What are the best graphic novels for high school students?

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    #1Black Summer

    Black Summer

    Black Summer is a graphic novel written by Warren Ellis and illustrated by Juan Jose Ryp. This comic book is a limited series that was published between May 2007 to July 2008. There were eight issues released.

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    Sean Brooks
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "It by a couple of really good people who are know for good work, but I am not sure if its for high school students"
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    #2Anya's Ghost

    Anya's Ghost

    Anya's Ghost is a young adult graphic novel created by Vera Brosgol. This sequential art fantasy paranormal book is first published in 2011 by First Second. 

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    Marie Bishop
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Cute, intriguing, and charming to boot! This lovely little book is great for everyone but teens especially will appreciate the message of friendship. "
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    #3V for Vendetta

    V for Vendetta

    V for Vendetta is set in a totalitarian world, without freedom and identity. A defining work by author Alan Moore and illustrator David Llyod, it remains one of the highest achievements of comics or graphic novel today.

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    Lorenzo Arreola
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "A classic and a thriller. The book is even better than a good movie."
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    #4American Born Chinese

    American Born Chinese

    American Born Chinese: A book that shows how it is to live as a Chinese-American. There are three characters who represents the different kinds of Chinese-Americans. It shows the characters' journey in life.

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    Douglas Crawford
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "I came from an immigrant family, and the stories of Americans and where they came from has always fascinated me, including my own. But frankly, American Born Chinese isn't a good entry in the genre. It's sadly just hung up on racial politics and thinks being an immigrant is far more unique than it is in a nation of immigrants. This book has nothing to say and takes a lot of time and pretentiousness to say it. Hard pass!"
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    #5Friends with Boys

    Friends with Boys

    Friends with Boys is a graphic novel by Faith Erin Hicks originally published in 2012. This book follows the story of Maggie McKay as she enters high school after years of homeschooling. Now, she also has to deal with a ghost following her.

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    Joel Campos
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "I needed a graphic novel that was really good for high school aged students. With Friends with Boys, I found that this story failed to address themes relevant to high school aged students. The story fails to capture what is important to learn as a high school student and the story is dull at best."
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    #6Ghost World

    Ghost World
    Ghost World is an almost autobiographic comic book by Daniel Clowes in which he tells us the story of two teenage girls during their high-school years. This coming of age comic book about two nerdish girls that face what is growing up and go to college where they will be apart.
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    Michelle Butler
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "When i picked up the book I thought it was ABOUT ONE thing an dit turned out to be something completely different I think it would be perfect for high school students "
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    #7Identity Crisis

    Identity Crisis

    Identity Crisis is a seven-issue comic book limited series published by DC Comics.  When the spouse of a JLA member is brutally murdered, the entire superhero community searches for the killer, fearing their own loved ones may be the next targets.

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    Ignacio Suárez
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This graphic novel has some very adult themes that are nice to see in DC comics. Not a fan of how convoluted it became. "
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    #8Kingdom Come

    Kingdom Come
    Kingdom Come is a riveting story, written by Mark Waid and Alex Ross, with artwork by Alex Ross, pitting the Justice League against a new generation of crime fighters and their harder brand of justice, leaving people terrified.
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    Ananya Chopra
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This is a good superman story, but I would definitely say there are better graphics novels out there for highschool students. There are many with more emotional weight and subtle humor, like Amerian Born Chinese or Blanket."
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    #9Bone

    Bone
    Bone by Jeff Smith is a comedic fantasy series first published in 1991. This comic book follows the story of three Bone Cousins - Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone - who got lost in a vast uncharted desert.
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    #10The Complete Persepolis

    The Complete Persepolis
    The Complete Persepolis is a compilation of  Marjane Satrapi's best-selling, graphic memoir about her childhood and coming of age during the Islamic Revolution. The book was published by Pantheon Books on  October 30th, 2007.
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    Andrew Hamilton
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This was something different for me. It's not something that I regularly read or look at. It was something new and different for me. "
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    #11Preludes & Nocturnes (The Sandman)

    Preludes & Nocturnes (The Sandman)

    1: The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes - Book I is a Sequential Art, Fantasy, Horror, Graphic Novel Fiction written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Sam Keith. It was published December 1, 1998.

