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Dragon Hoops

By: Gene Luen Yang

Illustrator: Gene Luen Yang

In his latest graphic novel, Gene Luen Yang turns the spotlight on his life, his family, and the high school where he teaches. Gene doesn’t get sports. But at Bishop O'Dowd High School, it's all anyone can talk about. The men’s varsity basketball 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. What he doesn’t know yet is that this season is not only going to change the Dragons’ lives, but his own life as well.

ISBN: 9781626720794

JLG Release: Jul 2020


Sensitive Areas: Sexual Content: Contact Between Adult and Minor
Topics: Sports , Basketball , Boys and men , High schools , Basketball teams , Teachers , Tournaments , Courage , Artistic choices , Storytelling , Oakland, California

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Awards & Honors

2020 Harvey Award Book of the Year
2021 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book
Publisher's Weekly Best Young Adult Books of 2020

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

The Horn Book Magazine*

Horn Book

"I'm just not a sports kind of guy," begins Yang in this comics-format offering that brilliantly combines journalism, memoir, and sports history. Yang, who taught math at Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland, California, during the events of the book, provides readers with an inside look at the school's elite basketball team's season as they attemp "I'm just not a sports kind of guy," begins Yang in this comics-format offering that brilliantly combines journalism, memoir, and sports history. Yang, who taught math at Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland, California, during the events of the book, provides readers with an inside look at the school's elite basketball team's season as they attempted to win the California State Championship in 2015. Weaving the details of that team's efforts with a primer on the history of basketball, Yang skillfully juggles the stories of multiple players and coaches as well as his own journey from basketball novice to avid fan. In the appended notes, Yang explains his art and narrative choices chapter-by-chapter with page and panel notations, from the sneakers and the hairstyles of the individual players to times when certain conversations happened differently than depicted. While the action on the court is absolutely transfixing (with page layouts often using trapezoid-shaped panels whose diagonal lines amp up the dynamism), the story shines just as brightly off the court when Yang's focus shifts to his owndilemmas and profound insights regarding art and storytelling. Single-season reportage is a popular subgenre of sports writing in the adult publishing world (try In These Girls, Hope Is a Muscle for a basketball classic), and here is a perfect entryway into this form for teen readers. A bibliography is also appended.

Book Details

ISBN

9781626720794

First Release

July 2020

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

796.323092

Trim Size

8 1/2" x 6"

Page Count

448

Accelerated Reader

Level 3.9; Points: 3;

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

First Second

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Sexual Content: Contact Between Adult and Minor

Topics

Sports, Basketball, Boys and men, High schools, Basketball teams, Teachers, Tournaments, Courage, Artistic choices, Storytelling, Oakland, California,

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