Emiko Superstar by Mariko TamakiEmiko Superstar by Mariko Tamaki

Emiko Superstar

byMariko Tamaki

Paperback | October 14, 2008

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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, in this new series written especially for girls. Young adult.
Title:Emiko SuperstarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 7.99 × 5.26 × 0.38 inPublished:October 14, 2008Publisher:DC ComicsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:140121536X

ISBN - 13:9781401215361

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible This was the second last of the 12 MINX graphic novels that I was able to track down and read. It is one of the best in the series. It is the story of a young girl who does not follow all her friends off to business camp. Who borrows the words of another woman to learn to find her own voice. Emiko is staying home this summer; she is babysitting after being fired as a whipping girl at a coffee bar. She is invited to a Freak Show at a placed called the Factory. At first she goes, but then she auditions and makes the act. Wearing some of her grandmothe's old clothes she finds a new person inside and spends the summer exploring who she really wants to be. This story is fantastic - the writing, the concept and the artwork. I reread it immediately and know I will reread it again and again. The short-lived MINX graphic novel line was supposed to feature stories about strong women and girls and be quality graphic novels for young women. I plan on keeping the whole series set aside for my daughters for when they are older, but I will probably pull this one and a few of the others out from time to time to reread.
Date published: 2011-01-26

Editorial Reviews

BOOKLIST 12/1/08Emiko's summer is one of endless babysitting until a chance encounter brings her to the Factory and its Friday-night performance-artist shows. There, she finds she can transform herself and break out of her geek bubble. This tale of art as both a liberator and a crutch has several elements that are dropped tooquickly, but on the whole it is a good story, anchored by strong, realistic art and characters fleshed out tovarying degrees. Emiko is a compelling presence with a clear voice throughout, and teen readers will bedrawn to her.