Our new Graphic Novel Preview series invites readers to look inside graphic novels. This month, we’re highlighting Himawari House by Harmony Becker, one of our must read books of 2021. But don’t take our word for it, here’s what the trades have to say:
★ “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
Himawari House is a young adult graphic novel about three foreign exchange students and the pleasures, and difficulties, of adjusting to living in Japan. Take a look inside below and request a digital review copy!
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.