American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

225x225bb.jpgAmerican Born Chinese follows the lives of three different people who stories will collide in a way you never expected. Jin Wang, a middle school Chinese-American student, faces bullying and discrimination because of his race in school. Danny, a white high school student, tries to do damage control when his cousin Chin-Kee comes for his annual visit. Lastly, the Monkey King faces several hard life lessons about what it means to be a monkey.

I really enjoyed this book. This graphic novel has a lot to say about the experiences of Chinese-American students in America today. Not only does it makes great social commentary, but it is a quick and hilarious read. The images are easy to follow along with, and they will keep you entertained. I give this book a 5 out of 5. I would highly recommend this graphic novel to all my students.

Common Sense Media: 13+ years

March Trilogy

51ZRJL8XCgL._SX340_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgThe¬†March¬†trilogy, written by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, explores the Civil Right’s movement in America through the eyes of John Lewis. This trilogy is a powerful showcase of the good, bad, and extremely ugly moments in America’s history as civilians and leaders fought for equality. Each book focuses on a different sector of events, such as the Greensboro sit-ins.

This trilogy is really wonderful. I love this current movement to put important historical events and stories into graphic novels. It makes the reading engaging, and it adds the right about of visualization. I would give these books a 5 out of 5. If you are looking to be more informed about American history, or you just want an engaging read, this one is for you.

Common Sense Media: 12+ years