Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass (Paperback)

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By Mariko Tamaki, Steve Pugh (Illustrator)
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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

Description


With just five dollars and a knapsack to her name, fifteen-year-old Harleen Quinzel is sent to live in Gotham City. She's not worried, though--she's battled a lot of hard situations as a kid, and knows her determination and outspokenness will carry her through life in the most dangerous city in the world. And when Gotham's finest drag queen, Mama, takes her in, it seems like Harley has finally found a place to grow into her most "true true" with new best friend Ivy at Gotham High.

But when Mama's drag cabaret becomes the next victim in the wave of gentrification that's taking over the neighborhood, Harley gets mad. She decides to turn her anger into action and is faced with two choices: join activist Ivy, who's campaigning to make the neighborhood a better place to live, or join her anarchist friend 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 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).

Praise For…


"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


Product Details
ISBN: 9781401283292
ISBN-10: 1401283292
Publisher: DC Ink
Publication Date: September 3rd, 2019
Pages: 208
Language: English