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Emiko Superstar

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A borrowed diary, a double life and identity issues fuel a teenager's quest to find herself before she cracks and commits social suicide. Watch Emi go from dull, suburban babysitter to eclectic urban art star compliments of one crazy summer.

"Author Tamaki and artist Rolston offer a light but charming fantasy for awkward girls everywhere. Emiko, a half-Japanese, half-Caucasian Canadian, is a self-described geek facing a summer of babysitting and isolation. Things change when she stumbles upon an underground performing art scene inspired by Andy Warhols Factory. She eventually takes to the stage, dressed in her grandmothers mod outfits from the 60s, and achieves minor celebrity. Soon, though, Emiko must face the troubling complexities in the lives of her new friends and the consequences of her own questionable actions.

"The book offers many of the hallmarks of female coming-of-age tales, including a sensitive romantic interest, betrayal, concern about popularity and the difficult recognition that adult life is not as black and white as one may hope. Unique and modern touches, however, help set the book apart, such as the references to Warhol, ruminations on the nature of art and a lesbian subplot. Rolstons playful, vibrant b&w illustrations bring the characters to life; in particular, Emikos sweet, expressive face conveys her wild swings of emotions as the story progresses." -- Publisher's Weekly

Winner of the 2008 Cybils Award for Best Young Adult Graphic Novel
Nominated for the 2009 Joe Shuster Award for Outstanding Artist and the Joe Shuster Comics for Kids Award

Illustrated by Steve Rolston and written by Mariko Tamaki
176 pages (146 story pages)
Black and white interior
© 2008

Book comes autographed by artist Steve Rolston

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