This autobiographical graphic novel traces Marjane's childhood in revolutionary and then post-revolution Iran. Marjane's parents and their friends are activists, protesting the new religious regime and Marjane has to watch her parents fear for their safety, and some of their friends be jailed and killed for anti-government activities. The book also traces Marjane's personal struggles (some of which are unique to her religion and geography, others of which are universal), figuring out her religious views (does she want to wear the veil?), her political and socio-economic views (why doesn't their maid eat dinner at the table with them?), and her own loyalties. Told (and drawn) from the point of view of a precocious and quirky tween/teen girl, makes the Iranian revolution (and the turmoil that follows any revolution) real to young readers. The book also dabbles philosphy and religion (including Marx and Decartes). It's not critial that readers have a background in these topics, but it might inspire readers to learn more. (Note: Sequels follow Marjane after she emigrates to Europe, for her own safety).
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