American Born Chinese is a graphic novel by Gene Luen Yang. It mixes a contemporary story with Chinese folklore (the Monkey King).
It is an interesting take on racism focusing on a young man who is embarrassed of his heritage, family and friends. Jin feels like he needs to be more white to attract the girl he likes.
I enjoyed the story and I think it will appeal to ages 12-15. Colourful and imaginative illustrations grab reader’s attention but it’s also a story with heart.
This book has won many awards and I think it could work for a graphic novel book club.