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9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation By Sid Jacobson
Grade 9+
Comics veterans Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon masterfully rework the official 9/11 commission report into a concise and accessible graphic novel. The book begins by retelling the events of the morning of September 11, 2001, followed by a history of Al Queda and its previous attacks against the United States; ending with the commission’s 2005 final report card.
website: http://www.slate.com/id/2149231/

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Age of Bronze By Eric Shanower
Grade 9+
Drawn from the myths and legends of centuries, A thousand ships presents the complete prelude to the Trojan war, the entire tapestry of drama and action, for the twenty-first century.
website: http://ericshanower.com/es/index.shtml

Amazing "True" Story of a Teenage Single Mom By Katherine Arnoldi
Grade 9+
Arnoldi recounts her years from the birth of her daughter through her attempts to earn a living in a laytex factory, her experience in an abusive relationship, and her eventual enrollment in college. Arnoldi composed this book to help others in her situation. Not only will this book speak to teens in similar situations or those with friends like the author, but it also serves to inform the adults who work to help all teens realize their potentials.
website: http://www.katherinearnoldi.com/

American Born Chinese By Gene Yang
Grade 7+
Three fables highlighting the experience of growing up Chinese American. Jin faces the pressure of being the only Chinese-American student in his school; the mythical Monkey-King may be the most powerful monkey on earth but he wants to be a God; and Danny, a popular basketball player whose status is jeopardized when his cousin Chin-Kee comes to visit.
website: http://www.humblecomics.com/

American Splendor By Harvey Pekar
Grade 10+
Harvey Pekar, a V.A. file clerk, writes a unique narrative of his everyday mundane experiences with a frank honesty that is both comic and touching.
website: http://www.harveypekar.com/

Amy Unbounded: Belondweg Blossoming by Rachel Hartman
Grade 3+
A deliciously imaginative series about a medieval nine-year-old girl and her friends and family.

The Arrival by Shaun Tan
Grade 6+
A beautifully drawn wordless graphic novel that tells the story of an immigrant’s journey towards the future in a new land.

Astonishing X-Men By Joss Whedon
Grade 9+
This series, written by Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) is the explosive, all-new flagship X-Men – it marks a return to classic greatness and the beginning of a brand-new era for the XMen!
website: http://www.josswhedon.net/

Astro City: Life in the Big City by Kurt Busiek
Grade 10+
A collection of stories about Astro City, a shining city on a hill where Super heroes patrol the skies.

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Babymouse Series by Jennifer and Matthew Holm
Grade 1-5
A series of graphic novels about the adventures of Babymouse, a girl mouse, and her feline nemesis, Felicia Furrypaws.

Baby-Sitter’s Club Series by Raina Telgemeier
Grade 3-7
A graphic novel adaptation of the Baby-Sitter’s Club series.

Barefoot Gen: A Cartoon Story of Hiroshima By Keiji Nakazawa
Grade 9+
First published in Japan in the early 70s, this is the semiautobiographical account of Nakazawa’s experiences during the terrible time surrounding the bombing of Hiroshima.
website: http://lambiek.net/artists/n/nakazawa.htm

Batman: the Dark Knight Returns By Frank Miller
Adult
Gotham City is more corrupt than ever. Batman has not been seen for 10 years. Gangs are everywhere and Bruce Wayne is a nearly broken man. Batman must come out of retirement to return justice to Gotham City.
website: http://moebiusgraphics.com/

Batman: Hush By Jeph Loeb
Adult
Batman squares off against Killer Croc while pursuing Catwoman. He follows her trail to Metropolis where the unlikely foes team up against Superman.
website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeph_Loeb

Batman: Year One Hundred By Paul Pope
Adult
When the Gotham City PD and other forces come gunning for what is under the Dark Knight's cowl, Batman and his cohorts protect it out of a basic sense of justice. As written, the Batman of 2039 is a living legend, seen in flashbacks that correspond with the dates the stories appeared in print. It's been 68 years since the character's first appearance, and we still have Batman and Robin setting things right.
website: http://lambiek.net/artists/p/pope_p.htm

Beowulf By Gareth Hinds
Grade 5+
Beautifully illustrated graphic novel adaptation of the epic poem.
website: http://www.garethhinds.com/

