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American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
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Jul 31, 08

bookshelves: graphic-novels, young-adult
Read in December, 2007

American Born Chinese is a great argument for graphic novels as literature. I would love to see this book in an American Lit class in a high school. The narrative interweaves three stories, a heretic monkey god who wants to gain entry into the realm of heaven, the early school life of an American-born Chinese boy, and a grossly stereotyped Chinese caricature of a cousin who visits an American high school boy. This book is heavy on metaphor and would be great for a book group or class discussion. Because of the strong metaphorical comprehension needed I wouldn't recommend this to middle schoolers. It's definitely for high school young adults.

Post Script: I was just talking to a teen that said a seventh grade class read this book. I guess I didn't give the middle schoolers enough credit for being able to understand the book.
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