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.

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As the Crow Flies

A queer, black teenager finds herself stranded in a dangerous and unfamiliar place: an all-white Christian youth backpacking camp.


Now that high school is over, Ari is dying to move to the big city with his ultra-hip band, if he can just persuade his dad to let him quit his job at their struggling family bakery. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby.

The Backstagers, Volume One: Rebels Without Applause

When Jory transfers to an all-boys private high school, he’s taken in by the only ones who don’t treat him like a new kid, the lowly stage crew known as the Backstagers. Not only does he gain great, lifetime friends, Jory is also introduced to an entire magical world that lives beyond the curtain. You can also check out this title as eBook on Hoopla.

Check, Please! Book 1, #Hockey!

Eric Bittle loves three things: skating, baking pies, and vlogging. Somehow, that combination has landed him a scholarship at Massachusetts’ Samwell University, where he joins the ice hockey team. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby.

Kiss Number 8

Mads is pretty happy with her life. She goes to church with her family, and minor league baseball games with her dad. She goofs off with her best friend Cat, and has thus far managed to avoid getting kissed by Adam, the boy next door. It’s everything she hoped high school would be… until all of a sudden, it’s not. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby.

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me

Laura Dean, the most popular girl in high school, was Frederica Riley’s dream girl, but Freddy is learning Laura is not the best girlfriend, so she seeks help from a mysterious medium and advice columnists to help her through being a teenager in love. This title received Eisner Awards for “Best Publication for Teens,” “Best Writer” and “Best Penciller/Inker.” You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby.

Moonstruck. Vol.1, Magic to Brew

Werewolf barista Julie’s first date with her new girlfriend, Selena, ends in disaster when a magician casts spell on their friend, Chet. Now it’s up to the team of mythical pals to stop the illicit illusionist before it’s too late. You can also check out this title as eBook on Hoopla.

The Prince and the Dressmaker

Prince Sebastian has a secret. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia. Sebastian’s secret weapon, and best friend, is the brilliant dressmaker Frances, but how long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby.

Our Dreams at Dusk

The beloved coming-out and coming-of-age manga about a broad LGBT+ community.

Stage Dreams

Flor and Grace, a Latinx outlaw and a trans runaway, as they team up to thwart a Confederate plot in the New Mexico Territory. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby.

That Blue Sky Feeling

A coming-of-age story about an outgoing high school student named Noshiro and his relationship with fellow classmate Sanada, a loner who is rumored to be gay.