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Uses figures from Greek mythology to tell modern-day story about refugees in Europe and America. Offers opportunity to discuss politics of migration and citizenship.
All kinds of people are migrants or refugees, and they should not be feared or exploited. It's possible to make a fulfilling life in a new country.
Positive Role Models
Diana finds herself cast out of Themyscira, but she has the bravery, courage, and curiosity to make a new home in New York. Cast of characters is suitably diverse -- with Polish, Greek, African, Asian, and mixed-race supporting members. There is an interracial gay couple.
Violence & Scariness
A few violent scenes in which teens are struck by adults or threatened with guns. Diana throws a picnic table and some cars into the air. Fistfights and gunplay happen at the climax. No one gets badly hurt, and the fight scenes should not be disturbing to readers of the suggested ages. The plot spotlights child trafficking, and someone mentions sexual exploitation, but no instances of exploitation are depicted.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Teen boys catcall Diana and a friend.
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Very infrequent strong language. One or two instances of "ass," "dumbass," "damn."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed chronicles the teen adventures of Diana of Themyscira as she attempts to make a home in modern-day New York. Written by Laurie Halse Anderson and illustrated by Leila del Duca, it shows a popular character in a new light. Child trafficking is part of the plot, but actual exploitation is not depicted. There are fistfights, gunplay, and the throwing of furniture and cars. Very infrequent swearing includes "ass," "dumbass," "damn." Young men catcall Diana, but she handles them easily.
Is It Any Good?
Some superheroes start fighting crime early, and this fish-out-of-water tale of an Amazonian princess in the Big Apple has charm and heart to spare. Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed by Laurie Halse Anderson and Leila del Duca portrays Diana as a boisterous, gutsy, and compassionate 16-year-old trying to figure out how the world works. Anderson devises a down-to-earth plot that plays to the protagonist's strengths but does not feel the need for giant-scale superheroics. Del Duca captures the character's beauty but also gives her a note of earthiness. Diana saves the day more than once, but she's not all-powerful in the way that the adult version of her character can sometimes seem. Suspenseful, funny, and timely, Tempest Tossed is a wild and valuable ride for newcomers and longtime fans.
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