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American Born Chinese

by Gene Luen Yang

A tour-de-force by rising indy comics star Gene Yang, American Born Chinese tells the story of three apparently unrelated characters: Jin Wang, who moves to a new neighborhood with his family only to discover that he’s the only Chinese-American student at...

A tour-de-force by rising indy comics star Gene Yang, American Born Chinese tells the story of three apparently unrelated characters: Jin Wang, who moves to a new neighborhood with his family only to discover that he’s the only Chinese-American student at his new school; the powerful Monkey King, subject of one of the oldest and greatest Chinese fables; and Chin-Kee, a personification of the ultimate negative Chinese stereotype, who is ruining his cousin Danny’s life with his yearly visits. Their lives and stories come together with an unexpected twist in this action-packed modern fable. American Born Chinese is an amazing ride, all the way up to the astonishing climax.
 

American Born Chinese is a 2006 National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature, the winner of the 2007 Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album: New, an Eisner Award nominee for Best Coloring and a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Paperback - 240 pages - $18.99
ISBN: 1596431520 (ISBN13: 9781596431522)
Published Sep 5, 2006 by First Second
First published 2006

why I requested this book

My students LOVE graphic novels and are always looking for books they can connect to as Asian-Americans. I know my students would devour this novel!

My students LOVE graphic novels and are always looking for books they can connect to as Asian-Americans. I know my students would devour this novel!

the class

I teach 7th and 8th grade readers' workshop where our students read for at least 30 minutes each day. My students come from a wide variety of cultural...

I teach 7th and 8th grade readers' workshop where our students read for at least 30 minutes each day. My students come from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds and income levels with diverse interests and reading levels.

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