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by Mike Carey, Marc Hempel, Sonny Liew

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Publishers Weekly

Carey's (God Save the Queen) story of a young martial artist in love is funny and touching in equal parts and is carried off in fine style. Jen Dik Seong (Dixie) is Korean-American, and her outlet ishapkido, a form of martial arts that originated in Korea. She also sports a "life-threatening crush" on fellow competitor Adam, and in an effort to win his affection, she buys him an expensive statue-with the money she was supposed to use to enter the big upcoming tournament. Adam doesn't care about the statue and re-gifts it to the girl of his dreams; since she no longer has the money to buy a seat, Dixie has to get into the tournament the hard way, through open trials. Adam shows his true colors shortly before the finals, asking her to throw the match; spunky kid that she is, Dixie refuses, and with help from a "bad boy" with a heart of gold named Dillinger, regains some much-needed inner confidence. Dixie is a charming and spirited protagonist, one who often breaks narrative to address the reader ("Don't even read this chapter-please!" she exclaims several panels before getting grounded; elsewhere she fusses at a friend to get out of her caption box). Liew and Hempel's (My Faith in Frankie) artwork is angular and wiry, ethnicities hinted at but played down; fight scenes are kinetic and slightly stylized, with a touch of manga influence. Ages 12-up. (June)

Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
KLIATT - George Galuschak
Dik Seong Jen (Dixie to her friends) has lost her ki. The culprit is fellow martial artist Adam Heller. They practice at the same dojo, and whenever he throws her to the mat her heart skips a beat. Dixie buys Adam a Hwarang warrior statue as a birthday present; since she can't afford such an expensive gift she uses the money meant to pay the entrance fee to the annual Hapkido tournament. Dixie plans to win Adam's heart with the statue and a spot in the Hapkido tournament by beating all comers in the Street Sweep Contest (the winner automatically gets into the tournament). Unfortunately, her plan backfires: she loses the Street Sweep and Adam re-gifts the Hwarang statue to a girl he likes. Will Dixie ever get her ki back? Re-Gifters is set in LA's Koreatown and reads exactly like a YA novel, with quirky characters, spot-on dialogue and a fast-paced, entertaining plot. Dixie is the very picture of a flawed heroine—likable, but with a lousy temper (at one point she even punches her best friend). My only quibble with this graphic novel is that I could have done without the cutesy chapter headings ("The David Copperfield Stuff," etc.). Re-Gifters contains mild violence (all of it related to martial arts) and one racial slur ("gook"); recommended for YA graphic novel collections, especially those that cater to girls.
School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up
Jen Dik Seong, or Dixie, is having trouble getting her ki focused. Normally an outstanding hapkido student, she finds that her crush on classmate Adam is affecting her ability to fight. This is not good, as the national competition is fast approaching, and her parents expect her to do well. Spurred on by her hormones, Dixie makes a series of poor choices. She decides to spend the entry fee (which her parents have saved up to give her) on an elaborate birthday present for Adam, trusting that she will be able to win a free spot in the tournament instead. And when her best friend objects to this plan, Dixie hits her, nearly ruining their friendship. Dixie needs to figure out how to set things straight, and to see the people around her more clearly if she hopes to have any chance at the competition. This is a terrific read that features complex characters dealing with internal and external conflicts that make them believable and endearing. Lively black-and-white illustrations bring action and emotion to the story, which should appeal to martial-arts fans and anyone who has experienced the drama of high school relationships.
—Dawn RutherfordCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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DC Comics
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5.26(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
13 - 12 Years

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