Posts Tagged ‘national book award’

Mini-Review: What I Saw And How I Lied

April 17, 2009

What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell

What I Saw and How I LiedIf you’re a girl in 8th grade or higher this just might be the book that you’ve been looking for. Winner of the National Book Award, What I Saw and How I Lied is a sophisticated coming-of-age mystery laced with a mix of both young love and budding adult romance. Did I mention scandal?  Readers are quickly transported by Blundell’s amazing tone to the era of the late forties, where even her brief mentions of lipstick and cigarettes paint a most vivid picture. Treat yourself to this one and then be sure to give it to your Mom AND your Grandma…it’s just that good.

-Christie

American Born Chinese

January 19, 2009

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American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

Winner of the 2007 Printz Award—an American Library Association award given to the best young adult literature of the year— and a National Book Award Finalist, Yang’s graphic novel American Born Chinese is utterly stunning. His exploration of Asian American identity blends three wildly divergent plotlines: a Chinese legend of the Monkey King –

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A realistic story of a young Asian American boy struggling to make friends and find acceptance in school –

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And a third story about an American boy painfully ashamed of his Chinese cousin, a cousin who embodies all the worst stereotypes imaginable –

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The stories are engrossing, and the way that they are deftly brought together is seamless and remarkable. The artwork is clean and deceptively simple, effectively drawing attention to the important issues Yang raises.  This book is a must-read for anyone who enjoys thought-provoking graphic novels, such as Maus or Persepolis, and a great book for all of us struggling to find our places in the world.

– Sam