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Wandering Son, Vol. 3 (Wandering Son #3)

Title

Wandering Son, Vol. 3 (Wandering Son #3)

Authors

Takako Shimura

Illustrator

Takako Shimura

Publisher

Fantagraphics Books

Publication Year

2012

ISBN

9781606995334

Pages

219 pages

Genre

realism

Format

graphic novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Shuichi and his friend Yoshino have a secret: Shuichi is a boy who wants to be a girl, and Yoshino is a girl who wants to be a boy. But one day, abruptly, their secret is exposed, and the two find themselves the target of sixth-grade cruelty. Their friendship is strained, as Yoshino makes a half-hearted effort at being a 'normal girl'-- and their mentor, Yuki, reveals the harder reality of being transgendered. Meanwhile, Shuichi's sister, Maho, realizes her dream of becoming a model, and drags Shuichi along for the ride. Shuichi meets another boy who wants to be a girl, and finds himself on an arranged date with a boy who doesn't know that the girl he has a crush on is actually a boy.

Grade Level

9-12

Topic

LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Transgender; transgender teenagers; boy to girl; girl to boy; girl dressing as a boy; boy dressing as a girl

Main Character

boy and girl

Race/Ethnicities

Japanese

Family Formation

mother and father; single mother

LGBTQ+

boy to girl; girl to boy

Awards

Rainbow List, 2014 Graphic Novels
Rainbow List, 2013 Middle Early Young Adult Fiction
Rainbow List, 2012 Middle Early Young Adult Fiction
YALSA Top 10 Great Graphic Novels for Teens, 2012
Arkansas Teen Book Award, 2013
Teen
Australian Family Therapists' Award for Children's Literature, 2017, Middle Grade

Keywords

middle school; Japan; friendship; fighting; bullying; modeling; dating

Diversity Impact

direct

Wandering Son, Vol. 3 (Wandering Son #3)

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