Author: Gene Luen Yang; Illustrator: Sonny Liew
Publisher: Other First Second: 2014
Gene Luen Yang is the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and is a MacArthur Fellow, a recipient of what's popularly known as the MacArthur "Genius" Grant.
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 Gene Luen Yang, the acclaimed author of American Born Chinese, and Sonny Liew, the author of the New York Times-bestseller The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, have finally revived this character in Shadow Hero, a new graphic novel that creates an origin story for the Green Turtle.
This gorgeous, funny comics adventure for teens is a new spin on the long, rich tradition of American comics lore.
Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award, Eisner Award Nominee, Apple iBooks Best of the Year, Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award ML, ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adults, NPR Best Book of the Year, YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), Chinese American Librarians Association Best Book Award, Booklist Editors' Choice, YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults-
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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, DC’s New Super-Man series, Boxers & Saints, and the Secret Coders series. He is the first graphic novelist to be named the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.
Sonny Liew is a Malaysian-born comic artist and illustrator based in Singapore. He is the author of The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, a New York Times bestseller and the first graphic novel to win the Singapore Literature Prize. His other comics include titles for Marvel, DC, and Image. He spearheaded Liquid City, a comics anthology series featuring creators from Southeast Asia.