teens

Earthward (book 1)

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Returning home from their first solo trip to the interstellar bazaar of Cra’Nohn to get supplies, the children of the Independent Science Vehicle Mercury find the spaceship abandoned. Their parents are gone, life support has been turned off, and the…

The Shadow Hero

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Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew are kind of my cartoon dream team. Though he’s been in comics for a long time, Yang has recently received great acclaim in the world of children’s literature for Boxers and Saints, a two-part series about…

Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki

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Based on the critically-acclaimed feature film, the manga adaptation of Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki is every bit as stunning and complex as the movie. Taking place over thirteen years, this is the bittersweet tale of a mother who gives up everything…

Street Fighter Classic, vol. #1: Hadoken

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Street Fighter has been a popular franchise for Capcom since 1991 when Street Fighter II debuted. This book draws its cast from the expansive Street Fighter universe, giving writer Ken Siu-Chong plenty of fodder for constant, rapid martial arts encounters. It’s no surprise…

Romeo and Juliet

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We all know the story of Romeo and Juliet. Young lovers from warring families cannot be together in life, united only by untimely death. Many famous lines from the play have entered our general lexicon: “a rose by any other name,” “parting is such…

Dragon Ball Full Color: Saiyan Arc, vol. 1

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Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball series is a cherished classic with fans of all ages around the world. Toriyama’s epic battle scenes, memorable characters, and distinct, pun-based humor make Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z necessary additions to any library’s core manga collection. Volume one of the Saiyan Arc—the…

March: Book One

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After years of schoolwork, countless documentaries, and numerous film adaptations, the Civil Rights struggle of the 1960s seems so familiar to us that we may feel there is no new way to approach it. I’m happy to say that March: Book One by…

Doubt, vol. 2

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Warning: this review contains spoilers. A good mystery has to end on a high note. Ideally, all the clues scattered throughout the narrative should come together to form a plausible finale. Unfortunately, Doubt leaves a great deal to be desired as its chaotic and…

Doubt, vol. 1

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Doubt, vol. 1 is a lengthy whodunit that pits six teenagers against each other in a life-or-death situation modeled after a popular cell phone game. The manga calls to mind character-driven thrillers like Saw, building an intricate mystery and connecting the victims beyond…

The Clockwork Sky, vol. 1

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In 1895, twelve-year-old Sally is shunted off to her brooding inventor uncle, Erasmus Croach. Escaping his mansion becomes the spunky girl’s top priority and, luckily for Sally, no locks can restrain her for long. Her freedom could give her the…

Sacrifice

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Perhaps it is appropriate to the story that some of the plotting of Sam Humphries and Dalton Rose’s Sacrifice is muddled and leads to confusion. After all, it’s a story about how one suicidal teenager’s epilepsy catapults him into the…

Finder: Talisman

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Marcie: “It’s not fair!” Lynne: “So? So? Look, Mars. This is not soccer. This is dealing with people who have power over you… There are no rules and there is no ‘fair.’” Marcie: “But…” Lynne: “If you want your book,…

Ragemoor

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A dark castle whose origins are shrouded by time and drenched in blood has a treacherous secret. Ragemoor is alive: conscious, vengeful, ever vigilant and committed to its own survival, no matter the cost to its human inhabitants—or are they…

Another

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Koichi Sakakibara is a student transferring into Yomiyama North Middle School because of his mother’s recent death. The school is located in a small town that isn’t used to outsiders, so his mother’s sister helps Koichi adjust to his new environment.…

Until Death Do Us Part, vol. 5

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After falling into an ambush plotted by the criminal mastermind known only as The Wiseman, assassin-turned-vigilante Mamoru Hijikata finds his confidence completely shot. Were it not for the intervention of tween psychic Haruka Tooyama, he would be dead. Thinking himself…

The Heart of Thomas

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Moto Hagio helped define the Boys’ Love genre back in the 1970s as one of the “Showa 24,” female mangaka who told the kinds of stories they wanted to read and, in doing so, jump-started shojo publishing. This epic tale,…