American Born Chinese written and drawn by Gene Luen Yang has won the Micheal L. Printz Award for excellence in Young Adult literature! It was also the first graphic novel to be nominated for the National Book Award.
In a series of three linked tales, the central characters are introduced: Jin Wang, a teen who meets with ridicule and social isolation when his family moves from San Francisco’s Chinatown to an exclusively white suburb; Danny, a popular blond, blue-eyed high school jock whose social status is jeopardized when his goofy, embarrassing Chinese cousin, Chin-Kee, enrolls at his high school; and the Monkey King who, unsatisfied with his current sovereign, desperately longs to be elevated to the status of a god. In the end, it’s all a matter of being who you are. (YA 741.5 Yang)
To dance: a memoir by Siena Cherson Siegel with artwork by Mark Siegel got a Robert F. Siebert honor medal. This award is given to the most distinguished informational book published in English during the preceding year.
This graphic novel dramatizes the struggle and fulfillment of becoming a professional ballerina – lifting the curtain on a dream shared by many young dancers. (j792.8028)
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