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Messy Roots: A Graphic Memoir of a Wuhanese American



written and illustrated by
Laura Gao

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
HarperCollins
Imprint
Balzer + Bray
ISBN
9780063067776
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Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism , Discrimination: Xenophobia , Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes , Language: Strong Language , Discrimination: Sexuality , Language: Infrequent Use
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An insightful and hilarious graphic memoir of a queer Chinese-American immigrant, from debut author-illustrator Laura Gao.

After spending her early years in Wuhan, China, riding water buffalos and devouring stinky tofu, Laura immigrates to Texas where her hometown is as foreign as Mars — at least until 2020, when COVID-19 made Wuhan a household name.

In Messy Roots, Laura illustrates her coming-of-age as a girl who simply wants to make the basketball team, escape Chinese school, and figure out why girls make her heart flutter.

Toggling seamlessly between past and present, China and America, Gao’s debut is a tour de force of graphic storytelling.

Full-color illustrations. 

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism , Discrimination: Xenophobia , Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes , Language: Strong Language , Discrimination: Sexuality , Language: Infrequent Use

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

272

Trim Size

9" x 6"

Dewey

B

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jun 2022

Book Genres

Autobiography/Biography, Graphic Novels

Topics

Coming of age. Chinese Americans. Immigration and emigration. First-generation Americans. Texas. Wuhan, China. Basketball. Siblings. Cousins. Family. Schools. Dating (social customs). LGBTQ. College. Young adulthood. COVID-19.

 


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