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Recommended Reads for Your YA Collection

With the popularity of graphic novels rising among YA readers, BookShelf presents a list of the top titles to have in your library or classroom collection. From classic adaptations, original content, and media tie-ins, these titles will appeal to YA audiences of all interests.


Princess Princess Ever After
By Katie O’Neill
Oni Press
9781620103401

When the heroic princess Amira rescues the kind-hearted princess Sadie from her tower prison, neither expects to find a true friend in the bargain. Yet as they adventure across the kingdom, they discover that they bring out the very best in the other person. They’ll need to join forces and use all the know-how, kindness, and bravery they have in order to defeat their greatest foe yet: a jealous sorceress, who wants to get rid of Sadie once and for all.



Afar
By Leila del Duca and Kit Seaton
Image Comics
9781632159410

Boetema suddenly develops the ability to astrally project to other worlds, unintentionally possessing the bodies of people light years away. Inotu, her inquisitive brother with a pension for trouble, finds himself on the run after he's caught eavesdropping on an illegal business deal between small town business tycoons and their cyborg bodyguard. When Boetema accidentally gets someone hurt while in another girl's body, the siblings are forced to work together to solve the problems they've created on their planet and others.



March, Book 3
By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
Top Shelf Productions
9781603094023

The stunning conclusion of the award-winning and best-selling March trilogy, Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, joins co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell to bring the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today's world.

 


Tenko King Volume 1
By Tavis Maiden
Toonhound Studios
9780997226904

Flip is a 10-year-old Redori sapling who wants to experience life outside of the village, and travel to places he’s only read about in the forbidden journals. He daydreams about meeting The Rumble Bees of the Cinder Woods, traveling the winding maze of the Ever Root, or even experiencing the chilling dread of the Terror Tombs. When he becomes lost in the woods, Flip soon finds out that the world is much bigger than he bargained for.



Smile
By Raina Telgemeier
Graphix
9780545132060

Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth. What follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached. And on top of all that, there's still more to deal with: a major earthquake, boy confusion, and friends who turn out to be not so friendly.



Ocean of Secrets

By Sophie-chan
Tokyopop
9781427857149

Lia, a 17-year old orphan living by the Atlantic is swept away by the ocean currents during a ruthless storm. She is then saved by Moria and Albert, a duo of illegal runaways on their magical ship! Her normal, mundane life suddenly becomes a supernatural adventure as she learns about the powers of their kind and their relations to the human world. But Lia soon discovers that there is a dark secret hidden in a mysterious kingdom.




Space Battle Lunchtime Volume 1
By Natalie Reiss
Oni Press
9781620103135

Earth baker Peony gets the deal of a lifetime when she agrees to be a contestant on the Universe's hottest reality TV show, Space Battle Lunchtime! But that was before she knew that it shoots on location... on a spaceship... and her alien competitors don't play nice! Does Peony really have what it takes to be the best cook in the Galaxy?



Herald: Lovecraft and Tesla: Tying the Knot
By John Reilly, Dexter Weeks, and Tom Rogers
Action Lab Entertainment
9781632292124

Love is in the air when the Cthulhu cult converts its faithful into hideous flesh beasts. In Vienna, Hitler responds to an RSVP from something old. Lovecraft and Houdini find themselves neck-deep in something new. Sonia Greene is hunted for something borrowed. And after reconciling the possibility of never finding Earhart, Tesla is blue.




Manga Classics: Jane Eyre
By Crystal Chan, Lee, and Charlotte Brontë
Udon Entertainment
9781927925645

As an orphaned child, Jane Eyre is first cruelly abused by her aunt, then cast out and sent to a charity school. Though she meets with further abuse, she receives an education, and eventually takes a job as a governess at the estate of Edward Rochester. Jane and Rochester begin to bond, but his dark moods trouble her. Charlotte Bronte’s classic tale of morality and social criticism takes on an entirely new life in this Manga Classic adaptation of Jane Eyre.


Bob’s Burgers
By Chad Brewster, Justin Hook, Tony Gernarro, Frank Forte, and others
Dynamite Entertainment
9781606906606

The hit show from Fox is now a graphic novel... 100% created by show writers and animators, so it's 100% authentic Bob's Burgers flavor! Enjoy wild new stories of the Belcher family, beloved characters from the 2014's Primetime Emmy Award Winner for Outstanding Animated Program! This volume brings you brand-new in-canon stories created by the TV show's producers, writers, and animators! That's right, all-original stories that expand upon the fan-favorite animated series, including hilarious installments of "Louise's Unsolved Mysteries", "Tina's Erotic Friend Fiction", "A Gene Belcher Original Musical", "Letters Written by Linda", "Bob's Burgers of the Day", and much more!