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Monkey High!, Volume 1
by Shouko Akira


Overview - It's hard enough fitting in at a new school while dealing with family problems... Will Haruna remain jaded and distance herself from everyone around her? Or will Masaru win her over with his monkey magic?  Read more...

 
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Overview
It's hard enough fitting in at a new school while dealing with family problems... Will Haruna remain jaded and distance herself from everyone around her? Or will Masaru win her over with his monkey magic?

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781421515182
  • ISBN-10: 1421515180
  • Publisher: Viz Media
  • Publish Date: March 2008
  • Page Count: 183
  • Reading Level: Ages 12-17
  • Dimensions: 7.54 x 5.8 x 0.63 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.39 pounds

Series: Monkey High! #1

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 42.
  • Review Date: 2008-01-07
  • Reviewer: Staff

Can style propel well-worn subject matter into something much more substantive? Reading the first chapter of this manga brings up that question. The story of a pretty young girl named Haruna transferring to a new school starts off in a manner familiar to anyone with any experience reading fiction based on a high school setting. She doesn’t fit in with any of the established high school cliques and compares high school to a mountain populated with monkeys: both value hierarchy. What better way to illustrate the students’ hierarchy than the ever-popular idea of a high school musical? Haruna starts challenging the social system when she chooses nerdy Masaru for a role over the school’s resident lady-killer. Akira’s always attractive illustrations of teenage romance set the book apart. Scenes between Haruna and Masaru have a delicate look. There are figures in silhouette and beams of light shining through when Haruna finds herself falling for the boy she compares to a baby monkey. Despite the title, Akira never resorts to the “chibi” style. Her characters are all forceful and strong-looking. and her technical skills keep the familiar material fresh. (Mar.)

 
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