Fourth grader Sakura Kinomoto finds a strange book in her father's library -- a book made by the wizard Clow to store dangerous spirits sealed within a set of magical cards. But when Sakura opens it up, there is nothing left inside but Kero-chan, the book's cute little guardian beast-- who informs Sakura that since the Clow cards seem to have escaped while he was asleep, it's now her job to capture them!"--from the puublisher
600 pages 978-1595825223 Ages 12-17
Editor's note: Clamp is an all-female Japanese manga artist group that formed in the mid-1980s.
Fourth-grader Sakura has a magical destiny: she must capture the escaped Clow Cards and save the world from destruction! CLAMP�s classic manga series (originally published in the U.S. in a 12-volume, two-series run) is being rereleased in remastered and newly translated omnibus editions that collect three books each. This omnibus is not just longer but is also taller than the average manga, allowing a clearer view of CLAMP�s detailed artwork. Devoted fans will be thrilled with the included color illustrations from the original series and additional bonus images. Even with some very tame hints at romance (including between teachers and students), there is nothing that keeps this series from being fun for manga readers of all ages. The girl-power theme is a nice touch, but there�s enough adventure and humor for both genders to enjoy (as long as boys will look past the pink cover). Grades 3-8. --Snow Wildsmith