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Wonder Woman : tempest tossed
2020
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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. - (Baker & Taylor)

New York Times bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak, Shout) and artist Leila del Duca reimagine Wonder Woman's origins in this timely story about the refugee experience, teenage activism, and finding the love and strength to create change.

Princess Diana of Themyscira believes that her 16th birthday will be one of new beginnings--namely, acceptance into the
warrior tribe of the Amazons. But her birthday celebrations are cut short when rafts carrying refugees break through the
barrier that separates her island home from the outside world. When Diana defies the Amazons to try to bring the outsiders to safety, she finds herself swept away by the stormy sea.

Cut off from everything she's ever known, Diana herself becomes a refugee in an unfamiliar land. Now Diana must survive in the world beyond Themyscira for the first time--a world that is filled with danger and injustice unlike anything she's ever experienced. With new battles to be fought and new friends to be made, she must redefine what it means to
belong, to be an Amazon, and to make a difference.

Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed is a story about growing into your strength, fighting for justice, and finding home. - (Random House, Inc.)

Author Biography

Laurie Halse Anderson is a New York Times bestselling author known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists, and Chains was also short-listed for the United Kingdom's Carnegie medal. She was selected by the American Library Association for the Margaret A. Edwards Award for her significant contribution to young adult literature. Laurie has also been honored for her battles for intellectual freedom by the National Coalition Against Censorship and the National Council of Teachers of English. She is a member of RAINN's National Leadership Council and frequently speaks about sexual violence.

Leila del Duca is a comic book creator living in Portland, Oregon. Besides drawing Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed, she has drawn Sleepless, Shutter, and wrote Afar at Image Comics. Leila has also worked on titles such as The Wicked + The Divine, Scarlet Witch, American Vampire, and The Pantheon Project. During her spare time, she loves to make food, read, dabble in music, and do craft projects, especially during the Portland rainy months. She also loves staring off into space and considers it her favorite pasttime. - (Random House, Inc.)

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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. Grades 8-12. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

School Library Journal Reviews

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

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