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Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood - Online Book Club

Welcome to our online book club for grades 9 - 12! We are excited for you to join us in our discussion for Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi.

Along with a free copy of the book, you will receive a review page so you can tell us what you thought of the book! You will also receive a flyer for this website, a questions page to consider, activity pages, and an information page with cool links related to the book!

Please remember that we have a limited number of kits available, so it's first come, first served. If you have any special requests or need accommodations, please let Leanna or Amanda know!

"Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood: by Marjane Satrapi

“Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah’s regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran’s last emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country.”

All we ask is that you read the book: do as much or as little of the rest of it as you want!

More about the author, the book, and Iran:

Britannica’s page on Marjane Satrapi:

Official trailer for the animated movie version of Persepolis:

Encyclopedia Britannica’s page on the Iranian Revolution:

Marjane Satrapi’s New York Times piece “I Must Go Home to Iran Again”:

Iron Maiden’s site and Kim Wilde’s fan site (they’re both still around!):

How to Draw has some free resources on drawing comics or graphic novels:

Included as well: An Interview with Marjane activity, a criss-cross, and a recipe for homemade hot chocolate (Marjane likes it and requests chocolate from Turkey).

Like Persepolis? There’s another volume called Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return. Check it out!

We hope you enjoy these activities and cannot wait to hear what you thought of the book! We also hope you enjoyed the extra links. Remember, you can comment here on this website, email us at, or come in and turn in a physical copy!

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