Search Results: "Gene Luen Yang"


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BOXERS & SAINTS by Gene Luen Yang
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"This tour de force fearlessly asks big questions about culture, faith, and identity and refuses to offer simple answers. (bibliography) (Graphic historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Printz Award winner Yang's ambitious two-volume graphic novel follows the intertwined lives of two young people on opposite sides of the turn-of-the-20th-century Boxer Rebellion. Read full book review >

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SECRET CODERS by Gene Luen Yang
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Despite the frustrating lack of conclusion, the friendly art and nifty concept will leave readers eager for the next book, which should be able to get off to a rocketing start. (Graphic mystery. 8-14)"
Hopper's first day at Stately Academy goes terribly until her "7"-shaped earrings trigger a code in a robot bird, commanding it to display three eyes. Read full book review >

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THE SHADOW HERO by Gene Luen Yang
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: July 15, 2014

"An entertaining and intelligent response to classic superhero stories. (author's note, original comic) (Graphic adventure. 12 & up)"
A golden-age comic superhero returns with a brand-new Asian-American origin story. Read full book review >

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LEVEL UP by Gene Luen Yang
FICTION
Released: June 7, 2011

"A piquant, multilayered coming-of-age fable for the wired generation. (Graphic novel. 10 & up)"
Amy Chua's Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother describes high-pressure parenting to produce high achievers; Yang explores the other side of the equation. Read full book review >

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ROBOTS & REPEATS by Gene Luen Yang
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Cool coding and forward plot motion keep this series humming. (Graphic science fiction. 8-14)"
The coding heroes are in a vulnerable position after Secrets & Sequences (2017). Read full book review >

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PATHS & PORTALS by Gene Luen Yang
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Between the creativity-encouraging coding lessons and the character-driven plotlines, this sequel charms from PenDown to PenUp. (Graphic fiction. 8-14)"
Following Secret Coders (2015), Hopper, Josh, and Eni unlock more of Stately Academy's secrets—but they learn they aren't the only ones doing so. Read full book review >

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SECRETS & SEQUENCES by Gene Luen Yang
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2017

"Nearly every element (especially the bad guys) escalates wildly and successfully in this nifty comp-sci romp. (Graphic science fiction. 8-14)"
The series' overarching plot ramps up in the third entry of the Secret Coders series. Read full book review >

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THE ETERNAL SMILE by Gene Luen Yang
Released: May 1, 2009

"Begging for multiple readings, this exceptionally clever examination of fantasy and perception is one to be pored over and ruminated upon. (Graphic fiction. YA)"
A rousing and thought-provoking exploration of fantasy versus reality from the much-lauded comics veterans Yang and Kim. Read full book review >

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JOEY AND JET IN SPACE by James Yang
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2006

"A subtle, and much-needed, push for imaginative play. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Joey and Jet's previous adventure was a clever way to teach young children about prepositions. Read full book review >

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ALWAYS COME HOME TO ME by Belle Yang
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"An additional purchase, but will be enjoyed for its attractive illustrations. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Chinese twins Mei-Mei and Di-Di raise their two doves to fly freely, but to return home, just as Mama (mother) and Baba (father) expect their children to behave. Read full book review >

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HANNAH IS MY NAME by Belle Yang
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"1960s, Yang's offering is winner—a spot-on depiction of the immigrant experience in America. (Picture book. 5-10)"
This thoughtful offering is based on Yang's own immigration story, and is told from the perspective of seven-year-old Hannah, who moves with her mother and father from Taiwan to San Francisco. Read full book review >