Monday, May 14, 2012

The Kite Runner Graphic Novel

The Kite Runner is a powerful story about the friendship between Amir and Hassan, two very different boys, growing up together in Kabul in the 1970s.  Hassan was the son of Amir’s father’s servant.  Even though he was illiterate and poor, Hassan was a true best friend to Amir.And he was an amazing kite runner.   He always defended Amir, encouraged him and never resented his family’s wealth and position in society.  But when something horrible happens to Hassan, Amir turns his back on his friend.

The Kite Runner has touched millions of readers through its story of two boyhood friends torn apart by situation and war.   The original novel is such a deep exploration of loyalty, betrayal, and redemption , that I really wondered if this format would work. 

 I think this adaptation makes it more accessible for struggling readers, and it does cover all of the important pieces of the plot.  Even though there isn’t enough room to really illustrate the depth of the characters, the framework for discussion is there.  I read the original story and loved it.  This graphic novel reminded me about all of the parts I loved in the novel.  And I really liked the illustrations. 
I think this graphic novel deserves a place in all high school libraries.

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