理科準備室のヴィーナス(読みもの)

The Venus of the Science Lab

戸森しるこ 著 Text: Tomori, Shiruko

カテゴリー: Japanese Children's Booksおすすめ!日本の子どもの本読みもの/chapter books and novels

理科実験室のヴィーナス 表紙

『理科準備室のヴィーナス』(Rika junbishitsu no binasu)

中学1年生の瞳は、母親とふたり暮らしで、学校では疎外感を感じている。そんな瞳は、保健室に居合わせた理科の教師・人見先生に手当をしてもらったことから、アウトロー的なこの先生に魅了されていく。人見先生は第二理科準備室で授業のない時間を過ごすことが多く、顔がヴィーナスに似ていて、シングルマザーで幼い子どももいるらしい。そのうち瞳は、一風変わった男子の正木君も人見先生に惹かれているのに気づく。正木君と瞳は、美人でやさしく、しかも危険な匂いのするこの先生を「たったひとりの、特別な、かわりのきかない存在」だと考えて、第二理科準備室に入り浸る。性別の違うふたりの生徒と先生の、微妙なバランスの上で揺れる三角関係だ。大きな事件が起こるわけではないが、憧れに胸を焦がし、細かく揺れ動く思春期前期の子どもの心の情景を見事に描いた作品。(さくま)

出版社 講談社
初版年 2017年
ISBN 978-4-06-220634-1
ページ数 206頁
サイズ 20×14
対象年齢 12歳から
キーワード 憧憬 教師 学校

The Venus of the Science Lab

Hitomi Yuuki is in the first year at junior high. She lives with her mother, and she hardly ever sees her father since her parents divorced. She feels alienated at school. After she is tripped up in the classroom and falls, she goes to the sickroom for first aid treatment and has a conversation with the science teacher Ms. Hitomi, who happens to be there at the time. She develops a crush on the young teacher, whose surname Hitomi sounds like her own first name. Ms. Hitomi often spends time when she doesn’t have classes in the #2 Science Lab, and her face resembles Botticelli’s Venus. She is thirty-one, considerably older than student Hitomi, and is a single mother with a young child. She openly flouts school rules, eating sweets in front of her pupils, and to Hitomi she is the most beautiful, kindest, and also the most dangerous person she has ever known.
One day, Hitomi notices another boy, Masaki, staring at Ms. Hitomi. Masaki and Hitomi start spending all their time in #2 Science Lab, and both desire the teacher in slightly different ways. Nevertheless, both of them feel that she is a special, unique, and irreplaceable person in their lives. The three-way relationship between the two pupils, boy and girl, and their teacher maintains a delicate and complex balance. In the end it breaks down, but by then Hitomi has begun to think of Masaki, who is eccentric and tends to take chances, as a kindred spirit. “He was necessary in order to get close to something out of reach,” she thought.
Nothing dramatic happens in this book, but it wonderfully portrays the fluctuating emotions of children in early adolescence being consumed by longing. (Sakuma)

  • Text: Tomori, Shiruko
  • Kodansha
  • 2017
  • 206 pages
  • 20×14
  • ISBN 978-4-06-220634-1
  • Age 12 +

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