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.

As the Crow Flies

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

Bingo Love

When Hazel Johnson and Mari McCray met at church bingo in 1963, it was love at first sight. Forced apart by their families and society, Hazel and Mari both married young men and had families. Decades later, now in their mid-’60s, Hazel and Marie unite again at a church bingo hall. Realizing their love for each other is still alive, what these grandmothers do next takes absolute strength and courage.

The Bride Was a Boy

Japanese cartoonist Chii, a woman assigned male at birth, tells her personal story starting with her childhood and following the ups and downs of exploring her sexuality, gender, and transition, as well as falling in love with a man who’s head over heels in love with her and the adventure of becoming a bride.

The Cardboard Kingdom

Welcome to a neighborhood of kids who transform ordinary boxes into colorful costumes, and their ordinary block into cardboard kingdom. This is the summer when sixteen kids encounter knights and rogues, robots and monsters–and their own inner demons–on one last quest before school starts again.

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.

Goldie Vance. Volume One

When in-house detective Charlie comes up against a case he can’t crack, he calls upon sixteen-year-old Goldie, who uses her skills, smarts, and connections to solve the case.

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.

The Prince and the Dressmaker

In this historical fantasy tale set in Paris, Frances, a lowly seamstress, is unexpectedly recruited to be the dressmaker for the mysterious, rich and trendsetting Lady Crystallia. She soon finds out that Lady Crystallia is actually Prince Sebastian, whose secret life is the thing that makes him feel free from his life of social obligation. But nothing can stay a secret for long. Can their friendship survive the test of truth?