I teach English in China to elementary and middle-school kids. I have a group of students who have already learned English for 4-6 years. Now that they have a good foundation, I'm looking for reading material that appeals to them and is engaging. I'm hoping that the avid readers here could recommend a series of graphic novels that are:
- Interesting to kids aged 10 to 14
- Not too bloody
- Not sexual, but can be romantic
- At least somewhat popular with girls (as the great majority of my students are girls)
- Translated well
Since my students are intermediate speakers, I'm not worried about the difficulty of the language that appears in the story. Right now, I'm leaning toward One Piece.
On a side note, I'm quite optimistic about using manga in the classroom - the stories are very engaging, and the abundance of pictures can be used in many useful language activities. Also, if the stories are translated well there would be a lot of useful spoken English that would appear. However, parents (my customers) need to be persuaded about their feasibility in the classroom.