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Carey, Mike. Re-gifters.

CAREY, Mike. Re-gifters. Art by Sonny Liew & Marc Hempel. DC Comics. 176p. illus, c2007 9781401203719. $9.99. JS

Dik Seong Jen (Dixie to her friends) has lost her ki. The culprit is fellow martial artist Adam Heller. They practice at the same dojo, and whenever he throws her to the mat her heart skips a beat. Dixie buys Adam a Hwarang warrior statue as a birthday present; since she can't afford such an expensive gift she uses the money meant to pay the entrance fee to the annual Hapkido tournament. Dixie plans to win Adam's heart with the statue and a spot in the Hapkido tournament by beating all corners in the Street Sweep Contest (the winner automatically gets into the tournament). Unfortunately, her plan backfires: she loses the Street Sweep and Adam regifts the Hwarang statue to a girl he likes. Will Dixie ever get her ki back?

Re-Gifters is set in LA's Koreatown and reads exactly like a YA novel, with quirky characters, spot-on dialogue and a fast-paced, entertaining plot. Dixie is the very picture of a flawed heroine--likable, but with a lousy temper (at one point she even punches her best friend). My only quibble with this graphic novel is that I could have done without the cutesy chapter headings ("The David Copperfield Stuff," etc.). Re-Gifters contains mild violence (all of it related to martial arts) and one racial slur ("gook"); recommended for YA graphic novel collections, especially those that cater to girls. George Galuschak, YA Libn., Montvale PL, Montvale, NJ

J--Recommended for junior high students. The contents are of particular interest to young adolescents and their teachers.

S--Recommended for senior high school students.
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Author:Galuschak, George
Date:Jul 1, 2007
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