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Wandering Son

In Shimura Takako's coming of age tale, fifth grade frends Shuichi Nitori and Yoshino Takatsuki have happy homes, loving families, and are well-liked by their classmates. But they share a secret that further complicates a time of life that is awkward for anyone: Shuichi is a transgender girl, and Yoshino is transgender boy.

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

"Like the best coming-of-age stories—comics or otherwise—Wandering Son is meticulously accurate in its details, but universal in its emotions. 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

"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." — American Library Association

"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 in a very sincere, sensitive, and accessible way." — Experiments in Manga