About the Book
All Chloe Cho wants to be is herself. But that’s not easy when she can’t even get her parents to embrace who they are! The only one who understands is Ms. Lee, Chloe’s new Korean American teacher. For Ms. Lee’s class, Chloe finally gets to explore her family history. But what she unearths is light-years away from what she expected.
- Why does Chloe feel like an alien at school and in her town?
- In which ways does Chloe try connecting with her heritage? How have you connected with your heritage? Share an example.
- Why is Chloe so excited about her new history teacher, Ms. Lee? In which ways does Ms. Lee influence Chloe?
- Which scene from the book do you remember best? What makes it so memorable?
- Discuss Chloe’s friendship with Shelley. How does it evolve over the course of the story?
- Explain how the truth behind her parents’ heritage changes Chloe’s perception of herself. How would you feel if you were in her position?
- Chloe and Shelley work together to participate in their town’s first annual Graphic Novel-Making Contest! If you created a graphic novel with your friends, what would it be about?
- What is your family ancestry? Did your relatives emigrate from another country? If so, from where? And what was their life like there?
- Did you ever find yourself disagreeing with a character’s choice? What did they do? What would you have done differently?
- What surprised you most about the story? What did you learn from reading this book?
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