|Wonder Woman : tempest tossed|
Author: Anderson, Laurie Halse
Princess Diana of Themyscira's 16th birthday celebrations are cut short when refugees break through to her island home and she defies her Amazon elders by trying to bring the outsiders to safety, but a stormy sea sweeps her away to where she must learn to survive in a foreign world full of danger and injustice. In graphic novel format.
|Illustrator:||Del Duca, Leila|
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 05/15/2020 When raft-borne refugees are blown into Themyscira’s seas on Princess Diana’s sixteenth Born Day, she attempts to help them and is swept away from her home, unable to return. A stint in a refugee camp results in her relocation to Queens, New York, where she’s taken in by a Polish immigrant and her social justice-minded granddaughter. Anderson (Shout, 2019) has beautifully reconceived Diana’s origins, focusing on her awkward, superpower-lacking “changeling” (teenage) years and giving the character her own immigration story. As Diana learns about American (and mortal) culture, she finds much to love, even as she’s faced with challenges that will resonate with today’s teens: toxic masculinity, poverty, systemic injustice, and ultimately, a child-trafficking ring that preys upon the marginalized. Del Duca captures the delicate balance between the awkward changeling and the nascent superheroine as Diana—in jeans, a t-shirt, and Bracelets of Submission—finds power through her rage, foiling the kidnapping scheme and settling into her new home. A powerfully relevant take on an iconic character. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 06/01/2020 Gr 8 Up—Anderson and del Duca offer a grounded take on Wonder Woman, depicting her as a young woman finding herself and learning how to effect change in the world. Though being the only daughter of the queen of Themyscira Island's Amazon warriors and coming of age in a society composed solely of strong, capable adult warriors are challenging, Diana awakens on her 16th birthday finally feeling ready to become a full-fledged Amazon. But when the barrier hiding Themyscira is breached by fleeing refugees, Diana is carried away from her secluded home into the world beyond. Now, she must reckon with previously unfamiliar problems such as poverty, the human cost of war, and systemic injustice. Anderson's fish-out-of-water narrative, combined with del Duca's endearingly expressive character art, results in a likable, relatable Diana. The story touches on troubling social issues such as homelessness and human trafficking and even gestures toward some concrete responses, both individual and collective. However, rather than being a story about a superhero solving the world's problems, this is the tale of a young woman undergoing personal change and a social awakening, shaping and testing her values in an unjust society. VERDICT No prior knowledge of Diana Prince is necessary, making this a great option for those seeking an entry point into comics about Wonder Woman; it's also a fine choice for fans of activist characters or coming-of-age graphic novels.—Chuck Hodgin, Belmont Univ. Lib., Nashville - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.