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Gene Luen Yang

Biography

Gene Luen Yang

Gene Luen Yang began publishing comic books under the name Humble Comics in 1996. His highly acclaimed American Born Chinese, released 2006, became the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association’s Printz Award. It also won an Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album – New. The Eternal Smile, a collaborative project with Derek Kirk Kim in 2009, won an Eisner as well. In September of 2013, First Second Books released his two-volume graphic novel project Boxers & Saints. Yang teaches at Hamline University as part of their MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults.

Gene Luen Yang

Books by Gene Luen Yang

by Gene Luen Yang
The Green Turtle solves crimes and fIghts injustice just like other superheros. But this mysterious masked crusader is hiding something more than your run-of-the-mill secret identity... The Green Turtle was the first Asian-American superhero. The comic had a short run before lapsing into obscurity, but Gene Luen Yang has finally revived this character in THE SHADOW HERO, a new graphic novel that creates an origin story for the Green Turtle.
by Gene Luen Yang - Fiction, Graphic Novel, Youth Fiction

Gene Luen Yang tells two sides of the story in his two new books. Saints is the tale of a young girl growing up unwanted in late 19th-century China. She’s so unwanted, and considered so unlucky, that she isn’t even given a proper name…she’s simply called Four-Girl (because she is the fourth child). In Boxers, a young man named Bao is frustrated with the constant onslaught of foreign missionaries who proclaim to be teaching religion but instead are thieves and bullies. They mercilessly rob and threaten Bao’s peasant countrymen and show no remorse.

by Gene Luen Yang

Gene Luen Yang tells two sides of the story in his two new books. Saints is the tale of a young girl growing up unwanted in late 19th-century China. She’s so unwanted, and considered so unlucky, that she isn’t even given a proper name…she’s simply called Four-Girl (because she is the fourth child). In Boxers, a young man named Bao is frustrated with the constant onslaught of foreign missionaries who proclaim to be teaching religion but instead are thieves and bullies. They mercilessly rob and threaten Bao’s peasant countrymen and show no remorse.

by Gene Luen Yang - Fiction, Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction

Gene Luen Yang tells two sides of the story in his two new books. Saints is the tale of a young girl growing up unwanted in late 19th-century China. She’s so unwanted, and considered so unlucky, that she isn’t even given a proper name…she’s simply called Four-Girl (because she is the fourth child). In Boxers, a young man named Bao is frustrated with the constant onslaught of foreign missionaries who proclaim to be teaching religion but instead are thieves and bullies. They mercilessly rob and threaten Bao’s peasant countrymen and show no remorse.

Written by Gene Luen Yang and illustrated by Thien Pham - Fiction, Graphic Novel

Dennis Ouyang lives in the shadow of his parents' high expectations. They want him to go to med school and become a doctor. Dennis just wants to play video games --- and he might actually be good enough to do it professionally. But four adorable, bossy, and occasionally terrifying angels arrive just in time to lead Dennis back onto the straight and narrow: the path to gastroenterology. It's all part of the plan, they tell him. But is it? This powerful piece of magical realism brings into sharp relief the conflict many teens face between pursuing their dreams and living their parents'.

written and illustrated by Gene Luen Yang - Graphic Novel