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Now in translation for the first time (Takami Nieda), the award-winning debut that broke literary ground in Japan explores diaspora, prejudice, and the complexities of a teen girl’s experience growing up as a Zainichi Korean, reminiscent of Min Jin Lee’s classic Pachinko and Sandra Cisneros’sThe House on Mango Street.
“It’s hard to imagine a world where Banned Book Club could be more relevant than it is right now. The graphic novel revolves around a group of young people who meet to read and discuss books banned by their government. It’s set in South Korea in the early 1980s, a time that most Americans are entirely ignorant of but may find upsettingly familiar.” —AV Club
“Debut author Park’s well-written title slyly infuses what seems like a typical teen romantic comedy with thoughtful treatment of diversity, micro-aggressions, classism and class struggles, immigration, and privilege while capturing the sweetness of two nerds falling for each other… A charming, thoughtful portrayal of complex teen relationships.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Rousing and truthful…Rich is real with readers in a way that’s refreshing…A smart tool to fight inequity.” (Booklist) … “An inspiring and practical handbook for meaningful resistance…Girls Resist! walks teens through the nitty-gritty of running a campaign, protesting a policy, or helping to get out the vote.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)