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My Brother's Husband Ranks in YALSA's Top 10 Graphic Novels for Teens

posted on by Karen Ressler
16 other manga titles make Great Graphic Novels list

The American Library Association's (ALA's) Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) released its 2018 list of Great Graphic Novels for Teens this week. Gengoroh Tagame's My Brother's Husband (published by Pantheon Books) ranked in the Top Ten graphic novels this year. Svetlana Chmakova's Brave (published by Yen Press) also ranked in the top ten.

The 17 manga on the list of 115 titles include:

Title: My Brother's Husband GN 1
Creator: Gengoroh Tagame
Publisher: Pantheon Books
After the passing of Ryoji, his twin brother, Yaichi, and his now widowed husband, Mike, come together to learn more about the loved one they have both lost.

Title: Anonymous Noise GN 1-4
Creator:Ryoko Fukuyama
Publisher: Viz Media
Nino is so devastated when her childhood friend, Momo, moves away that she is filled with an uncontrollable urge to scream. Things seem bleak until she befriends a young composer, Yuzu, who convinces her to turn her screams into a song to bring Momo back.

Title: Bungo Stray Dogs GN 1-4
Creators: Kafka Asagiri, Sango Harukawa
Publisher: Yen Press
Atsushi Nakajima has been kicked out of his orphanage and is on the brink of starving on the streets when he rescues a member of the Armed Detective Agency, a group of investigators with supernatural powers who take on cases that the regular police and military cannot handle.

Title: The Case Study of Vanitas GN 1
Creator: Jun Mochizuki
Publisher: Yen Press
Rumors revolving around The Book of Vanitas, a clockwork grimoire of dubious reputation, draw Noé, a young vampire in search of a friend's salvation, to Paris.

Title: Dreamin' Sun GN 1-3
Creator: Ichigo Takano
Publisher: Seven Seas Entertainment
Since her mother's death, Shimana Kameko has felt like an outsider in her own home. Her feelings of being unwanted eventually lead to Kameko running away, a choice that places her on a path to fulfilling her dreams in an unconventional way.

Title: Erased GN 1-2
Creator: Kei Sanbe
Publisher: Yen Press
Fujinuma has a unique ability that allows him to identify and course-correct tragic events. When his power sends him back in time and into the body of his 11 year old self, he is faced with fixing his past, stopping a murder, and finding the way back to the present.

Title: Flying Witch GN 1
Creator: Chihiro Ishizuka
Publisher: Vertical
A novice witch moves to rural Japan to complete her training to become a full-fledged witch.

Title: The Girl from the Other Side: Siuil, a Run GN 1
Creator: Nagabe
Publisher: Seven Seas Entertainment
Left in the care of "Teacher", a young girl named Shiva must survive in the Outside, a land filled with vicious beasts that can curse you with a touch.

Title: Girls' Last Tour GN 1-2
Creator: Tsukumizu
Publisher: Yen Press
Two girls, Yuuri and Chito, cruise through a post-apocalyptic cityscape via motorbike.

Title: Hana & Hina After School GN 1-2
Creator: Milk Morinaga
Publisher: Seven Seas Entertainment
Hana is breaking school rules by having a part-time job at a cute character goods shop, but when the beautiful and popular Hina begins working there as well, they'll have more than their work to keep secret.

Title: Happiness GN 1
Creator: Shuzo Oshimi
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Makoto Ozaki's ordinary life is turned upside down when he is attacked by a girl and given an extraordinary choice: live like her, or die.

Title: I Hear the Sunspot GN
Creator: Yuki Fumino
Publisher: One Peace Books
Taichi is a starving, happy-go-lucky college student who can't hold down a job. Kohei is a loner who uses his hearing disability to keep people at a distance. When the two of them unexpectedly cross paths, they form an unlikely but inseparable bond.

Title: The Promised Neverland GN 1
Creator: Kaiu Shirai/Posuka Demizu
Publisher: Viz Media
Orphans Emma, Norman, and Ray learn a terrible secret about the fate of children raised in their orphanage and work hard to construct a plan to escape before it's too late.

Title: The Royal Tutor GN 1-3
Creator: Higasa Akai
Publisher: Yen Press
Small in size but big in ability, Heine has accepted the impossible job of tutoring four mischievous and rebellious princes. He must use all of his skills to put up with the princes' crazy antics and make sure they are ready for the crown.

Title: School-Live GN 5-6
Creator: Norimitsu Kaihou/Sadoru Chiba
Publisher: Yen Press
The School Living Club, four teen girls trapped in a school during a zombie apocalypse, thinks they are alone but stumble upon evidence of other survivors.

Title: Waiting for Spring GN 1-2
Creator: Anashin
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Shy high school freshman Mizuki, on a quest to make friends, is torn between what she thinks will please the girls at her school and the slowly developing friendship with her high school basketball team.

Title: Your Name GN 1
Creator: Makoto Shinkai/Ranmaru Kotone
Publisher: Yen Press
When Mitsuha wished to escape her small mountain town she wasn't expecting it to land her in the body of Taki, a male high school student in Tokyo.

Ichigo Takano's Orange manga made it to the top ten on the previous year's list. Last year, 15 out of 104 of the titles were manga.

Source: ICv2 (Brigid Alverson)


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