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Whistle: A New Gotham City Hero
Whistle: A New Gotham City Hero | E. Lockhart
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From New York Times bestselling author E. Lockhart (Genuine Fraud, We Were Liars) and artist Manuel Preitano (The Oracle Code) comes a new Gotham City superhero in this exciting YA graphic novel. Seventeen-year-old Willow Zimmerman has something to say. When she's not on the streets advocating for her community, she's volunteering at the local pet shelter. She seeks to help all those in need, even the stray dog she's named Lebowitz that follows her around. But as much as she does for the world around her, she struggles closer to home--taking care of her mother, recently diagnosed with cancer. Her job as an adjunct professor of Jewish studies does not provide adequate health insurance--and Willow can see that time is running out. When in desperation she reconnects with her estranged "uncle" Edward, he opens the door to an easier life. Through simple jobs, such as hosting his private poker nights with Gotham City's elites, she is able to keep her family afloat--and afford critical medical treatments for her mother. Willow's family life quickly improves through the income provided by these jobs, but it comes at the cost of distancing herself from the people she truly cares about. Her time is now spent on new connections, such as biologist and teacher Pammie Isley. And when Willow and Lebowitz collide with the monstrous Killer Croc outside the local synagogue, they are both injured, only to wake up being able to understand each other. And there are other developments, too...strange ways in which they've become stronger together. Willow's activism kicks into high gear--with these powers, she can really save the world! But when Willow discovers that Edward and his friends are actually some of Gotham's most corrupt criminals, she must make a choice: remain loyal to the man who kept her family together, or use her new powers to be a voice for her community.
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GondorGirl
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E. Lockhart is here promoting her new DC graphic novel. It's the first new Jewish character that DC has introduced in over 40 years. I stopped by just before opening and picked up a copy. She also signed a couple of books I brought from home.

#MC3

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oddandbookish
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Pickpick

The storyline is interesting. Many reviewers mention the ending, in which things are not wrapped up completely. Things are left in a morally gray area so it may leave some readers unsatisfied. Personally, I was fine with the ending because it leaves open the possibility of more installments. Also, the morally gray ending was thought-provoking so I appreciated that aspect.
Full review: https://oddandbookish.wordpress.com/2021/10/01/review-whistle/

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LibrarianRyan
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Mehso-so

3 ⭐Willow Zimmerman is just a girl trying to stay safe in Down Side Gotham City. Her mom has cancer, and her mom‘s old college friend E. nIGMA has come back around after years of absence. oison Ivy and Killer Croc also have important roles. After an incident with Killer Croc, Willow has the capabilities of a dog and gives herself the superhero name of Whistle. How this makes an effective superhero, I am not quite sure.