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Kaze Hikaru, vols. 1-21

Kaze Hikaru 19

When her father and older brother are murdered by political rebels, fourteen-year-old Tominaga Sei vows vengeance. Taking the sword skills her brother taught her, she disguises herself as a boy named Kamiya Seizaburo and journeys to Kyoto where she joins…

Gunnerkrigg Court, vol. 1-3

After Antimony Carver’s mother dies, she is sent to Gunnerkrigg Court, a boarding school that is far from ordinary; there are mysterious items hidden deep in the school, the teachers seem to have more than normal abilities, and somehow Antimony…

Ivy

If Raina Telgemeier’s Smile is for middle schoolers and Vera Brosgol’s Anya’s Ghost is for young teens, Sarah Oleksyk’s Ivy is for older teens getting ready to graduate and start another phase of their lives. Ivy doesn’t know why everything…

Anya’s Ghost

First her mom tries to feed her greasy syrniki, then she gets ignored by the boy she has a crush on, the weird nerd tries to catch her eye, she has a fight with her only friend over cigarettes… and…

Takio

In the recent hubbub over the rebooted DC titles, much has been made over the lack of and/or portrayal of female characters and their appropriateness for young readers. What perfect timing then for this little gem, a new creator-owned collaboration…

Cardcaptor Sakura Omnibus, vol. 1-2

Cardcaptor Sakura tells the story of fourth grader Sakura. She has the task of re-collecting the scattered “Clow” cards, after discovering an old book in her dad’s library and awakening the book’s guardian Kero-chan. These cards contain and control dangerous…

Rapunzel’s Revenge

Rapunzel has grown up living with just her mother. Well, her mother and a surprising number of guards. Because, as you might have guessed, Rapunzel isn’t really Mother Gothel’s daughter. What the fairy tale never told you is that the…

- Strong Girls!

What makes a girl strong?  Independence? Wit? Physical prowess? Intelligence? Bravery? Selflessness? All of the above? Here are our picks for readers looking for some kick-butt ladies, be they action heroines or simply bravely facing middle school.

Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean

In 1928, the sleepy town of Trepassey in Newfoundland became the focus of international attention. Amelia Earhart, the woman aviator, was using Trepassey as the launching point for her attempt to be the first woman passenger to fly across the…

Smile

In sixth grade, Raina Telgemeier fell while running and severely damaged her two front teeth. Because of that she had to endure four years of braces, headgear, retainers, surgeries, and more in an effort to make her teeth look and…

Nana: Uncut Box Set 1

Nana is the story of two young women who move to Tokyo to begin their lives as young adults. Both of them come from smaller towns and both are named Nana, but there the similarities end. Nana Komatsu is a…

Wonderland

We all know the story–girl falls down a rabbit hole, discovers various potions to change her shape, makes strange new acquaintances, and finally escapes the despotic government. But what of the people left behind? What of the little people of…