The One Book/One Community is a community-wide reading program focused uniting our district around one selected book. This program is aimed at introducing students at Prairie State College along with community members of District 515 to academic discourse and discussion across disciplines.
This year’s selection is the Graphic Novel, American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang, which explores race and identity in the United States through three seemingly unconnected tales. The three main characters are the Monkey King, a legendary monkey who rules over Flower-Fruit Mountain, Jin Wang, a Chinese American who is struggling to fit in with his new culture, and Danny, an all-American boy that has an obnoxious Chinese cousin Chin-Kee who visits annually. The novel progresses by switching between the three different stories while highlighting similarities thematically that pay off at the end.
Special Events will be planned throughout the course of the program. Explore the links on this webpage for up-to-date information about free events throughout the semester.
For more information on the book and ways you can participate, contact Matt Steele, (708)-709-3560 or firstname.lastname@example.org.