Blankets: An Illustrated Novel By Craig Thompson
Adult
Beautifully written and illustrated, Blankets explores the authors’ experiences with sibling rivalry, young love, spirituality, and finding himself.
website: http://www.dootdootgarden.com/

Bluesman 1, 2, & 3 By Rob Vollmar
Grade 10+
A Depression-Era story of a blues guitarist falsely accused of triple homicide.
website: http://www.bluesmanproject.com/

Bone: Out from Boneville By Jeff Smith
Grade 3+
The story of three cousins, Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone who are thrown out of their town for cheating the citizens. They quickly get lost and separated, but one by one make their way into a valley full of magical creatures.
website: http://www.boneville.com/

Breaking Up: A Fashion High Graphic Novel By Aimee Friedman
Grade 7+
Chloe and her friends attend the Georgia O’Keefe School for the Arts, nicknamed "Fashion High" because of its trendy student body. They are looking forward to a year of fun and romance, but have no idea how difficult love can be.
website: http://www.aimeefriedmanbooks.com/

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Cancer Vixen By Marisa Acocella Marchetto
Adult
Marisa Acocella Marchetta is a fast-paced cartoonist from Manhattan and self-described ‘terminal bachelorette’ who is about to get married. Three weeks before her wedding she is diagnosed with breast cancer. Cancer Vixen follows Marisa’s battle with breast cancer from diagnosis to cure.
website: http://marisamarchetto.com/

Castle Waiting By Linda Medley
Grade 5+
Castle Waiting begins with a retelling of the classic, Sleeping Beauty, from the perspective of her ladies-in-waiting. The story, however, does not follow the princess after she wakes up and leaves the castle, but stays with the castle as it becomes a refuge for bands of eccentrics who welcome Jain, a pregnant woman with a mysterious past, and a new story begins.
website: http://www.studiolio.com/

Chicken with Plums By Marjane Satrapi
Adult
Satrapi tells the story of her great-uncle, a celebrated Iranian musician, and his decision to end his life after the instrument he loves is damaged beyond repair.
website: http://www.randomhouse.com/pantheon/graphicnovels/satrapi.html

Chiggers by Hope Larsen
Grade 5-9
Abby is back at the same old camp she goes to every summer, except for the fact that this summer, nothing is the same.

City of Light, City of Dark: A Comic Book Novel by Avi
Grade 4+
Through courage and cunning Carlos, Estella, and Estella's clairvoyant mother thwart a power-hungry villain and prevent Manhattan from turning to ice.

Clan Apis By Jay Hosler
Grade 5+
Fantastic story of the life in a beehive written by entomologist/cartoonist/storyteller Hosler.
website: http://www.jayhosler.com/

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Death Note By Tsugumi Ohba
Grade 9+
When Light becomes the owner of a Death Note, will he use it for good or evil?
website: http://everything2.com/index.pl?node_id=1926508

Deogratias By Jean Philippe Stassen
Grade 10+
Deogratias, a Hutu, falls in love with Binigne, a Tutsi during the Tutsi genocide in Rwanda. After Binigne dies Deogratias slowly loses his grip on reality as his grief leads him into madness.
website: http://lambiek.net/artists/s/stassen.htm

Dignifying Science: Stories About Women Scientists by Jim Ottaviani
Grade 5+
Interesting and entertaining stories about the lives of scientists such as Marie Curie, Hedy Lamarr, and Emmy Noether.

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Fables: Legends in Exile By Bill Willingham
Adult
The characters from fairy tales seek refuge in a Manhattan colony after leaving Fableland. They live in peace for centuries until Red Rose is murdered. It is up to Woodland Luxury Apartments security chief Bigby Wolf, to investigate.
website: http://www.billwillingham.com/

Fallout: J. Robert Oppenheimer, Leo Szilard, and the Political Science of the Atomic Bomb by Jim Ottaviani
Grade 9+
Author and nuclear engineer Ottaviani presents information about the atomic bomb and the uneasy alliance between the military, the government, and the beginnings of "big science."

