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May 2023: Almost American Girl

Order the book through your local bookstore, online, or check your local library for digital and physical loans.

Here are contextual links for the book and author.

  • “In ALMOST AMERICAN GIRL, the universal language of comics connected Robin Ha to her new culture (The Beat)

  • “Immigration as Inspiration: Who gets to be an all-American girl?” (Bitch Media)

  • “Cartoonist Robin Ha Thinks Inside the Box” (Kirkus Reviews)

  • Genre Guide: Graphic Memoirs (The Hub)

  • Autobiographical comics (Wikipedia)

Guiding questions:

  • How does Ha’s immigration experience compare to others you’ve read? If you’re an immigrant, how does it compare to your own experience?

  • What did you think of the artwork in this book? Was there anything in particular that stood out to you?

  • How did you react to Robin’s mother’s parts of this book? Did you feel like you understood the choices that she made?

  • How did you react to this depiction of a blended family?

  • Do you think that today Robin would have had the same experience when coming to a completely new culture and country? Why or why not?

  • How did you feel about where she ended the story in terms of where she was in her life at the time? Did that seem like a good way to wrap the story up?

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