Introduction

Anya's Ghost

Vera Brosgol

Anya's life is turned upside down when she falls down a well and discovers the ghost of a girl about her age at the bottom. At first this ghost seems like a innocent young woman who's life was cut short, but as Anya digs into the circumstances around this girl's death, she find out that there is more to this ghost than meets the eye.

Appeals to

Anyone looking for a novel that adds an interesting and mysterious supernatural element to the standard high school drama.

Content Notes

Discussions of death and murder

Creator Identities:

  • Race and/or Nationality: 6940, 6941

Main Character Identities:

  • Race and/or Nationality: 5965, 6623
Recommended by

Tayla Cardillo

Archival Quality

Ivy Noelle Weir

Steenz

After losing her library job, Cel gets a job as an archivist assistant at a former asylum turned museum. The job, however, proves to be fraught with mysteries, including a vision of a previous resident-- an angry young woman with whom Cel feels a deep connection. Can Cel help her ghostly visitor before it’s too late for both of them?

Appeals to

Museum and library lovers who love a good spooky ghost story; readers looking for a solid portrayal of mental health

Content Notes

Mental health depictions; some blood; brief lead-up to scary medical treatments

Creator Identities:

  • Race and/or Nationality: 6730

Main Character Identities:

  • Race and/or Nationality: 5357
Recommended by

Megan Rupe

Forever Home

Jenna Ayoub

Ranieri

Willow wants to trust her Army parents when they say this move to Hadleigh House is their final one, but after moving every two years and always having to leave friends and towns behind, she's not so sure. While she easily befriends the ghosts haunting her new home, their goofy antics make her parents start to think there's something wrong with the house. Not willing to give up on her parents' promise of never moving again, Willow soon realizes she'll have to do everything she can to keep her new home, ghosts and all.

Appeals to

Fans of Brenna Thummler's Sheets and Reimena Yee's Séance Tea Party; readers who like family stories, girls who stand up for what they want, and a little dash of history sprinkled in the mix.

Main Character Identities:

  • Race and/or Nationality: 5974
Recommended by

Maddi Ranieri

Friends with Boys

Faith Erin Hicks

Maggie is a homeschooled teen who exclusively hangs out with her brothers — oh, and the ghost who has been following her since she was a kid. Now Maggie is starting at the local high school and will have to adjust to major life changes.

Appeals to

Fans of Anya's Ghost, This One Summer, and Will & Whit.

Recommended by

Shira Pilarski

Ghosted in L.A.

Sina Grace

Siobhan Keenan

Daphne moves to L.A. with her boyfriend and in short time finds once again, she was changing herself too much to match her beau. Dumped, and currently muted by her best friend, lonely, and lost, she ends up in Rycroft Manor where she finds the unusual residents: ghosts! Each has their own distinct personality and ghost ability, and Daphne realizes she's becoming more herself the longer she hangs out with her new dead friends. But of course, things aren't that simple and easy. This is a fun and light brush with the dead, though I'm betting future volumes might get dark.

Appeals to

Fans of mystery series and relationship dramas that like a little dose of the supernatural in their stories.

Content Notes

There is one situation with a pushy dude that is going towards a sexual assault situation, but doesn't go that way. Regardless, this could be uncomfortable reading for a few pages.

Creator Identities:

  • Sexuality: Gay

Main Character Identities:

  • Sexuality: Queer
  • Religion: Jewish
Recommended by

Shannan Prukop

Ghostopolis

Doug TenNapel

Cardillo

A young boy named Garth is accidentally taken to the land of ghosts by a ghost hunter named Frank Gallows where he meets a colorful cast of characters, including his deceased grandfather, as he journey's through ghostopolis looking for a way to return to the living world.

Appeals to

Fans of Bone and Amulet will love this supernatural adventure story.

Content Notes

Discussions of terminal illness and death

Recommended by

Tayla Cardillo

Grimoire Noir

Vera Greentree

Yana Bogatch

Bucky lives in a town where all the women are witches; as a boy, he has no powers and dreams of having magic of his own. When his sister goes missing, his investigations will uncover more than just his sister’s fate. And the secrets begin with the ghost girl at the bottom of the well.

