external image persepolis_cover.jpg Persepolis is a graphic novel! That's the book we have been reading in English class at The Renaissance Charter School!

A graphic novel is a type of comic book, usually with a lengthy and complex storyline similar to those of novels, and often aimed at mature audiences.

The 10 greatest graphic novels, according to TIME magazine. Persepolis is not included.

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Persepolis was written as a graphic novel instead of a majillion page book since this way is a much more creative way to get your point across. This book has many powerful pictures that can only be understood through pictures and deeper analyzation of the meaning. Instead of just stating the facts, Marjane Satrapi decides to paint a literal picture for the reader where the reader can actually see what is going on during the Iran-Iraq war. We can see the pain her family and other people during the war had to go through and her many metaphors explain a lot of what is being said. Metaphors are common along with her pictures so the reader actually remembers what is being said and can understand it very clear. It is said that picture says 1,000 words and with Marjane's black and white cartoons we can come up with 1,000,000 words on every panel.persepolis.gif This panel from the book Persepolis shows how well we can see Marjane's point of view through pictures instead of by reading. More on why graphic novels are benefiting us as students.

A graphic novel is a type of comic book, usually with a lengthy and complex storyline similar to those of novels, and often aimed at mature audiences. The term also encompasses comic short story anthologies, and in some cases bound collections of previously published comic book series (more commonly referred to as trade paperbacks)more on grapic novels.

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Here is a list of more graphic novels for teens

2008 Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens

Abadzis, Nick. Laika. First Second, 2007. $17.95 (ISNB13: 978-1596431010).
Carey, Mike. Re-Gifters. DC/Minx, 2007. $9.99 (ISNB13: 978-1-4012-0371-9).
Fleming, Ann Marie. The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam. Penguin Group, 2007. $14.00 (ISBN13: 978-1594482649).
Giffen, Keith. Blue Beetle: Shell-shocked. DC Comics, 2006. $12.99 (ISBN13: 978-1401209650); Blue Beetle: Road Trip. DC Comics, 2007. $12.99 (ISBN13: 978-1401213619).
Iwahara, Yuji. King of Thorn, vol. 1. Tokyopop, 2007. $9.99 (ISBN13: 978-1-59816-235-6); King of Thorn, vol. 2. Tokyopop, 2007. $9.99 (ISBN13: 978-1-59816-236-3).
Loux, Matthew. Sidescrollers. Oni Press, 2007. $11.95 (ISBN13: 978-1-932664-50-8).
Mizushiro, Setona. After School Nightmare, vol. 1. Go Comi!, 2006. $10.99 (ISBN13: 978-1933617169); After School Nightmare, vol. 2.” Go Comi!, 2006. $10.99 (ISBN13: 978-1933617176); After School Nightmare, vol. 3. Go Comi!, 2007. $10.99 (ISBN13: 978-1933617244); After School Nightmare, vol. 4. Go Comi!, 2007. $10.99 (ISBN13: 978-1933617336); After School Nightmare, vol. 5. Go Comi!, 2007. $10.99 (ISBN13: 978-1933617480).
Mori, Kaoru. Emma, vol. 1. CMX, 2006. $9.99 (ISBN13: 978-1-4012-1132-5); Emma, vol. 2. CMX, 2006. $9.99 (ISBN13: 978-1-4012-1133-2); Emma, vol. 3. CMX, 2007. $9.99 (ISBN13: 978-1-4012-1134-9); Emma, vol. 4. CMX, 2007. $9.99 (ISBN13: 978-1-4012-1135-6); Emma, vol. 5. CMX, 2007. $9.99 (ISBN13: 978-1-4012-1136-3).
Sis, Peter. The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain. Farrar, Strauss, Giroux, 2007. $18.00 (ISBN13: 978-0-374-34701-7).
Tan, Shaun. The Arrival. Arthur A. Levine, 2007. $19.99 (ISBN13: 978-0439895293).