News U.S. Librarians Rank Saturn Apartments in Teens' Top 10
posted on 2011-01-13 12:08 EST
The American Library Association's Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) division has released its list of the top ten graphic novels for teens in 2011, which is culled from a longer list titled "Great Graphic Novels for Teens." One manga made the cut for the top ten this year: Hisae Iwaoka's Saturn Apartments volume 1 from Viz Media.
YALSA named 14 additional manga titles among its Great Graphic Novels for Teens — nine published by Viz Media, two by Vertical, and one each by Del Rey, Yen Press, and Digital Manga Publishing. These titles are:
- Cross Game graphic novel (GN) 1 - Mitsuru Adachi (Viz Media)
- Arisa GN 1 - Natsumi Ando (Del Rey)
- Library Wars: Love & War GN 1 - Kiiro Yumi and Hiro Arikawa (Viz Media)
- Maoh: Juvenile Remix GN 1 - Kōtarō Isaka and Megumi Osuga (Viz Media)
- Bokurano: Ours GN 1 - Mihiro Kitoh (Viz Media)
- Natsume's Book of Friends GN 1 - Yuki Midorikawa (Viz Media)
- Biomega GN 1 - Tsutomu Nihei (Viz Media)
- House of Five Leaves GN 1 - Natsume Ono (Viz Media)
- Not Simple GN 1 - Natsume Ono (Viz Media)
- Afterschool Charisma GN 1 - Kumiko Sukane (Viz Media)
- Itazura na Kiss GN 1 - Kaoru Tada (Digital Manga Publishing)
- 7 Billion Needles GN 1 - Nobuaki Tadano (Vertical)
- Black Butler GN 1 - Yana Toboso (Yen Press)
- Twin Spica GN 1 - Kou Yaginuma (Vertical)
These lists are presented annually at the ALA's Midwinter Meeting. Each book is recommended for ages 12-18 and meet the criteria of being "both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens."
Of the 55 fiction graphic novels listed this year, 14 (25.4%) originated in Japan. Last year's list included 19 Japanese recommendations of 53 total (35.8%), and its top ten list featured three manga titles (Ōoku, Children of the Sea, and Pluto). 2009's list offered 9 manga of 43 titles (20.9%) and three manga titles on the top ten list: Sand Chronicles, Real, and Uzumaki.