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The Arrival by Shaun Tan
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Sep 05, 2009

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bookshelves: graphic-novel, jfiction, ya-fiction

Tan creates unique imagery that needs no words to tell the powerful story of immigrating to a new country. Even as the pictures are strange and in an unusual form, the story brings a realistic view of what it would be like trying to understand the ways of a new culture. Tan combines panel pictures and full spread views as the story progresses, showing time, details and progression, and additionally uses a sepia tone for the pictures so the images appear antique. A different kind of survival story, Tan’s novel brilliantly shows feelings of alienation and a struggle to understand and inhabit a new place. Teens that are coming to a new country, new town or even a new school will be able to relate to the story and gain a sense of optimism for surviving the change.

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