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American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

Book Summary

Part realistic fiction, part fantasy, this book is the story of growing up and making choices - for good and for ill - in a graphic novel format.
American Born Chinese book cover
American Born Chinese

Book Review

This is an entertaining book that is rich with discussion opportunities about choices people make, how they define themselves, and how they treat others. Some bawdy humor makes it inappropriate for most elementary school readers. It is a unique story, yet it has a wide range of appeal.

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Identity
  • Growing Up
  • Friendships; Loyalty
  • Self-Confidence; Being Yourself

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

**Questions coming soon**

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