Graphic Novels

The Arrival
The Arrival By Tan, Shaun Book - 2006 TEEN GN ARR Available in some locations

Annotation:In this wordless graphic novel, a man leaves his homeland and sets off for a new country, where he must build a new life for himself and his family.

Kampung Boy
Kampung Boy [1] By Lat Book - 2006

Annotation:Relates the life experiences, from birth to beginning boarding school, of a boy growing up on a rubber plantation in rural Malaysia.

Sloth By Hernandez, Gilbert Book - 2006 TEEN GN SLO Available in some locations

Annotation:Troubled teenager Miguel Serra becomes a walking urban legend after he wills himself into a coma and wakes up one year later virtually unchanged - except for his sloth-like pace. Discover how a haunted lemon orchard, a mysterious goatman and murder collide as Miguel, his girlfriend Lita and their friend Romeo take on the teenage wasteland of suburbia. Will it be love or rock-and-roll suicide? Find out in Sloth, a surrealistic romantic drama in the spirit of David Lynch that takes the art of sequential storytelling to new heights in its use of light and shadow.

Grease Monkey
Grease Monkey By Eldred, Tim Paperback - 2006 TEEN GN GRE Available in some locations

Annotation:Caught in the crossfire of an interstellar war, our Earth was bombed to flinders--and then repaired. The mysterious alien Benefactors who healed the planet also offered "uplift" to our dolphins and gorillas. The dolphins turned them down. The gorillas said yes.

Missouri Boy
Missouri Boy By Myrick, Leland Paperback - 2006 TEEN GN MIS All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Firecrackers lighting up an ancient tree on a summer night. Twin boys born the same night their grandmother passes away. Teenagers hanging by their fingertips from the roof of a parking garage. These are the moments of quiet poetry that make up Leland Myrick's Missouri Boy. Happiness alternates with tragedy in these snapshots of Myrick's own Missouri childhood. Filled with startling and at times achingly beautiful images--from a perfect paper airplane flying in the autumn sky to a solitary cross-country motorcycle trip--Myrick's graphic poem brings together the experiences that formed his character, for better and for worse. Poignant, timeless, and gently evoked, Missouri Boy is a unique tribute to a small-town American childhood.

Re-gifters By Carey, Mike Book - 2007

Annotation:Meet Jen Dik Seong -- or "Dixie" as she's known to her friends. She's living on the ragged edge of LA's Koreatown, and her only outlet is the ancient martial art of hapkido. In fact, she's on the verge of winning a championship -- until she falls for fellow hapkido fan/California surfer boy Adam and gets thrown spectacularly off her game. As she struggles to win the tournament -- not to mention Adam's affections -- Dixie learns that in love and in gift-giving, what goes around comes around

The Plain Janes
The Plain Janes By Castellucci, Cecil, 1969- Paperback - 2007 TEEN GN PLA Available in some locations

Annotation:When Jane moves to the suburbs, she thinks her life is over, but she meets three friends who form a club P.L.A.I.N.E., but can art really save a group of misfits from high school?

Essex County
Essex County Vol. 1, Tales From the Farm By Lemire, Jeff Paperback - 2007 TEEN GN ESS VOL. 1 Available in some locations

Annotation:Xeric Award-winning cartoonist Jeff Lemire (Lost Dogs) illustrates the tale of Lester, an orphaned 10-year-old who goes to live on his Uncle's farm. Their relationship grows increasingly strained and Lester befriends the town's gas station owner, and damaged former hockey star Jimmy Lebeuf. The two escape into a private fantasy world of super-heroes, alien invaders and good old-fashioned pond Hockey. Tales from the Farm is the first volume in a trilogy of graphic novels set in a fictionalized version of Lemire's hometown of Essex County, Ontario.

Aya By Abouet, Marguerite, 1971- Book - 2007 TEEN GN AYA Available in some locations

Annotation:Aya tells the story of its nineteen-year-old heroine, the studious and clear-sighted Aya, her easygoing friends Adjoua and Bintou, and their meddling relatives and neighbors. It's a breezy and wryly funny account of the desire for joy and freedom, and of the simple pleasures and private troubles of everyday life in Yop City.

Satchel Paige
Satchel Paige Striking Out Jim Crow By Sturm, James, 1965- Book - 2007 TEEN GN SAT Available in some locations

Annotation:Satchel Paige began his baseball career in the Negro Leagues in Alabama in the 1920s. For years, Jim Crow laws, which segregated blacks and whites, kept him out of the major leagues. But they couldn't stop him from becoming a world-class athlete. This is a fictionalized account of a real-life sports hero.

