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The Great Graphic Novels for Teens list is compiled annually by a committee of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and comprises recommended graphic novels for readers ages 12 to 18. Titles published in late 2010 are noted; all others were published in 2011. The committee’s top 10 choices are identified with a star (*).
21: The Story of Roberto Clemente. By Wilfred Santiago. Illus. by the author. Fantagraphics, $22.99 (9781560978923).
The battles of the Puerto Rican baseball pioneer on and off the field.
Around the World. By Matt Phelan. Illus. by the author. Candlewick, $24.99 (9780763636197).
Journey around the globe with three nineteenth-century travelers.
Evolution: The Story of Life on Earth. By Jay Hosler. Illus. by Kevin Cannon. Hill & Wang, $18.95 (9780809094769).
Tour the last 4.5 billion years on earth—with an alien.
Feynman. By Jim Ottaviani. Illus. by Leland Myrick. First Second, $29.99 (9781596432598).
The life and times of the world’s smartest man.
Gandhi: A Manga Biography. By Kazuki Ebine. Illus. by the author. 2010. Penguin, paper, $15 (9780143120247).
A brief picture of one of the most well-known names in history.
Hera: The Goddess and Her Glory. By George O’Connor. Illus. by the author. First Second, $16.99 (9781596437241).
The queen of the gods has her own stories to tell.
How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less. By Sarah Glidden. Illus. by the author. 2010. Vertigo, $24.99 (9781401222338).
A young woman questions her heritage and politics during her birthright tour of Israel.
The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media. By Brooke Gladstone. Illus. by Josh Neufeld. Norton, $23.95 (9780393077797).
How is the media telling you what to think?
The Lives of Sacco and Vanzetti. By Rick Geary. Illus. by the author. NBM/Comicslit, $15.99 (9781561636051).
Sacco and Vanzetti: Thieves and murderers, or anarchist scapegoats?
Marzi. By Marzena Sowa. Illus. by Sylvain Savoia. Tr. by Anjali Singh. Vertigo, paper, $17.99 (9781401229597).
A young girl growing up in Communist Poland.
27: First Set. By Charles Soule. Illus. by Renzo Podesta. Image/Shadowline, paper, $16.99 (9781607063827).
Guitarist Garland seeks out dark magic to reclaim his rock-star status.
The Adventures of Dr. McNinja: Night Powers. By Christopher Hastings and Benito Cereno. Illus. by the author and Les McClaine. Dark Horse, paper, $19.99 (9781595827098).
He heals with one hand, kills with the other.
Age of Reptiles Omnibus, v.1. By Ricardo Delgado. Illus. by the author. Dark Horse, paper, $24.99 (9781595826831).
Revenge, family, murder, and survival—from a dinosaur’s perspective.
Amazing Agent Jennifer, v.1. By Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir. Illus. by Kriss Sison. Tor/Seven Seas, paper, $10.99 (9781934876855).
Why take over the family business when you can train to become a secret agent?
Americus. By M. K. Reed. Illus. by Jonathan Hill. First Second, paper, $18.99 (9781596437685).
With his favorite fantasy series under attack, Neal finds his voice.
Animal Land, v.1. By Makoto Raiku. Illus. by the author. Tr. by Stephen Paul. Kodansha, paper, $10.99 (9781935429135).
A young tanuki discovers a human infant who may change the world.
* Anya’s Ghost. By Vera Brosgol. Illus. by the author. First Second, $19.99 (9781596437135).
When Anya befriends a ghost, her life turns around—at least for a while. A 2012 Notable Children’s Book.
Avengers Academy, v.1: Permanent Record. By Christos Gage. Illus. by Mike McKone. Marvel, $24.99 (9780785144946).
A school for the next generation of heroes, or rehab for a group of damaged superteens?
* Axe Cop, v.1. By Malachai Nicolle. Illus. by Ethan Nicolle. Dark Horse, paper, $14.99 (9781595826817).
A cop with an ax and his dinosaur sidekick, and it just gets weirder from there.
Bad Island. By Doug TenNapel. Illus. by the author. Scholastic/Graphix, paper, $10.99 (9780545314800).
Shipwreck is only the beginning of this family vacation from hell.
Bake Sale. By Sara Varon. Illus. by the author. First Second, $19.99 (9781596437401).
Whip up some fun in the kitchen with Cupcake and his best friend, Eggplant.
Baltimore: The Plague Ships. By Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden. Illus. by Ben Stenbeck. Dark Horse, $24.99 (9781595826732).
An injured vet becomes the scourge of WWI’s vampire army.
Batman: The Black Mirror. By Scott Snyder. Illus. By Jock and Francesco Francavilla. DC Comics, $29.99 (9781401232061).
Gotham City brings its new Batman and Commissioner Gordon face-to-face with the stuff of nightmares.
Blue Exorcist, v.1. By Kazue Kato. Illus. by the author. Tr. by John Werry. VIZ Media, paper, $9.99 (9781421540320).
The son of Satan decides to kick some demon ass.
* A Bride’s Story, v.1. By Kaoru Mori. Illus. by the author. Tr. by William Flanagan. Yen, $16.99 (9780316180993).
The nineteenth-century Silk Road sets the stage for the arranged marriage between a huntress and a boy.
Dawn Land. By Joseph Bruchac. Illus. by Will Davis. 2010. First Second, paper, $19.99 (9781596431430).
Thousands of years ago, Young Hunter defends humanity against the Stone Giants.
* Daybreak. By Brian Ralph. Illus. by the author. Drawn & Quarterly, $21.95 (9781770460553).
You find yourself in a desolate landscape. Follow the one-armed man. You’re safe, at least for now.
Excalibur: The Legend of King Arthur. By Tony Lee. Illus. by Sam Hart. Candlewick, $21.99 (9780763646448).
