American Born Chinese

Book review by Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Teen confronts Asian myths, stereotypes in quest to fit in.

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 10 reviews

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age 16+

Worst Ever Not Appropriate

If I could give 0 stars I would. Chapter 3 is talking about “American Girl Bossum “. I’m disgusted teachers are having kids read this.
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age 13+

Perfect for Teaching Satire

The book is an incredible resource for teaching satire. Don't listen to the reviews about the exaggerated stereotypical Chinese figure being offensive. It's written by an Asian-American author and is completely satirical, therefore creating the positive message of not identifying Chinese people by those stereotypes, specifically in media. Adults need some more ELA education if you think that the Chin-Kee is meant to be offensive. In addition, it's a great for teens, specifically in middle school, to relate to, especially ones that may feel outcasted because of the way they look or speak. I use it as a text in my 8th grade middle school class and they can handle the sexual innuendos and the word "hell" maturely if you ask them to. Highly recommended for teens and adults alike.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
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