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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2010 8:23:57 PM PST
wildflowr says:
What a great list - some I already know and some I'll certainly have to check into.

"Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms" is one of my favorite books ... and I thought Scott Pilgrim's books were a hoot! (^_^)

This put me in mind of another series: With the Light... Raising an Autistic Child by Keiko Tobe. Initially I couldn't imagine there being enough to write about to make it interesting but then I was immediately drawn in. It's amazingly insightful and has a subtext of tolerance.

Posted on Jan 6, 2010 12:18:25 PM PST
Leon Evelake says:
Try Death Note
Monster and Pluto they are all mature (in themes not imagery)
death note and Monster never get worse than non graphic depictions of people being shot but are masterpieces.

You said you had naruto you could also try YuYU Hakusho, Bleach, Rouroni Kenshin, Fullmetal Alchemist, D-grayman, they all can be a bit violent but not to much for high-school

Posted on Jan 7, 2010 9:33:04 AM PST
M. Robinson says:
I'd recommend for girls
"Azumanga Daioh" (for high school age)
"Honey and Clover" (for high school age)
"Yotsuba&!" (for the younger crowd)

For boys
"Spiral ~the Bonds of Reasoning~" (middle school and high school age)

For both boys and girls
any of the "Kingdom Hearts" manga series
"+Anima" (more for the younger crowd)
"Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle" (for the older crowd)

I think all of those would be pretty good choices, and I don't think you'd have to worry too much about the content and censorship; however, a few of these series I haven't read all of, so I'm not sure if later on in the series, there is too much violence or a scene with too much swearing. Then again, it all depends on how strict the rules are.

Posted on Aug 5, 2011 5:54:38 AM PDT
Toni Decker says:
All of my manga fits the School-Appropriate standard (For future references- These are all (mostly) shojo romance.)
Fruits Basket
Gakuen Alice
Little Queen
DN Angel
Maximum Ride (Pretty much a manga)
Angel Diary
Anything by Arina Tanemura
Penguin Revolution
Cardcaptor Sakura
Fushigi Yuugi (Pushing it a bit, but...)
Mamotte Lolipop

Posted on Aug 5, 2011 6:45:37 AM PDT
I run an anime and manga club at my local library, and I frequently lend these titles to my students. They LOVE them.

Alice 19th
Beauty Pop
Cardcaptor Sakura
From Far Away
Fruits Basket (MAJOR popular)
Fushigi Yugi
Gunnerkrigg Court (YALSA favorite)
Magic KNight Rayearth
Night School
Oh, My Goddess!
Ouran High School Host CLub
PAndora HEarts
Peach Girl
Read or Die
Rozen Maiden
Shugo Chara
Skip Beat
Special A
Story of Saiunkoku

All of these titles are smut-free with great storylines and wonderful artwork.

Posted on Aug 24, 2011 12:12:50 PM PDT
AliMcJ says:
Naruto: it's up to 51Volumes now. He is an inspiring and positive little guy whom we see grow from about 12 to 16 or 17 now; I'll stay with him until he is an old old man.

As to nudity: it is of the sweet kind, like the girls in Fantasia: it's never raw and kissing even is something that makes Sakura, for example, slug anyone who even gets close enough to try. The boys look at women, the men look at women, and oh, Naruto does have the "Centerfold" or "Sexy Jutsu" trick he likes to pull on adult men. He transforms into a nubile female (details behind the puffs of smoke that arise when he transforms) and the men lose it. It's handy for a quick escape. Actually one middle eastern group actually won a large battle against Persians in history: the entered battle nude or had their women with them, nude, and the Persians all covered their eyes and lost the battle.

Plus, in Naruto, the adults are quirky, and that is a good characterization: kids enjoy watching adults and figuring out their insides. They are very good at it; I remember. Do you?

Naruto is especially good because it has excellent character development on all characters (even shallowish ones return developing their characters later in the story). It also has many parallels in the whole story to the Harry Potter series, beginning with the Hero's Journey or quest.

