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by Gene Luan Yang

illustrated by Sonny Liew



/* Starred Review */ Grades 8-12- In the 1940s, the golden age of comic books, Chu Hing, a little-known Chinese  American cartoonist—very likely the first ever—created the Green Turtle, a superhero tasked with protecting China from invading Japanese  forces. Though the comic ran for only five issues, Yang uses Chu Hing’s Green Turtle as a launching pad for this story of young Hank Chu, a Chinese American teen in the 1930s who becomes a hero in his Chinatown neighborhood. In a loving spoof of classic superhero origin stories, Hank is exposed to toxic radiation, visits a mystic, and is bitten by an animal used for science experiments before simply working hard at becoming a good fighter. It isn’t until he is faced with real tragedy and inherits the wish-granting turtle spirit who lived in his father’s shadow that he becomes a real hero, the Green Turtle. There’s plenty of humor in this lively, entertaining adventure story, and it capitalizes on the dashing bravado of golden-age comics, particularly in Liew’s stylish pages, full of inky outlines and dramatic paneling. At its heart, though, this book  is a subtle comment on China’s changing cultural landscape and growing multiculturalism in America. A lovingly tongue-in-cheek homage. — Hunter, Sarah (Reviewed 06-01-2014) (Booklist, vol 110, number 19, p62)

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10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, Folklore, Graphic Novel, Identity