From School Library Journal
Grade 6 Up–With the number of excellent manga titles on the market, it is hard to imagine an audience for this unremarkable story. It is unpolished both in plot and in dialogue. The main character, 17-year-old Jermain, is the daughter of a famous detective who was murdered when she was a child, an event that seems to have had little impact on her, except to create a desire to solve mysteries. With the two cute boys next door, both of whom are interested in her romantically, Jermain takes on solving the murder of a student and band teacher from her high school, only to discover that many of the students are being turned into mindless puppets by a sinister force. But this mystery, dark and serious in nature, takes a backseat to the real questions in Jermain's life: What should she do after she graduates, and which of the boys should she date? The story does wrap up over the course of the volume, and Misako Rocks! makes excellent use of the panels and layout for her likable, if somewhat uneven, art. Overall, there is not enough story here to draw in readers, and the execution is not strong enough to make up for that lack.–Alana Abbott, James Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford, CT
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About the Author
MISAKO ROCKS! is the creator of Biker Girl and Rock and Roll Love. A self-taught artist from a family of law-enforcement officials,Misako moved to the United States from Japan as a teenager. She now lives in Brooklyn, New York.