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Continental Drifter

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

Continental Drifter (First Second, 2024) by Kathy MacLeod is a graphic novel that pulls on the heartstrings. It’s a very good read.

Eleven-year-old Kathy is torn between two worlds–Bangkok, Thailand where she and her family live, and Maine where the family is going for the summer. (Kathy’s been there three times.) In Thailand, she’s luk khrueng–half child, because her father is American and her mother is Thai. In rural Maine, no one looks like Kathy. She likes American pizza and southeast Asian rambutans, a spiky sweet fruit. Why is her family so different from others. Why is life so confusing? How can she fit in anywhere?

This is Kathy’s first graphic novel. You can read about her here. Make sure you read the Afterward in the book.

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12 thoughts on “Continental Drifter

  1. Graphic novel take getting used to, but they are all the rage. For young readers, they are an extension of videos & movies. If the art is strong, they are a good storytelling tool.

  2. I like the cover, the title and the sound of this story! I think it will appeal to lots of children, especially to those in similar situations. I probably won’t see it this side of the Atlantic but if I do, I will certainly pick it up. Thanks for the recommendation!

    1. It’s funny. Looking back it doesn’t even feel like I read a graphic novel. I just remember the story.

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