The Magic Fish

The Magic Fish Review

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

  • 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...

  • Romie

    *cries in queer vietnamese*...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Anna Luce

    / / / Read more reviews on my blog / / /Once upon a time... The Magic Fish is quite possibly one of the most beautiful, poignant, and awe-inspiring graphic novels I have ever read. The story takes pl...

  • Anniek

    Please read this. It's so quietly beautiful, the text, the art, the main story and the fairytales are woven together so masterfully, it will warm your heart. It's a new favourite graphic novel for me ...

  • Emma

    4.5/5 StarsThis graphic novel was so well done, you guys! As a reader, I could truly see how much thought went into this project and it's just something amazing in my opinion. This story tackles so ma...

  • TJ

    Gosh, this book tackled so much, especially for a graphic novel— and it pulled it off so well. You don’t find many YA stories that deeply examine the adult characters as well as the teens, so this...

  • laurel [the suspected bibliophile]

    I absolutely loved this story, and the author's note at the end was brilliant. This is on the level of The Princess and the Dressmaker. The artwork is phenomenal! And that ending!It's so beautiful, an...

  • theresa

    Told through myth and reality, past and present, Trung Le Nguyen weaves a masterful tale about family, language and identity. The Magic Fish follows Tiến, a young boy with a love of stories and a se...