Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff

DirkLynn:  Poor Lieutenant Selim!  All he really wants is a good cup of tea and a quiet life.  But any hope of that disappears when he delivers his report on that “heathen” in Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant (First Second $15.99) “Oh jailer,” she calls, “I’m escaping.”  And when she does just that, the furious Agha orders them both killed.  And we’re off on a series of wild breathless adventures that begin with Delilah and Selim escaping in Delilah’s flying boat.

Think Indiana Jones only this swashbuckling Indie is a woman and Selim her reluctant side-kick.  The action never stops nor do the wise-cracks as this dynamic duo careen from one dangerous disaster to the next.  Selim gradually develops a taste for adventure albeit with a few winding detours along the way.  I loved this rollicking funny adventure and I loved Cliff’s fabulous richly drawn panels from the small details to those gorgeous 2-page spreads.  Dare I say this is truly a Turkish delight?

Cindy: Well, Lynn is right, this graphic novel is great fun with good storytelling and fabulous artwork. But you don’t have to believe us. Head over to Delilah Dirk’s website and see for yourself. You can read the first half of this graphic novel for free. You can also check out the Delilah Dirk Blog for Tony Cliff’s ramblings about his process, announcements of new projects, examples of his sketches, and other news. Young GN fans who aspire to create their own GNs will want to check out this blog. I learned that Lynn and I and the rest of Delilah’s fans won’t see book two for two years perhaps, but the title is set to be Delilah Dirk and the Blades of England. Meanwhile, I’m going to make a cup of tea. I have to rest up for the next adventure Lynn sucks me into.

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Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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