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Saints

Boxers & Saints (Volume 2) Boxers & Saints (Volume 2)

Gene Luen Yang; Color by Lark Pien

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China, 1898. An unwanted fourth daughter, Four-Girl isn't even given a proper name by her family. She finds friendship—and a name, Vibiana—in the most unlikely of places: Christianity. But China is a dangerous place for Christians. The Boxer Rebellion is murdering Westerners and Chinese Christians alike. Torn between her nation and her Christian friends, Vibiana will have to decide where her true loyalties lie . . . and whether she is willing to die for her faith.
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Boxers & Saints is a groundbreaking graphic novel in two volumes. This innovative format presents two parallel tales about young people caught up on opposite sides of a violent rift. Saints tells Vibiana's story, and the companion volume, Boxers, tells the story of Little Bao, a young man who joins the Boxer Rebellion. American Born Chinese author Gene Luen Yang brings his trademark magical realism to the complexities of the Boxer Rebellion, and lays bare the universal foundations of extremism, rebellion, and faith.

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Praise for Saints

"A masterful work of historical fiction that happens to be in the form of a graphic novel, and a very accessible view into a complicated moment in Chinese history."

--Dave Eggers

"In Boxers and Saints, Gene Luen Yang once again masterfully draws us into the most difficult issues of self-identity and communal understanding, with characters who struggle to act out of their deepest cultural and spiritual selves.  But when they find that their commitments lead them in terrible, frightening directions--one toward massacres, another toward martyrdom--they must ask questions for which there are no easy answers.  The brilliance of this novel--and I mean, aside from the brilliance in the telling of a major historical episode about which most North Americans know very little and which provides some critical lessons in political relationships--the brilliance lies in the merger of fast action and humor and very real characters and startling graphics with a shattering sense of the brokenness of the world and our terrible need for compassion.  Read this, and come away shaking."

-- National Book Award Finalist and Newbery Honor winner Gary Schmidt, author of Okay for Now and The Wednesday Wars

In the Press

BOXERS & SAINTS, Gene Luen Yang - The Washington Post
An ambitious and grim new set of graphic novels by the author of “American Born Chinese.”
- The Washington Post
Gene Luen Yang's 'Boxers' and 'Saints' - NYTimes.com
Gene Luen Yang's linked graphic novels present opposed perspectives on a Chinese uprising.
- The New York Times

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Gene Luen Yang; Color by Lark Pien

  • Gene Luen Yang began drawing comic books in the fifth grade. He was an established figure in the indie comics scene when he published his first book with First Second, American Born Chinese, which is now in print in over ten languages. American Born Chinese's critical and commercial success, along with its status as a National Book Award finalist and winner of the Printz Award, catapulted Yang into stardom as a major voice of our times. Boxers & Saints is his most recent graphic novel.
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Saints

Boxers & Saints

Gene Luen Yang; Color by Lark Pien

National Book Awards - Longlist, National Book Awards Finalist, Booklist Top 10 Religious Books for Youth, Library Journal Best Books of the Year, NCSS-CBC: Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young Peopl, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens, YALSA Top Ten GN

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