Is their secret safe?
It's autumn, and Miki Yoshida's life is finally settling into a routine. She and Hiro are spending all their time together, and Miki couldn't be happier.
There's just one problem.
Hiro's breaking all the rules to be with Miki, and the more time they spend together--and the more they fall for each other--the more there is at stake. With jealous Reika on the prowl, Miki knows they can't hide forever.
AGERANGE: Ages 12 to 18.
In the third volume of this seasonally themed quartet, the starry-eyed Miki and Hiro decide they must run away from Fukuyama in order to keep their relationship a secret. After a brash confrontation with the jealous Reika, once meek and now newly emboldened Miki stands her ground; this propels Reika to threaten to expose their secret to the Elder Deliverers. With little more than the clothes on their backs, they decide to run away to the wilderness, and stay with Yamada-san, an old friend of Hiro s. Like Reika and Hiro, Yamada was once a Deliverer, and warns that the Elders want to make an example of Hiro s defiance. Soon after they arrive at Yamada-san s, the Deliverers are hot on their trail, sending Miki and Hiro out deeper into the forest--just as autumn is coming to a close. Crilley has created a magical, windswept romance perfect for young teens, though complex enough to absorb older teens. The manga-styled art with soft gray tones and a strong emphasis on facial expressions is a perfect complement to the text, gracefully capturing the mood. Miki s character, an ultimately likeable and believable female character, has greatly evolved since her introduction in Spring from a headstrong schoolgirl who saw no need for love to a girl who falls, quite literally, head over heels for Hiro. Readers will cheer for Miki and Hiro and will be captivated to see this plucky young couple overcome the odds stacked against them. Reviewer: Jennifer Sweeney
March 2008 (Vol. 42, No.2)