tell him he will one day be king.
March: Book Two. By John Lewis and others. Illus. by Nate Powell. Top Shelf, paper, $19.95 (9781603094009).
Congressman Lewis recounts important moments of his participation in the civil rights movement.
Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: The Underground Abductor. By Nathan Hale. Illus. by the author. Abrams, $12.95 (9781419715365).
Araminta Ross, aka Harriet Tubman, speaks out against slavery and leads slaves to freedom via the Underground Railroad.
The Other Side of the Wall. By Simon Schwartz. Illus. by the author. Lerner/Graphic Universe, $9.99 (9781467760287).
Schwartz tells the story of his childhood in Communist East Berlin in the 1980s.
Steve Jobs: Insanely Great. By Jessie Hartland. Illus. by the author. Random/Schwartz & Wade, $22.95 (9780307982957).
A biography of Steve Jobs that covers his successes and setbacks, his passions and his demons, and the many contradictions that made up this brilliant individual.
Take It as a Compliment. By various authors. Illus. by Maria Stoian. Singing Dragon, $24.95 (9781849056977).
A collection of short stories about experiences of sexual abuse, male and female, from childhood through adulthood.
Terrorist: Gavrilo Princip, the Assassin Who Ignited World War I. By Henrik Rehr. Illus. by the author. Lerner/Graphic Universe, paper, $11.99 (9781467772846).
Gavrilo Princip carries out a plot to assassinate Archduke Franz Ferdinand.
Vincent: Art Masters Series. By Barbara Stok. Illus. by the author. SelfMadeHero, paper, $19.95 (9781906838799).
Vincent van Gogh spends time in the south of France, creating some of his best-known works while battling mental illness and attempting to set up an artists’ studio.
Zen Pencils, v.2: Dream the Impossible Dream. By Gavin Aung Than. Illus. by the author. Andrews McMeel, paper, $14.99 (9781449471927).
Inspirational and famous quotes adapted into cartoon stories.
Adventure Time: The Flip Side. By Colleen Coover and Paul Tobin. Illus. by Wook-Jin Clark. KaBOOM!, paper, $19.99 (9781608864560).
Finn and Jake need to convince the Monkey Wizard to kidnap Painting Princess to sort out everything that’s wrong in Ooo, but it’s easier said than done!
Akame Ga Kill! v.1. By Takahiro. Illus. by Tetsuya Tashiro. Yen, paper, $13 (9780316259460).
Tatsumi crosses paths with Night Raid, a team of ruthless assassins who target the upper class and who just might be the good guys!
Ant Man, v.1: Second-Chance Man. By Nick Spencer. Illus. by Ramon Rosanas. Marvel, paper, $15.99 (9780785193876).
Scott Lang attempts a second chance with his family in Miami by starting his own security business.
Apocalyptigirl: An Aria for the End Times. By Andrew MacLean. Illus. by the author. Dark Horse, paper, $9.99 (9781616555665).
Alone at the end of the world, Aria and a cat named Jelly Beans search for an ancient relic with immeasurable power.
Assassination Classroom. By Yusei Matsui. Illus. by the author.
*Awkward. By Svetlana Chmakova. Illus. by the author. Yen, $11 (9780316381307).
Art club and science club go head-to-head for a table at the Annual School Club Fair, while a boy and a girl from each try to figure out how to be friends despite a bitter rivalry.
Baba Yaga’s Assistant. By Marika McCoola. Illus. by Emily Carroll. Candlewick, $16.99 (9780763669614).
Masha thinks she would be the perfect assistant to the witch Baba Yaga, but when children actually arrive, will she be able to be an assistant and save the children? A 2016 Notable Children’s Book.
Bad Machinery, vol. 4: The Case of the Lonely One. By John Allison. Illus. by the author. Oni, paper, $19.99 (9781620102121).
It’s up to Shauna to solve the mystery behind the new classmate at Griswald’s Grammar School.
Batgirl, v.1: The Batgirl of Burnside. By Cameron Stewart. Illus. by Babs Tarr. DC, $24.99 (9781401253325).
Big changes are in store for Barbara Gordon as she moves across Gotham City to begin a new chapter in her ongoing fight against crime as Batgirl.
Batman: The Jiro Kuwata Batmanga, v.1. By Jiro Kuwata. Illus. by the author. DC, paper, $14.99 (9781401252779).
