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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 112
Themes: manga, Japanese culture, fitting in
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/Sep/2010
Fry Reading Level: 4.5
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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.

Also available in French.

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"This is another excellent title in a superb series for older students with low reading skills."
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"Readers will easily identify with fish-out-of-water Dana, and travel-minded teens will appreciate the tourist's-eye view of Japan."

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CCBC Best Books starred selection  | 2008 | Commended
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