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Something Alive

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written and illustrated by Jem Yoshioka

Jem Yoshioka was born and bred in New Zealand to New Zealand-born parents, so technically she only belongs to one place. But her Japanese ancestry is a living part of her. This graphic novel, written and drawn by Jem, explores a struggle we are all familiar with: that of seeking to understand who we are and where we belong. Rich in both written and visual imagery, this text invites multiple readings. 

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Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

Learning area: English, Social Sciences

Curriculum level: 4

Reading year level: 8

Category: Non-fiction

Related titles: Listed in TSM

Topics: art, Basho, belonging, comic, culture, family, fitting in, genes, grandparents, graphic novel, haiku, heritage, identity, Japan, Japanese, managing self, mixed-race, parents, racism, symbolism

In: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

Publication date: June 2018

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