Sand Chronicles, Volume 1

Sand Chronicles, Volume 1

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by Hinako Ashihara
     
 

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After her parents get divorced, Ann Uekusa and her mother move from Tokyo to rural Shimane. Accustomed to the anonymity of city living, Ann can't get used to the almost overbearing kindness of the people in her mother's hometown. But when personal tragedy strikes, Ann discovers how much she needs that kindness.

Overview

After her parents get divorced, Ann Uekusa and her mother move from Tokyo to rural Shimane. Accustomed to the anonymity of city living, Ann can't get used to the almost overbearing kindness of the people in her mother's hometown. But when personal tragedy strikes, Ann discovers how much she needs that kindness.

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Library Journal

In this standout shojo manga, 12-year-old Ann Uekusa and her mother have been abandoned by Ann's debt-ridden father and forced to move from Tokyo to Ann's grandparents' home in Shimane. At first, Ann feels both oppressed by her mean grandmother and totally out of place in a small town, but once she makes some friends she adapts quickly. When her disillusioned and demoralized mother commits suicide, Ann leans on Daigo, the first boy her own age that she met in Shimane, and their budding romance becomes the story's focus. The book's second half jumps ahead 18 months to a summer camp where Ann deals with a rival scheming for Daigo's affections. Ashihara deals sensitively with her characters' emotions, giving the book a measure of depth and subtlety amid the expected shojo elements (expressionistic backgrounds, romantic complications, and occasional silly bits of business). Her artwork has improved markedly since her earlier series Forbidden Dance, with more delicate lines and more attractive, better-proportioned figures. Rated for older teens by Viz (a subplot concerns Ann's period, and there's one sexual situation involving adults), this ten-volume, true-to-life series is recommended for all collections.
—Martha Cornog

School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up

After her parents' divorce, 12-year-old Ann and her mother move from Tokyo to the country to live with her grandmother. Shortly thereafter Ann's mother, plagued by depression and a drinking problem, kills herself. Ann finds comfort in her new friends Fuji and Daigo. By age 14, she has developed a huge crush on Daigo and become closer to Fuji, who has caught his philandering mother with another man. The teen worries about her period, which stopped right after her mother died. This is a sensitive story about the passing of time and the many rites of passage of adolescence. The characters are drawn with flowing lines and luminous eyes, adding to the book's wistful, contemplative tone.-Lisa Goldstein, Brooklyn Public Library, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781421514772
Publisher:
VIZ Media LLC
Publication date:
01/28/2008
Series:
Sand Chronicles Series , #1
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
561,718
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
13 Years

Meet the Author


Hinako Ashihara won the 50th Shogakukan Manga Award for
Sunadokei (Sand Chronicles). She debuted with Sono hanashi okotowari shimasu in Bessatsu Shojo Comics in 1994. Her other works include SOS, Forbidden Dance, Ten-nen Bitter Chocolate.

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Sand Chronicles, Volume 1 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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It starts off sad (no spoilers) but as the story progresses (did I spell that right?) it gets really cute though through out the entire thing you want her to freaking make up her mind! (You'll get it if you read it)
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I personally loved this book! just picked up vol. 3 today and im excited to see what happens next in the story line. And, YES! just so you know, its a drama =)