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Turning Japanese (Degrassi Extra Credit #1)

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It's the end of Ellie's senior year, and as though final exams aren't enough to worry about, she's been placed in a compromising position by one of her bosses at a comic book company. Is quitting her only option?

J.T. turns to the Internet to help cope with the recent troubles in his life. But now he spends most of his time locked in his room, and he can

Paperback, 128 pages
Published November 21st 2006 by Gallery Books
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Aug 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
I want to start off with some information that covers all 4 of the Degrassi Graphic Novels. They read just like episodes of the show, with two main plotlines. All 4 take place basically in the summer between Seasons 5 and 6 with some overlap into those 2 seasons. I'm not sure if I would suggest them for people that aren't familiar with the show, they just kind of jump in where the show left off so there isn't much framework for someone that is new to these characters.

Also, all 4 are illustrated
Jennifer Wardrip
May 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
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TURNING JAPANESE is about the kids at Degrassi High School and their personal lives. Just your basic, average teenagers. They don't have super powers and they aren't geniuses.

Ellie has a job at a comic book store and her boss is highly inappropriate with her. J.T. turns to some not-so-great things on the Internet to relieve the stress of his girlfriend (maybe it was his ex; I never did figure that out) giving their baby up for adoption.

I felt like
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
This one was my favorite of the four. Although the art wasn't that great, the storyline was the best. J.T.'s addicted to porn subplot was eh? But Ellie's sexual harassment seemed fresh and new. The books are sooo short, and the endings always seem abrupt and borderline cheesy.

Overall I enjoyed this book and the others, mostly because I'm a huge Degrassi fan. I also bought these books for super cheap :)
Rebecca McNutt
I miss the old Eighties Degrassi stuff. :(

This modern Degrassi graphic novel was like Dr. Phil turned into a comic - its not-so-subtle self help advice and large cast of kids with every issue under the sun is definitely impossible to take seriously. However, the artwork coupled with the Canadian setting was enough to make me give it at least two stars for creativity. :)
Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love Degrassi the next generation so when I saw these I had to buy them. I can't remember if this actually happened in the show or not. But it was a good message to pass into readers. Onto the next one.
May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
A great way to expand the world of Degrassi for fans. I honestly wish they had made more than just four books for "Extra Credit". And I especially enjoyed how they gave you a place that the storyline can fit in between episodes. :)
Jul 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Good for any Degrassi fan.
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Mar 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book is great I wouldn't want it to end. It would leave u wondering like that feeling u get when at the end of a book says to be continued....

It's great!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Comic book writer whose credits include the Eisner Award nominated Alison Dare, the YALSA listed Days Like This and Lola: A Ghost Story, as well as Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, Love as a Foreign Language and Teen Titans Go, which garnered him a Shuster Award.
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