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U.S. Librarians Rank Stargazing Dog in Teens' Top 10

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Attack on Titan, 5 cm/s, Dawn of the Arcana, A Devil and Her Love Song in ALA's longer Great Graphic Novels list

The American Library Association's Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) division has released its list of the top 10 graphic novels for teens in 2013. The top 10 choices were culled from a longer list of 55 "Great Graphic Novels for Teens." The top 10 list includes Takashi Murakami's Stargazing Dog manga. The manga had been nominated last year for an Eisner award for the Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia category. NBM Publishing released the one-volume manga in 2011. JManga is also hosting the manga on its website.

YALSA named four more manga titles to its Great Graphic Novels for Teens list:

Title: Attack on Titan Graphic Novel (GN) 1
Creator: Hajime Isayama
Publisher: Kodansha Comics

Title:5 Centimeters per Second GN
Creator: Makoto Shinkai, Yukiko Seike
Publisher: Vertical

Title:Dawn of the Arcana GN 1-2
Creator: Rei Tōma
Publisher: Viz Media

Title: A Devil and Her Love Song GN 1
Creator: Miyoshi Tomori
Publisher: Viz Media

Hey-jin Jeon and Ki-ha Lee's Lizzie Newton: Victorian Mysteries volume 1 from Seven Seas Entertainment also made the list.

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."

Last year's list included seven Japanese manga titles, and its top 10 list featured Kaoru Mori's A Bride's Story and Takako Shimura 's Wandering Son. 2011's list included 15 Japanese manga titles, and its top ten list featured Hisae Iwaoka's Saturn Apartments. 2010's list had 19 Japanese recommendations, and its top ten list highlighted three manga titles (Ōoku, Children of the Sea, and Pluto). 2009's list offered nine manga with three manga titles on the top ten list: Sand Chronicles, REAL, and Uzumaki.

[Via Comic Book Resources]

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