Thirty-year-old Daikichi wasn't expecting to be a father. After his grandfather dies, he learns he has a six-year-old aunt, the daughter of his recently deceased grandfather and an unknown woman. The family quibbles on who will take care of Rin, and when it becomes clear that no one wants her, Daikichi offers himself. Some think that Rin's a slow girl because she's shy and doesn't talk much, but Daikichi senses something deeper. While at first quite lost on the matter of child rearing, he finds his way with the help of research and Rin herself as the two gradually become a family. The arrival of Rin's biological mother may change this, but for now aunt and nephew show how a unique family can make it work if love is involved. This sweet-natured manga shows the joys, frustrations, and quirks of family life; and while it is aimed at teens, it would also be more than welcome in the hands of adult readers. Grades 8-12. --Danica Davidson
About the Author
Yumi Unita debuted professionally in Hakusensha's YOUNG ANIMAL magazine in 1998 and has enjoyed a long and successful career working in various genres. Her series BUNNY DROP was serialized in Shodensha's FEEL YOUNG magazine from October 2005 to April 2011.