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Persepolis: The Story of Childhood

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood - Marjane Satrapi, Mattias Ripa, Blake Ferris

Persepolis is the powerful story of the author's childhood in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. Satrapi tells her story in black and white comic form, and the single-color graphics make the story stronger.

 

As a descendant of the former emperor of Iran, Satrapi's family was wealthy: she attended a French school, her father drove a Cadillac, they had parties and a house. They also had relatives in jail (which she did not know as a child), and were fully expected to comply with all Islamic Revolution laws. She witnessed friends and family fleeing the country, bombings in the war with Iraq, demonstrations, and restrictions on education, parties, clothing, etc.

 

This is well-told and the graphic style is well suited to tell the story. Very accessible for middle and high schoolers.