Dark magic, a vengeful sorceress, shadowy prophesies, and malicious fairies—King Arthur like you’ve never seen.
Freshman: Tales of 9th Grade Obsessions, Revelations, and Other Nonsense. By Corinne Mucha. Illus. by the author. Zest, paper, $12.99 (9780981973364).
For Annie and her friends, high school may not be all it’s cracked up to be.
* Infinite Kung Fu. By Kagan McLeod. Illus. by the author. Top Shelf, $24.95 (9781891830839).
A zombie, apocalyptic, dystopian, blaxploitation, kung-fu epic.
Ivy. By Sarah Oleksyk. Illus. by the author. Oni, $19.99 (9781934964590).
For an aspiring teen painter, running away is not the escape she thought it would be.
Kamisama Kiss. By Julietta Suzuki. Illus. by the author. Tr. by Tomo Kimura. VIZ Media, paper, $9.99. v.1. 2010 (9781421536385); v.2 (9781421536392).
How will homeless teen Nanami deal with her new responsibilities as a local deity?
Laddertop, v.1. By Orson Scott Card and Emily Janice Card. Illus. by Honoel A. Ibardolaza. Tor/Seven Seas, paper, $10.99 (9780765324603).
Welcome to Laddertop Academy, the space school where gifted students train for the most important jobs in the galaxy.
The Last Dragon. By Jane Yolen. Illus. by Rebecca Guay. Dark Horse, $29.99 (9781595827982).
A lovely young maiden, a would-be hero, and a fire-breathing dragon.
Level Up. By Gene Luen Yang. Illus. by Thien Pham. First Second, paper, $19.99 (9781596437142).
Death match! Med school versus video games!
Mangaman. By Barry Lyga. Illus. by Colleen Doran. Houghton, $19.99 (9780547423159).
East meets West when Ryoko falls through the Rip to enter Marissa’s American high school.
The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury, v.1: Time Runs Out. By Brandon Thomas. Illus. by Lee Ferguson. Archaia, $24.95 (9781936393053).
Nothing is impossible for the galaxy’s greatest adventurer—even if she only has one year left to live.
Morning Glories, v.1. By Nick Spencer. Illus. by Joe Eisma. Image/Shadowline, paper, $9.99 (9781607063070).
Six talented but troubled teens find themselves trapped at the prestigious Morning Glory Academy.
The New York Five. By Brian Wood. Illus. by Ryan Kelly. Vertigo, paper, $14.99 (9781401232917).
College roommates learn their most important lessons outside the classroom.
One Soul. By Ray Fawkes. Illus. by the author. Oni, $24.99 (9781934964668).
Eighteen births, 18 lives, 18 deaths.
Page by Paige. By Laura Lee Gulledge. Illus. by the author. Abrams/Amulet, $18.95 (9780810997219).
When everything is new and strange, a sketchbook can be your best friend.
reMIND, v.1. By Jason Brubaker. Illus. by the author. Coffee Table Comics, $24.95 (9780983114901).
Sonja discovers that there may be some truth to her town’s favorite urban legend of the Lizard Man.
Ruse: The Victorian Guide to Murder. By Mark Waid. Illus. by Mirco Pierfederici and Mink Oosterveer. Marvel/Crossgen, paper, $14.99 (9780785155867).
What’s more dangerous than being the smartest detective in the world? Working for him.
* Scarlet. By Brian Michael Bendis. Illus. by Alex Maleev. Marvel/Icon, $24.99 (9780785152514).
When her life is destroyed by police corruption, Scarlet seeks bloody revenge.
Sense and Sensibility. By Jane Austen and Nancy Butler. Illus. by Sonny Liew. 2010. Marvel, $19.99 (9780785148197).
Elinor and Marianne find romance and heartbreak in Regency England.
The Sixth Gun, v.1: Cold Dead Fingers. By Cullen Bunn. Illus. by Brian Hurtt. Oni, paper, $19.99 (9781934964606).
In the Old West, an enchanted six-shooter pits Becky against dark forces.
Skullkickers, v.1: 1,000 Opas and a Dead Body. By Jim Zubkavich. Illus. by Edwin Huang. Image, paper, $9.99 (9781607063667).
What do you do after a hard day of fighting werewolves, drunken louts, an evil mage, and the undead? You get paid, of course!
The Story of Saiunkoku. By Sai Yukino. Illus. by Kairi Yura. Tr. by Su Mon Han. VIZ Media, paper, $9.99. v.1. 2010 (9781421538341); v.2 (9781421538358).
An educated, young noblewoman desperate for money meets a childish emperor. How will they rule the country together?
Takio. By Brian Michael Bendis. Illus. by Michael Avon Oeming. Marvel/Icon, paper, $9.95 (9780785153269).
Taki and her little sister use their kung-fu telekinesis to become superheroes.
* Thor: The Mighty Avenger. By Roger Langridge. Illus. by Chris Samnee. 2010. Marvel, paper, $14.99. v.1. 2010 (9780785141211); v.2 (9780785141228).
Is the mysterious man Jane finds in her museum really the God of Thunder?
Troop 142. By Mike Dawson. Illus. by the author. Secret Acres, paper, $20 (9780979960994).
Are you prepared for a weeklong camping trip with Boy Scout Troop 142?
* Wandering Son, v.1. By Shimura Takako. Illus. by the author. Tr. by Matt Thorn. Fantagraphics, $19.99 (9781606994160).
A gentle coming-of-age story about a boy who wants to be a girl and a girl who wants to be a boy.
* Zahra’s Paradise. By Amir. Illus. by Khalil. First Second, $19.99 (9781596436428).
Violent street protests. A missing brother. How far will an Iranian blogger go to uncover the truth?
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