must have

Kaze Hikaru, vols. 1-21

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When her father and older brother are murdered by political rebels, fourteen-year-old Tominaga Sei vows vengeance. Taking the sword skills her brother taught her, she disguises herself as a boy named Kamiya Seizaburo and journeys to Kyoto where she joins…

Gunnerkrigg Court, vol. 1-3

After Antimony Carver’s mother dies, she is sent to Gunnerkrigg Court, a boarding school that is far from ordinary; there are mysterious items hidden deep in the school, the teachers seem to have more than normal abilities, and somehow Antimony…

Romancing the List

There’s nothing like a good romance to get the heart rate up. These titles pack in drama, love, and plenty of steamy kisses! Teen Titles Boys over Flowers by Yoko Kamio Viz Media, 2003 37 vol. This long running romance…

Funny Titles

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Dramatic titles tend to get a lot of attention. I understand that. Dramatic titles can feel more important. However, everyone loves a good laugh and most can agree that it’s harder to be witty than wistful. So here’s a list…

Ivy

If Raina Telgemeier’s Smile is for middle schoolers and Vera Brosgol’s Anya’s Ghost is for young teens, Sarah Oleksyk’s Ivy is for older teens getting ready to graduate and start another phase of their lives. Ivy doesn’t know why everything…

Must Have: Anime for the Uninitiated

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Japanese anime can feel like an intimidating medium to tackle for new viewers. It’s easy to get put off by the sparkles, extreme caricatures, and manic behavior on display. Thus, the NFNT staff put their heads together and decided to…

Must Have: Manga for Teens

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Our criteria for this list, our first in a sequence of Must Have lists, is simple: these are the titles that are solid additions to your teen collection.  We’re not necessarily talking rich language or literary merit — these are…

Anya’s Ghost

First her mom tries to feed her greasy syrniki, then she gets ignored by the boy she has a crush on, the weird nerd tries to catch her eye, she has a fight with her only friend over cigarettes… and…

Takio

In the recent hubbub over the rebooted DC titles, much has been made over the lack of and/or portrayal of female characters and their appropriateness for young readers. What perfect timing then for this little gem, a new creator-owned collaboration…

Cardcaptor Sakura Omnibus, vol. 1-2

Cardcaptor Sakura tells the story of fourth grader Sakura. She has the task of re-collecting the scattered “Clow” cards, after discovering an old book in her dad’s library and awakening the book’s guardian Kero-chan. These cards contain and control dangerous…