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April 2006

Graphic Novels · Fiction & Nonfiction in the Teen Collection

the cover of My Faith in Frankie

The Best of Ray Bradbury: The Graphic Novel
This anthology collects a series of graphic novels published between 1992 and 1996, in which leading comics artists adapted Bradbury’s best stories in a variety of formats.

My Faith in Frankie
Mike Carey
Teenage Frankie Moxon worships her own deity, Jeriven, who becomes a jealous god indeed when a handsome young man steals both Frankie’s heart and her faith. Carey, the author of Hellblazer and Lucifer stories, here turns his talent for supernatural plots to satiric romantic comedy.

Once in a Blue Moon
Nunzio DeFilippis
Aeslin Finn finds herself able to enter the world of The Avalon Chronicles, a book she loved as a child, after discovering a sequel called Once in a Blue Moon. Now Aeslin has the chance to be the hero she's always wanted to be, but Avalon is a much more dangerous place than she realized.

the cover of What Makes You Happy

What Makes You Happy
Jimmy Gownley
The second collection of the acclaimed Amelia Rules! series continues Amelia’s adventures in a new town, after she and her Mom leave Manhattan as a result of her parents’ divorce. Amelia’s consolations are her cool Aunt Tanner, with whom they now live, and her new friends, dubbed G.A.S.P (Gathering of Awesome Superpals).

Big Beefy Book of Bart Simpson
Matt Groening
This compilation of Bart’s exploits features headless dolls, evil aliens, impatient apes, crossing guards, gold diggers, obsessive sailors, and a big ugly fish.

the cover of Mary Jane

Mary Jane
Sean McKeever
Spider-Man’s true love, Mary Jane Watson, gets her own comic in which she’s free to experience the highs and lows of a normal adolescence—including a crush on Spider-Man, of course.

Elfquest: The Searcher and the Sword
Wendy Pini
At long last, the Wolfriders return in a new story by Wendy and Richard Pini, who created this groundbreaking saga of a tribe of elves struggling to survive in a hostile world. Tribal elder Treestump pursues the secret of ancient troll metallurgy, while the tribe’s adopted human, Shuna, tries to forge a bridge between her two worlds.

the cover of Horror Classics

Horror Classics
Tom Pomplun, Editor
This tenth volume of the Graphic Classics series collects stories by eleven creators of the horror genre, illustrated by some of today's finest artists.

Owly: The Way Home & the Bittersweet Summer
Andy Runton
Runton won the 2005 “Best New Talent” Harvey Award for the Owly comics, which follow the adventures of Owly, his best friend, Wormy, and the other woodland creatures they encounter. Nearly wordless, the stories are told entirely through Runton’s whimsical black and white art.

The Magic Flute
P. Craig Russell
Russell’s graphic versions of opera stories are being collected again, following his Eisner Award-winning adaptation of Wagner’s The Ring of the Nibelung. This first volume of the P. Craig Russell Library of Opera Adaptations presents Mozart’s complex tale of Prince Tamino’s quest to rescue the Queen of the Night’s daughter.

the cover of Salmon Doubts

Salmon Doubts
Adam Sacks
In classic animal fable style, Sacks explores teen issues of identity, independence, and destiny through the questions and conflicts of a salmon named Geoff.

The Age of Bronze
Eric Shanower
This collection includes the first two volumes of Shanower’s graphic serialization of the Trojan War legend, both of which won the author Eisner Awards for Best Writer/Artist.

Yeah, It Is!
Leslie Anne Mackenzie Stein
In ink and colored paper cut-outs, Stein portrays the struggles of teen misfit Mac to cope and find new friends after her best buddy moves away.

the cover of Blankets

Blankets: An Illustrated Novel
Craig Thompson
Thompson’s autobiographical story explores the sibling rivalry of two brothers growing up under overly strict parents, the budding romance of young lovers, and the quest of an artist to express his talent. Blankets has become an instant classic, winning numerous awards and critical accolades, including Neil Gaiman’s statement that it is “probably the most important graphic novel since Jimmy Corrigan.”

Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I Learned
Judd Winick
Winick, a professional cartoonist and cast member of MTV’s The Real World 3: San Francisco, uses the graphic novel format to relate the development of his friendship with Real World housemate Pedro Zamora, an AIDS activist who died of the disease in 1994.