Natsume's Book of Friends
Volume 1Book - 2012
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Love_Legolas_111 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over
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With friends like these, enemies are overkill. R to L (Japanese Style). Takashi Natsume can see the spirits and demons that hide from the rest of humanity. He has always been set apart from other people because of his gift, drifting from relative to relative, never fitting in. Now he is a troubled high school student who has come to live in the small town where his grandmother grew up. And there he discovers that he has inherited more than just the Sight from the mysterious Reiko.
Takashi Natsume has always been able to see spirits and supernatural creatures, but they all seem to want him dead! While taking shelter in a shrine, he meets a demon named Nyanko who explains that Natsume’s grandmother also saw spirits- and trapped them by writing their names in book. Now the spirits want revenge and their freedom.
Although Nyanko is trapped in the body of a ceramic cat, he is a powerful spirit who agrees to be Natsume’s bodyguard in exchange for possession of the book after his death. Many strange spirits now appear, looking for Natume to grant them their freedom…
Grades 7+, 208 pages
Other: The spirits talking of "carousing" and drink sake (with Nyanko Sensei getting drunk). Some people may find the Eastern ideas here strange (they go against my beliefs), as the essentials to the plot are yokai, spirits, shrines, cleansing spells, monks, idols, etc.
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"When I was little, I saw a blue bird and looked it up in the field guide. I found out it was a kingfisher. Then I saw a blue animal and looked it up. I found out it didn't exist. What I see may or may not exist."