Garage Band
Garage Band By Gipi, 1963- Paperback - 2007 TEEN GN GAR Available in some locations

Annotation:Four troubled boys, Guiliano, Stefano, Alberto, and Alex, form a band. They practice in a garage that Guilano's dad loaned them. When their amp blows right before the deadline for their demo tape, the boys become desperate to replace it and land themselves in more trouble than they know how to handle.

Laika By Abadzis, Nick Paperback - 2007 TEEN GN LAI Available in some locations

Annotation:This is the journey of Laika, the abandoned puppy destined to become Earth's first space traveler. With the blending of fact and fiction, this story intertwines three compelling lives. Along with Laika, there is Korolev, a driven engineer at the top of the Soviet space program and Yelena, the lab technician responsible for Laika's health and life.

Runaways Dead End Kids By Whedon, Joss, 1964- Paperback - 2008 TEEN GN RUN DEA Available in some locations

Annotation:Forced to flee to New York when their Los Angeles hideout is compromised, the Runaways become mixed up with criminal boss the Kingpin, a decision that leads to a fight with the Punisher and a trip back in time to 1907.

The New York Four
The New York Four By Wood, Brian, 1948- Paperback - 2008 TEEN GN NEW Available in some locations

Annotation:"Just starting her freshman year at NYU, Riley is about to find out what an adventure-- and a mystery-- living in New York City can be. The ultimate insider's guide to NYC is seen through the eyes of Brooklyn-born Riley. Raised by stuffy, literati parents, Riley's a shy, straight-A student who convinces three other NYU brainiacs to join a research group for fast cash" -- from publisher's web site.

Water Baby
Water Baby By Campbell, Ross, 1979- Paperback - 2008 TEEN GN WAT Available in some locations

Annotation:Brody is an abrasive surfer girl who gets bitten by a shark and is forced to deal with her new disability, not to mention the strange, shark-like transformation that may or may not be happening to her. But this is nothing compared to the return of her ex-boyfriend who she must drive back to New York.

Batman The Killing Joke By Moore, Alan, 1953- Book - 2008 GN BAT KIL All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:One bad day. According to the grinning engine of madness and mayhem known as The Joker, that's all that separates the sane from the psychotic. Freed once again from the confines of Arkham Asylum, he's out to prove his deranged point.

Skim By Tamaki, Mariko Book - 2008 TEEN GN SKI Available in some locations

Annotation:"Skim" (Kimberly Keiko Cameron) is a not-slim would-be Wiccan goth who goes to a private girls' school. When her classmate Katie is dumped by her boyfriend, who then kills himself, the entire school goes into mourning overdrive. The popular clique stars a club to boost school spirit, but Skim sinks into an ever-deepening depression.

Pinocchio Vampire Slayer By Jensen, Van Paperback - 2009 TEEN GN PIN Available in some locations

Annotation:Pinoccho seeking to avenge the death of Geppetto goes after the vampires that have infested Nasolungo.

Foiled By Yolen, Jane Paperback - 2010 TEEN GN FOI Available in some locations

Annotation:Aliera is a star at fencing, but at school no one notices her--until her new lab partner Avery begins flirting with her. Aliera's mother just bought her a foil from a garage sale, and it has a strange jewel attached to the hilt. Will Aliera's first date be ruined when magical creatures try to steal her foil?

The Odyssey
The Odyssey A Graphic Novel By Hinds, Gareth, 1971- Book - 2010 TEEN GN ODY All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Retells, in graphic novel format, Homer's epic tale of Odysseus, the ancient Greek hero who encounters witches and other obstacles on his journey home after fighting in the Trojan War.

Trickster Native American Tales : A Graphic Collection Paperback - 2010 TEEN GN TRI Available in some locations

Annotation:Collects over twenty trickster stories, in graphic novel format, from various Native American traditions, including tales about coyotes, rabbits, ravens, and other crafty creatures and their mischievous activities.

Mercury By Larson, Hope Book - 2010 TEEN GN MER All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Tara is forced to move in with her cousins after her house burns down. She faces a difficult adjustment while her mother is away trying to earn money. Interwoven with this story is that of Tara's ancestors, who in 1859 were convinced by a mysterious stranger to put all their money into searching their property for gold.

