Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation

Book review by Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media
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age 14+

Intense, stellar adaptation of classic sci-fi/fantasy novel.

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age 15+

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age 13+

A difficult thought-experiment, but necessary

The history of the U.S. has left Black and white people intertwined in ways that this novel makes clear through several cleverly and wisely constructed devices. Some might reduce this to animosity between Black and white, but Butler is more subtle than that. This raises stark questions -- How does the slavery era ripple through to today? Can we talk about the slave era without talking about nonconsensual sex (think about Thomas Jefferson)? High school students, especially with the guidance of a teacher, can consider this history, especially through the engaging context that Butler constructs. Re the rating "families should know": there is violence, but not "too much violence." The violence is entirely fitting given the subject matter: American slavery.

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age 15+

Excellent book that explores the harsh realities of slavery

Octavia Butler is a genius at translating the harsh realities of slavery for a modern audience. Yes, there are some mature things in this book, so I would only recommend this book for sophomores, juniors, or seniors in high school. However, kids need to learn about and understand those terrifying and dark aspects of US history.

This title has:

Educational value
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Too much violence

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For kids who love history and stories of racism and social justice

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