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“…It’s an unashamed paean to the immigrant’s spirit, tenacity and guts, perfectly crafted for maximum effect.” –Kirkus Reviews

The Arrival

Written by Shaun Tan
Published by Arthur A. Levine Books

The Arrival is a migrant story told as a series of wordless images that might seem to come from a long forgotten time. A man leaves his wife and child in an impoverished town, seeking better prospects in an country on the other side of a vast ocean. He eventually finds himself in a bewildering city of foreign customs, peculiar animals, curious floating objects and indecipherable languages. With nothing more than a suitcase and a handful of currency, the immigrant must find a place to live, food to eat and some kind of gainful employment. He is helped along the way by sympathetic strangers, each carrying their own unspoken history: stories of struggle and survival in a world of incomprehensible violence, upheaval and hope.

Primary ISBN: 9780439895293

Available As: Hardcover
Graphic Novel, Age 09 or older

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Setting: Unspecified

Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: Immigrant

Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience

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