Onibi: Diary of a Yokai Ghost Hunter / Atelier Sento

This graphic novel is part fantasy and part travel diary that will transport readers to the natural and supernatural worlds of Japan.  It follows the adventures of two young foreigners as they travel to a remote and mysterious corner of Japan. Along the way, they purchase an old camera that has the unique ability to capture images of Japan’s invisible spirit world. Armed with their magical camera, they explore the countryside and meet people who tell them about the forgotten ghosts, ghouls and demons who lie in wait ready to play tricks on them. These Yokai, or supernatural beings, are sometimes kind, sometimes mischievous, and sometimes downright dangerous! The photographs that are taken by the pair add a visual element at the end of each chapter. Drawn in a realistic style, these “photos,” coupled with notes about when and where the image was taken, both incorporate glowing figures signifying the Yokai and help to create a haunting experience for readers. Recommended for ages 10 and up.