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Rock and Roll Love Paperback – April 2, 2007

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Grade 6–9—Sixteen-year-old Misako has been rejected by her first serious crush but is thrilled to learn that she's been accepted as an exchange student in Missouri. The Japanese teen quickly makes friends with her American "sister," Natalie, and Natalie's crew of clean-cut punk rock kids. At a concert one night, she literally runs into a cute boy, and he becomes her new, harmless obsession. In Wisconsin for a summer puppet camp, Misako goes to another concert and discovers that the performer is that same guy. Zac and Misako become friends, but Misako wants more, and her romantic feelings threaten to ruin her summer and her friendships back in Missouri, including a possible romance with an attainable boy. This stand-alone graphic novel has black-and-white graphics that resemble Marvel's "Runaways" series while the story line is reminiscent of a less violent "Boys over Flowers" series (VIZ Media). With clean text and a few fairly chaste kisses, this is a good fit for middle school libraries.—Sarah Krygier, Solano County Library, Fairfield, CA
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About the Author

Misako Takashima has an incredible personal history. She moved to the United States from Japan as a teenager. A self-taught artist who did not speak English, Misako learned it by watching reruns of the filmBack to the Future. After a long stint of unemployment and even homelessness, Misako walked into the offices ofThe Onionand charmed her way into her first job as a comic cartoonist. Her first book wasBiker Girl.Rock and Roll Loveis her second graphic novel.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (March 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786836857
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786836857
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,442,263 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gagam4trix on March 9, 2012
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The book was okay for a one volume book. It was short sweet simple and to the point, but if it was a series it could have been really good if it was more detailed.
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