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American Born Chinese Paperback – Illustrated, December 23, 2008

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“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

From the Author

I started American Born Chinese about five years into my comics career. (Though at the time, it was really more of a vocation since I wasn't making any money at it.) Up 'til then, I'd done a couple of stories with Asian-American protagonists, but I never dealt with the Asian-American experience head-on. Since my own ethnic heritage is such an important part of how I understand myself, I knew I wanted to. I came up with three ideas and couldn't decide which one was the best. American Born Chinese is me doing all three at once.

Product details

  • Grade Level : 7 - 12
  • Lexile Measure : GN530L
  • Item Weight : 14.9 ounces
  • Paperback : 240 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0312384483
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0312384487
  • Product Dimensions : 5.62 x 0.53 x 8.37 inches
  • Reading level : 12 - 18 years
  • Publisher : Square Fish; First Edition (December 23, 2008)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 957 ratings
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