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Nguyen, Trung Le - The Magic Fish

Nguyen, Trung Le - The Magic Fish

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Tiến is a young Vietnamese boy growing up in America. He loves reading fairy tales with his parents, but he often feels like he doesn't fit in with the other kids at school.

One day, Tiến finds a magic fish in the pond behind his house. The fish has the power to grant Tiến three wishes. Tiến's first wish is to be able to speak English fluently. His second wish is to be popular. But his third wish, for his parents to be happy, is the most important to him.

As Tiến learns more about himself and his family, he realizes that he doesn't need to change who he is to be happy. He is loved for who he is, and that is all that matters.


  • Family
  • Identity
  • Self-acceptance
  • Friendship

Relevant Tags:

Graphic Novel, LGBTQ+, Young Adult Fiction, Family, Identity, Self-Acceptance, Friendship, Coming-of-Age, Diversity, Representation, Asian American, Vietnamese

Immerse yourself in a heartwarming tale of self-discovery, family, and the magic of acceptance in Trung Le Nguyen's enchanting graphic novel, The Magic Fish: (A Graphic Novel). This captivating story follows Tiến, a young Vietnamese boy, as he navigates the complexities of growing up in a new culture while embracing his unique identity.

Through Tiến's journey, readers of all ages will discover the importance of self-acceptance, the power of storytelling, and the unwavering love of family. Prepare to be captivated by a story that reminds us that true happiness lies in embracing our authentic selves and cherishing the bonds that connect us.

Awards & Recognition:

  • Kirkus Reviews Starred Review
  • School Library Journal Starred Review
  • Horn Book Fanfare Review
  • Publishers Weekly Starred Review
  • Booklist Editor's Choice Review
  • The New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2020
  • American Library Association Notable Children's Book of 2021
  • Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association Asian/Pacific American Award for Children's Literature

Title: The Magic Fish: (A Graphic Novel) 

Author: Trung Le Nguyen

Genre: Graphic Novel, Fiction, LGBTQ+, Young Adult Fiction

Pages: 256

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Release Date: October 5, 2020


  • Weight: 496 grams
  • Size: 146 x 209 x 21 mm
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