One of the saddest things for a librarian to see is an awesome title languishing on the shelf. They might have a great cover, an awesome story, or great writing, but we see them begging day after day for somebody to check them out. This happens often in our Teen Graphic Series section, where it’s hard for items to get noticed in between the Batmans and Spidermans of the world.
So if you have a heart this holiday season, take home one of these lonely little friends and see why we bought them in the first place!
Avalon High: Coronation
Ellie Harrison moves to a new school in a new town, ready to adjust and restart her normal life. Yet, life proves to be anything but normal when it’s possible that the boy she falls for, Will, just might be the reincarnation of King Arthur. Now Ellie must convince Will to take on the mantle and fight a brewing evil. This is based off of Meg Cabot’s 2005 novel Avalon High, and the lively, manga-style art will breathe new life for even seasoned readers.
Avril Lavigne’s Make 5 Wishes
Camilla d’Errico and Joshua Dysart
Hana is a lonely, quiet schoolgirl who would have nothing to distract her from her parent’s dissolving marriage and the teasing of her classmates if it weren’t for her imaginary best friend, Avril Lavigne. One day, Hana buys a mysterious package from the site Make5Wishes.com, which gives new meaning to the phrase “be careful what you wish for.” Soon, the demon Romeo arrives, and Hana makes one regrettable wish after another!
Mark Davis, Mike Davis, and Brandon Schultz
Blak has a magical ability that gives him extra-skilled fighting abilities in addition to being extraordinarily gifted in the skills of rap. Blak will need every one of these skills when he takes to the streets to battle gangs, his brother’s killers, and his own personal demons–not to mention the literal demons that lurk deep within the city.
Courtney Crumin was dragged from her previous life to a well-to-do suburb to live with her Great Uncle Aloysius. That wouldn’t be so bad, if Aloysius wasn’t creepy and strange noises weren’t coming from the closets and the walls: creaks, clunks, and… groans? Suddenly, Courtney isn’t just the new kid at school, she’s the new kid at ghoul! Thankfully, Courtney’s special brand of dark humor is enough to keep them at bay.
Kaja & Phil Foglio
Adventure, romance, and mad science collide in these collections of Kaja & Phil Foglio’s online webcomic Girl Genius. Agatha has no idea that she is a distant Heterodyne, a family who once “travelled the globe negotiating peace, stopping monsters, and shutting down doomsday devices.” On top of that, Agatha possesses the Spark, the ability to play with the laws of physics. One day, an evil Baron comes-a-knocking, and Agatha is hurtled full-bore into an adventure that nobody could have exptected!
Robin Plotnik arrives aboard the space station Fist of Earth, ready to apprentice as a space mechanic under Mac, a super-evolved simian ready to guide her through the finer points of a monkey wrench. Together, they assist the Barbarian Squadron, the all-female team of space fighters waiting to go to war. Adventures ensue in this collected graphic series that is more fun than a barrel of humans!
Jen Van Meter
It’s hard to rebel when your parents are already punk rock superstars Dirk Hopeless and Nikki Savage. Thankfully, Rat Hopeless-Savage has the answer: take a 9-5 job and be as shockingly normal as possible. Of course, with parents (and friends) like Rat has, things can’t stay normal for long. Can Rat keep it under wraps, or is he destined to live the life of the hopeless savage?
Roman Dirge’s Lenore
Lenore isn’t just your average little dead girl. Limbless cannibals, clock monsters, cursed vampire dolls, taxidermied friends, bunny impersonations, tea parties from the dark side, and an encounter with the “toof hairy” are just a few of the inhabitants of Lenore’s darkly comedic world.
When the covert ops program S.H.I.E.L.D. wanted to test the next generation of androids, they wanted them to look–and act–like the next generation. The team is put in action right “out of the box” and has to adjust to their new, dangerous surroundings just like a teenager would. But when you’re a teenager with highly-evolved cybernetic strength and other upgrades, you’ll have more than growing pains.
The Lost Colony
What happened to the colonies that were off the map? For one small, isolated village in the early half of the 19th century, it means being populated by a very eccentric set of harmonious characters. One day, a sinister figure arrives to sell slaves at auction, undermining the values and daily routines of the residents. One by one, they each try to disrupt the auction, but what are their motives?
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Teen