Himawari House - by Harmony Becker

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Suggested Age: 14-18 Years
Number of Pages: 384
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Sub-Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: First Second
Book theme: Coming of Age
Author: Harmony Becker
Language: Japanese
Street Date: November 9, 2021
TCIN: 81855166
UPC: 9781250235565
Item Number (DPCI): 247-20-6772
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported

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About the Book



"When Nao returns to Tokyo to reconnect with her Japanese heritage, she books a yearlong stay at the Himawari sharehouse. There she meets Hyejung and Tina, two other girls who came to Japan to freely forge their own paths. The trio live together, share meals, and even attend the same Japanese-language school, which results in them becoming fast friends. But will they be able to hold one another up as life tests them with new loves, old heart breaks, and the everyday challenges of being fish out of water?"--Provided by publisher.



Book Synopsis



Winner of the 2023 Asian/Pacific American Award for Young Adult Fiction Literature
Winner of the 2022 Kirkus Prize for Young Readers' Literature
A 2021 Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year
A 2021 School Library Best Books of the Year

A young adult graphic novel about three foreign exchange students and the pleasures, and difficulties, of adjusting to living in Japan.

Living in a new country is no walk in the park--Nao, Hyejung, and Tina can all attest to that. The three of them became fast friends through living together in the Himawari House in Tokyo and attending the same Japanese cram school. Nao came to Japan to reconnect with her Japanese heritage, while Hyejung and Tina came to find freedom and their own paths. Though each of them has her own motivations and challenges, they all deal with language barriers, being a fish out of water, self discovery, love, and family.



Review Quotes




"There is humor and charm in the intersection of languages and understandings. Harmony Becker's story resonates with humanity and deep wisdom. Himawari House is a tantalizing peek into the future of our global society." -- George Takei, author of New York Times-bestseller They Called Us Enemy

"Becker's art is intricate and rich at times, quick and playful at others. The story will tug at your heartstrings and make you laugh. All told, "Himawari House" will comfort young readers who are imagining their lives ahead and trigger nostalgic joy in older readers looking back." --New York Times

"This emotionally and culturally rich YA story that puts the author's range of talents on full display...adventures rendered with a masterful hand and an impressive ear for dialogue." --Washington Post

"This work exemplifies what the graphic novel format can achieve. An unforgettable story of personal growth in an exquisitely rendered setting." --Kirkus, starred review

"This lighthearted yet serious-minded journey of discovery will delight, educate, and challenge teens interested in language and cultural exploration." --School Library Journal, starred review

"[Becker] makes her stupendous solo debut in what will prove to one of the best graphic titles of the year....Audiences can expect absolute delight." --Booklist, starred review

"...An immersive graphic novel that explores cross-cultural identity and the power of language to separate and to unite." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review

"In this stunningly layered graphic novel debut, Becker crafts a warmly actualized world in which the multiplicities of diasporic Asian identity are examined and held close." --Publisher's Weekly, starred review

"Both hilarious and tender situations abound as this insightful graphic novel explores, among other topics, how language can either separate or bring people together." --Horn Book, starred review




About the Author



Harmony Becker was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the illustrator of George Takei's graphic memoir They Called Us Enemy. She currently lives in Mexico City.
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