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One Book for Teens is a companion program to One Book, One San Diego so teens and tweens can join in the reading fun too! Each year, our Children's and Young Adult Advisory Committee selects a graphic novel that relates to themes found in the adult selection. KPBS and our community partners host events throughout the fall for teens, tweens and their families.

2017 One Book for Teens Selection

"I Remember Beirut" by Zeina Abirached

Zeina Abirached, author of the award-winning graphic novel “A Game for Swallows,” returns with a powerful collection of wartime memories.

Abirached was born in Lebanon in 1981. She grew up in Beirut as fighting between Christians and Muslims divided the city streets. Follow her past cars riddled with bullet holes, into taxi cabs that travel where buses refuse to go, and on outings to collect shrapnel from the sidewalk.

With striking black-and-white artwork, Abirached recalls the details of ordinary life inside a war zone.


Past One Book for Teens Selections

"The Dumbest Idea Ever!" By Jimmy Gownley

2015 One Book For Teens Selection

Jimmy Gownley's graphic novel memoir about the "dumb" idea that changed his life forever!

What if the dumbest idea ever turned your life upside down? At thirteen, Jimmy was popular, at the top of his class, and the leading scorer on his basketball team. But all that changed when chicken pox forced him to miss the championship game. Things went from bad to worse when he got pneumonia and missed even more school. Before Jimmy knew it, his grades were sinking and nothing seemed to be going right. How did Jimmy turn things around, get back on top at school, and land a date with the cutest girl in class?

Renowned comics creator Jimmy Gownley shares his adventures as he grows from an eager-to-please boy into a teenage comic book artist. This is the real-life story of how the DUMBEST idea ever became the BEST thing that ever happened to him.

"American Born Chinese" by Gene Luen Yang

2014 One Book For Teens Selection

Gene Luen Yang is the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. “American Born Chinese” is a 2006 National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature, the winner of the 2007 Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album: New, an Eisner Award nominee for Best Coloring, a 2007 Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, and a New York Times bestseller

Jin Wang starts at a new school where he's the only Chinese-American student. When a boy from Taiwan joins his class, Jin doesn't want to be associated with an FOB like him. Jin just wants to be an all-American boy, because he's in love with an all-American girl. Danny is an all-American boy: great at basketball, popular with the girls. But his obnoxious Chinese cousin Chin-Kee's annual visit is such a disaster that it ruins Danny's reputation at school.

The Monkey King has lived for thousands of years and mastered the arts of kung fu and the heavenly disciplines. He's ready to join the ranks of the immortal gods in heaven. But there's no place in heaven for a monkey. Each of these characters cannot help himself alone, but how can they possibly help each other? They're going to have to find a way―if they want fix the disasters their lives have become.

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About One Book, One San Diego

Past One Book, One San Diego Selections

Last year we highlighted "Monstress" by Lysley Tenorio. Find out more about this book and other previous One Book selections, in our archives..

One Book, One San Diego: FAQs & Selection Criteria

One Book, One San Diego promises to be an exciting program in 2017. This article answers common questions about the program. Contact Clare Pister at cpister@kpbs.org with further questions.