In the second volume of Shimura Takako's superb coming-of-age story, ourtransgendered protagonists, Shuichi and Yoshino, have entered the sixth grade.Shuichi spends a precious gift of cash from his grandmother on a special presentfor himself, a purchase that triggers a chain of events in which his sisterMaho learns his secret, and Shuichi inadvertently steals the heart of a boyMaho in interested in. The "woman" who showed so much interest in Yoshino (when she was wearinga boy's school uniform) in volume one reappears with "her" boyfriend, and becomes a mentor and friend to the twochildren. And the kids go on a class trip that is a rite of passage Shuichi would rather pass up. Shuichi is called a "faggot"by another boy, and the dramatic nature in which Saori comes to Shuichi's defense leads the two to discover a sharedfondness for Anne of Green Gables . But despite his propensity to cry (a propensity noted repeatedly by his more outgoingsister), Shuichi finds strength and courage he didn't know he had. A sophisticated work translated with sophistication by veteran translator and comics scholar Matt Thorn.