American Born Chinese

Gene Luen Yang; Illustrated by the author

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Jin Wang starts at a new school where he’s the only Chinese-American student. When a boy from Taiwan joins his class, Jin doesn’t want to be associated with an FOB like him. Jin just wants to be an all-American boy, because he’s in love with an all-American girl. Danny is an all-American boy: great at basketball, popular with the girls. But his obnoxious Chinese cousin Chin-Kee’s annual visit is such a disaster that it ruins Danny’s reputation at school, leaving him with no choice but to transfer somewhere he can start all over again. The Monkey King has lived for thousands of years and mastered the arts of kung fu and the heavenly disciplines. He’s ready to join the ranks of the immortal gods in heaven. But there’s no place in heaven for a monkey. Each of these characters cannot help himself alone, but how can they possibly help each other? They’re going to have to find a way—if they want fix the disasters their lives have become.
 
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.

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Praise for American Born Chinese

“Gene Luen Yang has created that rare article: a youthful tale with something new to say about American youth.”—New York Times Book Review

“Like Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye and Laurence Yep’s Dragonwings, this novel explores the impact of the American dream on those outside the dominant culture in a finely wrought story that is an effective combination of humor and drama.”—School Library Journal, Starred Review

“. . . brilliantly written and designed, sophisticated and wise.”—The Miami Herald

“. . . one of the most powerful and entertaining works of literature to be published this year . . .”—The San Francisco Chronicle
 
“Yang accomplishes the remarkable feat of practicing what he preaches with this book: accept who you are and you'll already have reached out to others.”—Publishers Weekly

“Kids fighting an uphill battle to convince parents and teachers of the literary merit of graphic novels will do well to share this title.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Each of the characters is flawed but familiar, and, in a clever postmodern twist, all share a deep, unforeseen connection. Yang helps the humor shine by using his art to exaggerate or oppose the words, creating a synthesis that marks an accomplished graphic storyteller. The stories have a simple, engaging sweep to them, but their weighty subjects––shame, racism, and friendship––receive thoughtful, powerful examination.”—Booklist
 
“This graphic novel could be especially cathartic for teens and adults of Asian descent, but people of any ethnicity would find themselves reflected in the universal themes of self-acceptance, peer pressure, and racial tensions.”—Voice of Youth Advocates

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Gene Luen Yang; Illustrated by the author

Gene Luen Yang began drawing comic books in the fifth grade. In 1997, he received the Xeric Grant, a prestigious comics industry grant, for Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks, his first comics work. He has since written and drawn a number of titles, including Duncan’s Kingdom (with art by Derek Kirk Kim), The Rosary Comic Book, Prime Baby and Animal CrackersAmerican Born Chinese, his first graphic novel from First Second, was a National Book Award finalist, as well as the winner of the Printz Award and an Eisner Award. He also won an Eisner for The Eternal Smile, a collaboration with Derek Kirk Kim. Yang lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he teaches high school. 

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American Born Chinese
Gene Luen Yang; Illustrated by the author

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American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults, Michael L. Printz Award - Medal, YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens, YALSA Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifelong Learners, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Amazon.com Best Graphic Novel of the Year, CYBIL Award, Eisner Award Winner, Harvey Award, Reuben Award Winner, National Book Awards - Finalist, NPR Holiday Pick, San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year, Chinese American Librarians Association Best Book Award, Booklist Editors' Choice, Booklist Top 10 Graphic Novel for Youth, Library Media Editor's Choice, Publisher's Weekly Comics Week Best Comic of the Year, Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, NYPL Books for the Teen Age

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December 2008
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ISBN: 9780312384487
ISBN10: 0312384483
Young Adult Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 240 pages, Full-color illustrations
Age Range: 12 and up
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Lexile: GN530LL
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AR Quiz Number: 111766
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First Second
September 2006
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ISBN: 9781596431522
ISBN10: 1596431520
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6 x 8 1/2 inches, 240 pages
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Range: 7 and up Information for Librarians

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Lexile: GN530L

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First Second
September 2006
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ISBN: 9781429969369
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Graphic Novels240 pages
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Range: 7 and up
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May 2013
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ISBN: 9781466832466
ISBN10: 1466832460
eBook Picture Book - Amazon240 pages
Age Range: 12 to 17
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