|In this graphic novel memoir, spunky Ozge begins with her danger-filled childhood experiences in school and her dreams of a life of adventure. Her dad expects her to be an engineer and to be predictable, but Ozge eventually listens to her own voice and dares to disappoint her parents. This engaging quick-read offers a look at life in Turkey in the 1980s and 1990s, a fascinating time in the country’s history. The art is a mix of caricatures and doodles done in watercolor and mixed media compositions made of paper, photographs, maps, infographics, ink stamps, and more. Ozge’s bold visual storytelling is a real treat. mjw|
|Title: Dare To Disappoint: Growing Up In Turkey
Author: Ozge Samanci
Illustrator: Ozge Samanci
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux, New York
Original Language: English
Paperback pages: 200
Age range: 12 up
Genre: Biography, Graphic Novel
Book setting: Turkey
Author’s ethnicity: Turkish
Author’s residence: U.S.
Illustrator’s ethnicity: Turkish
Illustrator’s residence: U.S.
Subjects: Artists, Autobiography, Comic books, Cultural heritage, Memoir, Turkey – history