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This striking, full-color graphic novel follows Ichiro as he moves from New York to Japan where a shapeshifting tanuki brings him on a fantastic adventure into the mythological world of Japanese gods.

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang. Excellent for the first time Graphic Novel reader, or for Graphic Novel lovers equally. Three great stories told by a master. Sure to be a classic in time.

Sun-hee and her older brother, Tae-yul, live in Korea with their parents. Because Korea is under Japanese occupation, the children study Japanese and speak it at school. Their own language, their flag, the folktales Uncle tells them—even their names—are all part of the Korean culture that is now forbidden.

In our Graphic Novel Collection - Shattered: The Asian American Comics Anthology, A Secret Identities Book. Call number: PN6726 .S485 2012

#WBNloves: Derek Kirk Kim, Same Difference, graphic novel, Asian American, high school, crushes, coming of age, young adult, nostalgia, Cherry Garcia, letters, Korean, apologies

25 Essential Graphic Novels

Shortcomings by Adrian Tomine This is one of the best contemporary representations of the Asian-American experience around, dealing with issues of race and identity, but also just life in general. Told through the flailing relationship of cynical Ben Tanaka and his more political girlfriend Miko Hayashi, Shortcomings shows Tomine at his best. It’s also a masterful visual ode to the Bay Area and New York City, even when the two are at odds.

TEEN GRAPHIC NOVEL. Skim. Kimberly "Skim" Cameron is a 16-year-old, not-thin, Asian-American goth whose school collectively loses it when one of the popular boys kills himself. Between fighting with her "friend" Lisa who wants to be popular and fending off grief counselors who've decided she's now a suicide risk, she falls sort-of-maybe in love with Ms. Archer, her English teacher, who then abruptly resigns, leaving Skim to try to keep her head above water, against increasing emotional…

The American-born son of Vietnamese immigrants confronts the legacy of family pain predating his birth.

Sequel to Island of Thieves, this action-packed middle grade adventure novel set in India is the perfect trip for reluctant readers.