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Booklist: Picture Book for Teens
Picture books aren’t just for kids anymore. Check out this list of graphic and illustrated novels.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness 

Thirteen-year-old Conor awakens one night to find a monster outside his bedroom window, but not the one from the recurring nightmare that began when his mother became ill--an ancient, wild creature that wants him to face truth and loss.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
After a family tragedy, Jacob feels compelled to explore an abandoned orphanage on an island off the coast of Wales, discovering disturbing facts about the children who were kept there.


The Arrival by Shaun Tan
In this wordless graphic novel, a man leaves his homeland and sets off for a new country, where he must build a new life for himself and his family.


Wandering Son by Takaka Shimura
"The fifth grade. The threshold to puberty, and the beginning of the end of childhood innocence. Shuichi Nitori and his new friend Yoshino Takatsuki have happy homes, loving families, and are well-liked by their classmates. But they share a secret that further complicates a time of life that is awkward for anyone: Shuichi is a boy who wants to be a girl, and Yoshino is a girl who wants to be a boy"--Publisher's web site.


Locke & Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez
Locke & Key tells of Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them.... and home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all...!

Ichiro by Ryan Inzana
Raised by a Japanese mother in New York City, his American father killed in a war, Ichiro finds it difficult to figure out where he fits in. A trip to Japan leaves the boy with his grandfather, in a country he does not know. And one night Ichi gets dragged down a hole by a monster. When he awakens he isn't in Japan nor the mortal world. He has entered into the domain of the gods. Will Ichiro ever find a place to call home?

Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand by Ramon K Perez
An original graphic novel adaptation of an unproduced, feature-length screenplay follows scruffy everyman Mac, who wakes up in an unfamiliar town and is chased across the desert of the American Southwest by all manners of man and beast of unimaginable proportions.


Fables by Bill Willingham
Various characters from the world's fables, including Prince Charming, Cinderella, and Bigby Wolf, struggle in the real world, complete with magical powers, while living in a secret neighborhood of New York City called Fabletown.


Flight by Kazu Kibuishi
Short stories.
Stories written by various authors.

What It Is by Lynda Barry

The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg
"Chronicles the explorations of a young man as he paddles from his home in the North Pole to the South Pole. There, he meets his true love, but their romance is ill-fated. Early Earth's unusual and finicky polarity means the lovers can never touch."--Publisher's website.

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World by Bryan Lee O’Malley
Scott Pilgrim's life is fantastic. He's 23 years old, in a rock band, between jobs, and dating a cute high school girl. Everything's awesome until a seriously mind-blowing delivery girl named Ramona Flowers enters his life.

Any Empire by Nate Powell
A rash of turtle mutilations force three kids in a small southern town to think about their relationship to their privileged suburban fantasies of violence, and their questions about choice, force, belonging, and betrayal remain unanswered when they meet again as adults.