Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me. In Shadow Hero (First Second, $17.99), Gene Leun Yang (American Born Chinese, Boxers and Saints) and Sonny Liew’s Sticks and Stones are tongs that literally break Hank’s bones, while he attempts to defend his dad from their extortion schemes in a 1940s Chinatown. At his mother’s insistence, he becomes a superhero who tries to bring American justice to old-world Chinese thugs, all the while attempting to keep his dignity as cops sling racist words at him. This is a classic golden-era superhero tale, with the spirit guardians of China lurking in the shadows. Ages 12-18. Emily Ellerbe

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By Gene Luen Yang, Sonny Liew (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781596436978
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Published: First Second - July 15th, 2014

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Nick Bertozzi details an epic expedition in his latest graphic novel, Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey (First Second, $16.99). Through rich artwork laced with fun and informative graphics, Bertozzi delves into the bleak, fast-paced adventures of Ernest Shackleton, one of the most notable explorers to traverse the South Pole, as he and his team members fight for survival and journey from coast to coast. Hunger, disease, and brutal weather conditions are all part of this harrowing tale, as Shackleton struggles to succeed in his lifelong goal and bring all his men back home alive. Ages 12-18. Kasie Griffitts (Available in June)

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By Nick Bertozzi, Nick Bertozzi (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781596434516
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Published: First Second - June 17th, 2014

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Illustrator Jillian Tamaki and author Mariko Tamaki have crafted a gorgeous graphic novel of adolescent summer friendship. Rose and Windy try to enjoy This One Summer (First Second, $21.99 hardback, $17.99 paperback) at Awago Beach despite the harsh realities of family life and their entry into adolescence. Thoughtful and introspective, Rose diverts her attention from her mother’s not entirely explained withdrawal from the family by observing the island’s older teens and their activities. Open, loud, and whimsical, Windy gossips with Rose about possibilities, and they try to enjoy a light-hearted summer vacation. Jillian’s artwork places you firmly into summer at the lake; dramatic and beautiful depictions of the water contrast with dynamic panels of Windy’s dancing exploits, full of movement and life. Ages 15-18. Kerri Poore

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By Jillian Tamaki (Illustrator), Mariko Tamaki
$18.99
ISBN: 9781596437746
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Published: First Second - May 6th, 2014

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