Actually Kishimoto Sensei wrote about the beginnings of Naruto, which he had conceived of as a 12-year-old magician type, training in school, and then he found a Harry Potter book and reworked his concept, changing Naruto to a Ninja training in the Ninja Academy in the Village Hidden in the Leaves (Konoha Village) because he found out he & Rowling were tuned in to the same egregor when they started the books (Naruto's been published in book form since 1999).
Any of the books by Osamu Tezuka are appropriate because he is the grandfather of Manga, developing canons of the style, and producing a massive number of varied series in a characteristically strong yet curved, not angular, lines of good quality: brushwork, thick and thin.

Because of his position as the Father and Grandfather of Manga, it is a valuable book for the students to read, as they can use it for discussion in the future with people interested in Manga, they will have a good grounding in what it is. If any of the students later get a chance to work in Japan, they will have something intelligent to say to friends coworkers there with their grounding in Manga classics, rather than being willy-nilly readers of "comic books."

(I taught ESL for many years and have worked as an Adult Reading Development instructor at the community college level and I have maintained an interest in Children's Literature since University -- I love to see what is out there for kids.

Posted on Aug 26, 2011 5:46:07 PM PDT
N. Dowding says:
There are many titles I know of which I think are totally fine for a high school audience but to which one or two parents might object to. BUT one series I can think of that has absolutely no violence, nudity, or sexual themes is "Chi's Sweet Home." It might be more suited to a younger audience (it is about a kitten, for example, but I have adult friends who enjoy it just as much as a child might) but it is sweet, hilarious, in gorgeous full color (VERY rare in manga) and is read "English-Style" (left-to-right manga is also quite rare in recently published manga), which makes it accessible even for non manga-readers.
As an added bonus, there are only 6 volumes out currently, so it wouldn't be as large an expenditure as buying most of the more "popular" titles (most of which have some nudity anyway).

Posted on Aug 29, 2011 9:18:40 AM PDT
1. Saturn apartments Saturn Apartments, Vol. 1

2. Twin Spica Twin Spica, Volume: 01

3. Children of the Sea Children of the Sea , Vol. 1

4. Wandering son Wandering Son, Book 1

5. Distant nieghborhood A Distant Neighborhood, Vol. 1
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Posted on Sep 1, 2011 10:25:23 AM PDT
J. O. says:
No one's mentioned Bunny Drop, Vol. 1 , probably appeal more to girls but definitely worth trying... I've got all the current releases and the only thing I can think that might be objectionable is the main character says $#!+ or something like that ONCE. But, its not a recurring thing, he's just reacting to a situation.

And, if you wanted to give that one a try you could always just mark over part of or the whole word with a sharpie.

I remember reading a few books in HS that had curse words and stuff in them. The teacher just told us to bring them to her and she would just sharpie over it. I think it was either " The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus " " The Andromeda Strain " or " The Hunt for Red October (A Jack Ryan Novel) "... can't remember which, but its not like it was something we'd never heard.

@ N. Dowding,
I agree, Chi's Sweet Home, volume 1 is a great starter to manga... though if you know any Elementary Librarians you might want to introduce them to manga with something like this. I'm certain anyone with a humor-loving inner child would get a kick out of it. It's no book report worthy series but anyone could definitely read thru them in little to no time.

A great resource I use for information on anime/manga is .

If the manga is anything like the anime of Initial D, it'd probably be a good choice.

Hope some of that helps.

It's good to know there are ppl in the public school systems trying to introduce kids to different styles of stories than what they would find in traditional american comics. It'll teach some of them, who are willing to give it try, to think outside the box and in the end possibly be more creative individuals.

Posted on Sep 1, 2011 11:35:56 AM PDT
YA Librarian says:
OMG the response has been amazing! Thanks to everyone who has helped out. It means a lot.

Jarod Oates, I believe in giving my students a lot of different things to read. I'm one of those pesky librarians ;-)

Thanks! :)

Posted on Jan 11, 2012 1:04:11 AM PST
Luz Palomino says:
New Era G, I hear it's really good.
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