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Wandering Son
Wandering Son | Takako Shimura, Matt Thorn
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V.1: "The fifth grade. The threshold to puberty, and the beginning of the end of childhood innocence. Shuichi Nitori and his new friend 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 boy who wants to be a girl, and Yoshino is a girl who wants to be a boy "-- back cover.
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emtobiasz
Wandering Son | Takako Shimura, Matt Thorn
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A manga about two transgender preteens experimenting with gender expression and supporting each other. Originally written in 2003 and translated to English in 2012, the main characters and their situation absolutely hold up, but I worry that the language used and the general context has aged too far to be useful in today‘s conversations about trans people. Essays oddly placed in the back of the book give much-needed context to Western readers.. ⬇️

emtobiasz ...but also use more outdated language. My main concern with the book, though, is that it was written for an adult audience, and relies a bit too heavily on the reader to identify inappropriate relationships and harmful situations themselves. In translation, however, it‘s marketed as a YA book, and I would hope that a book for this age group would do a better job naming assault as assault and Yuki-san and Shii-chan as creepy predators. 4mo
emtobiasz I don‘t know, y‘all. I‘m not going to tell anyone not to read this, but I can‘t recommend it, particularly not to teens. I won‘t be continuing with the series. 4mo
LiteraryinLititz Thanks for this really helpful review! 4mo
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queerbookreader
Wandering Son | Takako Shimura, Matt Thorn
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Library hauuuuuul!! Haven't reread anything this year so I'm doing a Lumberjanes reread. I make good choices, sometimes. Also picked up v.1 of this Manga called . The synopsis is basically these two kids meet and the boy secretly wants to be a girl and the girl secretly wants to be a boy. Sounds super queer, so I'll let you all know how it goes. Also a Star Trek manga 🤓

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CynCruz23
Wandering Son | Takako Shimura, Matt Thorn
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The first volume is subtle but astonishingly realistic. A must read for young people (actually everyone) as it shares a honest and sweet portrayal of a complicated gender issue. Can't wait to read the rest of the series

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