Batman fights villains with the help of his sidekick, Robin, Japanese style.
Copperhead, v.1: A New Sheriff in Town. By Jay Faerber. Illus. by Scott Godlewski and Ron Riley. Image Comics, paper, $9.99 (9781632152213).
Clara Bronson is about to have a tough first day as the new sheriff in Copperhead, a grimy mining town on a backwater planet.
Descender, v.1: Tin Stars. By Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen. Illus. by Dustin Nguyen. Image Comics, paper, $9.99 (9781632154262).
Members of the United Galactic Council team up with a scientist to uncover the connection between giant Harvester robots and a robot boy found on a forgotten mining world.
The Devil Is a Part-Timer. By Satoshi Wagahara. Illus. by Akio Hiiragi.
Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor, v.1; After Life. By Al Ewing and Rob Williams. Illus. by Simon Fraser and Boo Cook. Titan, $19.99 (9781782761747).
Alice’s life is sad and drab until she meets a certain bow-tie-wearing time traveler and encounters an alien that feeds on emotion.
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor, v.1; Revolutions of Terror. By Nick Abadzis. Illus. by Elena Casagrande. Titan, $19.99 (9781782761730).
Gabriela Gonzalez meets the eccentric Time Lord when a psychic horror uses her father’s Laundromat to invade New York City.
Doomboy, v.1. By Tony Sandoval. Illus. by the author. Magnetic, $24.99 (9780991332472).
A lonely, metal-obsessed teen sends a heartfelt song to his missing beloved only to find out that his music has traveled to the beyond and was rebroadcast to the entire city.
Ei8ht, v.1: Outcast. By Rafael Albuquerque and Mike Johnson. Illus. by Rafael Albuquerque. Dark Horse, paper, $17.99 (9781616556372).
Joshua agrees to go on a mission through time to save his wife but finds himself in a world outside of time.
Girl in Dior. By Annie Goetzinger. Illus. by the author. NBM, $27.99 (9781561639144).
A young fashion journalist in Paris 1947 gets an inside perspective on the House of Dior when an assignment to cover a fashion show turns into a life-changing dream job.
Gotham Academy, v.1: Welcome to Gotham Academy. By Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher. Illus. by Karl Kerschl. DC, paper, $14.99 (9781401254728).
Olive Silverlock and her friends at Gotham Academy solve mysteries while Olive struggles to remember what happened last summer.
Harley Quinn, v.1: Hot in the City. By Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti. Illus. DC, $24.99 (9781401248925).
A former client leaves Harley Quinn an apartment building in Brooklyn, but it’s hard to settle into her new home when Harley’s got a price on her head!
Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto, v.1. By Nami Sano. Illus. by the author. Seven Seas, paper, $12.99 (9781626921962).
Whether it’s bullies, overzealous male models, or giant hornets, nothing stands a chance against unassailable Sakamoto, the coolest kid in school.
Hawkeye, v.3: L.A. Woman. By Matt Fraction. Illus. by Annie Wu and Javier Pulido. Marvel, paper, $15.99 (9780785183907).
Kate Bishop heads to Los Angeles to get away from New York life and Clint Barton—but not away from trouble.
Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1952. By Mike Mignola and John Arcudi. Illus. by Alex Maleev. Dark Horse, paper, $19.99 (9781616556600).
Hellboy goes on his first mission.
Henni. By Miss Lasko-Gross. Illus. by the author. Z2, paper, $19.99 (9781940878027).
A humanoid race with catlike features maintains a strict patriarchal society, but Henni refuses to accept the rules that subjugate her.
Junior Braves of the Apocalypse, v.1: A Brave Is Brave. By Greg Smith and Michael Tanner. Illus. by Zach Lehner. Oni, $19.99 (9781620101445).
The Junior Braves of Tribe 65 just finished a weekend camping trip only to return to a town in ruins, their families missing, and the streets filled with wandering mutants.
Last Man. By Bastien Vivès and Balak. Illus. by Bastien Vivès and Michaël Sanlaville.
Last of the Sandwalkers. By Jay Hosler. Illus. by the author. First Second, paper, $16.99 (9781626720244).
An intrepid band of beetles sets out on a scientific mission to discover what lies beyond the borders of their colony, New Coleopolis.
