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Parachute Kids: A Graphic Novel

By Amanda Nojadera, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Taiwanese siblings face racism in emotional graphic novel.

Three Taiwanese siblings facing different directions: A girl on the left carrying a suitcase. A girl in the center wearing a backpack. A boy on the right rolling his suitcase. People in the distance with luggage.

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Author Betty C. Tang tackles identity, racism, and the immigrant experience in her fast-paced and emotional graphic novel. Loosely based on her experience and her immigrant friends' stories, Tang realistically depicts the many challenges that parachute kids face while adjusting to life in another country without their parents. Being the new kid in school is hard, but even more so when you can't communicate with others. Readers will love the bright, bold colors and how Tang brilliantly uses different colored speech bubbles to indicate what language the characters are speaking. Although the end of Parachute Kids feels rushed, and Feng-Li's brother isn't allowed to share his true identity with his family, readers will appreciate how the Lin siblings come together and learn the importance of communication, perseverance, integrity, and compassion.

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