Read Proud: Graphic Novels and Manga for Teens

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Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh engages all of our communities in literacy and Learning. Check out the graphic novel and manga titles in this list and ask your local librarian for more.

Young Avengers: Style > Substance

The critically acclaimed team of Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie reinvent the teen super hero comic for the 21st century, uniting Wiccan, Hulkling and Kate ‘Hawkeye’ Bishop with Kid Loki, Marvel Boy and Ms. America. No pressure, right? As a figure from Loki’s past emerges, Wiccan makes a horrible mistake that comes back to haunt the team.

Adrian and the Tree of Secrets

Adrian lives in a small town and goes to a Catholic high school. He endures bullying at school and a strict mother at home. His life changes when he falls in love with Jeremy, the coolest kid at school.

Whispered Words

Whispered Words is the story of two high school girls, Sumika and Ushio. One is in love with the other, but unable to confess. Both of them prefer girls, but Ushio likes cute and petite types while Sumika prefers the athletic outgoing girls. To complicate things, a cross dressing boy, Masaki, is in love with Sumika. What ever will happen to this mixed-up bizarre love triangle mess?

A+E 4ever

Asher, an androgynous teen wrestling with his bisexuality and the social implications at school, makes an ally in Eulalie, an angry, punk-inflected girl whose artistic bent and rebellious tendencies bring the two together.

Wandering Son

On his first day at a new school, Shuichi Natori’s androgynous cuteness and mild demeanor get him mistaken for his older sister. Shu soon befriends several female students, including outgoing, tall, and handsome tomboy Yoshino Takatsuki. This literary manga is a lovely, sensitive portrayal of two tweens exploring their gender identity.

Lumberjanes: Beware the Kitten Holy

Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together at Lumberjane scouts camp, and they aren’t going to let an insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way!

Honor Girl

Fifteen year old Maggie has spent every year of her life at a summer camp for girls. Everyone at Camp Bellflower wears a uniform, and plays along with the the hokey traditions.  It has been the site of many of Maggie’s best childhood memories for the friends she’s made and because it’s comfortable and predictable.  But all that changes after a budding relationship with an older camper throws everything into a new perspective. Now Maggie must struggle with new feelings about who she is and what she wants from life and love against the back-drop of her home away from home.

Batwoman, Volume 1, Hydrology

Who or what is stealing children from the barrio, and for what vile purpose? Will Kate train her cousin, Bette Kane (a.k.a. Flamebird), as her new sidekick? How will she handle unsettling revelations about her father, Colonel Jacob Kane? And why is a certain government agency suddenly taking an interest in her? These are some of the questions that will be answered in this long-awaited series!