A Silent Voice, Volume 1

Title

A Silent Voice, Volume 1

Authors

Yoshitoki Oima

Publisher

Kodansha Comics

Publication Year

2015

ISBN

9781632360564

Pages

192 pages

Genre

realism

Format

graphic novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Shoya is a bully. When Shoko, a girl who can’t hear, enters his elementary school class, she becomes their favorite target, and Shoya and his friends goad each other into devising new tortures for her. But the children’s cruelty goes too far. Shoko is forced to leave the school, and Shoya ends up shouldering all the blame. Six years later, the two meet again. Can Shoya make up for his past mistakes, or is it too late?

Grade Level

6-8; 9-12

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Disability and Health; Single parent; Kinship care; Physical disability; single mother; grandmother helping raise granddaughter; deaf; deaf child

Main Character

male child; male teenager

Race/Ethnicities

Asian (Japanese)

Family Formation

single mother; mother and grandmother

Awards

YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens, 2017 Fiction
YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens, 2016 Fiction
YALSA Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens, 2016

Keywords

bullying; elementary school; high school; new girl; popular kids; notebook; hearing aids; fighting

Diversity Impact

direct

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