What I really wanted to post about today is manga. I am starting my third year as the library media specialist (fancy talk for librarian) in a middle school with grades 7 and 8. The previous librarians made a great start to our graphic novel/manga collection but it's become more popular recently. When manga first started getting "popular" I wasn't so sure about it. However, recently I've found that I really enjoy these books. Fruits Basket was the first series I read. I couldn't wait for the volumes to come in through interlibrary loan. I've also really enjoyed Marmalade Boy, Bleach, Vampire Knight, Peach Girl, Land of the Blindfolded, and others.
Now I guess what I really need are ideas. What are some series or stand alone titles that I can order for 7th and 8th grades? I am having a hard time finding appropriate and interesting titles. I also know that there are some series that start off being alright but as they advance the content changes and they may no longer be "appropriate."
I am also just looking for ideas on which titles I should read next. I want to learn more and become more familiar with these books. HELP!!!! Thanks :)