Appeals to

Fans of spooky stories with strong settings and reflective narratives

Recommended by

Megan Rupe

I Am Alfonso Jones

Tony Medina

Stacey Robinson

In the first pages of this heartbreaking comic, Alfonso Jones is killed by a police officer who mistakes a coat hanger for a gun. The rest of the story is told from the perspective of his ghost, who watches his family and friends grieve and fight for justice after his death.

Appeals to

This book is a great recommendation for anyone who wants to explore themes related to the Black Lives Matter Movement.

Creator Identities:

  • Race and/or Nationality: 6730

Main Character Identities:

  • Race and/or Nationality: 5357

Long Way Down

Jason Reynolds

Danica Novgorodoff

Shawn's brother Will taught him 3 rules. Don't cry. Don't snitch. Get revenge. So when Will his shot, Shawn knows he must push away his emotions and get revenge. Shawn leaves his apartment, to find and shoot the man who killed his brother, but along the way he is visited from ghosts from his past who were killed by gun violence. Based on the award winning (and wildly popular) novel in verse by Jason Reynolds, The Long Way Down graphic novel uses watercolor illustration to capture this powerful story.

Appeals to

Fans of the original book by Jason Reynolds will appreciation this adaptation, as well as teens who appreciate stories that explore social justice.

Creator Identities:

  • Race and/or Nationality: 6730

Main Character Identities:

  • Race and/or Nationality: 5357
Recommended by

Emily Bredberg

Seance Tea Party

Reimena Yee

Lora's friends are all getting interested in celebrities, dating, makeup, and other things she associates with growing up. But Lora isn't ready, and she's afraid of losing her love of play and magic. One day she decides to throw a séance tea party, and ends up learning her old imaginary friend is in fact a ghost named Alexa! They play together, and Alexa helps her be more comfortable with talking to others and ultimately, with growing up. But Alexa is getting tired of being left behind and reconnects with an old friend that helps her realize maybe it's time to move on. Growing up is never easy, but good friends can help keep the magic alive, even after they're gone.

Appeals to

Fans of Snapdragon, The Okay Witch, and other gently magical stories of learning to be yourself.

Creator Identities:

  • Race and/or Nationality: Malaysian

Main Character Identities:

  • Race and/or Nationality: Chinese-American
Recommended by

Shannan Prukop

Sheets

Brenna Thummler

Marjorie works in her family's laundromat where she encounters Wendell, a young ghost who accidentally makes trouble for her.

Appeals to

Fans of graphic novels that mix tough topics with silly fun, like Jennifer L. Holm's Sunny series and Raina Telgemeier's Guts.

Content Notes

CW: Parent death, drowning death. Sequel (Delicates) includes discussion of suicide.

Recommended by

Shira Pilarski

Surfside Girls

Kim Dwinell

In their beachy hometown, tween surfers Sam and Jade stumble on a mystery that involves ghosts, pirates, and hidden treasure.

Appeals to

Lovers of beaches and surfing, fans of Baby-Sitters Club mysteries, thoughtful tweens looking for books that discuss gentrification in a relatable way.

Main Character Identities:

    Recommended by

    Shira Pilarski

    Taproot

    Keezy Young

    Hamal is a gardener, and happens to be able to see ghosts. This works out well for Blue, who is still in love with Hamal despite having died. Hamal is happy to have Blue haunting him, as long as he doesn't cause problems at work. But as the ghosts in town start to get agitated, Blue starts to realize that maybe the way he can most help Hamal is by leaving him. A bittersweet love story full of lovely plants and sweet, sad moments.

    Appeals to

    Readers who enjoy sad love stories with soft illustrations like Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me, and stories of messing up to figure yourself out, like Bloom, but with ghosts.

