Graphic Novels with Girl Leads on my TBR | International Women’s Day 2018

Last year I read so many awesome graphic novels with girl leads.  I loved seeing girls cast as action heroes and adventurers, and watching them find themselves and come of age.  I’ve included graphic novels – new and old – with female leads that I hope to get my hands on soon!  How many of these have you read?  What else should I add to my TBR?

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Be Prepared

51D3tcK38tL.SX316.SY316AUTHOR: Vera Brosgol
PUBLISHER: First Second
RELEASE DATE
: April 24, 2018
PAGE COUNT
: 256
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A gripping and hilarious middle-grade summer camp memoir from the author of Anya’s Ghost. All Vera wants to do is fit in—but that’s not easy for a Russian girl in the suburbs. Her friends live in fancy houses and their parents can afford to send them to the best summer camps. Vera’s single mother can’t afford that sort of luxury, but there’s one summer camp in her price range—Russian summer camp. Vera is sure she’s found the one place she can fit in, but camp is far from what she imagined. And nothing could prepare her for all the “cool girl” drama, endless Russian history lessons, and outhouses straight out of nightmares!

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Pashmina

PashminaAUTHOR: Nidhi Chanani
PUBLISHER: First Second
RELEASE DATE
: October 3, 2017
PAGE COUNT
: 176
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Priyanka Das has so many unanswered questions: Why did her mother abandon her home in India years ago? What was it like there? And most importantly, who is her father, and why did her mom leave him behind? But Pri’s mom avoids these questions–the topic of India is permanently closed. For Pri, her mother’s homeland can only exist in her imagination. That is, until she find a mysterious pashmina tucked away in a forgotten suitcase. When she wraps herself in it, she is transported to a place more vivid and colorful than any guidebook or Bollywood film. But is this the real India? And what is that shadow lurking in the background? To learn the truth, Pri must travel farther than she’s ever dared and find the family she never knew.

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Roller Girl

25139783AUTHOR: Victoria Jamieson
PUBLISHER: Dial Books
RELEASE DATE
: March 10, 2015
PAGE COUNT
: 240
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For fans of Raina Telgemeier’s Smile, a heartwarming graphic novel about friendship and surviving junior high through the power of roller derby.  Twelve-year-old Astrid has always done everything with her best friend Nicole. So when Astrid signs up for roller derby camp, she assumes Nicole will too. But Nicole signs up for dance camp with a new friend instead, and so begins the toughest summer of Astrid’s life. There are bumps and bruises as Astrid learns who she is without Nicole…and what it takes to be a strong, tough roller girl.

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Rock and Riot

27402328AUTHOR: Chelsey Furedi
PUBLISHER: CreateSpace
RELEASE DATE
: September 25, 2015
PAGE COUNT
: 68
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With all the fashion and quirks of the 50’s comes the vintage queer love story that you’ve never heard before. Rock and Riot follows the tales of teenage delinquents learning about gender and sexual orientations while still maintaining their fabulous hair.

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Nimona

19351043AUTHOR: Noelle Stevenson
PUBLISHER: Harper Collins 
RELEASE DATE
: May 12, 2015
PAGE COUNT
: 272
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Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are. But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.

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Giant Days series

25785993CREATOR: John Allison
PUBLISHER: BOOM! Box
RELEASE DATE
: November 24, 2015
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Susan, Esther, and Daisy started at university three weeks ago and became fast friends. Now, away from home for the first time, all three want to reinvent themselves. But in the face of handwringing boys, “personal experimentation,” influenza, mystery-mold, nu-chauvinism, and the willful, unwanted intrusion of “academia,” they may be lucky just to make it to spring alive. Going off to university is always a time of change and growth, but for Esther, Susan, and Daisy, things are about to get a little weird.

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Jonesy series

7d6f7c78df95c5254331db025c06947dCREATOR: Sam Humphreies
PUBLISHER: BOOM! Box
RELEASE DATE
: February 10, 2016
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Jonesy is a self-described “cool dork” who spends her time making zines nobody reads, watching anime, and listening to riot grrrl bands and 1D simultaneously. But she has a secret nobody knows. She has the power to make people fall in love! Anyone. With anything. She’s a cupid in plaid. With a Tumblr. There’s only one catch—it doesn’t work on herself. She’s gonna have to find love the old-fashioned way, and in the meantime, figure out how to distract herself from the real emotions she inevitably has to face when her powers go wrong…

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Snot Girl series

31387205CREATOR: Bryan Lee O’Malley
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
RELEASE DATE
: February 28, 2017
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Who is Lottie Person? Is she a gorgeous, fun-loving social media star with a perfect life or a gross, allergy-ridden mess? Enter a world of snot, blood, and tears in this first collection from New York Times Best Seller Bryan Lee O’Malley (Scott PilgrimSeconds) and dazzling newcomer Leslie Hung!

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Solanin

3430763AUTHOR: Inio Asano
PUBLISHER: VIZ Media LLC
RELEASE DATE
: October 21, 2006
PAGE COUNT
: 432
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Meiko Inoue is a recent college grad working as an office lady in a job she hates. Her boyfriend Naruo is permanently crashing at her apartment because his job as a freelance illustrator doesn’t pay enough for rent. And her parents in the country keep sending her boxes of veggies that just rot in her fridge. Straddling the line between her years as a student and the rest of her life, Meiko struggles with the feeling that she’s just not cut out to be a part of the real world.

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