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American Born Chineseby Gene Luen Yang
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Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerfulandmdash;and very awkwardandmdash;hearing aid.
The Phonic Ear gives Cece the ability to hearandmdash;sometimes things she shouldnandrsquo;tandmdash;but also isolates her from her classmates. She really just wants to fit in and find a true friend, someone who appreciates her as she is. After some trouble, she is finally able to harness the power of the Phonic Ear and become andldquo;El Deafo, Listener for All.andrdquo; And more importantly, declare a place for herself in the world and find the friend sheandrsquo;s longed for.
PRAISE FOR EL DEAFO
andquot;A standout autobiography. Someone readers will enjoy getting to know.andquot;
--Publishers Weekly, starred review
andquot;Worthy of a superhero.andquot;
--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
andquot;This empowering autobiographical story belongs right next to Raina Telgemeierandrsquo;s Smile (2011) and Liz Princeandrsquo;s Tomboy.andquot;
A tour-de-force by rising indy comics star Gene Yang, American Born Chinese tells the story of three apparently unrelated characters: Jin Wang, who moves to a new neighborhood with his family only to discover that he's the only Chinese-American student at his new school; the powerful Monkey King, subject of one of the oldest and greatest Chinese fables; and Chin-Kee, a personification of the ultimate negative Chinese stereotype, who is ruining his cousin Danny's life with his yearly visits. Their lives and stories come together with an unexpected twist in this action-packed modern fable. American Born Chinese is an amazing ride, all the way up to the astonishing climax.
A tour-de-force by rising indie comics star Yang, "American Born Chinese" tells the story of three apparently unrelated characters whose lives and stories come together with an unexpected twist in this action-packed modern fable.
Three very different characters, one simple goal: to fit in.
Jin Wang starts at a new school where hes the only Chinese-American student. When a boy from Taiwan joins his class, Jin doesnt want to be associated with an FOB like him. Jin just wants to be an all-American boy, because hes in love with an all-American girl. Danny is an all-American boy: great at basketball, popular with the girls. But his obnoxious Chinese cousin Chin-Kees annual visit is such a disaster that it ruins Dannys reputation at school, leaving him with no choice but to transfer somewhere he can start all over again. The Monkey King has lived for thousands of years and mastered the arts of kung fu and the heavenly disciplines. Hes ready to join the ranks of the immortal gods in heaven. But theres no place in heaven for a monkey. Each of these characters cannot help himself alone, but how can they possibly help each other? Theyre going to have to find a way—if they want fix the disasters their lives have become.
American Born Chinese is a 2006 National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature, the winner of the 2007 Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album: New, an Eisner Award nominee for Best Coloring and a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
About the Author
Gene Yang began drawing comic books in the fifth grade. In 1997, he received the Xeric Grant, a prestigious comics industry grant, for Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks, his first comics work as an adult. He has since written and drawn a number of titles, including Duncan’s Kingdom (with art by Derek Kirk Kim) and The Rosary Comic Book. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his lovely wife and children and teaches at a Roman Catholic high school.
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