Thursday, April 19, 2012
Wandering Son, book one, by Shimura Takako, translated by Matt Thorn
Fifth graders Shuichi and Yoshino connect during the first days of school, discovering that they share a love of many different things... including the secret that each wants to be the gender that the other was born. (Shuichi is a boy who wants to be a girl, and Yoshino is a girl who wants to be a boy.)
Secrets don't stay secret, and there's even a production of The Rose of Versailles as the farewell ceremony for the sixth graders — with boys playing the roles of women, and girls playing the roles of men.
This manga has won a lot of accolades, including being a 2012 Eisner Award Nominee: Best U.S. Edition of International Material – Asia, One of ALA/YALSA's Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens 2012 and Named to the ALA GLBT Round Table's 2012 Rainbow List of recommended books for young readers.
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