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Manga Touch
     

Manga Touch

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by Jacqueline Pearce
 

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Dana is excited about her school trip to Japan despite the fact that she is surrounded by the Melly Mob, ""in-crowd"" kids who make fun of her. Dana is certain she will be less of an outsider in Japan, home of manga and anime. But she soon discovers that it's just as difficult to fit in with a foreign culture as it is to fit in at school. And the only other manga fan

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Dana is excited about her school trip to Japan despite the fact that she is surrounded by the Melly Mob, ""in-crowd"" kids who make fun of her. Dana is certain she will be less of an outsider in Japan, home of manga and anime. But she soon discovers that it's just as difficult to fit in with a foreign culture as it is to fit in at school. And the only other manga fan that she meets refuses to talk to her. As Dana learns to meet people halfway and gains some friends in Japan, Melissa, leader of the Melly Mob, makes every effort to remind her that she's still an outsider.

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"This is another excellent title in a superb series for older students with low reading skills."
Children's Literature - Della A. Yannuzzi
Red-headed Dana is going on a three-week school trip to Japan. She is excited because she'll have a chance to learn more about the Japanese culture and Manga, a form of animated Japanese art. Dana likes to draw and hopes she can learn more about drawing the action-filled, colorful cartoons. She, like the other kids in her school group, is staying with a host family. She is relieved to find her host family has a girl her age named Fumiko and a boy named Kenji. Dana is glad Fumiko speaks some English and is helpful and friendly. Kenji is quiet and distant, and Dana wonders why. There are many things that Dana does not understand, but she tries hard to learn about the Japanese way of life. During the trip, Dana and a past friend named Melissa have some conflict. In the process, they find out they have wrong ideas about each other. Things are not always what they seem to be. Melissa tells Dana she has been stuck-up and seems to push everyone away. Dana is surprised. She never thought of herself that way. When Fumika tells Dana that Kenji acts unfriendly because he cannot speak English and is embarrassed that he does not, Dana begins to understand that people handle their fears and problems in different ways. By the time Dana's stay in Japan ends, she has learned a lot about herself, Japan, people, and her beloved Manga. Reviewer: Della A. Yannuzzi
VOYA
Despite its shortness, Manga Touch delivers a convincing and moving story. Readers will identify with Dana and the supporting characters, who by the conclusion, are as fleshed out as she. Many readers will also enjoy the skillful way Pearce weaves in facts regarding Japanese culture while still keeping things interesting. Reviewer: Natalie Solski, Teen Reviewer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781551437460
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
09/01/2007
Series:
Orca Currents Series
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
714,698
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
HL650L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Read an Excerpt

"Everything here is backward," Melissa complains.

"Yeah," Zach agrees with a laugh.

My hackles rise. Was Melissa always this anal?

"Maybe it's you that's backward," I say. Melissa and several of the others turn and stare at me. Then their eyes glaze over as if I'm not here.

"Did you hear something?" Melissa says to the girl beside her.

The girl shrugs. "No, just a weird buzzing sound. Street noise, I guess."

They turn their backs on me—as if I care.

Meet the Author

Jacqueline Pearce grew up on Vancouver Island. She has always been fascinated with local history and her first three novels are stories about Vancouver Island's past. Her interest in other countries and cultures, nature and animals also makes its way into her novels and short stories. Jacqueline has degrees in English literature and environmental studies. She currently lives in Burnaby, British Columbia, on the edge of a ravine with her husband, daughter, dog and two cats. For more information, visit www.jacquelinepearce.ca.

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Manga Touch 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Jane Gaitskill More than 1 year ago
I love this book because it was kinda a mix of manga and novel. I recommend this book for kids 10-whatever age
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sample was good. I muuuust get the book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My nam is jwerr
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The sample is really good, plus it's really cheap! Also, am I the only one who hates one scentance summeries?
Miyuki Drakes More than 1 year ago
I thought this was an actual manga not some random book...
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All because its called manga touch doesnt mean its a comic its a book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Check the othrer catagory of comments or read the free sample
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Manga or book?
Alani Cook More than 1 year ago
Should I REALLY get this?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got the sample and I thought it was supposed to be a comic. It was a novel instead. Please tell me if there are any comic parts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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