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    Wayne Carpenter
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Neil Gaiman and Sam Keith craft a mesmerizing world in this series, combining the mythological and the fantastical. Sam Keith's gritty art style paired with Gaiman's impeccable narrative and storytelling ability against the Sandman backdrop make this one a favorite."
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    #12Assassin's Creed: Awakening (Vol. 1)

    Assassin's Creed: Awakening (Vol. 1)
    Assassin's Creed: Awakening Volume One is the first part of the manga adaptation of the famous assassin-based adventure game for young adults, the Assassin's Creed series. It was authored by Yano Takashi and illustrated by Oiwa Kenji.
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    Shaurya Verma
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Awakening is a weird beast if I can be so forward. While the games are a burgeoning series that will last for a while, the books seems like such an odd pairing."
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    #13This One Summer

    This One Summer

    'This One Summer' is a graphic novel by Mariko Tamaki illustrated by Jillian Tamaki. Rose and Windy are two friends that meet every summer in Awago Beach, their refuge. But this year, the two girls will find themselves caught by new problems, secrets, sorrow and growing up.

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    Joe Perry
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "I actually disagree. Although I don't think This One Summer is bad by any stretch of the truth, I think there are almost an infinite number of better options for BEST graphic novels for high school students. Even outside of Marvel and DC classics, there are series like Saga that are much more interestingly drawn, and much more well written with better characters. This One Summer, again, isn't terrible. It's a decent drama, but best? I think not."
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    #14Rollergirl of Mars (Trish Trash Volume 1)

    Rollergirl of Mars (Trish Trash Volume 1)

    Rollergirl of Mars (Trish Trash Volume 1) is a sequential art and graphic novel by Jessica Abel. Published in 2016 by Super Genius, Rollergirl of Mars is the first book in the Trish Trash book series.

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    Brandon Hicks
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "This is certainly a good book though it may not appeal to everyone's taste. Still if you are looking for something beyond the Superhero genre that graphic novels tend to lean towards this might be for you though yes it's still heavy on the science fiction and given that the main character is dealing with issues that teens and young adults can relate to."
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    #15The Last Days of Che Guevara

    The Last Days of Che Guevara
    The Last Days of Che Guevara: A Graphic Novel is an illustrated biography written by Marco Rizzo and drawn by Lelio Bonaccorso. It was originally released in December 2013 and was translated by Jason MC Gimsey.
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    Phillip May
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "One of my history professors told our class once that the hardest aspect of learning history is ignoring what happens subsequent to the period under discussion and placing yourself directly in the time being studied. We all know, for example, that the U.S. Civil War lasted from 1861 to 1865. But people living in the 1840s and 1850s, despite slavery being the overriding issue of the time, had no idea that a terrible, bloody conflict over that issue loomed ahead. John Boyne is a master of reverting us to times past, usually at a time when some important event is taking place, and letting us feel we are living in that time. In "The House...," for example, we all now know that Nicholas II's son, Alexie, had hemophilia, but when the book's protagonist, Georgy, becomes the Tsarevich's bodyguard, Georgy can't figure out why the whole royal family coddles Alexie so much. The Romanovs didn't want anyone to know that the sole male heir suffered this potentially debilitating malady, and many of those close to the family didn't know it either, although we all know it now."
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    #16Hot in the City (Harley Quinn Volume 1)

    Hot in the City (Harley Quinn Volume 1)

    Hot in the City (Harley Quinn Volume 1) is a graphic novel by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chad Hardin, Stephane Roux, Alex Sinclair, and Paul Mounts. Published in 2014, it is the first book in the Harley Quinn II series.

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    Donald Burke
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This is a must have for any comic book lover. In this comic Harley Quinn is kicked out of the suicide squad and left to fend for herself without the Joker. This provides for an interesting read and amazing illustrations. "
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    #17Doppelganger At the Hanger (True Tales of the Roller Derby)

    Doppelganger At the Hanger (True Tales of the Roller Derby)

    True Tales of Roller Derby: Doppelganger at The Hangar is a graphic novel by Lisa Titan and Nader Absood. Illustrated by Dennis Culver, it was first published in 2009 by Oni Press.

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    Paul Stevens
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Got this for my daughter and she didnt like it. In fact, she usually finished most books she picks up, but she told me that this just didnt interest her enough"

Summary

Best What are the best graphic novels for high school students
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Black SummerBooks 31 Paid
2Anya's GhostBooks 27 Paid
3V for VendettaBooks 26 Paid
4American Born ChineseBooks 24 Paid
5Friends with BoysBooks 21 Paid
6Ghost WorldBooks 19 Paid
7Identity CrisisBooks 18 Paid
8Kingdom ComeBooks 16 Paid
9BoneBooks 15 Paid
10The Complete PersepolisBooks 10 Paid
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