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Ichiro /

by Inzana, Ryan.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012Description: [275] p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 27 cm.ISBN: 9780547252698 (paper over cardboard) :; 0547252692 (paper over cardboard).Title notes: $19.99 (YA) 6-2013 (db)Subject(s): Japanese Americans -- Comic books, strips, etc | Japanese Americans -- Juvenile fiction | Monsters -- Comic books, strips, etc | Monsters -- Juvenile fiction | Grandfathers -- Comic books, strips, etc | Grandfathers -- Juvenile fiction | Japan -- Comic books, strips, etc | Japan -- Juvenile fiction | Graphic novels | Japanese Americans -- Fiction | Monsters -- Fiction | Grandfathers -- Fiction | Japan -- Fiction | Cartoons and comics | Japan -- Fiction | Fantasy comic books, strips, etc | Comic books, strips, etc | Graphic novels -- Juvenile | Fantasy comic books, strips, etc. -- Juvenile | Fantasy fiction -- JuvenileSummary: Raised by a Japanese mother in New York City, his American father killed in a war, Ichiro finds it difficult to figure out where he fits in. A trip to Japan leaves the boy with his grandfather, in a country he does not know. And one night Ichi gets dragged down a hole by a monster. When he awakens he isn't in Japan nor the mortal world. He has entered into the domain of the gods. Will Ichiro ever find a place to call home?
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

<p>Ichiro lives in New York City with his Japanese mother. His father, an American soldier, was killed in Iraq. Now, Ichi's mom has decided they should move back to Japan to live with Ichi's grandfather.<br> Grandfather becomes Ichi's tour guide, taking him to temples as well as the Hiroshima Peace Park, where Ichi starts to question the nature of war. After a supernatural encounter with the gods and creatures of Japanese mythology, Ichi must face his fears if he is to get back home. In doing so, he learns about the nature of man, of gods, and of war. He also learns there are no easy answers--for gods or men.<br></p>

$19.99 (YA) 6-2013 (db)

Raised by a Japanese mother in New York City, his American father killed in a war, Ichiro finds it difficult to figure out where he fits in. A trip to Japan leaves the boy with his grandfather, in a country he does not know. And one night Ichi gets dragged down a hole by a monster. When he awakens he isn't in Japan nor the mortal world. He has entered into the domain of the gods. Will Ichiro ever find a place to call home?

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Horn Book Review

Young Japanese American Ichiro is trying on versions of manliness, including mimicking the swagger and certainty of the U.S. military delineated in his long-dead father's army manual. When his mother brings Ichiro on an extended trip to Japan to visit her father while she pursues a new job, he feels stranded. His grandfather, a thoughtful man full of stories and myths, provides a new role model, but Ichiro's mixed-race heritage makes him feel like an outsider. Local legends take on a new kind of life when Ichiro is pulled into a supernatural journey among gods, ghosts, and demons, and he begins to realize all creatures share the flaws of arrogance and ambition. In this graphic novel, Inzana investigates the human tools of war-mongering and propaganda by interweaving mythological and historical examples. The tale smartly sheds light on the complexity of wartime by showing Japan as both aggressor and victim during World War II before delving into myth. The fluid, expressive brushwork brings the streets of New York City and mythical Japanese creatures to life, allowing the fantastical aspects to be both beautiful and vividly creepy. Mingling myth and reality is tricky: the story must resonate emotionally but still be wondrously different. Inzana deftly presents a satisfying tale that provokes questions and eschews easy answers. robin brenner (c) Copyright 2012. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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