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The Girl Who Leapt Through Time [NOOK Book]

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The manga adaptation of the acclaimed anime film! Makoto Konno is having one of those days. While performing an errand for her mother, Makoto loses the brakes on her bike and barrels headlong down the street into an oncoming train. This would have been the capper for a horrible day, but for some reason something strange has happened. Time has suddenly stopped and moved her backward! With every successful leap Makoto somehow alters the fate of those around her and discovers the most wonderful secret in her young ...
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The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

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Overview

The manga adaptation of the acclaimed anime film! Makoto Konno is having one of those days. While performing an errand for her mother, Makoto loses the brakes on her bike and barrels headlong down the street into an oncoming train. This would have been the capper for a horrible day, but for some reason something strange has happened. Time has suddenly stopped and moved her backward! With every successful leap Makoto somehow alters the fate of those around her and discovers the most wonderful secret in her young adult life.
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"Fans of Haruki Murakami will relish this delightful collection. . . . A strange, magical journey."  —Entertainment Weekly on Salmonella Men on Planet Porno

"Iconic" — BookDragon

Children's Literature - Remy Dou
Shy and somewhat average, Kazuko finds herself as the victim of a laboratory experiment gone wrong. She realizes she has gained the ability to leap through time and space. Caught in a mind-bending quandary, Kazuko seeks to convince her school friends Kazuo and Goro of her new powers. Once they believe her, Kazuko enlists their wisdom to help catch the person who altered her life. The work was originally published in Japan in 1967, and the style also seems to have leapt through time and space, coming from an era and culture disconnected from modern Japan. Two things stand out right way: first, the characters are very different from typical western children and adults (e.g. tremendous emphasis on high school entrance exams, belief that success only comes via college degrees, emotionally weak female lead, and teachers smoking in the lounge); second, the writing is horrendously clunky. While the former issue does not degrade the story, American teenagers may have difficulty relating to its characters. Sadly, the poor writing is not so easily ignored. The dialogue and text lack both believability and maturity. While most books contain some typos or grammatical errors, this one is saturated with them. Possibly a problem with the translation, it seems no one has crosschecked the translator's work. Most surprising of all is that Tsutsui is a highly decorated author who is tremendously respected in countries around the world and has written great literary pieces. This same story has been made into a popular anime film. Yet, the English translation cannot be recommended except as an example of how not to write contemporary young adult fiction. This translation also contains an unrelated short story that suffers from the same illnesses as those of the main novel, albeit more mildly. Reviewer: Remy Dou
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846881886
  • Publisher: Alma Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 670,422
  • Age range: 12 years
  • File size: 243 KB

Meet the Author

Yasutaka Tsutsui is one of the most acclaimed science fiction writers in Japan. He has won several literary prizes and was made a Chevalier Order of Arts and Literature by the French government. His books include Hell, Salmonella Men on Planet Porno, and the manga Telepathic Wanderers.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2013

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    This book was so short yet it kept me at the edge of my seat. I am in love with anime, so I watched The Girl Who Leapt Through Time the movie; and let me tell you, I HIGHLY recommend this book, and the movie.

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