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Backlist Book of the Month: The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen

With big gifting holidays upon us, I thought it only appropriate to focus attention on a book that would make a stunning present: The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen! Published in October 2020, this graphic novel, about a Vietnamese American boy who’s feeling the struggle to communicate with his parents particularly hard when he gets set on coming out to them, is gorgeous and magical inside and out, and particularly perfect for fairy tale lovers!

Real life isn’t a fairytale.

But Tiến still enjoys reading his favorite 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?

Buy it: Bookshop | Amazon | B&N | IndieBound

Fave Five: LGBTQ Merfolk, Part II

For Part I, click here.

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen

The Deep by Rivers Solomon

The Fate of Stars by S.D. Simper

In Deeper Waters by F.T. Lukens

Bonus: Coming up in July, check out Once Stolen by D.N.Bryn, the followup to Our Bloody Pearl

Fave Five: Gay YA Graphic Novels

Flamer by Mike Curato

The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen

Fence series by C.S. Pacat, ill. by Johanna the Mad, col. by Joana LaFuente, let. by Jim Campbell

Bloom by Kevin Panetta, ill. by Savanna Ganucheau

Check, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu

Bonus: For hybrid novels, check out Draw the Line by Laurent Linn and The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson, ill. by Christine Larsen