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Favourite Graphic Novels for Secondary School Children

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These comics and graphic novels offer a different route into discovering the pleasure of reading.

The graphic novel format is a great way to engage reluctnat readers, present difficult subject matter in an accesible way, as well as to just enjoy a great read. There is something on this list for every teen.

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  • Crush

    Author: Svetlana Chmakova

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  • Crush

    Author: Svetlana Chmakova

    Welcome to Berrybrook School. Jorge has a pretty comfortable life here: a spot on the athletics team and two brilliant friends. Wh…

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  • Conspiracy of Ravens

    Author: Leah Moore / John Reppion / Sally Jane Thompson

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  • Conspiracy of Ravens

    Author: Leah Moore / John Reppion / Sally Jane Thompson

    Anne Ravenhall is just trying to get through her exams at boarding school - until a mysterious aunt leaves her a mysterious locket…

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  • Sheets

    Author: Brenna Thummler

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  • Sheets

    Author: Brenna Thummler

    At just 13, Marjorie has to run the family launderette. When a plan emerges to turn it into a posh yoga retreat, unexpected h…

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  • KidGlovz

    Author: Julie Hunt and Dale Newman

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  • KidGlovz

    Author: Julie Hunt and Dale Newman

    This stunning pencil-drawn graphic novel of talent, music and friendship will readers young and old. You'll be rooting for KidGlov…

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  • Pumpkin Heads

    Author: Rainbow Rowell Illustrator: Faith Erin Hicks

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  • Pumpkin Heads

    Author: Rainbow Rowell Illustrator: Faith Erin Hicks

    A story of friendship and romance told in a funny and inclusive graphic novel that celebrates the joy and diversity of Halloween t…

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  • The Senses

    Author: Matteo Farinella

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  • The Senses

    Author: Matteo Farinella

    Diane starts to explore her five senses with the help of a virtual reality headset. It’s extremely unusual to see scientific …

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  • Dark Satanic Mills

    Author: Marcus & Julian Sedgwick Illustrator: John Higgins and Marc Olivent

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  • Dark Satanic Mills

    Author: Marcus & Julian Sedgwick Illustrator: John Higgins and Marc Olivent

    In a Britain laid to waste by catastrophic global warming, a motorcycle courier, Christy, and an atheist campaigner are on the run…

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  • Maus

    Author: Art Spiegelman

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  • Maus

    Author: Art Spiegelman

    This is the complete story of Vladek Spiegelman and his wife, living and surviving in Hitler's Europe.

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  • Persepolis

    Author: Marjane Satrapi Translator: Blake Ferris

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  • Persepolis

    Author: Marjane Satrapi Translator: Blake Ferris

    Persepolis is Satrapi's history of Iran and her life in Iran and France as she tries to retain her Iranian culture but also grow u…

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  • Awkward

    Author: Svetlana Chmakova

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  • Awkward

    Author: Svetlana Chmakova

    Awkward perfectly captures the secondary school experience – friendships, rivalries, secrets, eccentric teachers, and also wh…

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  • Geis

    Author: Alexis Deacon

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  • Geis

    Author: Alexis Deacon

    The chief of her tribe is dying, and has no heir. To decide the rulership of her kingdom after her death, she calls fifty warriors…

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  • Jane, the Fox & Me

    Author: Fanny Britt Illustrator: Isabelle Arsenault & Translator: Christelle Morelli and Susan Ouriou

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  • Jane, the Fox & Me

    Author: Fanny Britt Illustrator: Isabelle Arsenault & Translator: Christelle Morelli and Susan Ouriou

    This thought-provoking graphic novel by Fanny Britt, exquisitely illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, is a real visual delight

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  • Illegal

    Author: Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin and Illustrator: Giovanni Rigano

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  • Illegal

    Author: Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin and Illustrator: Giovanni Rigano

    Illegal tells the story of Ebo, a 12-year-old boy who flees grinding poverty, zero opportunities and a drunken uncle in his s…

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  • The Marvels

    Author: Brian Selznick

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  • The Marvels

    Author: Brian Selznick

    More than just a mystery, The Marvels is a heart-warming story about growing up, identity and family, full of cinematic and captiv…

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  • The Arrival

    Author: Shaun Tan

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  • The Arrival

    Author: Shaun Tan

    In this unusual book, we follow a young man as he packs his bags and leaves his family to go and start a new life in another count…

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