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Wandering Son (Hourou Musuko – 放浪息子) by Shimura Takako

Written and drawn by one of today’s most critically acclaimed creators of manga, Wandering Son is a sophisticated work of literary manga translated with rare skill and sensitivity by veteran translator and comics scholar Matt Thorn.

Eisner Award Nominee Seal2012 Eisner Award Nominee: Best U.S. Edition of International Material – Asia

One of ALA/YALSA's Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens 2012: "This is a complex and sensitive subject, but Takako handles it very gently, allowing the story to unfold in a way that is not only natural but sympathetic. Takako’s artwork is spare and evocative, supporting the story but never getting in the way of its telling. This one is for teens who like contemporary stories about real world problems."

Named to the 2012, 2013, and 2014 ALA GLBT Round Table 2012 Rainbow List of recommended books for young readers

One of MTV Geek's Best Manga Series of 2011

Named "Best New Seinen/Josei: Slice of Life" on Manga's 2011 Best New Manga: "With her spare, elegant art and slice-of-life storytelling, Shimura tells a sweet and sensitive coming-of-age tale that opens your eyes and your heart to these kids and their unusual, but very real desires to be the boy/girl they know they really meant to be."

Named one of The Best Comics of 2011 by NPR - Monkey See

""...[L]ike the best coming-of-age stories — comics or otherwise — Wandering Son is meticulously accurate in its details, but universal in its emotions. Gay or not, readers shouldn’t find it too difficult to identify with kids who feel like their bodies and their friends are equally culpable in the worst kind of betrayal, preventing them from realizing the potential they see in themselves." – The A.V. Club

"Words fail me when trying to describe the beauty and artistry of this manga. The genius of this series is that Takako doesn't focus on how 'strange and unusual' transgender people are, but rather how ordinary." – Manga Worth Reading

"Wandering Son is a beautiful series that explores the young protagonists' search for personal identity and addresses issues of gender and sexuality in a very sincere, sensitive, and accessible way." – Experiments in Manga

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Wandering Son Vol. 1 [New Printing Pre-Order]

Shimura Takako A sensitive masterpiece from Japan's most prominent creator of LGBT manga. Shuichi is a boy who wants to be a girl, and Yoshino is a girl who wants to be a boy. Shimura portrays their journey with affection, sensitivity and humor.  Product Details...

Wandering Son Vol. 2

Shimura Takako In the second volume of this superb and wildly acclaimed coming-of-age story, our transgendered protagonists, now in the sixth grade, face new challenges and find new strength, and gain an unexpected new ally and mentor.  Product Details...

Wandering Son Vol. 3 [with Special Offer]

Shimura Takako Shuichi and Yoshino's shared secret is abruptly exposed and they begin to learn the harder reality of being transgendered. More tears and laughs in this volume of the acclaimed manga series.  Product Details...

Wandering Son Vol. 4

Shimura Takako Love is in the air. In junior high, the simple friendships of childhood develop into the complex, tense relationships of adolescence — and it's even more complicated when coping with the knotty issue of gender identification.  Product Details...

Wandering Son Vol. 5

Shimura Takako The junior high school entrance ceremony, with its traditionally-gendered uniforms, vexes Nitori-kun and Takatsuki-san — especially when it's another classmate who bucks tradition. And more jealousies flare up with our tween cast.  Product Details...

Wandering Son Vol. 6

Shimura Takako The middle-schoolers put on another gender-swapped play, this time a riff on Romeo and Juliet, written by Chiba-san and Nitori-kun. Will they also play the leads? And what of Nitori-kun's feelings for Takatsuki-san?  Product Details...

Wandering Son Vol. 7

Shimura Takako Nitori-kun gets his first signs of acne. This may well be the end of the world — unless Anna-chan can help. Meanwhile, Nitori-kun and Chiba-san are scouted by the theater club, leading to friction with Takatsuki-san.  Product Details...

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