Ain't Burned All the Bright

Reynolds, J.
This graphic novel is a story told through the perspective and visualizations of a teen who must navigate life in quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic. It highlights the desperate “need to breathe” as a theme through vivid descriptions, figurative language, and imagery that is rich in symbolism. Illustrating the helplessness and hope that impacted Black families and communities in the United States in the wake of the death of George Floyd, a global pandemic, and sick family members, this book also allows readers to reflect on and explore topics such as privilege and power, perspectives of minority groups, and equity and equality. Suitable in a senior secondary classroom, the resource may be appropriate as a whole-class novel study or for exploration in literature circle groups. Teachers may wish to emphasize how the novel uses concise verses and specific art techniques to create visual narratives that convey complex ideas and themes.
Arts Education
  • 10-12

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