The Magic Fish

The Magic Fish


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Tiến loves his family and his friends…but Tiến has a secret he's been keeping from them, and it might change everything. An amazing YA graphic novel that deals with the complexity of family and how stories can bring us together.

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?

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

Title:The Magic Fish
Edition Language:English
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    The Magic Fish Reviews

  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)

    This was such a stunning story, both in terms of the writing and illustrations! I loved seeing how the fairy tales in some ways reflected the story taking place in our main characters narratives, it w...

  • Romie

    *cries in queer vietnamese*...

  • Kai

    "Joy is a precious thing. And precious things are few. So we learn to hold on to them."This was the most amazing graphic novel. It's a fairytale retelling, a coming out story, a story about immigratio...

  • daph pink ?

    4 stars ✨ ❤️The book was breathtaking beautiful. The art and illustrations are lovely and intricate. It made me laugh and cry at the same time. It was innocent and sweet and at the same time por...

  • s.penkevich

    ‘We tell ourselves stories in order to live,’ wrote Joan Didion. Stories help us contextualize the world around us and at a young age has been shown to shape our empathy and help us grow. The Magi...

  • may ?

    it is 12pm on a Friday and here I am weeping in bed over this story... this was [clenches fist] so good4.5 stars, rtc...

  • Rae

    "It’s an old, old story. Details change. Things change. And now this story is ours. Yours and mine." I love the Grimm fairy tales, and just the original fairy tales in general (y'know, th...

  • anna ( of readsrainbow)

    rep: Vietnamese-American gay mc, Vietnamese mc, Vietnamese characters, sapphic characterstw: cannibalism, off page death, on page death, murder, blood, homophobia ARC provided by the publisher. It...

  • CW (The Quiet Pond) ?

    This is a masterpiece and I am in awe of the art, the storytelling, the tenderness, the love... I am but a potato, crying her potato eyes out over this book.I don't even think I can review this, other...

  • Steph

    when i started reading the magic fish, i was struck by the similarity between the art here and the art in my tarot deck, the star spinner tarot. then i realized the deck artist, trungles, is none othe...