Friday, February 8, 2008

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

Published in 2006. 233 pages.
2007 Printz Award Winner.

With its themes of race, identity, and self-acceptance, this graphic novel (only the second I've ever read) was a great follow-up read to the novel Nothing but the Truth (and a Few White Lies). Three separate stories that come together in the end, this is a quick read. I started it on Tuesday while sitting in the high school parking lot waiting for my daughter and finished it last night while eating an egg roll and a fortune cookie. The more I think about the book, the more I like it. Author Gene Luen Yang's discussion of the origins of the book (here) brought me nearly to tears. I think this is a book that everyone ought to read!

Cross-posted from my book blog.

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