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Dragon Hoops

Dragon Hoops

Graphic Novel - 2020
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Gene Luen Yang turns the spotlight on his life, his family, and the high school where he teaches especially the high school's basketball team, the Dragons
Publisher: New York : First Second, 2020
ISBN: 9781626720794
1626720797
Characteristics: 445 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm

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Gene Luen Yang turns the spotlight on his life, his family, and the high school where he teaches especially the high school's basketball team, the Dragons

Gr 7+ 2021 Michael L. Printz Honor

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Ebstar
Apr 06, 2021

It isn't "DOG WATER" and it isn't "LOL!" it's okayish. Oh, and, not 4 younger readers.

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mammothhawk229e
Jan 15, 2021

I respectfully disagree. It touched on racism, ladies, high school, accusation, grudges, work/home time management, cliques and one year at private school.

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mclarjh
Oct 28, 2020

Okay drawings, but bland americana, all male cast, for families.

IndyPL_JennyM Jul 27, 2020

Not a basketball fan? This book is a superhero story, not just a sports book. Not a reader? This book is funny and a fast read. Not a graphic novel fan? This book is a human story, not just a comic book. Not a fan of comic books? This story is full of the human spirit and the complexities of social interactions.

A hard book to put into a neat category, but a worthwhile read.

Gene Luen Yang is perfecting the art of storytelling through the graphic novel, and Dragon Hoops lives up. Told from his point of view as a high school teacher/comic book author/non-athletic-type, he nevertheless "jumps on the bandwagon" and chronicles his high school's run for state basketball championship. He follows the team through the season, and traces how each player and coach had a unique background that made them into the person on the court. Yang suggests that our background AND our "courage to take that next step" shape who we become.

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Apr 06, 2021

Ebstar thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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"...Maybe it isn't the fewest mistakes that wins. / Maybe it's having the courage to take that next step-- / even at the risk of making a mistake." p 345

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