Gritty thriller shows cost of drug trade, human trafficking.
By Ryan Graudin
Sympathetic characters anchor over-the-top disaster drama.
By Matt de la Pena
Gritty, hyper-violent graphic novel about Batman's origin.
By Geoff Johns
Sharp satire mixes girl-power themes with violence, sex.
By Libba Bray
Graphic novel of teen misery -- authentic but mature.
By Mariko Tamaki
Dark Antarctic survival story. Overlong but fascinating.
By Geraldine McCaughrean
Boarding school novel with depth, drugs, and sex.
By Hobson Brown, Caroline Says, Taylor Materne