Boxers & Saints

Boxers & Saints

Gene Luen Yang

First Second

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One of the greatest comics storytellers alive brings all his formidable talents to bear in this astonishing new work.


In two volumes, Boxers & Saints tells two parallel stories. The first is of Little Bao, a Chinese peasant boy whose village is abused and plundered by Westerners claiming the role of missionaries. Little Bao, inspired by visions of the Chinese gods, joins a violent uprising against the Western interlopers. Against all odds, their grass-roots rebellion is successful.


But in the second volume, Yang lays out the opposite side of the conflict. A girl whose village has no place for her is taken in by Christian missionaries and finds, for the first time, a home with them. As the Boxer Rebellion gains momentum, Vibiana must decide whether to abandon her Christian friends or to commit herself fully to Christianity.


Boxers & Saints is one of the most ambitious graphic novels First Second has ever published. It offers a penetrating insight into not only one of the most controversial episodes of modern Chinese history, but into the very core of our human nature. Gene Luen Yang is rightly called a master of the comics form, and this book will cement that reputation.


Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature

One of Publishers Weekly's Best Comic Books and Best Children's Books of 2013

A New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2013

A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2013
An NPR Best Book of 2013

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Praise for Boxers & 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

Gene Luen Yang’s ‘Boxers’ and ‘Saints’ -
Gene Luen Yang's linked graphic novels present opposed perspectives on a Chinese uprising.
- The New York Times

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

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About the Author

Gene Luen Yang

Gene 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. ABC's instant critical and commercial success, along with its status as a National Book Award finalist and winner of the Printz Prize, catapulted Yang into stardom as a brilliant writer for teens and young adults. Boxers & Saints is his most recent graphic novel.

Gene Luen Yang


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Boxers & Saints
Gene Luen Yang


Apple iBooks Best of the Year, National Book Awards - Finalist, National Book Awards - Longlist, Boston Globe – Horn Book Award, Honor Books, L.A. Times Book Prize - Finalist, L.A. Times Book Prize - Winner, New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Books of the Year, NPR Best Book of the Year, The Observer (UK) Books of the Year, Wall Street Journal Best Books of the Year, Booklist Top 10 Religious Books for Youth, Kirkus Best Teen Books of the Year, Library Journal Best Books of the Year, Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, California Book Awards Master List

Kindle Format 8 Bundle

Kindle Format 8 Bundle
First Second
September 2013
Kindle Format 8 Bundle
ISBN: 9781466854512
ISBN10: 1466854510
eBook Picture Book - Amazon512 pages
Age Range: 12 to 18
Grade Range: 7 and up

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