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Yen Press Middle Grade Imprint YJ Announces 4 New Books for Kids

Yen Press' middle grade imprint JY will publish novels top selling novels Phantom Thief Red, Horror Collector, Online! The Unbeatable Game, and Canine Detective Chris.

Yen Press' middle-grade imprint JY will release prose novels selected from Kadokawa's Tsubasa Bunko label, which has held the top share in children's books in Japan for the last ten years. Through this initiative, JY will capture all of the appeal that has been driving unprecedented sales and awareness for manga and light novels for the past several years and extend that to younger readers with books that have been previously unavailable in this market. The spot illustrations throughout these books will immediately interest kids who have grown up with manga and anime.

The New YJ Lineup from Yen Press

These middle-grade novels will enthrall children's imaginations and encourage reluctant young readers to engage with these creative fantasy and sci-fi stories. JY is thrilled to add these titles to its fun and varied lineup, including popular graphic novels such as Svetlana Chmakova's Berrybrook Middle School series and manga such as Little Witch Academia.

Yen Press Middle Grade Imprint YJ Announces 4 New Books for Kids
"Phantom Thief Red" cover art from YJ, Yen Press

Phantom Thief Red

Story by Shin Akigi

Illustration by Shu

"In our family, it's tradition to become a phantom thief upon turning thirteen." When Asuka and Kei's father speaks these words, their lives are forever changed. Turns out, their family is part of a worldwide network of righteous vigilantes—and now, it's their turn to join the ranks!

Phantom Thief Red will be releasing in print and digital in November 2023. With approximately 1.45 million copies sold in Japan, Phantom Thief Red is one of the most popular titles for this demographic.

Yen Press Middle Grade Imprint YJ Announces 4 New Books for Kids
"Horror Collector" cover art: JY, Yen Press

Horror Collector

Story by Midori Sato

Supervised by Norio Tsuruta

Illustration by Yon

Urban legends are supposed to be just that: legends. But a recent rash of unexplainable occurrences causes victims to start piling up. And the word is that a mysterious boy appears after each incident…

Horror Collector will be releasing in print and digital in November 2023. With 20 volumes published in Japan, this series will hook young readers on a long and mysterious journey.

Yen Press Middle Grade Imprint YJ Announces 4 New Books for Kids
"Online! The Unbeatable game" cover art: JY, Yen Press

Online! The Unbeatable Game

Story by Midori Amagaeru

Illustration by Shinichirou Otsuka

One day, high schooler Mai finds a mysterious game called Nightmare—a popular game that you have to keep playing every day, or your body will slowly start to shut down. And she's not exactly a pro gamer. Still, in the hopes of beating the game completely, she joins forces with shy Asagiri and handsome-but-difficult Sugiura to form the Nightmare Strategy Club!

Online! The Unbeatable Game will be releasing in print and digital in December 2023. The illustrations are drawn by Shinichirou Otsuka, the same artist behind the character designs and illustrations for the popular Re: ZERO light novels, one of the most iconic properties among fans of the category and within the world of anime.

Yen Press Middle Grade Imprint YJ Announces 4 New Books for Kids
"Canine Detecitive Girls" cover art: JY, Yen Press

Canine Detective Chris

Story by Tomoko Tabe

Illustration by KeG

Fifth-grader Hinata doesn't know what to expect when his grandfather brings home Chris, a former police dog who's a little bit of a scaredy-cat. One day, when they're on a walk, Chris hears a police siren and discovers a jewelry store in the neighborhood has been robbed! While the police are busy investigating, Hinata and Chris are on the case, too…!

Canine Detective Chris will be releasing in print and digital in December 2023. Reminiscent of Scooby-Doo and Adventure Time, children will easily relate to the young protagonists going on adventures and solving mysteries with their pet dog.

These novels will be priced at $8.99 USD / $11.99 CAD. Other titles selected from the Tsubasa Bunko line will join JY's lineup, with future announcements forthcoming.

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Adi TantimedhAbout Adi Tantimedh

Adi Tantimedh is a filmmaker, screenwriter and novelist. He wrote radio plays for the BBC Radio, “JLA: Age of Wonder” for DC Comics, “Blackshirt” for Moonstone Books, and “La Muse” for Big Head Press. Most recently, he wrote “Her Nightly Embrace”, “Her Beautiful Monster” and “Her Fugitive Heart”, a trilogy of novels featuring a British-Indian private eye published by Atria Books, a division Simon & Schuster.
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