    Creator Identities:

    • Sexuality: Queer
    • Gender Identity: Nonbinary

    Main Character Identities:

    • Sexuality: Queer
    Recommended by

    Shannan Prukop

    The Double Life of Miranda Turner

    Jamie S. Rich

    George Kambadais

    Miranda Turner is juggling several things--among them acting as the superhero, The Cat, while looking for her sister’s killer. Lindy, the real Cat, was mysteriously murdered and now rides along, providing commentary and unwanted advice. As things get dangerous, can Miranda rise to the occasion and truly become a hero?

    Appeals to

    Fans of classic superhero and detective stories

    Recommended by

    Megan Rupe

    The Phantom Twin

    Lisa Brown

    Isabel was once part of a set of conjoined twins, but she loses her sister Jane during a surgery to separate them. Now Isabel is trying to make her way in the world, with Jane’s ghost questioning her every step of the way.

    Appeals to

    Readers who loved the cool pictures in Ransom Riggs’ Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children; readers who like Neil Gaiman's deceptively simple, yet rich narratives

    Content Notes

    Some violence and abuse, but not overly graphic

    Main Character Identities:

    • Disability: 6476
    Recommended by

    Megan Rupe

    Through the Woods

    Emily Carroll

    Cardillo

    A collection of five short stories all center around eerily and unusual occurrences that take place in and around the woods. There are enough mysterious visitors, vengeful spirits, malevolent auras, doppelgangers, and body snatching monsters in this graphic novel to get you in the spooky spirit.

    Appeals to

    Anyone look for an atmospheric horror tale that is just creepy enough to make the skin on the back of your neck stand up, without keeping you up at night.

    Content Notes

    Blood, body horror

    Creator Identities:

    • Sexuality: 7031
    Recommended by

    Tayla Cardillo

    Two Dead

    Van Jensen

    Nate Bredberg

    Racism and mob violence are pervasive in post-war Little Rock, Arkansas. In this crime noir comic, based on the realities of Little Rock in the 40's and 50's, the characters are all haunted by (figurative and literal) ghosts of their past. Bailey, a veteran, tries desperately to right a wrong from his time a war. Two brothers take opposing paths following a violent childhood, one with the mob and one leading the town's Black police force. They all come up against an erratic Chief of Detectives haunted by his own ghost, encouraging him to take desperate measures to eradicate all crime from the city.

    Appeals to

    The dark moral ambiguity of Two Dead will appeal to fans of the noir genre and true crime. Adults are the intended audience, but many high school students will also enjoy this book - especially those that are fans of his work in the March series with Rep. John Lewis.

    Recommended by

    Emily Bredberg

    • Megan

      | She/Her

      Features Writer

      Megan earned her MLIS from Simmons College and is currently the evening librarian at Bay State College in Massachusetts. She satisfies her voracious appetite for graphic novels and manga through regular visits to her local public libraries and puts her love of graphic novels to good use by adding to Bay State’s collection whenever possible. Megan maintains a personal blog, Ferret with a Strobe Light, where she discusses awesome books she’s read lately. When not engaged in reading or library work, she likes running, drinking tea, and working on her own stories and art.

    • Shannan

      | She/They Teen Services Librarian, San Antonio Public Library

      Features Writer

      Shannan waffled between English professor and librarian as career choices for all of college; eventually librarian won. She is a Teen Services Librarian with the San Antonio Public Library. When not running TTPRG games for their teens or teaching them how to bake, she's doing what she can to promote comics to anyone who will listen. At home they're likely deep in the middle of their latest cosplay project or watching B movies with her husband, while generally pushing the cats out of the way.

    • Tayla

      | She/Her Branch Librarian

      Features Writer

      Tayla Cardillo (she/her) is the Branch Librarian of the Oaklawn branch of the Cranston Public Library in Cranston, RI. She is also a member of the ALA Graphic Novel and Comic Round Table and the chair of the Rhode Island Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee. She completed her MLIS at the University of Rhode Island and her B.A. in English at Rhode Island College. Tayla has known that she wanted to be a librarian since she was 17 years old. When not doing library wizardry, she enjoys playing tabletop games and cosplaying.

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