From the outside, Akiko is certainly a normal 4th grader. She goes to school, plays with her friends, and helps out when she can. Of course, her friends happen to be aliens from the planet Smoo, and by helping out, she is put in charge of a rescue mission to save the kidnapped Crown Prince from the clutches of the evil Alia Rellapor. Along for the ride are her frequent companions, the fastidious Beeba, and the reckless but brave Spuckler. From the moment she takes off from her home (a robot replica takes her place), Akiko and her friends careen from clue to clue and uncharted territory on the trail of the Prince. Well, they meant to be on the trail of the Prince, but are waylaid but problems with their ship, then a gigantic sea creature, and then little tiny people. You’ll see. This is the first in 4 volumes of graphic novels following Akiko’s adventures, but there were also 4 books (yes, actual books!) before this series. I recommend you read them all!

Akiko, vol. 1 (pocket size)
ISBN: 1579890423
by Mark Crilley
2002

  • Robin B.

    | She/Her Teen Librarian, Public Library of Brookline

    Editor in Chief

    Robin E. Brenner is Teen Librarian at the Brookline Public Library in Massachusetts. She has chaired the American Library Association Great Graphic Novels for Teens Selection List Committee, the Margaret A. Edwards Award Committee, and served on the Michael L. Printz Award Committee. She is currently the President of the Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table for ALA. She was a judge for the 2007 Eisner awards, helped judge the Boston Globe Horn Book Awards in 2011, and contributes to the Good Comics for Kids blog at School Library Journal. She regularly gives lectures and workshops on graphic novels, manga, and anime at comics conventions including New York and San Diego Comic-Con and at the American Library Association’s conferences. Her guide, Understanding Manga and Anime (Libraries Unlimited, 2007), was nominated for a 2008 Eisner Award.

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