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Emiko Superstar (Minx Graphic Novels)by Mariko Tamaki
Synopses & Reviews
A borrowed diary, a double life, and identity issues fuel a teenager's quest to find herself before she cracks and commits social suicide, in this new series written especially for girls. Young adult.
"Author Tamaki and artist Rolston offer a light but charming fantasy for awkward girls everywhere. Emiko, a half-Japanese, half-Caucasian Canadian, is a self-described geek facing a summer of babysitting and isolation. Things change when she stumbles upon an underground performing art scene inspired by Andy Warhol's Factory. She eventually takes to the stage, dressed in her grandmother's mod outfits from the '60s, and achieves minor celebrity. Soon, though, Emiko must face the troubling complexities in the lives of her new friends and the consequences of her own questionable actions.
The book offers many of the hallmarks of female coming-of-age tales, including a sensitive romantic interest, betrayal, concern about popularity and the difficult recognition that adult life is not as black and white as one may hope. Unique and modern touches, however, help set the book apart, such as the references to Warhol, ruminations on the nature of art and a lesbian subplot. Rolston's playful, vibrant b&w illustrations bring the characters to life; in particular, Emiko's sweet, expressive face conveys her wild swings of emotions as the story progresses." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"A charming tale of a shy babysitter looking to break out of her shell. Teenaged Emiko finds herself at a crossroads in defining her own identity....A nice story of fitting in....Nothing earth-shatteringly new here, but an inviting tale nonetheless." Kirkus
About the Author
Mariko is a Toronto writer, performer and playwright. She loves writing about hanging out, and collaborating with, amazing freaks and nerds who make art. Her previous work includes two collections of creative nonfiction and a graphic novel, Skim, about the trials of high school love (created with her cousin Jillian). When Mariko is not sitting in front of her computer she is usually zipping around the city on her scooter, Edie. Check out her website @ www.marikotamaki.com.
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