Normal Public Library Teens

New Manga and Graphic Novels

Posted by Kristi on November 17, 2010

Sand Chronicles vols. 7-8 by Hinako Ashihara 

Twelve-year-old Ann and her divorced mother move from Tokyo to her mother’s rural hometown. How will Ann survive her exile from civilization? Then, when her mother commits suicide, Ann has to grow up fast. As the years pass, Ann learns to trust and depend on her new friends – Daigo and aristocratic siblings Fuji and Shika. But when Ann moves back to Tokyo to be with her father, will she be able to maintain a long-distance relationship with Daigo? And do Fuji and Shika harbor romantic feelings of their own that might rip their childhood friendships apart…?

Hikaru no Go vol. 20 by Yumi Hotta and Takeshi Obata 

The Young Lions Go players under the age of 18 in Japan, Korea and China are getting ready to qualify for the Hokuto Cup, and Hikaru and Akira are both in contention for the Japanese team. The preliminaries prove to be tough going, and Hikaru, stung by a reality check, focuses like never before. But will it be enough to meet the challenge of the unconventional yet formidable go of Kiyoharu Yashiro of the Kansai Go Association?

Saturn Apartments vol. 1 by Hisae Iwaoka 

Some time in the future, all of the humans are evacuated from Earth and moved to a man-made ring that now circles the planet. The luckiest people are the richest ones, because they can afford to have their windows cleaned so that they can see the planet far below them. Mitsu’s father was a window cleaner, until the day five years ago that his rope broke (or was cut) and he fell down to the planet below. Now that Mitsu has graduated from junior high, he is about to become a window washer, too. It’s a difficult and dangerous job because of the wind, meteorites, and radiation, but it’s what he was born to do.

Brain Camp by Susan Kim, Laurence Klavan, and Faith Erin Hicks 

Neither artistic, dreamy Jenna nor surly, delinquent Lucas expected to find themselves at an invitation-only summer camp that turns problem children into prodigies. And yet, here they both are at Camp Fielding, settling in with all the other losers and misfits who’ve been shipped off by their parents in a last-ditch effort to produce a child worth bragging about.  But strange disappearances, spooky lights in the woods, and a chilling alteration that turns the rowdiest campers into docile zombie Einsteins have Jenna and Lucas feeling more than a little suspicious…and a lot afraid.

Chi’s Sweet Home vol. 2 by Kanata Konami 

In the second volume of Chi’s Sweet Home, Chi’s new world slowly begins to grow.  Now moving into the feline version of the terrible twos, Chi’s increasingly curious and independent behavior begins to wear on each member of the Yamada household.  Mom’s flowers are being shred.  Dad’s sick and little Chi needs to play with him after lunch every day.  And when Yohei doesn’t share his toys, Chi begins to use her fangs and claws on her best friend!

Maximum Ride vol. 3 by James Patterson and NaRae Lee 

The Flock members are taken under the wing of an FBI agent and try to live “normal” lives by going to school, making friends–and continuing their relentless search for their parents. But the Erasers return, forcing the Flock to abandon their search and make their escape once again. It’s also becoming more obvious to Max that her destiny is to save the world, and this is especially challenging to do when she is faced with her ultimate match: a newer and better version of herself, Maximum Ride II.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8: Retreat by Joss Whedon, Jane Espenson, and Georges Jeanty 

Vampires have solid footing at the top of the totem and Slayers have been crushed to the bottom – in short, no one likes Buffy anymore…least of all this season’s mysterious Big Bad, Twilight, who is hot on her magical trail! Now that it’s the world against Slayers, Buffy must find a way to return to the status quo and keep her girls alive long enough to do it! Enter Oz, the only person/werewolf Buffy knows who is down with the suppression of magic, and can take the Slayer army off of Twilight’s magic-specific radar.

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