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Ghost World By Daniel Clowes
Grade 10+
Two cooler-than-thou teenagers, Rebecca and Enid, have just graduated high school. They have been friends for so long that neither has the room to change, but change happens whether they want it to or not.
website: http://www.randomhouse.com/pantheon/graphicnovels/clowes.html

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Herobear and the Kid: Inheritance By Mike Kunkel
Grade 5+
Tyler isn't impressed when his grandfather wills him a dumb ol' stuffed bear. But then, when bullies at school are all set to beat him up, the toy transforms into - Herobear! Herobear takes Tyler on adventures, but changes back to the toy bear at the worst times.
website: http://www.theastonishfactory.com/

Hikaru No Go By Yumi Hotta
Grade 4+
Sixth-grader Hikaru prefers active sports and playing pranks, but his life changes the day he finds the old Go board in his grandfather's attic. The ghost of Fujiwara-no-Sai, an ancient Go master, has been trapped in the board, and he bonds with Hikaru.
website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yumi_Hotta

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In the Shadow of No Towers By Art Spiegelman
Grade 10+
Spiegelman gives his personal account of the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath after witnessing the destruction from his lower Manhattan home.
website: http://lambiek.net/artists/s/spiegelman.htm

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Jellaby by Kean Soo
Grade 4-8
Quiet, brilliant Portia’s boring life begins to look up when she befriends Jellaby, a shy, sweet-natured purple monster living in the woods behind her house.

Johnny Jihad By Ryan Inzana
Grade 10+
Johnny is a 16 year old social misfit living in a post 9/11 world. Johnny is angry at everything and nothing. Then he finds Islam, and Johnny finds a purpose to his life and a place to focus his self-destructive anger... jihad.
website: http://www.ryaninzana.com/

Journey Into Mohawk Country By George O'Connor and H.M. Van den Bogaert
Grade 9+
The journal of Dutch trader H.M. Van den Bogaert, unabridged and analtered, in graphic novel form.
website: http://firstsecondbooks.typepad.com/mainblog/george_oconnor_guest_blogger
/index.html

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Kurt Busiek’s Astro City: Life in the Big City By Kurt Busiek
Grade 10+
A Day in the life of Samaritan, the busiest superhero in Astro City.
website: http://lambiek.net/artists/b/busiek_k.htm

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La Perdida By Jessica Abel
Grade 10+
Carla, a young Mexican American woman moves to Mexico to get in touch with her roots. Her desire not to be an outsider leads her to fall into a crowd of lowlifes who talk about revolution but get by on petty crime. She tries to overlook her friend’s deviant behaviors until petty crime becomes more serious and Carla has to face the consequences of trusting the wrong people.
website: http://jessicaabel.com/

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen By Alan Moore
Grade 10+
Allan Quatermain, Captain Nemo, Hawley Griffin, Dr Henry Jekyll (and Mr. Hyde), and Miss Mina Murray were at the height of society, but each was cast out for their social improprieties. Now they take orders from the M, the mysterious head of the secret service. Together this group of flawed heroes must fight a criminal mastermind intent on firebombing London.
website: http://www.alanmoorefansite.com/

Little Lit: Strange Stories for Strange Kids by Art Spiegelman
Grade 2+
The everyday world is turned upside down and the ordinary becomes extraordinary in this collection of the strangest tales.

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Marvels By Kurt Busiek
Grade 9+
The stories of disasters and superheroes told from the ground level perspective of newspaper photographer, Phil Sheldon.
website: http://lambiek.net/artists/b/busiek_k.htm

Maus: A Survivor’s Tale Part I: My Father Bleeds History,
Maus: A Survivor’s Tale Part II: Here My Troubles Began By Art Spiegelman
Grade 9+
Spiegelman tells the story of his father’s harrowing survival of Hitler’s Europe. The story of survival is interlaced with the story Spiegelmans’s own afflicted relationship with his father.
website: http://lambiek.net/artists/s/spiegelman.htm

The Metamorphosis Franz Kafka, adapted by Peter Kuper
Grade 7+
Kuper’s drawings combine German expressionism and American cartooning to bring Kafka’s prose to life.
website: http://www.peterkuper.com/

Mom’s Cancer By Brian Fies
Grade 9+
When Fies mother is diagnosed with lung cancer and a brain tumor she decides to fight it in every way she could. This is an autobiographical account of how one family coped with the daily struggles of cancer.
website: http://www.momscancer.com/

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Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind By Hayao Miyazaki
Grade 7+
Nausicaa and her allies struggle to create peace between kingdoms torn apart by war, battling over the last of the world's precious natural resources.
website: http://www.nausicaa.net/miyazaki/

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Our Cancer Year By Harvey Pekar and Joyce Brabner
Adult
Harvey Pekar was diagnosed with lymphoma in 1990. Along with his wife, Joyce Barbner, Pekar uses his frank writing style to depict his medical nightmares from diagnosis to cure.