Love, v.1: The Tiger. By Frédéric Brrémaud. Illus. by Federico Bertolucci. Magnetic, $17.99 (9780991332441).
This wordless graphic novel follows a tiger through a day of survival, hunting prey in the jungle and defending itself from other predators.
*Lumberjanes. By Noelle Stevenson and others. Illus. by Brooke Allen.
Master Keaton. By Hokusei Katsushika and Takashi Nagasaki. Illus. by Naoki Urasawa.
Meteor Men. By Jeff Parker. Illus. by Sandy Jarrell. Oni, paper, $19.99 (9781620101513).
After a meteorite crashes on his land, Alden Baylor has a close encounter with an alien that will change his life forever.
Moose. By Max de Radigues. Illus. by the author. Conundrum, paper, $17 (9781894994934).
When Joe’s tormentor falls into a hole in the woods while chasing Joe, Joe must decide how much his peace of mind and safety are worth.
The Motherless Oven. By Rob Davis. Illus. by the author. SelfMadeHero, paper, $19.95 (9781906838812).
In a world where children make parents, Scarper Lee and his two frenemies go on an odyssey before his rapidly approaching death day.
My Neighbor Seki. By Takuma Morishige. Illus. by the author.
Nanjing: The Burning City. By Ethan Young. Illus. by the author. Dark Horse, $24.99 (9781616557522).
This harrowing tale follows a Chinese captain and one of his soldiers as they try to escape the city of Nanjing in 1937, which has been overrun by the invading Japanese army.
*Nimona. By Noelle Stevenson. Illus. by the author. HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780062278234).
Nimona is an impulsive young shape-shifter with a knack for villainy. A 2016 Top 10 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers.
The October Faction, v.1. By Steve Niles. Illus. by Damien Worm. IDW, paper, $19.99 (9781631402517).
The adventures of retired monster-hunter Frederick Allan and his family include encounters with a thrill-killer, a witch, and a warlock.
One-Punch Man. By ONE. Illus. by Yusuke Murata.
Outcast, v.1: A Darkness Surrounds Him. By Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta. Illus. by Elizabeth Breitweiser. Image Comics, paper, $9.99 (9781632150530).
Kyle has the misfortune of living near people who become possessed by something evil and becomes the town pariah despite his best intentions to help.
Princess Ugg: v.1. By Ted Naifeh. Illus. by the author. Oni, paper, $15.99 (9781620101780).
Warrior Princess Ulga attends the prestigious Princess Academy at her dead mother’s request.
*Roller Girl. By Victoria Jamieson. Illus. by the author. Dial, $20.99 (9780525429678).
Astrid signs up for roller-derby camp but has no idea how hard it will be or what it will cost her. A 2016 Notable Children’s Book and a 2016 Newbery Honor winner.
Rot & Ruin: Warrior Smart. By Jonathan Maberry. Illus. by Tony Vargas. IDW, paper, $19.99 (9781631401862).
Benny Imura and his four friends travel the country 14 years after the zombie apocalypse, looking for a safe place and hoping for a better world.
*Sacred Heart. By Liz Suburbia. Illus. by the author. Fantagraphics, paper, $24.99 (9781606998410).
In a town where all the adults seem to be missing, a group of teens struggle to figure out who they are and who is killing them.
Satoshi Kon’s: Opus. By Satoshi Kon. Illus. by the author. Dark Horse, paper, $19.99 (9781616556068).
When one of his characters doesn’t like the ending of a mangaka’s series, he steals the last page, and the mangaka falls into the world of his story to resolve the mess.
The Scarlet Letter. By Nathaniel Hawthorne and others. Illus. by SunNeko Lee. Udon, $24.99 (9781927925348).
A manga retelling of the classic story of a Puritan woman caught in adultery and forced to publicly bear her shame.
The Sculptor. By Scott McCloud. Illus. by the author. First Second, $29.99 (9781596435735).
A struggling young artist makes a deal with Death to unlock his true potential.
*A Silent Voice. By Yoshitoki Oima. Illus. by the author.
So Cute It Hurts!!, v.1. By Go Ikeyamada. Illus. by the author. Viz, paper, $9.99 (9781421579856).
When fraternal twins Meguru and Mitsuru switch places to go to their separate schools, they each fall for an unlikely person—at the same time!
Space Dumplins. By Craig Thompson. Illus. by the author. Scholastic/Graphix, $24.99 (9780545565417).
