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)

A + E 4ever: a graphic novel

Merey, Ilike. 2011. illus., Lethe Press, paper, $18.00

Two misfits find each other as they explore their sexual identities.

Bloody Chester

Petty, J.T., Brian Ralph and Hilary Florido. 2012, illus., Roaring Brook/First Second, $18.99

Getting hired to burn down a ghost town isn't exactly a dream job, but it's the only one Bloody Chester can get.

Cat’s Cradle: The Golden Twine

Rioux, Jo. 2012, illus., Kids Can Press, $17.95

Wannabe monster tamer Suri finds her life thrown upside down when she accidentally meets a real monster.

Joe the Barbarian Deluxe Edition

Morrison, Grant and Sean Murphy. 2011, illus., DC Comics/Vertigo, $29.99

A bullied teenager is sent on an otherworldly adventure through a fantasy landscape.

Lou! Secret Diary

Neel, Julien. 2012, illus., Lerner/Graphic Universe, paper, $8.95

The highs and lows of becoming a teenager.

Rust: Visitor in the Field V. 1.

Lepp, Royden. 2011, illus., Archaia, $24.95

Will the mysterious boy with the jet pack be the salvation or ruin?

The Silence of Our Friends

Long, Mark, Nate Powell and others. 2012, illus., Roaring Brook/First Second, paper, $16.99

In 1966 two families have the courage to become friends against a backdrop of riots and racism.

Stargazing Dog

Murakami, Takashi. 2011, illus., NBM Publishing, paper, $11.99

The heart-breaking story of a man and his dog as they search for happiness in a life that rejects them.


Pham, Thien. 2012, illus., Roaring Brook/First Second, paper, $14.99

His NFL career dream dashed, Scott starts life over as a sumo wrestler.


Rozum, John and Fraser Irving.2012, illus., DC Comics/Vertigo, paper, $14.99

David Kim uses the nanotechnology infecting his body to halt a dangerous, supernatural threat.