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Boxers

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From American Born Chinese author Gene Luen Yang: an innovative look at China's Boxer Rebellion told from two points of view, in two companion volumes. China, 1898. Bands of foreign missionaries and soldiers roam the countryside, bullying and robbing Chinese peasants. Little Bao has had enough. Harnessing the powers of ancient Chinese gods, he recruits an army of Boxers - commoners trained in kung fu who fight to free China from "foreign devils." But nothing is simple. Little Bao is fighting for the glory of China, but at what cost? So many are dying, including thousands of Chinese citizens who have converted to Christianity.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 358.33g
  • Roaring Brook Press
  • FIRST SECOND
  • New Milford, United States
  • English
  • full colour illustrations throughout
  • 1596433590
  • 9781596433595
  • 168,924

Review quote

"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 Warsshow more

About Gene Luen Yang

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. His most recent book is the New York Times Best-Selling graphic novel diptych Boxers & Saints.show more

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10,871 ratings
3.86 out of 5 stars
5 29% (3,204)
4 41% (4,426)
3 21% (2,262)
2 5% (537)
1 4% (442)
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