Hi Everyone! Its Becky. Welcome to Mock Monday: Printz Award. For anyone not familiar with the Printz Award it is an award given by the American Library Association for the best example of teen literature from the previous year. You can find more information here. Here is my selection:
Title: Almost American Girl: An Illustrated Memoir
Author: Robin Ha
Summary: Robin Ha recounts her experiences as she and her mother immigrated from Korea in the 1990s in this graphic novel memoir. Robin is barely in her teens and she finds herself in a country where she doesn’t know anyone, she doesn’t speak the language, and she doesn’t quite fit in. Can she find her place in a world that she doesn’t understand?
Printz Consideration: Ha’s graphic novel deals with classic YA themes such as family issues, losing control of your life, and trying to fit in. However, the book makes itself relevant to today’s readers by including themes of xenophobia and racism. Ha’s journey of finding her place int he world is one that most teen readers will be able to relate to but her experiences as a Korean immigrant creates a story that acts as a mirror for Korean American teens who aren’t usually able to see themselves in books. In recent years, the Printz Committee has recognized graphic novels and Ha’s memoir may be added to that list.
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