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The Magic Fish



written and illustrated by
Trung Le Nguyen

Edition
Library edition with trade jacket added
Publisher
Penguin Random House
Imprint
RH Graphic
ISBN
9781984851604

Awards and Honors
Publisher's Weekly Best Young Adult Books of 2020
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Death
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Real life isn't a fairytale.

But Tiến still enjoys reading his favorite stories with his parents from the books he borrows from the local library. It's hard enough trying to communicate with your parents as a kid, but for Tiến, he doesn't even have the right words because his parents are struggling with their English. Is there a Vietnamese word for what he's going through?

Is there a way to tell them he's gay?

A beautifully illustrated story by Trung Le Nguyen that follows a young boy as he tries to navigate life through fairytales, an instant classic that shows us how we are all connected. The Magic Fish tackles tough subjects in a way that accessible with readers of all ages, and teaches us that no matter what—we can all have our own happy endings.“Between Words and Pictures.” Bonus artwork. Full-color illustrations include traditionally illustrated and digitally illustrated pages.  

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Death

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

256

Trim Size

5 3/4" x 8 1/4"

Dewey

F

AR

3: points 1

Lexile

HL400L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Mar 2021

Book Genres

Graphic Novels, Fairy Tales/Folktales

Topics

Coming out (sexual orientation). Identity. Language. Learning English. Reading. Vietnamese Americans. Refugees. Language barriers. Fairy tales. Crushes. LGBTQ.

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Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

In this imaginative graphic novel, thirteen-year-old Vietnamese American boy Tiến and his Vietnamese-refugee seamstress mother, Hiền, have always loved stories, with the two often reading library books aloud while enjoying time together. Nguyen (a comic artist also known as Trungles) delves into the world of Vietnamese fairy tales, including “Cinderella” and “The Little Mermaid” variants. Themes from these works—parent-child struggles, unrequited love, and the timeless quest to attain one’s innermost desires, for example—are reflected in his versions of the illustrated retellings Tiến reads and in his day-to-day life at home and school, including his secret crush on a male classmate. Nguyen’s artistry radiates elegance on every page. Pastel shades of red, brown, and purple alternate to signify present, past, and imaginative plot segments. While some panels feature characters in pensive curiosity or profound melancholy, others burst with vibrancy, their exquisite portraits spanning an entire page or across multiple panels. Infused with emotional depth and integrity, this coming-of-age story broadens the range of Vietnamese American creative voices in books for young people. JERRY DEAR

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

In this imaginative graphic novel, thirteen-year-old Vietnamese American boy Tiến and his Vietnamese-refugee seamstress mother, Hiền, have always loved stories, with the two often reading library books aloud while enjoying time together. Nguyen (a comic artist also known as Trungles) delves into the world of Vietnamese fairy tales, including “Cinderella” and “The Little Mermaid” variants. Themes from these works—parent-child struggles, unrequited love, and the timeless quest to attain one’s innermost desires, for example—are reflected in his versions of the illustrated retellings Tiến reads and in his day-to-day life at home and school, including his secret crush on a male classmate. Nguyen’s artistry radiates elegance on every page. Pastel shades of red, brown, and purple alternate to signify present, past, and imaginative plot segments. While some panels feature characters in pensive curiosity or profound melancholy, others burst with vibrancy, their exquisite portraits spanning an entire page or across multiple panels. Infused with emotional depth and integrity, this coming-of-age story broadens the range of Vietnamese American creative voices in books for young people. JERRY DEAR

Grades 5-8
Graphic Novels Middle Plus
For Grades 5-8

Book-length narratives presented in comic book style, graphic novels foster both visual and verbal comprehension skills while exposing readers to interesting dialogue and satire, as well as affirming diversity.

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$242.20 per Year
Interests
Diversity,ESL,Fiction,Graphic Novels,Reluctant Readers,Transitional Readers,Funny/Humorous
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