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Intermediate Book List: Manga

All the books in this list have been read by either Jenn (proprietor of Comics in the Classroom), or one of her staff. They are certified to be appropriate for the elementary age group and have been chosen for their benefit to classrooms and libraries.

Some books on the Intermediate List are also available on the Elementary and Secondary Lists. This is because we feel these books have a wide-ranging appeal.

All books will be reduced by 25% at time of ordering.


image not available Fullmetal Alchemist

Volumes: 27; complete
Written and Illustrated by: Hiromu Arakawa
Genre: Manga, Fantasy
Black-and-white
Softcover, digest-sized
SRP: 11.99 each
Synopsis: While trying to use alchemy to bring their mother back from the dead, the brothers Elric both lost something important. Alphonse, the younger of the two, lost his body, and Edward, his older brother, sacrificed his own arm and leg to transfer Al's soul into an oversized suit of armour. Now both are searching for a way to return themselves to normal. To do so, Edward becomes the youngest member of the alchemy division of the military. This not only increases his abilities but gives them both a means of survival and access to the military's research materials. In a world of magic based on fair trade how would you calculate the cost of your own body? Is it the sum of the elements, or is there more to it than that? The manga series does differ in several ways from the anime series.

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image not available Naruto

Volumes: 56; ongoing
Written and Illustrated by: Masashi Kishimoto
Genre: Manga, Fantasy
Black-and-white
Softcover, digest-sized
SRP: 9.99 each

Synopsis: One of the most anticipated series in North American manga release history, Naruto is the story of a young boy trying to prove himself to his entire village. Each village has its own ninjitsu style, and to be a true member of society, the children must study and pass many exams to become full-fledged members of their home village's style. Naruto is the black sheep of his village. He is an orphan and none of the adults will acknowledge his existence. This is because he houses the spirit of a nine-tailed fox-demon that tried to destroy the city before he was born. This hasn't stopped Naruto though. Instead he tries twice as hard as every other student to become the best ninja in his class. He is usually unsuccessful, and that is where this action series gets its comedic relief. A good book for boys, containing exciting action sequences.

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image not available Nightschool: The Weirn Books

Volumes: 4; complete
Written and Illustrated by: Svetlana Chmakova Canadian!
Genre: Manga, Supernatural
Black-and-white
Softcover, digest-sized
SRP: 15.99
Synopsis: Alex is looking for her sister, last seen at the Night School, a place where students can learn to use their supernatural powers, whether they be vampires, werewolves, or witches. But something strange is going on, and Alex' sister, Sarah, is missing along with all memory of her. Now Alex enrolls to get to the bottom of things. It becomes clear that Alex is herself a quite powerful magic-user (or weirn) and she soon joins Mr. Roi's master class to develop her skills to her advantage. The strong female protagonist and beautiful art makes a captivating story about family, loyalty, and fighting for what you believe in. Also by this cartoonist: Dramacon. Nightschool volumes 1 and 2 won the Joe Shuster Comics for Kids Award in 2010

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image not available Shaman King

Volumes: 32; complete
Written and Illustrated by: Hiroyuki Takei
Genre: Manga, Fantasy
Black-and-white
Softcover, digest-sized
SRP: 9.99-12.99 each

Synopsis: This series, based on the popular cartoon, delves into the spiritual world of the shaman. Manta Oyamada is leading a perfectly ordinary life until he meets teenage shaman Yoh Asakura who can tap into the swordfighting powers of a ghost samurai. The two quickly find themselves in action-packed situations.

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image not available Tsubasa

Volumes: 26; ongoing
Written and Illustrated by: CLAMP (a collective of female artists and writers)
Genre: Manga, Fantasy
Black-and-white
Softcover, digest-sized
SRP: Vol.1-8 15.95, Vol.9-26 13.99

Synopsis: How far would you go to bring back the memory of the one you loved? In Tsubasa (also known as Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle) this is the reality that a young man named Syaoran must face as the memory of his best friend, and possible love, Sakura, is split into hundreds of feathers and tossed through just as many dimensions. With the help of two others from alternate worlds, this motley crew of adventurers must seek out Sakura's memories and steal them back from those who would use them for evil. This series crosses over with XXXHolic, though it is not mandatory to read both titles to understand the story.
Also by CLAMP: XXXHolic

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image not available XXXHolic

Volumes: 19; ongoing
Written and Illustrated by: CLAMP (a collective of female artists and writers)
Genre: Manga, Fantasy
Black-and-white
Softcover, digest-sized
SRP: Vol.1-6 15.95, Vol.7-8 14.50, Vol.9-15 13.99

Synopsis: Yuko, a wish granting witch, is at the heart of XXXholic. She runs a business that helps people deal with wishes and occult experiences, but charges the highest price, that which they hold most dear. When a young man named Watanuki Kimihiro finds himself at Yuko's shop as if by magic, he ends up working for her in exchange for her help with his visions of ghosts. Yuko uses this opportunity to make Watanuki's life a living hell, embarrassing him and blackmailing him at every turn. XXXHolic has a very unique art style, and will appeal to all lovers of occult fiction. This series crosses over with Tsubasa, but it is not mandatory to read both to understand the story.
Also by CLAMP: Tsubasa

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