Graphic Novels for teen Girls

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‘A Mighty Girl’ is a website which allows you to view their world’s largest collection of books, toys, and movies for smart, confident and courageous girls.

They have kindly showcased a list of fantastic graphic novels with a quick synopsis and the recommended age. These particular novels were chosen to show that they are not just for younger ages but for all ages to enjoy. With graphic novels aimed at teens, they all tackle even more challenging material, exploring more complex worlds and characters that are more understandable for an older audience.

With these stories set in both real-life and fantasy, they explore very relevant challenges that our modern teens face every day like the difficult social issues such as war, abuse, addiction etc. They show great complexity and depth into the story to engage the reader.

I picked out 8 from the list which stood out to me.

First up is…

Ms. Marvel: No Normal

Written by: C. Willow Wilson
Illustrated by: Adrian Alphona
Recommended Age: 13 and upmighty_girl_temp_98
This is the first in its series and is about an ordinary girl, Kamala Khan from Jersey City who mysteriously is equipped with extraordinary superpowers. Going from a 16-year-old girl with a love of superheroes – particularly her idol Ms. Marvel – she now finds herself becoming one herself. Controlling her powers will be a challenge, especially as she must try to balance the expectations of her strict Pakistani immigrant parents. As Kamala will learn it takes more than powers to become a hero and she will need to find the confidence if she is going to come into her own and become the new Ms. Marvel. This volume can be collected from issues 1 to 5 and you can continue to follow Kamala’s adventures in Ms. Marvel: Generation Why and Ms. Marvel: Crushed.
I choose this one because who doesn’t love a good superhero story and you are able to build your collection reading different stories and keep up with Ms. Marvel.

Nimona

Written by: Noelle Stevenson
Illustrated by: Noelle

Recommended Age: 13 and up
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This story is about Nimona, a young shapeshifter who wants to turn this unusual talent into a career as a supervillain’s despicable sidekick. She meets Lord Ballister Blackheart an evil man with a vendetta and it seems like a perfect match. They want to prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his Institute of Law Enforcement are not the noble heroes they portray themselves to be. It is a clever and funny collection of stories which has been described as “a mash-up of medieval culture with modern science and technology”.

I choose this novel because as much as people love a good hero, what’s more interesting than a good villain, in this case, the anti-hero.

Anya’s Ghost

Written by: Vera Brosgol
Illustrated by: Vera Brosgol
Recommended Age: 14 and up
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We are introduced to Anya who is a lonely teen and whilst at the park one day she explores an old well, by falling into it. She then discovers the skeleton of Emily, a ghost from 1918 who has been mourning her fiancee’s death and her own murder for decades. Anya thinks she has found the perfect friend but things start to go wrong and Anya begins to wonder if Emily is really her friend. It is spooky, intense and beautifully combines mystery with teen insecurity.
This story sounds extremely fascinating and like a good read which I have chosen it for my list.

The Complete Persepolis

Written by: Marjane Satrapi
Recommended Age: 16 and up
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Marjane is growing up with a large and loving family in Tehran, Iran. But then the Islamic Revolution begins. Her family send her to a high school in Vienna where she must adjust to a new culture that’s suspicious of her nationality and makes her eventual homecoming a struggle. The graphic novel is able to capture a story that’s simultaneously beyond the imagination of a lot of teens today and also full of universal trials and joys of growing up.
This is a very relevant issue in today’s society and worth reading from another perspective and culture.

This One Summer

Written by: Mariko Tamaki
Illustrated by: Jillian Tamaki
Recommended Age: 15 and up
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Rose looks forward every summer to spending time at the cottage in Awago Beach and with her summer friend, Wendy. Unfortunately, this year is different, Rose’s parents have not stopped arguing over something that happened last year- something which they have not told her about. Her mother has entered a spiral of anger depression. When they find themselves in a difficult situation of their own, Rose and Wendy realize how lucky they are to have each other. It combines a story of a typical summer vacation with the hard process of dealing with family loss.
Again another extremely relevant issue transformed into a creative story which is why I choose to put it on our list.

The Tale of One Bad Rat

Written by: Bryan Talbot
Recommended Age: 16 and up
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This is a story about abused runaway, Helen Potter, who tells her story in the format of a
Beatrix Potter tale. After fleeing for her sexual abusive father Helen ends up homeless in 1990’s London. Read the different emotions and thoughts she goes through with this heartbreaking and soulful story as once again this graphic novel tackles issues of abuse and recovery in a gritty but compassionate way.
I choose this particular book because of it’s interesting take on they way the story is being told and because of the seriousness of the emotions the main character describes.

Hera: The Goddess and Her Glory

Written by: George O’Connor
Recommended Age: 13 and up
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Queen of the Gods in Greek myth she had undeniable power. This story follows Hear and all those who seek out her favour, including the famous Hercules. By staying true to the original myths these books are packed with illustrations that show these stories are not boring old tales but full of adventure, romance, destiny and might.
What’s more fasincating than reading a great adventure story and learning something along the way.

Days Like This

Written by: J. Torres, Scott Chantler
Recommended Age: 13 and up
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Taking us back to the 1960s we meet recently divercee Anna Solomon with a difficult road ahead of her to achieve her dream of starting up her own record company. This is no easy goal especially with a lot of sexism working against you. But when Anna discovers asinging trio at a talent competition, Tina and the Tiaras are born and she believes they can make it to the top. All Anna needs to do is find the right pieces to make this happen.
This is a more light-hearted and fun story which will show tweens an ejoyable fictional history aspect aswell.

There is a select few to choose from but if you are interested in more reviews and information or where you can buy these graphic novels then check out ‘A Mighty Girl‘ where they have the full list.

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