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Spring (Miki Falls) Paperback – March 1, 2008

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Product Details

  • Series: Miki Falls (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007246609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007246601
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,487,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

Crilley, probably best known for his Akiko novels and comic books, weighs in with the Miki Falls series, about lively, curious high-school-senior Miki, ready for adventure and romance. Attractive new student Hiro Sakurai piques Miki's curiosity, but he is not interested in making friends. Stubborn Miki, however, refuses to take no for an answer, which leads to a surprising revelation about the secretive young man. Except for an odd twist at the end (which, presumably, will be developed in future volumes), there are no surprises here. Crilley's manga-inspired illustrations, on the other hand, are terrific. Ranging from crisscrossing sequential panels to spot art, varied in size and artfully connected to further the plot, the pictures cleverly instill the story with abundant emotion, humor, and drama. An overlay of light shading and almost delicately rendered facial features and details give the book a softer feel than much manga. Despite the age of the characters, this will attract more middle-schoolers than older comics fans. Stephanie Zvirin
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Mark Crilley is from Detroit. After college, he spent several years teaching English in the Far East, first in Taiwan then in Japan. While living in Japan he wrote his first comic: Akiko on the Planet Smoo. The Akiko comics quickly became a success and in 1998 Mark was named one of the '100 most creative people in entertainment' by Entertainment Weekly. This led to a deal with Random House for a graphic novel series aimed at younger readers. Miki Falls, which draws on Mark's experiences in Japan, is his first graphic novel for teenagers.

Customer Reviews

I'd recommend this for tweens and up.
Tabby Kat
Readers will enjoy the expressions on the characters faces as well as the sweet and heartfelt story.
I read this book the minute i got it and loved it!!

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Nathan on April 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
I won't go into the storyline (except to say that Mark Crilley is every bit as good of a storyteller as he is an excellent Manga artist!) Once you've read Miki Falls - SPRING, you'll be hooked and want the other 3 immediately so you might as well get all 4 now.

OKAY ~~ Now a Review from the VIEWPOINT of a PARENT:

I bought the "Miki Falls" series for my daughter after watching several of Mark Crilley's "How to draw Manga" videos that he is kind enough to create for his many fans on YouTube.

Let me just say that the "Miki Falls" series is both CLEAN and Very Entertaining.
...The storyline is deep, thoughtful and touching
...The artwork is great quality & often breathtaking
...The series is packed with adventure, mystery, suspense, action, and True Love

For those who don't know, Mark Crilley has a huge (teen / young adult) following on YouTube by kids who are simply interested in improving their art skills (and those who want to learn the necessary skills to be a "published" artist someday). In today's "anything goes" culture, it's really refreshing to find an author (and artist) like Mark who goes that extra mile to assure that teens and young adults are viewing / reading principled and respectable artwork and stories.

In short, I admire Mark for many things, but mostly because I can TRUST his artwork and "how to draw" videos with my own child.

Keep up the Great work Mark Crilley!!
~~ I truly hope that more Miki books are somewhere on the horizon!!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on May 2, 2007
Format: Paperback
Miki Yoshida is about to start her first day as a senior in high school. She is resolved -- no more Mr. Nice Girl! From now on she's going to just be herself and not try to please everyone else. On the way to school she gets an earful from her boy-crazy best friend, Yumi, who is determined to find her a boyfriend. Miki isn't interested, but Yumi is not convinced. There's a new boy in town, and maybe he'll be just what Miki needs. I guess they'll find out when he starts school the next day.

As it turns out, Miki won't have to wait till the next day to meet him. She runs into him after school, knee deep in a rice paddy. She was practicing archery when a fly buzzed in her ear and her arrow went right out the window. Instead of the lost arrow, she finds Hiro Sakurai. Talk about an embarrassing way to meet someone. Especially a really cute someone, of the dark and brooding variety.

Hiro, however, is beyond antisocial. To the point of being rude. But, Miki is sure that there's more to him than the face he shows to the world. She is determined to be his friend. The less he wants her around, the harder she tries to break through. It's obvious that there is more to Hiro than meets the eye, and Miki has every intention of figuring him out. No matter what it takes.

First off, I have to say that I'm not a huge fan of Manga. It's actually a bit unfounded as a prejudice, since I've never actually read any of it. Reviewing these books has opened me up to pop fiction, but I still wasn't sure about actual Manga. Low and behold, this book and its sequel arrives, and they look kind of like comic books. So I put off reading them. Finally I get to opening the book, and the next thing I know I'm done with both and wondering when the next one is coming out!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. Brown on November 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
I'm not that much of a manga person when I started looking into this book for our library. But being the inquisitive person, I decided to at least look at the first five pages. (Always a tell all to me...) Before long it was almost closing time in the store. I ended up buying the whole series in a matter of days.

Miki the ever sweet and strong character decides to become the tough girl, no Misses Nice Girl. It's true, although we didn't see what Miki was like before she made this resolution, you can tell throughout the book how she is trying to becoming a better person, a stronger person. In some places she is put into some pretty awkward positions that if any girl in high school had to deal with would have run away crying. But she was stronger then I've ever seen in any story, (especially manga, and the genre itself)I've read.

Unlike so many, where the heroine is the clumsy, always flighty girl, Miki is steady and level headed. A little over the top at times, but truly this story was worth every minute. I would suggest this to anyone who likes a good love story without all the cursing and innuendos.

I also enjoyed the wonderful artwork, (not as flat lined and uncultured as most manga are) it was very detailed, and almost life like in some parts. So if you like good clean stories of love, life and the ever noble search for the one we all hope to be 'Prince Charming', you will love this book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Muirland kid on April 23, 2008
Format: Paperback
What a wonderful good read Miki Falls: Spring is! I wished it were twice as long, so very much did I love every page. To be honest: I hated for it to end. I look forward to devouring the next three books.

This is a book boys will enjoy equally with girls. Hiro is a strong character and very compelling. Miki is beautiful, thoughtful and deeply caring. Is it worth the money? Absolutely. The dialogue is pitch-perfect.

Those who aren't familiar with Manga will find Miki Falls a perfect introduction to this exquisite art form and those seeped in Manga will readily conclude this book to be among the best examples of it.

It is exquisitely well drawn. The representations of Japanese landscapes are breath-taking in their beauty. When one is finished with Miki Falls: Spring you feel like you have been living in Japan a long time.
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More About the Author

Mark Crilley was raised in Detroit, where he started drawing almost as soon as he could hold a pencil in his hand. After graduating from Kalamazoo College in 1988, where he was befriended by children's author David Small, he taught English in Taiwan and Japan for nearly five years. His first comic series, Akiko, was published in 1995, leading Random House to invite him to adapt it as a series of chapter books. His graphic novel series, Miki Falls, was chosen by the American Library Association as one of the "Great Graphic Novels for Teens" for 2007, and was optioned by Paramount Pictures and Brad Pitt's Plan B Production Studio for development as a feature film. Crilley's work has been featured in USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, and on CNN Headline News and Comcast On Demand, and his popular YouTube videos have been viewed 250 million times and counting. He lives in Michigan with his wife, Miki, and children, Matthew and Mio.

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