Coming of Age Graphic Novels for Teens

chiggers

Chiggers by Hope Larson
YA GRAPH LARSON, H.
When Abby returns to the same summer camp she always goes to, she is dismayed to find that her old friends have changed, and the only person who wants to be her friend is the strange new girl, Shasta.

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Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
YA GRAPH BROSGOL, V.
Anya, embarrassed by her Russian immigrant family and self-conscious about her body, has given up on fitting in at school but falling down a well and making friends with the ghost there just may be worse.

AmericanBornChinese

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
YA GRAPH YANG, G.
Alternates three interrelated stories about the problems of young Chinese Americans trying to participate in the popular culture. Presented in comic book format.

Foiled

Foiled by Jane Yolen
YA GRAPH YOLEN, J.
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?

FriendsWithBoys

Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks
YA GRAPH HICKS, F.
After an idyllic childhood of homeschooling with her mother and three older brothers, Maggie enrolls in public high school, where interacting with her peers is complicated by the melancholy ghost that has followed her throughout her entire life.

Freshman

Freshman: Tales of 9th Grade Obsessions, Revelations, and Other Nonsense by Corrine Mucha
YA GRAPH MUCHA, C.
Follows Annie’s first year of high school, chronicling her crushes, failures, and successes.

Nothing

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen and Faith Erin Hicks
YA GRAPH SHEN, P.
Charlie is the laid-back captain of the basketball team. Nate is the neurotic, scheming president of the robotics club. Their unlikely friendship nearly bites the dust when Nate declares war on the cheerleaders and they retaliate by making Charlie their figurehead in the ugliest class election campaign the school has ever seen. At stake is funding that will either cover a robotics competition or new cheerleading uniforms– but not both. Bad sportsmanship? Sure. Chainsaws? Why not. Running away from home on Thanksgiving? Nothing can possibly go wrong.

PagebyPaige

Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge
YA GRAPH GULLEDGE, L.
When Paige Turner and her family move to New York City from rural Virginia, she tries to make sense of her new life through her sketchbook, and it helps bring her true personality into the open, a process that is equal parts terrifying and rewarding.

ThisOneSummer

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
YA GRAPH TAMAKI, M.
Rose and her parents have been going to Awago Beach since she was a little girl. It’s her summer getaway, her refuge. Her friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had, completing her summer family. But this summer is different. Rose’s mom and dad won’t stop fighting, and Rose and Windy have gotten tangled up in a tragedy-in-the-making in the small town of Awago Beach. It’s a summer of secrets and heartache, and it’s a good thing Rose and Windy have each other.

Lumberjanes

Lumberjanes. Volume 1, Beware the Kitten by Noelle Stevenson & Grace Ellis
YA GRAPH STEVENSON, N.
Best friends Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley spend a fun summer at Lumberjane scout camp where they encounter yetis, three-eyed wolves, and giant falcons while solving a mystery that holds the fate of the world in the balance.

Wolverine

Wolverine: Worst Day Ever by Barry Lyga
YA GRAPH LYGA, B.
He’s Marvel’s most popular mutant … and the best there is at what he does. Now, for the first time ever, experience the storied saga of everybody’s favorite feral X-Man in his own words–fully illustrated with archival images from more than 30 years’ worth of comic-book appearances!