Graphic novels dealing with place and belonging.

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Life Sucks
Jessica Abel,Gabriel Soria

GRAPHIC TEEN LIFE

Dave is a vampire working the night shift in a convenience store, and after he becomes attracted to a Latina girl named Rosa, he soon finds himself competing for her affection with another vampire named Wes.


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Aya
Marguerite Abouet

GRAPHIC TEEN AYA

The Ivory Coast in 1978 forms the backdrop for the fictional memoir of Aya, the studious, nineteen-year-old heroine, her easy-going friends Adjoua and Bintou, and their meddling neighbors and relatives, all caught up in the simple pleasures of everyday life in Yop City.


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Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea
Guy Delisle

TRAVEL NKOREA GRAPHIC DEL

One of the few Westerners granted access to North Korea documents his observations of the secretive society in this graphic travelogue that depicts the cultural alienation, boredom, and desires of ordinary North Koreans.


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The Stonekeeper (Amulet, Book 1)
Kazu Kibuishi

GRAPHIC J AMULET

After moving into an old ancestral home, Emily and Navin’s mother is kidnapped and dragged down the basement stairs by a mysterious creature, and after giving chase, the kids find themselves in a magical but dangerous world of man-eating demons, a mechanical rabbit, and shadowy enemies.


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The Complete Essex County
Jeff Lemire

GRAPHIC ESSEX

After moving to his uncle’s farm, 10-year-old orphan Lester befriends the town’s gas station owner, damaged former hockey star Jimmy Lebeuf, and the two escape to a fantasy world of super-heroes, alien invaders, and old-fashioned pond hockey.


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Bayou
Jeremy Love

GRAPHIC BAYOU

After a terrifying creature emerges from the swamp and takes her white playmate, Lee Wagstaff’s father is accused of the kidnapping and Lee must enlist the help of a blues-singing swamp monster named Bayou to clear his name.


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Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
Marjane Satrapi

GRAPHIC TEEN PERSEPOLIS

The great-granddaughter of Iran’s last emperor and the daughter of ardent Marxists describes growing up in Tehran in a country plagued by political upheaval and vast contradictions between public and private life.


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Bone Volume 1: Out From Boneville
Jeff Smith

GRAPHIC TEEN BONE

The adventure starts when cousins Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone are run out of Boneville and later get separated and lost in the wilderness, meeting monsters and making friends as they attempt to return home.


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The Arrival
Shaun Tan

OVERSIZE GRAPHIC TEEN ARRIVAL

Although saddened at having to leave the family he loves, the immigrant is certain that moving to the new land is the right thing to do and so ventures off to a strange land to begin a life that will hopefully reap the rewards he seeks through his sacrifice, hard work, and determination.


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Creature Tech
Doug Tennapel

GRAPHIC TEEN TENNAPEL

After taking over the lab known as Creature Tech, Dr. Ong tries to capture the ghost of a nineteenth-century mad scientist named Dr. Jameson whose resurrected body tries to take over the world.


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Buddha, Volume 1: Kapilavastu
Osamu Tezuka

RELIGION BUDDHISM GRAPHIC TEZ

Recounts Siddhartha’s spiritual journey on the path to enlightenment and becoming the Buddha.


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Good-bye, Chunky Rice
Craig Thompson

GRAPHIC TEEN GOOD-BYE

Chunky Rice, a small turtle, embarks on an ocean voyage, where he meets a shady skipper and conjoined twins, Ruth and Livonia,, but he also leaves behind his girlfriend Dandel, who sends him letters in a bottle.


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A.L.I.E.E.E.N.: Archives of Lost Issues and Earthly Editions of Extraterrestrial Novelties
Lewis Trondheim

GRAPHIC TEEN TRONDHEIM

Told in alien language, shows the zany behavior of various aliens.


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American Born Chinese
Gene Luen Yang

GRAPHIC TEEN YANG

Alternates three interrelated stories about the problems of young Chinese Americans trying to participate in the popular culture.


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