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Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant

By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Delightful romp has swashbuckling action, powerful female.

Book Tony Cliff Fantasy 2013
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What began as an online comic by artist Tony Cliff is now a gorgeous, matte-print graphic novel that vividly brings the adventures of Delilah Dirk to the page. With lots of explosive action and near misses illustrated in panel after panel of dark reds, golds, and blues, Cliff draws readers into the world of 1807 Turkey, when soldiers like Erdemoglu Selim -- who becomes Dirk's companion -- served at the pleasure of the sultan, and were treated poorly for the privilege.

This glimpse into history, however unrealistic with a flying boat and Dirk's ability to vanquish dozens of soldiers at a time, offers young readers a curiosity trigger, and motivated kids might do some more research on the Turkish Janissary Corp or the Ottoman Empire. Both boys and girls will get a kick out of Dirk's thirst for adventure and justice -- no matter what the stakes -- and Selim's kindness and almost supernatural ability to brew a fantastic cup of tea offers a lovely contrast to Dirk's explosiveness.

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