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The Shadow Hero

The Shadow Hero

The Shadow Hero

written by Gene Luen Yang; illustrated by Sonny Liew

First Second

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On Sale: 07/15/2014

ISBN: 9781466858657

176 Pages, Ages 12-18

In the comics boom of the 1940s, a legend was born: the Green Turtle. He solved crimes and fought injustice just like the other comics characters. But this mysterious masked crusader was hiding something more than your run-of-the-mill secret identity... The Green Turtle was the first Asian American super hero.

The comic had a short run before lapsing into obscurity, but the acclaimed author of American Born Chinese, Gene Luen Yang, has finally revived this character in Shadow Hero, a new graphic novel that creates an origin story for the Green Turtle.
With artwork by Sonny Liew, this gorgeous, funny comics adventure for teens is a new spin on the long, rich tradition of American comics lore.

Chinese American Librarians Association Best Book Award, Booklist Editors' Choice, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), Eisner Award Nominee, Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award, YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award ML, ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adults, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Apple iBooks Best of the Year, YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens, NPR Best Book of the Year

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In the comics boom of the 1940s, a legend was born: the Green Turtle. But this mysterious masked crusader was hiding something more than your run-of-the-mill secret identity . . . The Green Turtle was the first Asian American superhero. The original Green Turtle comic only had a short run, but now Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew revived the character, creating an origin story for a forgotten hero.

Praise for The Shadow Hero

“*Yang and Liew reinvent this character in a brilliant homage that finally allows the Green Turtle to get his long overdue face time.” —BCCB, STARRED REVIEW on The Shadow Hero

“*There's plenty of humor in this lively, entertaining adventure story . . . At its heart, though, this book is a subtle comment on China's changing cultural landscape and growing multiculturism in America. A lovingly tongue-in-cheek homage.” —Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

“The insight into Chinese mafia and 1940s American superhero comic book culture is wonderful.” —VOYA

“Award-winning author Yang and artist Liew tackle a lesser-known aspect of history, breathing new life into the Green Turtle, a 1940s comic book hero . . . A creative take on the superhero genre.” —School Library Journal

“Abundant humor, strong characters and cracking good action.” —The Horn Book

“A golden-age comic superhero returns with a brand new Asian-American origin story . . . An entertaining and intelligent response to classic superhero stories.” —Kirkus Reviews

STARRED REVIEW: Racism, romance, humor, and identity all play important roles in Yang and Liew's evocation of Hank's life in pre-WWII San Francisco as they create an origin story that blends classic comics conventions with a distinctly Chinese perspective.” —Publishers Weekly

“Read this, and come away shaking.” —Newbery Honor-winning author Gary Schmidt on Boxers & Saints

“Masterful.” —Dave Eggers on Boxers & Saints

“Remarkable.” —The New York Times o… More…

“*Yang and Liew reinvent this character in a brilliant homage that finally allows the Green Turtle to get his long overdue face time.” —BCCB, STARRED REVIEW on The Shadow Hero

“*There's plenty of humor in this lively, entertaining adventure story . . . At its heart, though, this book is a subtle comment on China's changing cultural landscape and growing multiculturism in America. A lovingly tongue-in-cheek homage.” —Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

“The insight into Chinese mafia and 1940s American superhero comic book culture is wonderful.” —VOYA

“Award-winning author Yang and artist Liew tackle a lesser-known aspect of history, breathing new life into the Green Turtle, a 1940s comic book hero . . . A creative take on the superhero genre.” —School Library Journal

“Abundant humor, strong characters and cracking good action.” —The Horn Book

“A golden-age comic superhero returns with a brand new Asian-American origin story . . . An entertaining and intelligent response to classic superhero stories.” —Kirkus Reviews

STARRED REVIEW: Racism, romance, humor, and identity all play important roles in Yang and Liew's evocation of Hank's life in pre-WWII San Francisco as they create an origin story that blends classic comics conventions with a distinctly Chinese perspective.” —Publishers Weekly

“Read this, and come away shaking.” —Newbery Honor-winning author Gary Schmidt on Boxers & Saints

“Masterful.” —Dave Eggers on Boxers & Saints

“Remarkable.” —The New York Times on Boxers & Saints

“At once humorous and heartbreaking.” —The LA Times on Boxers & Saints

“Epic.” —The Washington Post on Boxers & Saints

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written by Gene Luen Yang; illustrated by Sonny Liew

Gene Luen Yang's first book with First Second, American Born Chinese, is now in print in over ten languages and was a National Book Award finalist and winner of the Printz Award. Yang's other works include the popular comics adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender, and the New York Times Best-Selling graphic novel diptych Boxers & Saints. The Shadow Hero, the story of the first Asian-American superhero, is his most recent graphic novel.

Sonny Liew is a Malaysian-born comic artist and illustrator based in Singapore. He is best known for his work on Vertigo's My Faith in Frankie together with Mike Carey and Marc Hempel, and Marvel's adaptation of Sense and Sensibility. The Shadow Hero, a graphic novel written by Gene Luen Yang, is his most recent work.

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