After Hankâ€™s mother is attacked at gunpoint by a bank robber in 1940â€™s California, she becomes obsessed with one thing, and one thing onlyâ€”that nineteen year old Hank become a superhero just like the Anchor of Justice who rescued her. Except Hank had been looking forward to taking over his fatherâ€™s small Chinatown grocery store and living â€œa happy life, a fortunate life, filled with friends and Mahjong and maybe even a little whiskey.â€ But Hankâ€™s bossy mother wonâ€™t relent, making him a green superhero suit, dubbing him The Golden Man of Bravery and setting him up with kung fu lessons with Uncle Wun Too. Soon Hank is getting into the swing of things, especially after his combat training starts to kick in. But when Mock Beak, the king of organized crime in Chinatown, threatens his father and Hank tries to intervene, the results are disastrous. Maybe heâ€™s not cut out to be a superhero after all. Itâ€™s only after heâ€™s visited by the kind and ancient spirit of Turtle that Hank discovers his true calling as Green Turtle, a Chinese superhero impervious to bullets and ready to take on the entire organized crime empire known as The Tong of Sticks. He just didnâ€™t count on falling for his archenemyâ€™s beautiful daughterâ€¦ I absolutely adored this funny, big-hearted GN that melds fact, fiction and folklore into a delectable Turtle soup! The Shadow Hero is an inspired origin story based on the actual Green Turtle from the 1940’s who failed to take off because supposedly publishers at that time didn’t think that “a Chinese superhero would sell,” and wouldn’t let his creator Chu Hing give him Asian features. Click here to listen to author Gene Luen Yang explain the fascinating backstory behind Green Turtle and The Shadow Hero. Coming to a library, bookstore or e-reader near you July 2014.
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That sounds so interesting! I loved Gene Luen Yang’s Boxers & Saints, so will definitely check out The Shadow Hero!
LOVE, love, LOVE the idea of a kid who WANTS to run the grocery store!!! “Noooo! I don’t wanna be a super herooooo!” Can’t wait for this one.