Lizard in a Zoot Suit

  • Interest Level: Grade 7 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

Los Angeles, 1943. It’s the era of the Zoot Suit Riots, and Flaca and Cuata have a problem.

It’s bigger than being grounded by their strict mother. It’s bigger than tensions with the soldiers stationed nearby. And it’s shaped like a five-foot-tall lizard. When a lost member of an unknown underground species needs help, the sisters must scramble to keep their new friend away from a corrupt military scientist—but they’ll do it in style. Cartoonist Marco Finnegan presents Lizard in a Zoot Suit, an outrageous, historical, sci-fi graphic novel.

“[Lizard in a Zoot Suit] is both a politically charged drama and a pulpy sci-fi story all in one, and an ideal graphic novel for Young Adults.”—

“A new YA graphic novel [that] takes a moment in real world history and turns it into the basis for a thrilling adventure that is never anything less than stylish.”—The Hollywood Reporter

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Interest Level Grade 7 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Graphic Novels, Young Adult
Category Diverse Books: #OwnVoices, Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diversity
Copyright 2020
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Graphic Universe ™
Language English
Number of Pages 144
Publication Date 2020-08-04
Text Type Fiction—Science Fiction/Fantasy
BISACS YAF010030, YAF010110, YAF058190
Dewey 741.5/973
Dimensions 7 x 10
Lexile 460
Features Afterword, Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Original artwork, and Reviewed

Author, Illustrator: Marco Finnegan

Marco Finnegan is an educator by day and writes and draws comics by night. He lives in Temecula, California.


  • Excellence in Graphic Literature Award Finalist, Short-listed, 2021
  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2021