Dragon Hoops

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In his latest graphic novel, Dragon Hoops, New York Times bestselling author Gene Luen Yang turns the spotlight on his life, his family, and the high school where he teaches.

Gene understands stories--comic book stories, in particular. Big action. Bigger thrills. And the hero always wins.

But Gene doesn't get sports. As a kid, his friends called him "Stick" and every basketball game he played ended in pain. He lost interest in basketball long ago, but at the high school where he now teaches, it's all anyone can talk about. The men's varsity team, the Dragons, is having a phenomenal season that's been decades in the making. Each victory brings them closer to their ultimate goal: the California State Championships.

Once Gene gets to know these young all-stars, he realizes that their story is just as thrilling as anything he's seen on a comic book page. He knows he has to follow this epic to its end. What he doesn't know yet is that this season is not only going to change the Dragons's lives, but his own life as well.

Author: Gene Luen Yang
Binding Type: Hardcover
Publisher: First Second
Published: 03/17/2020
Pages: 448
Weight: 2.35lbs
Size: 8.70h x 6.50w x 1.50d
ISBN: 9781626720794
Audience: Young Adult

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 3.9
Point Value: 3
Interest Level: Upper Grade
Quiz #/Name: 507211 / Dragon Hoops

Award: Michael L. Printz Award - Honor Book

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 01/06/2020
Kirkus Reviews 01/15/2020
School Library Journal 01/24/2020 pg. 1
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 03/01/2020 - Book Of Special Distinction
Booklist 02/15/2020 pg. 46
Horn Book Magazine 05/01/2020 pg. 145
Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2020 - Outstanding, Noteworthy In Style

About the Author
Gene Luen Yang writes, and sometimes draws, comic books and graphic novels. As the Library of Congress's fifth National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, he advocates for the importance of reading, especially reading diversely. His graphic novel American Born Chinese, a National Book Award finalist and Printz Award winner, has been adapted into a streaming series on Disney+. His two-volume graphic novel Boxers & Saints won the LA Times Book Prize and was a National Book Award finalist. His nonfiction graphic novel Dragon Hoops received an Eisner Award and a Printz honor. His other comics works include Secret Coders (with Mike Holmes), The Shadow Hero (with Sonny Liew), as well as Superman Smashes the Klan and the Avatar: The Last Airbender series (both with Gurihiru). In 2016, he was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow.

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