Harleen Quinzel is 15, and just arrived in Gotham. No stranger to the nomadic life, she knows all the tricks and always watches her back. Sent to live with her grandmother, Harley finds Mama at her address instead. Mama runs the best drag show in Gotham, and takes Harley in. They even enroll her in school, where she makes a friend called Ivy and assists in protesting the boogertastic and decidedly not inclusive film club. Breaking Glass is the story of finding a home, only to realize it is under attack. Not from a penguin or cat, but one corporation and a wave of merciless gentrification. Tamaki’s Breaking Glass is both origin and anthem, the one Harley fans have waited for.— From Kids & YA Recommendations
Outspoken, rebellious, and eccentric fifteen-year-old Harleen Quinzel has five dollars to her name when she's sent to live in Gotham City. Harleen has battled a lot of hard situations as a kid, but her fortune turns when Gotham's finest drag queen, Mama, takes her in.
And at first it seems like Harleen has finally found a place to grow into her most "true true," with new best friend Ivy at Gotham High. But then Harley's fortune takes another turn when Mama's drag cabaret becomes the next victim in the wave of gentrification that's taking over the neighborhood.
Now Harleen is mad. In turning her anger into action, she is faced with two choices: join Ivy, who's campaigning to make the neighborhood a better place to live, or join The Joker, who plans to take down Gotham one corporation at a time.
From Eisner Award and Caldecott Honor-winning author Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer) and Eisner Award-nominated artist Steve Pugh (The Flintstones) comes a coming-of-age story about choices, consequences, and how a weird kid from Gotham goes about defining her world for herself.
About the Author
Mariko Tamaki is a Canadian writer living in Oakland. Works include New York Times bestseller This One Summer and Skim with Jillian Tamaki, Emiko Superstar with Steve Rolston and the YA novel (You) Set Me on Fire. This One Summer was the winner of Printz and Caldecott Honors in 2015 and received the Eisner award for Best Graphic Album (New).
"The fast-paced plot enhanced by Harley's trademark style of speech examines the impact of gentrification, and Harley’s character development follows a redemptive arc that will have readers rooting for her and her colorful family. A riotous read." —Kirkus Reviews
"Mariko Tamaki’s voice is absolute perfection in this altogether refreshing spin on a young Harleen Quinzel’s beginnings. Anchored by stunning art by Steve Pugh, readers get to revel in a Gotham City that has drag queens fighting gentrification, a familiar-named practical activist going against an all-consuming corporation, and an endearing delinquent just trying to find the fairy tale that fits her remarkable life. Shantay you stay (on my bookshelf for decades to come), Breaking Glass."
—Sina Grace, GLAAD Media Award nominated author of Iceman
"Breaking Glass is a standout achievement that demonstrates the unique blend of words, pictures, and color that comics offer. With its diverse cast and respect for the essential natures of long-beloved characters, Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass should appeal to comic book newcomers as well as longtime fans.” —Foreword Reviews
"A modern, funny, and satisfyingly fresh take on the origin of a superhero revolutionary." – School Library Journal Anna Murphy, Berkeley Carroll School, Brooklyn