Webcomics cartoonist Ru Xu has a News Prints new graphic novel out from Scholastic's Graphix imprint. She was at Fantom Comics on Dupont Circle yesterday and I'm sure they still have signed copies.
The book is the start of a steampunk series about a young girl who pretends to be a boy to sell newspapers on the street after her family is killed in an ongoing war. She falls in with a crazed inventor and then gets involved with high-level hijinks about the conduct of the war, and also has to contend with what journalism and truth really mean.
The art is heavily-manga influenced, and I liked it quite a bit. Ms. Xu told me that one of her influences for this book is Miyazaki and one can certainly see that. She's working on the next book in the series now. Her webcomic, Saint for Rent is here.
Recommended for tweens (and aging men who like Miyazaki)