Great Graphic Novels for Teens

About the Great Graphic Novels for Teens
The list presents graphic novels published in the past 16 months that are recommended reading for teens aged twelve to eighteen.

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2013 Selection(s)

Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller

Lambert, Joseph. 2012, illus., Disney Hyperion/Disney Book Group, $17.99.

You thought you knew the whole story.

Economix: How and Why Our Economy Works (And Doesn't Work) in Words and Pictures

Goodwin, Michael and Dann E. Burr. 2012, illus., Abrams, paper, $19.95

Who knew economics could be so fun?

A Game For Swallows: To Die, To Leave, To Return

Abirached, Zeina. 2012, illus., Lerner/Graphic Universe, $29.27.

As the bombs drop on Beirut, Zeina’s family must depend on her neighbors for survival.

Hades: Lord of the Dead: Olympians V. 4.

O'Connor, George.2012, illus., Roaring Brook/First Second, paper, $16.99

Who’s Hade’s queen of the underworld?

My Friend Dahmer

Backderf, Derf. 2012, illus., Abrams, paper, $17.95.

Go to high school with the nation's most notorious serial killer

Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: One Dead Spy

Hale, Nathan. 2012, illus., Abrams/Amulet, $12.95

A spy on the gallows has a story to tell.

Steve Jobs: Genius By Desig

Quinn, Jason and Amit Tayal. 2012, illus., Campfire, paper, $12.99

Steve Jobs’ life from birth to death.

Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb

Fetter-Vorm, Jonathan. 2012, illus., Farrar, Straus and Giroux/Hill and Wang.

A look at one of the most controversial decisions in American history.


2013 Selection(s)

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man: Death of Spider-Man

Bendis, Brian Michael and Mark Bagley. 2011, illus., Marvel, $24.99.

The fall and sacrifice of Marvel's greatest hero.

Wonder Woman: Blood V.1

Azzarello, Brian and Cliff Chiang. 2012, illus., DC Comics, $22.99

Diana discovers the truth of her parentage in this reboot.