Owly: The Way Home & The Bittersweet Summer By Andy Runton
Grade 5+
Owly, a lonely owl, learns the meaning of friendship when he meets Wormy and a pair of friendly hummingbirds.
website: http://www.andyrunton.com/

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Palestine By Joe Sacco
Grade 9+
The autobiographical account of Sacco’s extended visit to the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the 1990’s.
website: http://www.readyourselfraw.com/profiles/sacco/profile_sacco.htm

Pedro and Me By Judd Winick
Grade 9+
Winick tells the story of his friendship with Pedro Zamora, an HIV positive AIDS educator. The story begins when they were both cast on MTV’s the Real World in 1993, and continues through Zamora’s decline, and death in 1994.
website: http://www.frumpy.com/

Persepolis 1: The Story of a Childhood,
Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return By Marjane Satrapi
Adult
Persepolis 1 is Satrapi’s autobiographical account of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution, and how her liberal family tries to cope with the oppression of the Islamic regime. Persepolis 2 follows Satrapi to Austria where she attended a boarding school. Satrapi tries to cope with the fact that she does not belong in the liberal European culture, but after she returns to Iran she can not accept the oppressive nature of Islamic fundamentalism.
website: http://www.randomhouse.com/pantheon/graphicnovels/satrapi.html

Plain Janes By Cecil Castellucci
Grade 7+
When Jane moves to a new town and meets three other Janes, they form the "P.L.A.I.N. (People Loving Art In Neighborhoods) Janes".
website: http://www.misscecil.com/

Pride of Baghdad By Brian K. Vaughan
Grade 9+
The Baghdad Zoo was an unfortunate casualty when the allied forces attacked Baghdad to bring down Saddam Hussein. This harrowing tale, based on a true story, is told through the perspective of a pride of lions who survive the bombing and drift out into the city in search of food and shelter.
website: http://www.bkv.tv/

Promethea By Alan Moore
Grade 10+
Sophie Bangs, a New York City college student, assumes the role of Promethea, a super heroine persona passed on from one generation to the next. When Sophia decides leave the ‘real’ world to help Barbra, the last Promethea, reunite with her husband, she returns to an apocalypse.
website: http://www.alanmoorefansite.com/

Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea By Guy Delisle
Adult
Delisle became one of the few westerners allowed to travel into North Korea when he was asked to oversee cartoon production in 2001. His movements were continually monitored by a guide and a translator. Pyongyang is the documentation of Delisle’s observations while living in this totalitarian society.
website: http://www.drawnandquarterly.com/artStudio.php?artist=a41e32dcb62910

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Queen Bee By Chynna Clugston
Grade 5+
Haley Madison moves to a new school and she wants to put her geeky past behind her, there’s only one problem… she has psycho kinesis (the ability to move objects with her mind) and it’s always flaring up at the wrong times. Haley decides to compete to be the most popular girl in school, but it turns out the current queen bee also has psycho kinesis. Two psycho kinetic queen bees fighting to rule the hive? This could get interesting.
website: http://www.scholastic.com/queenbee/

Quitter By Harvey Pekar
Adult
Pekar tells the story of his teenage years as a bully, a quitter, and an avoider. Pekar reflects upon his life long lack of confidence and questions why his current success has not quelled his insecurities.
website: http://www.harveypekar.com/

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Re-Gifters by Mike Carey
Grade 7+
Dixie’s only outlet is the ancient martial art of Hapkido. On the verge of winning a championship, will Dixie’s chances be ruined by her attraction to surfer boy Adam?