Billy Hazelnuts and the Crazy Bird
Billy Hazelnuts and the Crazy Bird By Millionaire, Tony Book - 2010 TEEN GN BILL Available in some locations

Annotation:Life has settled back to normal in the old house. Becky and her mom are getting used to having Billy around, as he performs various household chores, utilizing his amazing strength. Nothing could be better, aside from a jumpy relationship with the cat. Until one day Billy hears screeching in the back yard and runs out to find a very large owl attacking his housemate. 'I hate that cat, but it's OUR CAT!' yells Billy, and chases the owl off. Billy soon discovers that the owl he has just scared off has left an egg in his nest. When the egg hatches, it's up to Billy to reunite the baby owl with his mother, and the two head off into the deep, deep woods in search of her.

Harvey How I Became Invisible By Bouchard, Hervé, 1963- Book - 2010 YA741.5971 BOU Available in some locations

Annotation:Harvey and his brother are on their way home after playing in the slushy streets of early spring when they discover that their father has died of a heart attack.

Four Eyes
Four Eyes Volume 1, Forged in Flames By Kelly, Joe Paperback - 2010 TEEN GN FOU Available in some locations

Annotation:Act One of the epic saga of Enrico, a boy living in an alternate 1930s New York, where dragon fighting is the city's number one underground sport and the cause of his father's untimely death. Enrico's literal trial by fire begins here!

Beasts of Burden
Beasts of Burden [Vol. 1], Animal Rites By Dorkin, Evan Book - 2010 TEEN GN BEA Available in some locations

Annotation:Evan Dorkin's Beasts of Burden: Animal Rites is set in a quaint suburban community known as Burden Hill. Although it looks like a picture-perfect snapshot of a storybook life, Burden Hill is, in reality, plagued by monsters and demons of every kind. Into the mix of the supernatural melee comes a group of house pets: determined dogs and cats ready to investigate the paranormal and protect their home turf.

Ghostopolis By TenNapel, Doug Book - 2010 TEEN GN GHO Available in some locations

Annotation:"Garth Hale is as good as dead...The only problem is he's still alive. When Garth Hale is accidentally zapped into the ghost world by Frank Gallows, a washed-up ghost wrangler, he discovers that he has special powers. Soon he finds himself on the run from the evil ruler of Ghostopolis, who wants to use Garth's newfound abilities to tighten his grip on the spirit world. After Garth meets Cecil, his grandfather's ghost, the two search for a way to get Garth back home, nearly losing hope until Frank Gallows shows up to fix his mistake."--from cover.

Heart Transplant
Heart Transplant By Vachss, Andrew H. Book - 2010 TEEN GN HEA Available in some locations

Annotation:"The gripping story of young boy's transformation from bullied 'outsider' to true manhood. Clinical social worker Zak Mucha offers the anchoring non-fiction essay, explaining in detail what the reader has just experienced"--Publisher's website.

Yummy The Last Days of A Southside Shorty By Neri, Greg Paperback - 2010 TEEN GN YUM Available in some locations

Annotation:A graphic novel based on the true story of Robert "Yummy" Sandifer, an eleven-year old African American gang member from Chicago who shot a young girl and was then shot by his own gang members.

The Sons of Liberty
The Sons of Liberty [1] By Lagos, Alexander Book - 2010 TEEN GN SON 1 Available in some locations

Annotation:Teenage runaway slaves with superhuman powers, a Hessian giant, the most evil slave owners imaginable, and Benjamin Franklin: this story of the Revolution blends fact and fantasy in an imaginative reinterpretation of a critical time in American history.

Mouse Guard
Mouse Guard Legends of the Guard, Volume 1 Book - 2010 TEEN GN MOU LEG 1 Available in some locations

Annotation:Inside the June Alley Inn, located in the western mouse city of Barkstone, mice gather to enjoy the renowned hospitality of June herself. On one particular evening, the subject of unpaid drink tabs leads to a contest. Whichever patron can weave the best tale for June's ears will have their past tab cleared entirely. With such an alluring prize up for grabs, the eager patrons begin telling fantastic stories, spinning their yarns throughout the evening contest.

Brain Camp
Brain Camp By Kim, Susan, 1958- Paperback - 2010 TEEN GN BRA All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Lucas and Jenna are chosen to attend a camp that promises to turn delinquents into high achieving students, but when they arrive, they realize that the camp is not what it seems.

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