Persepolis- Marjane Satrapi



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This was my second foray into graphic novels, and I think I’m becoming a fan.  While completely different than American Born Chinese, this graphic novel still held my attention.  I feel like “recent” history isn’t taught or talked about enough, so reading about the revolution in Iran was extremely interesting and informative.  I liked that though the book deals with serious issues there was still a bit of humor intertwined in the story.  I think this could be used easily in a high school English class, or in a world history course.  I’d be interested in hearing how teachers have used it, as I know many have.  

 

Award:

 2004 ALA Alex Award
 YALSA Best Books for Young Adults
Booklist Editor’s Choice for Young Adults
New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age
 School Library Journal Adult Books for Young Adults
A New York Times Notable Book
A Time Magazine “Best Comix of the Year”
A San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times Best-seller 

 

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3 Responses

  1. I haven’t used it (I teach sixth grade) but when I read this graphic novel a few years ago (it came out in two parts), I was blown away by the story and the way she uses the graphics to tell the story. This is a history that I had little knowledge about, other than the American view of the world (Iran-bad). The movie, too, was good and really captures the graphic novel (my wife didn’t like the movie so much).
    Kevin

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