Robot Dreams By Sarah Varon
Grade 3+
In this amazing wordless story Dog learns about friendship and loss when he builds himself a friend from a mail-order robot kit.
website: http://www.chickenopolis.com/

Runaways By Brian K. Vaughan
Grades 9+
Six teenage friends come together as their parents have an annual get together. To their horror they realize that their parents are all evil super-villains. The teens decide to runaway and vow to defeat their villainous parents.
website: http://www.bkv.tv/

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Safe Area Gorazde: The War in Eastern Bosnia 1992-1995 By Joe Sacco
Grade 9+
The authors account of four visits he made to the so-called 'safe area' in late 1995 and early 1996. Sacco portrays the stark violence and horrors of the war in Bosnia and the effects upon the people who lived there. Disturbing and shocking, but an important book.

Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes By Neil Gaiman
Grade 9+
The first volume in Neil Gaiman’s groundbreaking Sandman series. A man tries to capture Death, but inadvertently captures her brother Dream instead, frightened the man imprisons Dream in a glass bottle.
website: http://www.neilgaiman.com/

Sin City By Frank Miller
Adult
Marv finds the girl of his dreams, a beautiful woman named Goldie. But when Goldie is murdered, Marv scours the streets of Sin City gunning for Goldie’s killer.
website: http://moebiusgraphics.com/

Spirited Away By Hayao Miyazaki
Grade 3+
This novel is an adaptation of Miyazaki’s award winning film Spirited Away. Chihiro’s family is moving to a new town. They take a wrong turn off the highway and end up at an abandoned amusement park. Chihiro’s parents are turned into pigs and she is trapped in a magical world full of spirits and demons. She must earn her keep at a hotel while she figures out how to get her parents back and get away from this strange world.
website: http://www.nausicaa.net/miyazaki/

The Storm in the Barn By Matt Phelan
Candlewick Press
Gr. 4+

Stormbreaker: the graphic novel by Anthony Johnson (adapted from Anthony Horowitz novel)
Grade 5+
Now is your chance to see this book visualized in a brand-new format, with bold, edgy, manga-like illustrations that bring Alex Rider to life in a way not seen before.

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The Tale of One Bad Rat By Bryan Talbot
Grade 5+
Helen Potter is running away from her sexually abusive father. Accompanied only by her set of Beatrix Potter books and her pet rat, she travels through England from a squat in London to an Inn in the countryside searching for solace from the horrors of her past.
website: http://www.bryan-talbot.com/

To Dance: A Ballerina’s Graphic Novel By Siena Cherson Siegel
Grade 7+
Siena moved from Puerto Rico as a young girl to attend the School of American Ballet. She danced in ballets directed by George Balanchine and starring Baryshnikov. Siena leaves ballet to attend college after she suffers a serious injury.
website: http://www.comicworldnews.com/cgi-bin/index.cgi?column=pastthefrontracks&page=87

Toon Books-assorted titles by various authors
Grade K-3
An innovative line of early readers presented in comics format.

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Ultimate Spider Man: Power & Responsibility By Brian Michael Bendis
Grade 7+
A modern reworking of the origins of Spider Man. Peter Parker is bitten by a spider and gains superpowers, he must learn, though, that with such great power comes great responsibility.
website: http://www.jinxworld.com

Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art
Reinventing Comics: How Imagination and Technology are revolutionizing an Art Form
Making Comic: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga, and Graphic Novels

By Scott McCloud
Grade 5+
These innovative comic books provide a detailed look at the history, meaning, and art of comics and cartooning.

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V for Vendetta By Alan Moore
Grade 10+
In Moore’s dystopian version of a totalitarian England there is one person willing to fight; a masked crusader, V, wages a war of resistance against the authority.
website: http://www.alanmoorefansite.com/

Vampire Kisses: Blood Relatives series by Ellen Schreiber
Grade 7+
The manga adaptation of Schreiber’s popular "Vampire Kisses" prose series.

Vampire Loves By Joann Sfar
Grade 7+
Ferdinand is hopelessly romantic vampire searching for love in all the wrong places. Love isn’t any easier when you’re undead.
website: http://www.firstsecondbooks.com/sfar.html

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War Fix By David Axe
Grade 10+
David Axe leaves his small town reporting job and his girlfriend to cover the elections in Iraq.
website: http://warisboring.com/

Watchmen By Alan Moore
Grade 10+
Rorschach may have discovered a plot to kill the Crimebusters and millions of innocent civilians, but is it real, or a paranoid delusion? Rorschach reunites with his former team mates in an attempt to save the world.
website: http://www.alanmoorefansite.com/

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