Congratulations to ALMOST AMERICAN GIRL: An Illustrated Memoir by Robin Ha ( Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins), which has received breakout praise since its January 31st release date.

Below is a round-up of recent praise and recognition:

“In ALMOST AMERICAN GIRL, the universal language of comics connected Robin Ha to her new culture” by The Beat

“Robin Ha Traces the Immigrant Experience With Her Illustrated Memoir ALMOST AMERICAN GIRL” by The Washington City Paper

Top Ten Pick on the “2019-2020 Kid’s Winter Indie Next List” by American Booksellers Association/Bookweb:

“10 Most Anticipated Graphic Novels Of 2020 (That Aren’t About Superheroes)” by CBR:

“Episode 60: ONE CHONKY BEAUTIFUL BOOK” by Bookriot:
“What’s ahead for fans of graphic novels” by New Hampshire Union Leader

“Some graphic novels to read in 2020” by The Washington Post:

“A poignant and unvarnished depiction of immigration—both the heartache and the rewards.” – School Library Journal (starred review):

“This heartfelt memoir from an author who shares her honest, personal experiences … An insightful, moving coming-of-age tale.” – Kirkus Reviews (starred review):

“With unblinking honesty and raw vulnerability… [and] presented in full-color splendor, her energetic style mirrors the constant motion of her adolescent self, navigating the peripatetic turbulence toward adulthood.” – ALA Booklist (starred review)

“Incredibly honest, poignant, and ultimately triumphant, Almost American Girl is a treasure.” – Michael Cho, author of Shoplifter

“Touching and subtly humorous, this emotive memoir is as much about the steadfast bond between a mother and daughter as it is about the challenges of being an immigrant in America.” – Publishers Weekly (starred review)


A powerful and moving teen graphic novel memoir about immigration, belonging, and how arts can save a life—perfect for fans of American Born Chinese and Hey, Kiddo.

For as long as she can remember, it’s been Robin and her mom against the world. Growing up as the only child of a single mother in Seoul, Korea, wasn’t always easy, but it has bonded them fiercely together. So when a vacation to visit friends in Huntsville, Alabama, unexpectedly becomes a permanent relocation—following her mother’s announcement that she’s getting married—Robin is devastated. Overnight, her life changes. She is dropped into a new school where she doesn’t understand the language and struggles to keep up. She is completely cut off from her friends in Seoul and has no access to her beloved comics. At home, she doesn’t fit in with her new stepfamily, and worst of all, she is furious with the one person she is closest to—her mother. Then one day Robin’s mother enrolls her in a local comic drawing class, which opens the window to a future Robin could never have imagined.

About Robin Ha

Born in Seoul, Korea, Robin Ha grew up reading and drawing comics. At fourteen she moved to the United States. After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in illustration, she moved to New York City and started a career in the fashion industry. Her work has been published in independent comics anthologies including Secret Identities and The Strumpet, as well as in the pages of Marvel Comics and Heavy Metal Magazine. Her blog Banchan in 2 Pages features Korean recipe comics. She currently resides in Falls Church, Virginia.

Robin Ha is represented by Samantha Haywood.