American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

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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.
 

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Gene Luen Yang is the bestselling creator of American Born Chinese, which won the Michael L. Printz Award and was the first graphic novel ever to be nominated for a National Book Award.
 
Published September 5, 2006 by First Second. 240 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Comics & Graphic Novels, Education & Reference, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As alienated kids go, Jin Wang is fairly run-of-the-mill: he eats lunch by himself in a corner of the schoolyard, gets picked on by bullies and jocks and develops a sweat-inducing crush on a pretty classmate.

Jun 12 2006 | Read Full Review of American Born Chinese

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Graphic novelist Gene Yang’s masterful blending of the three stories in this book was intelligent and emotional.

Mar 15 2007 | Read Full Review of American Born Chinese

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Then I read the third tale, which introduces Chin-Kee, who is best described as the ultimate negative Chinese stereotype: He pronounces his r’s as l’s, dresses like a Chinaman from the 1800s, he even does the old “me Chinese, me play joke, me go pee-pee in your Coke.” A different drummer doesn’t ...

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Common Sense Media

Printz Award for Young Adult Literature, as well as the first to be a finalist for the National Book Award -- truly marking the coming of age and acceptance of the graphic novel as a branch of children's literature.

Sep 01 2006 | Read Full Review of American Born Chinese

Monsters and Critics

The novel follows three stories: the tale of a monkey that strives to be seen as God-like;

Dec 28 2006 | Read Full Review of American Born Chinese

Graphic Novel Reporter

American Born Chinese has the distinction of being the first graphic novel ever nominated for a National Book Award, and it earns it.

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Jin Wang is the only Asian American boy in his new school; Danny is a young man deeply embarrassed by his visiting Chinese cousin, portrayed deliberately by the

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