Wandering Son

Wandering Son

Volume Two

Book - 2012
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WW Norton
In the second volume of Shimura Takako's superb coming-of-age story, our transgendered protagonists, Shuichi and Yoshino, have entered the sixth grade. Shuichi spends a precious gift of cash from his grandmother on a special present for himself, a purchase that triggers a chain of events in which his sister Maho learns his secret, and Shuichi inadvertently steals the heart of a boy Maho in interested in.The “woman” who showed so much interest in Yoshino (when she was wearing a boy’s school uniform) in volume one reappears with “her” boyfriend, and becomes a mentor and friend to the two children. And the kids go on a class trip that is a rite of passage Shuichi would rather pass up. Shuichi is called a “faggot” by another boy, and the dramatic nature in which Saori comes to Shuichi’s defense leads the two to discover a shared fondness for Anne of Green Gables. But despite his propensity to cry (a propensity noted repeatedly by his more outgoing sister), Shuichi finds strength and courage he didn’t know he had.A sophisticated work translated with sophistication by veteran translator and comics scholar Matt Thorn.

Baker & Taylor
Shuichi, a boy who wants to be a girl, and Yoshino, a girl who wants to be a boy, become friends in junior high school, where they tackle problems such as gender identity, love, social acceptance, and puberty.

Norton Pub
Our heroes enter the sixth grade in volume twoof this legendary series.
  • In the second volume of Shimura Takako's superb coming-of-age story, ourtransgendered protagonists, Shuichi and Yoshino, have entered the sixth grade.Shuichi spends a precious gift of cash from his grandmother on a special presentfor himself, a purchase that triggers a chain of events in which his sister Maholearns his secret, and Shuichi inadvertently steals the heart of a boy Maho isinterested in. The “woman” who showed so much interest in Yoshinobecomes a mentor and friend to the two children. The kids go on a class tripthat is a rite of passage Shuichi would rather pass up. Shuichi is called a“faggot” by another boy and the dramatic nature in which Saori comesto Shuichi’s defense leads the two to discover a shared fondness forAnne of Green Gables. But despite his propensity to cry, Shuichi findsstrength and courage he didn’t know he had.


Publisher: Seattle, Wash. : Fantagraphics, 2012
ISBN: 9781606994566
Branch Call Number: YA GX SHI
Characteristics: 221 p. :,chiefly ill. (some col.) ;,25 cm.

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ZeldaTakishima Jun 29, 2013

Great volume 2. Waiting for the library to get the rest of the series!! It further develops the character. He is no longer afraid of himself or who he wants to be, though he is still afraid of society. I think it is quite realistic. A good read.

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