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Sand Chronicles volume 1

Sand Chronicles, Volume 1
Ashihara, Hinako
2008-01 – Viz Media

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After her parents get divorced, Ann Uekusa and her mother move from Tokyo to rural Shimane. Accustomed to the anonymity of city living, Ann can’t get used to the almost overbearing kindness of the people in her mother’s hometown. But when personal tragedy strikes, Ann discovers how much she needs that kindness.

 

Flowers of Evil, Volume 1

Flowers of Evil, Volume 1
Oshimi, Shuzo
2012-05 – Vertical

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Takao Kasuga is a bookworm. And his favorite book right now is Baudelaire’s Flowers of Evil. While the young man may often be seen lost in thought as he rabidly consumes page after page, Takao is not much of a student. Actually when we are first introduced to the middle school teen, we find him sneaking some reading as he receives and F on a recent language exam.
Nakagawa is known as the class bully. When she is not receiving zeros she is usually muttering profanities to those around her. While she doesn’t care for books or their readers, she does have a thing for troublemakers. Takao may not be one, but having read over his shoulder a few times, she knows he is not very innocent. If anything he is bored and aware of it.
Together, by chance, they shake up their entire rural community as Takao tries to break out of his shell in a random moment of passion and affection…not directed towards Nakamura. And contrary to Takao’s predictions, the girl he was falling for, Nanako Saeki, responds by eventually accepting the bibliophile for who he is. Or at least, who she thinks he is.
And therein lies the conflict. Takao is not a hero. He is not trouble-maker, either. He is a regular teen who through equal moments of cowardice and chivalry takes a long step towards adulthood as he desperately tries to cover up a dark secret. Takao Kusuga has stolen an item precious to someone he is attracted to, and if he doesn’t form a “contract” with his new best friend, she is going to tell.

 

With the light. vol. 1 : raising an autistic child

With the Light, Volume 1: Raising an Autistic Child
Tobe, Keiko
2007-09 – Yen Press

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Born during the sunrise – an auspicious beginning – the Azumas’ newborn son is named Hikaru, which means “light.” But during one play date, his mother notices that her son is slightly different from the other children. In the alternately heartwarming and bittersweet tale, a young mother tries to cope with both the overwhelming discovery of her child’s autism and the trials of raising him while keeping her family together. This is a story that resonates not only for those whose families have been affected by autism, but also for all past, present, and future parents.

 

No matter how I look at it, it's you guys' fault I'm not popular!

No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular!, Vol. 1
Tanigawa, Nico
2013-10 – Yen Press

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Tomoko Kuroki naturally assumed she’d be popular when she got to high school…but then cold, hard reality swooped in for the attack Turns out all the popularity points she’s racked up in her video game dating sims are worth squat in real life, and Tomoko’s far from prepared to navigate high school How can she possibly hope to impress her classmates when she can’t even talk to them? A new high-school heroine is born (maybe?)

 

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