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ISBN: 9781596435810
Author: Pham, Thien
Publisher: First Second
Published: December 2012
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Binding Type: Paperback
Annotation: ADULT LANGUAGE. NOT APPROPIATE FOR YOUNGER GRADES. A washed-up American football player finds a new life in sumo wrestling.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Graphic novels.
Sumo; Fiction.
Americans; Japan; Fiction.
Dewey: 741.5/952
LCCN: 2012011298
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
BISAC category:
Target Grade: 7-9
Grade level: 7-9
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 6.00" L x 0.25" W
Bargain Category: High School, Graphic Novel, Middle School, Social Issues, Sports
Grade level(s): 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q59116
Reading Level: 3.1   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 4.0
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Contributor Bio(s):

Thien Pham is a comic book and visual artist, based in the Bay Area. He is also a high school teacher. Pham illustrated Gene Luen Yang's Level Up, a YALSA Great Graphic Novel and New York Times Notable Children's Book. Sumo is his first solo work.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2012 September #3)

The dual shattered dreams of a career in the NFL and marriage to his longtime girlfriend spur burly Scott to pack up and leave behind the life he knew, opting instead for total cultural transformation as a professional sumo wrestler in training. After dying his hair black and embarking on the tradition-bound sport's rigorous physical and mental training, Scott ponders his life and the decisions he's made, all the while struggling to figure out whether he has what it takes to succeed on his new path. Bolstered by the encouragement of his no-nonsense coach and the friendship of the coach's English-speaking daughter, Scott nonetheless wrestles with self-doubt and regret, and his journey is as thoughtful and compelling as his newly chosen sport is intense and concussive. Surprisingly quiet and introspective, this effort is a pleasant surprise that moves briskly, propelled by simple, practically minimalist art that utterly charms. The ambiguous/symbolic ending may baffle some, but it's the perfect coda for a piece that so effectively fuses two quite disparate cultures, with its protagonist serving as the for that melding of East and West. (Dec.)

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