Wandering Son (Hourou Musuko 放浪息子) by Shimura Takako
Written and drawn by one of todays 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.
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. Takakos 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."
One of MTV Geek's Best Manga Series of 2011
Named "Best New Seinen/Josei: Slice of Life" on About.com 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... readers shouldnt 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 in a very sincere, sensitive, and accessible way." Experiments in Manga