Illustrations

Not a common phenomenon in most teen books, but something that can enhance a story are illustrations.  Here are three great books with some wonderful illustrations.

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler, art by Maira Kalman
When Min and Ed break up, she puts the mementos from their relationship in a box to return to him along with a letter that tells the story of their romance and its ultimate end.  Each chapter begins with a beautiful illustration of the memento.

Winter Town by Stephen Emond
Evan, a gifted cartoonist, looks forward to seeing Lucy, his childhood best friend, every Christmas when she returns to their neighborhood to visit her father.  However, this year Lucy is dramatically altered in appearance and attitude causing Evan to question the reason for the changes. Comics and other illustrations appear throughout.

The Sigh by Marjane Satrapi
A fairy tale novella about a girl who must go on a quest to save the prince she loves.  Satrapi, a graphic novelist best know for Persepolis, has written and illustrated a beautiful story.

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