Flyleaf's Favorite Graphic Novels & Manga for Teens (ages 12+) 2022

Slip By Marika McCoola, Aatmaja Pandya (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Marika McCoola, Aatmaja Pandya (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781616207892
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - June 7th, 2022

In this sweet bite of magical realism, Jade has to cope not only with her grief over her close friend's suicide attempt, but also the fact that her works of pottery are coming alive. A lovely queer graphic novel with beautiful art and a heartfelt story. --Jordan

M Is for Monster By Talia Dutton Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419762208
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Published: Abrams ComicArts - Surely - June 28th, 2022

Fans of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein will love this graphic novel take on the classic. When her sister dies, Dr. Frances brings her back to life, only to realize that her creation, M, has no recollection of her past. M must learn what it means to be an outsider and come to terms with her self-identity. A very touching tale of societal and familial expectations and overcoming otherness. --Kat

Victory. Stand!: Raising My Fist for Justice By Tommie Smith, Derrick Barnes, Dawud Anyabwile Cover Image
ISBN: 9781324052159
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Published: Norton Young Readers - September 27th, 2022

Tommie Smith tells his truly remarkable life story, from his rural Texas upbringing as the seventh of twelve children in a sharecropper's family, to the sports glory he achieved as a young man in Central California and later at San Jose State, and on to the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, where his courageous Black Power salute on the podium with fellow medalist John Carlos led to suspensions and bans that prematurely ended his athletic career. Kids/teens will see the instant parallels to Colin Kaepernick's story. Great for sports fans and for readers of the March Trilogy by John Lewis. --Elese

Improve: How I Discovered Improv and Conquered Social Anxiety By Alex Graudins Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250208231
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Published: First Second - September 6th, 2022

This graphic memoir illuminates the day-to-day existence of a person immobilized by social anxiety. Alex struggled with saying yes, saying no, finding joy in socializing, and feeling like she could be herself around others...until she impulsively joined a local improvisation troupe. As someone who has previously dealt with social anxiety, I loved this book. Putting yourself out there can be scary, but Improve helps you realize that, with the right support, you can overcome anything. --Kat

Thieves By Lucie Bryon Cover Image
ISBN: 9781838741198
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Published: Nobrow - October 4th, 2022

I have been searching for a fun read. Something chaotic, something that feels like a 90s teen movie or the beach episode of your favorite anime. Thieves hits that niche so well, and I adore it. --Jamie K.

Coven By Jennifer Dugan, Kit Seaton (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jennifer Dugan, Kit Seaton (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780593112182
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 6th, 2022

This graphic novel has not only an exciting tale of a young witch coming into her powers to help solve a mystery plaguing a small town, but beautiful art as well! Deeply appealing and very exciting. --Jordan

Cat + Gamer Volume 1 By Wataru Nadatani, Wataru Nadatani (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Wataru Nadatani, Wataru Nadatani (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781506727417
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Published: Dark Horse Manga - May 24th, 2022

Whoever said you don't learn anything from video games really needs to read Cat + Gamer. When Riko—a video game-obsessed young woman—finds a stray cat, she takes it in. Only, there's one problem: she doesn't know the first thing about cats! Good thing she has her video games to help guide her through caring for her new friend. Perfect for the cat-loving, manga-reading video gamer in your life! --Kat

Dungeon People Vol. 1 By Sui Hutami Cover Image
ISBN: 9781638585275
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Published: Seven Seas - July 19th, 2022

A fun, offbeat manga, filled with awkward characters stuck at a 9-to-5 (but that 9-to-5 is running a dungeon crawler!). --Jamie K.

My Brain is Different: Stories of ADHD and Other Developmental Disorders By Monzusu Cover Image
By Monzusu
ISBN: 9781638582359
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Published: Seven Seas - April 12th, 2022

I absolutely love manga nonfiction! My Brain is Different is a very thoughtful collection of essays about nine adults with ADHD and other developmental disorders. The author, MONZUSU, wrote this manga in an effort to destigmatize disabilities for both children and adults. This book doesn’t shy from showing how difficult it can be to live with a developmental disorder in a neurotypical world, but it aims to empower and embrace our differences as people. --Kat

Cat Massage Therapy Vol. 1 By Haru Hisakawa Cover Image
ISBN: 9781648276569
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Published: Seven Seas - December 21st, 2021

Cat Massage Therapy is the most purrrfect tale for a comfort manga read. Who wouldn't love reading an escapist story about a troupe of kitties who have perfected the art of massage therapy? It is as hilarious as it is adorable. --Kat