Violet embarks on a mission to save her outer-space lumberjack father.
Spider-Man 2099, v.1: Out of Time. By Peter David. Illus. by William Sliney and Rick Leonardi. Marvel, paper, $17.99 (9780785190790).
Miguel O’Hara, the Spider-Man of 2099, is stuck in 2014 and must navigate work and relationships while trying to figure out how to get back to his time.
Spider-Man 2099, v.2: Spider-Verse. By Peter David. Illus. by William Sliney. Marvel, paper, $19.99 (9780785190806).
Miguel is back in 2099 but now faces a crisis that will affect Spider-Men and Spider-Women from all times and dimensions.
Starlight, v.1. By Mark Millar. Illus. by Goran Parlov. Image Comics, paper, $14.99 (9781632150172).
Forty years ago, Duke McQueen saved an alien planet from an evil dictator, and now he’s about to do it again.
Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection. By Kate Beaton. Illus. by the author. Drawn & Quarterly, $19.95 (9781770462083).
Ida B. Wells, the Black Prince, Benito Juárez, and other historical, literary, and contemporary figures are featured in this hilarious collection.
Strong Female Protagonist Book One. By Brennan Lee Mulligan. Illus. by Molly Ostertag. Top Shelf, paper, $19.95 (9780692246184).
Alison Green, a former and very powerful superhero named Mega Girl, endeavors to balance real life while grappling with her past as a biodynamic.
Sunny Side Up. By Jennifer L. Holm. Illus. by Matthew Holm. Scholastic/Graphix, paper, $12.99 (9780545741668).
Sunny is sent to live with her grandfather during the summer, which gives her distance to consider the changes in her life back home.
SuperMutant Magic Academy. By Jillian Tamaki. Illus. by the author. Drawn & Quarterly, paper, $22.95 (9781770461987).
SuperMutant Magic Academy is a prep school for mutants and witches, but their paranormal activities take a backseat to everyday teen concerns. A 2016 Top 10 Rainbow Project Book.
The Suspended Castle: A Philemon Adventure. By Fred. Illus. by the author. TOON Graphics, $16.95 (9781935179863).
Bartholomew has been rescued from an alternate dimension but now misses it and wants to go back, little suspecting the adventure in store for him and Philemon.
They’re Not like Us. By Eric Stephenson. Illus. by Simon Gane and Jordie Bellaire. Image Comics, paper, $9.99 (9781632153142).
Desperate for peace from the voices in her head, a young girl jumps off a building and wakes up in the care of a group of amoral young people with extraordinary powers.
Thor. By Jason Aaron. Illus. by Russell Dauterman.
Tokyo Ghoul. By Sui Ishida. Illus. by the author.
*Trashed. By Derf Backderf. Illus. by the author. Abrams ComicArts, $24.95 (9781419714535).
Inspired by real-life experiences, the author uncovers the messy inside world of garbage collection.
*The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. By Ryan North. Illus. by Erica Henderson.
Wayward, v.1: String Theory. By Jim Zub. Illus. by Steve Cummings and others. Image Comics, paper, $9.99 (9781632151735).
Rori moves to Japan to live with her mother and is enlisted in battle against an evil unlike any she’s seen before.
The Wicked + the Divine. By Kieron Gillen. Illus. by Jamie McKelvie.
Every 90 years, 12 gods appear as teen idols and are dead within two years.
Wild Blue Yonder. By Mike Raicht and others. Illus. by Austin Harrison and Zach Howard. IDW, $29.99 (9781613778630).
While navigating the dangers of a postapocalyptic society in the sky, Cola and her family fight to protect the Dawn, their solar-powered flying fortress and home.
Wonder Woman. By Brian Azzarello. Illus. by Cliff Chiang and Goran Sudzuka.
The Woods, v.2: The Swarm. By James Tynion IV. Illus. by Michael Dialynas. Boom! Studios, paper, $14.99 (9781608864959).
The students of Bay Point Preparatory High School deal with their mysterious disappearance into an alternative dimension.
Your Lie in April, v.1. By Naoshi Arakawa. Illus. by the author. Kodansha, paper, $10.99 (9781632361714).
Disgraced piano prodigy Kosei Arima meets a brilliant violinist who challenges his status quo.
Yukarism. By Chika Shiomi. Illus. by the author.
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