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Biker Girl Paperback – June 2, 2006

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Grade 5 Up–It seems like a regular Sunday. Aki has slept in, eaten a nice breakfast with her parents, and promised to help her grandfather clean out the garage. Its there that her life changes forever. She comes upon her cousin Torus old bike, which comes alive. Aki finds herself dressed in full retro-60s biker-girl gear. It turns out that she is destined to become a bike hero like many before her, including Toru, who was killed by the leader of an evil gang. It is then up to Aki to race against the gang members, using all of her skills and the powers of her spirit bike to defeat them. Little does she know that in destroying the leader, she may also be destroying her family. The art is very cinematic and looks more cartoonish than traditional manga. Aki is a strong protagonist, and while the twist is not the most original, it still works. The plot moves quickly, there are some elements of romance with the boy next door, and the race sequences are exciting. Despite some of its darker themes, this title is, for the most part, lighthearted and fun. Its great for younger manga readers.–Melissa T. Jenvey, New York Public Library
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Gr. 5-8. In this manga-style adventure, a young girl becomes a reluctant superhero after she inherits a bike with magical powers. Aki is helping her grandfather clean the garage when she spies a dusty old bicycle. Upon touching it, she suddenly finds herself in a biker uniform, complete with helmet and goggles. She has unwittingly become the latest in a long line of family "bike heroes," the last being her cousin Toru, who died when he was run off the road by the mysterious leader of a rival bike gang. This same masked leader challenges Aki to a race, which she wins because of the legendary bike's ability to fly and transform its fenders into writhing snakes that bite and trip. She then makes peace with the rival leader (who turns out to be someone she knows) and is rewarded for her bravery with a kiss from her crush. Though predictable and silly, this fast-paced and well-executed story is nevertheless bound to be popular with middle-school fans of Chynna Clugston's Queen Bee (2005). Jennifer Hubert
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (June 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786836768
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786836765
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,559,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Misako Rocks! developed a love for comics and manga at an early age and drew her first comic at the age of 13. She moved to New York in 2001 and worked as a a puppeteer, face painter, animal balloon maker, and art teacher while still developing her own work. Her first break came when the Onion decided to use her illustrations for their now famous "Savage Love" column, which runs every week. Shortly thereafter, Misako scored a two-book deal with Hyperion, a three-book deal with Henry Holt and a writing gig for Archie comics.

Misako has been featured in many magazines and newspapers, including Elle Girl and the New York Times. The BBC, NHK and TV Asahi also featured her in a documentary about her comic book life. Recently, Misako was chosen as one of Nikkei Woman Magazine's 15 Women of the year.

Recently Misako got books deal with a Japanese publisher Meijishoin and Discover21. Also, she created a nurse manga for Medicus in Japan that is featured in over 20 magazines.

Misako currently lives in Brooklyn, New York and spends her free time riding her vintage bike, making hip hop, kissing babies, shaking hands, slam dunking and eating lots of Onigiri !!!

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By John J. Gibbs on February 12, 2015
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i can't wait until the movie comes out!!
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