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Abe Lincoln Teen Choice Book Award 2023: Almost American Girl
Learn about the nominees for the 2023 Abe Lincoln Teen Choice Book Award
It's 1983 during South Korea's Fifth Republic, a military regime that has entrenched its power through censorship, torture, and the murder of protesters. In this charged political climate a freshman named Kim Hyun Sook seeks refuge in the comfort of books. When the handsome young editor of the school newspaper invites her to his reading group, she expects to talk about Moby Dick, Hamlet, The Scarlet Letter. Instead she finds herself hiding in a basement as the youngest member of an underground banned book club, And as Hyun Sook discovers, in a totalitarian regime, the delights of discovering great works of illicit literature are quickly overshadowed by fear and violence.
Seamlessly toggling between past and present, this funny graphic memoir follows a queer Chinese American's immigration to Texas where she just wants to make the basketball team, escape Chinese school, and figure out why she is attracted to girls.
Teenage Sophia lives with her family in South America where her parents serve as foreign diplomats, but as she explores her own boundaries around honesty and deception she discovers the true nature of her parent's work.