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American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
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Looking at my tags for this book, one might wonder how all of those could be in one story - realistic fiction and fantasy? But American Born Chinese has all of these elements and more, as it takes three separate, very different story lines that the author miraculously manages to weave together. The graphic novel format is perfect because the pictures and facial expressions move the stories forward in a way that is more powerful than words. The stories center on identity, and accepting who you are as you are, which is not an easy thing when your identity causes bullying, racism, and stereotyping -- and you are not only the victim but the perpetrator sometimes. There are plenty of other themes along the way about friendship, deceit, and humility, and Gene Yang brings humor and insight into what it is to be the foreigner. There are plenty of lessons to learn as a human being, so I recommend this book to middle graders and older, whether you've been the foreign one or not.
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Reading Progress

March 15, 2015 – Started Reading
March 15, 2015 – Shelved
March 16, 2015 – Finished Reading
March 18, 2015 – Shelved as: action
March 18, 2015 – Shelved as: adventure
March 18, 2015 – Shelved as: bullying
March 18, 2015 – Shelved as: education
March 18, 2015 – Shelved as: graphic-novel
March 18, 2015 – Shelved as: humor
March 18, 2015 – Shelved as: middle-grade
March 18, 2015 – Shelved as: spirituality
March 18, 2015 – Shelved as: supernatural
March 18, 2015 – Shelved as: ya
March 18, 2015 – Shelved as: issue
March 18, 2015 – Shelved as: fantasy
March 18, 2015 – Shelved as: realistic-fiction

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