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Young Adult Fiction 139
beautifully done graphic novel
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
WONDER WOMAN: TEMPEST TOSSED is a fantastic new story featuring Diana coming into her own. She has been raised among the Amazons, always feeling a bit different as the only Changeling. Now, she is 16, and she is excited to enter the world as an adult. On her Born Day, the barrier holes accidentally let in some people and children who are fleeing wars. Diana cannot simply allow them to drown as the other Amazons are doing, and she goes to save them from the ocean. When she does so, the barrier is repaired, and then she is unable to go home.

She continues on with the refugees to a camp, where she witnesses the difficulties they face. When an American diplomat and doctor take notice of her and her skills with language, they offer to bring her back to the US where she can study and one day help the refugees. In the US, Diana feels a little lost, but Raissa, a teen with whom she lives, shows her how to help the homeless and the children who need food. Diana begins to again find her way. However, children are going missing due to trafficking, and Diana may get pulled into the fray.

What I loved: This book deals with some heavy topics, like refugees, the immigrant experience, child trafficking, and homelessness in a really unique way- through Diana's eyes, as someone who has only known peace and harmony. She explains these issues in ways that are different and really poignant, as well as expressing the need for activism and change.

We also witness her personal struggles with identity and growing up that will speak to teenagers who are growing into adulthood but have not yet reached it. Her journey is also touched by the goddesses who created the Amazons, and it was lovely to see their connections to Diana throughout as they appear in spirit form to connect with Diana in the world.

The illustrations are really lovely and descriptive, and the text is carefully chosen to clearly impart messages without being confusing or overloading. This graphic novel is really fantastically done from both the writing and illustration perspectives. This is definitely one I would love to see continued.

Final verdict: Tackling critical issues head-on, TEMPEST TOSSED is a beautifully composed graphic novel about finding yourself, coming into your strength, and making a difference. Diana's story will speak to readers of all ages in its universality of experience and truths.
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