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Real life isn't a fairytale.

But Tiến still enjoys reading his favourite stories with his parents from the books he borrows from the local library. It's hard enough trying to communicate with your parents as a kid, but for Tiến, he doesn't even have the right words because his parents are struggling with their English. Is there a Vietnamese word for what he's going through?

Is there a way to tell them he's gay?

A beautifully illustrated story by Trung Le Nguyen, following a young boy as he tries to navigate life through fairytales, an instant classic that shows how we are all connected. The Magic Fish tackles tough subjects in a way that is accessible with readers of all ages, and teaches us that no matter what—we can all have our own happy endings.

Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen

  • Format: Paperback (Graphic Novel)

    ISBN: 9781984851598

    Imprint: Random House Graphic

  • “Warm, loving family and friends are a refreshing alternative to immigrant stories that focus on family problems. Beautifully illustrates how sharing old stories can be the best way to learn how to share new ones.” –Kirkus Reviews, starred review

    The magic happens here on every page, the perfection personified by debut author/artist Nguyen’s autobiographical homage to the infinite power of storytelling.” –Booklist, starred review


    Nguyen’s poignant debut captures the perspectives of, and essence of the bond between, a parent and child, proving that language—and love—can transcend words.” –Publisher’s Weekly, starred review

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