I love the Parasol Protectorate novels and these manga versions area a fun addition to recap the last book before starting the next novel. The storylines line up but I don't see how they can stand alone if you haven't read the novels. Interesting visualization.
This young adult novel has been a highly circulated 'guy' book for awhile so I finally picked it up and thought I'd have to slug through it. Not so. I couldn't wait to find out how Mick Johnson was going to handle the transition to high school football. The pressure from his dad, his teammates, his coach, and his gym trainer all build up to a boiling point and lead Mick to make some dangerous choices he thinks he can reverse at anytime. The stress of performing at a higher level pushes Mick to be someone he is not and he's forced to look at who he is becoming. Great read!!
I started teaching English and Spanish at Blancester in 1996. After getting my masters in Library Science, I moved into the library and I've enjoyed connecting people to books ever since!