American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang Published September 5,…
Doesn’t the title just grab your attention?
If the title doesn’t get you, then what about this cover?
I love the colors and the parts of the story sprinkled through the hair.
I will admit, I am a sucker for covers and I do judge books by how eye-catching it is. But, I feel like I have to be this kind of reader because my sixth graders are the same way. Most are emerging readers and they are not comfortable with taking risks by reading books they may not enjoy. They usually grab the book with a cover that grabs their attention first.
Now, I should add that this book is too mature for my students. It has a lot of language and other mature content, so I would recommend this for closer to 8th grade and up.
Now onto my thoughts on the book! I devoured this read. I feel for Maisie and was reminded of Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy with the theme of body love and body positivity. I think this book is important for all to read to understand that we are all built differently and that we must both love ourselves and show ourselves kindness. We also need to show kindness to each other and be mindful of the words we use with each other. I also think it has a great message of being open with each other and not letting things become bottled up, because it will explode and the consequences can be terrible.
I want to thank Peachtree Publishing for sharing this copy with me and the rest of the Lit Review Crew. The book was published April 1, so if you are in the mood for a refreshing and inspiring read, check this one out.