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ISBN13: 9781596438132
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Lovable ne'er-do-well Delilah Dirk is an Indiana Jones for the 19th century. She has traveled to Japan, Indonesia, France, and even the New World. Using the skills she's picked up on the way, Delilah's adventures continue as she plots to rob a rich and corrupt Sultan in Constantinople. With the aid of her flying boat and her newfound friend, Selim, she evades the Sultan's guards, leaves angry pirates in the dust, and fights her way through the countryside. For Delilah, one adventure leads to the next in this thrilling and funny installment in her exciting life.
 
A little bit Tintin, a little bit Indiana Jones, Tony Cliff's Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant is a great pick for any reader looking for a smart and foolhardy heroine...and globetrotting adventures.
 
A Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of 2013
A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2013

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"Cliff pulls out all the stops for his first graphic novel, which he originally published online, pairing a wisecracking, death-defying heroine ('Guard!' she calls good-naturedly from her prison cell, 'I'm escaping') with a sensitive minor military official prone to overthinking when lightning-fast action is required ('Jump? Surely not! What about the other options? Are there any other options?'). The plot, such as it is, follows Lieutenant Selim as he is dragged willy-nilly into Delilah's life of action and danger when all he wants is a hot cup of tea; really, though, it's a vehicle for blood-pumping episodes of derring-do and heroism involving swordplay, artillery, aqueducts, piles of treasure, tyrannical Ottoman rulers, treacherous officials, and the occasional quiet idyll in Delilah's flying boat. Sunlit landscapes, candlelit interiors, and nighttime explosions give Cliff opportunities to show off his splendid draftsmanship, while the dialogue provides a constant stream of sardonic banter ('Kill me with what? That rope? You'll give me rope burns 'til I yield?'). Cliff apparently took five years to write this, but fans will hope a sequel doesn't take that long. Ages 12 — up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Tony Cliff is a contributor to the Flight series of anthologies, has been nominated for Shuster and Harvey awards, and has three times been nominated for an Eisner award. Delilah Dirk is his first published graphic novel.

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Irisa Auzareja, March 21, 2015 (view all comments by Irisa Auzareja)
I heard of this book from BookRiot and while I am not a big fan of graphic novels, I am a big fan of assertive female characters and this novel does provide that. While Delilah does show cleavage like most graphic novel females, it is rather entertaining to read Selim's comment on that. I enjoyed the personalities that Cliff brought out in the facial expressions. And comments such as "one very large Mongolian man with a large sword, a small brain, and a bad temper." add to the entertainment value of this graphic and make me reconsider my initial reticence towards them.
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Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com, September 12, 2013 (view all comments by Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com)
Selim is a lieutenant in the sultan’s army in early 1800s Constantinople. He lives a quiet, simple life until the day Delilah Dirk shows up in the sultan’s dungeon. While questioning her he discovers she claims to be a fearsome fighter, with deeds to her credit around the world. When she escapes, the sultan believes Selim had something to do with it, and he orders them both to be killed. Delilah frees Selilm and takes him along on her adventures.

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant, a graphic novel by Tony Cliff, mixes humor and adventure as it follows the two main characters on their exploits around the sultan’s empire and beyond. Delilah is fearless while Selim is a bit bumbling and overly trusting. But Delilah thinks he makes the best tea in the world, and that is her excuse for bringing him along with her. As they get to know each other their friendship deepens even as Selim’s skills grow. When faced with the opportunity to return to his quiet life, he must decide what is more important to him.

Cliff’s illustrations portray Delilah as carefree, confident and capable. She and Selim are both likable in different ways, and the places they travel are exotic. It’s fun to follow along as they get into and out of trouble again and again

The publisher provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781596438132
Author:
Cliff, Tony
Publisher:
First Second
Subject:
Comics & Graphic Novels
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Subject:
Children s-General
Edition Description:
Graphic Novels
Publication Date:
20130831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full-color throughout
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.5 x 6 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 12 up to 17

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Cliff pulls out all the stops for his first graphic novel, which he originally published online, pairing a wisecracking, death-defying heroine ('Guard!' she calls good-naturedly from her prison cell, 'I'm escaping') with a sensitive minor military official prone to overthinking when lightning-fast action is required ('Jump? Surely not! What about the other options? Are there any other options?'). The plot, such as it is, follows Lieutenant Selim as he is dragged willy-nilly into Delilah's life of action and danger when all he wants is a hot cup of tea; really, though, it's a vehicle for blood-pumping episodes of derring-do and heroism involving swordplay, artillery, aqueducts, piles of treasure, tyrannical Ottoman rulers, treacherous officials, and the occasional quiet idyll in Delilah's flying boat. Sunlit landscapes, candlelit interiors, and nighttime explosions give Cliff opportunities to show off his splendid draftsmanship, while the dialogue provides a constant stream of sardonic banter ('Kill me with what? That rope? You'll give me rope burns 'til I yield?'). Cliff apparently took five years to write this, but fans will hope a sequel doesn't take that long. Ages 12 — up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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