(a book recommendation list)
Here is a list of books that we like that contain magical teenagers. Magical teenagers are especially interesting because it's generally felt that teenagehood is difficult enough without having special magic you have to deal with on top of it! Such trauma we put these kids through! It makes excellent fiction.
So without further ado: books!
This series has an amazing and adorable protagonist who has no nose but is nonetheless excellent in every other way. She has an excellent grandfather, a creepy house, and many, many adventures.
Evil magical teenagers! This series is so popular in the US that schools started banning kids from bringing notebooks to class, in case they were using them to psychically cause the deaths of other students. That's just crazy.
This series has magical teenagers with evil parents. And also there is a dinosaur. And, astoundingly enough for a superhero series, there are adventures that are contained within a single hardcover volume!
This book has magical boarding school! Also there are unicorns. You can't go wrong.
Brian's writing and Becky's art are just lovely, and this collaboration is one of my favorite things either of them have done. Any time you put teenagers with surprise magical powers in the real world, it doesn't work out quite so well as anyone images.
It is difficult to find something to say about this series because there is so much in it, and all good! Steampunk! Dead parents! Racial prejudice! Secret evil running the government! Excellently portrayed brotherly love! Girls who are mechanics! Yay all of this.
When Harry Potter came out, there was a general comics community outcry that JKR had stolen her plot from this book, because — bespectacled teen hero in modern-day England who learns he has magical powers? Check, check, check. But Tim is excellent in an entirely different way than Harry is.