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Dragon Hoops

Dragon Hoops

eBook - 2020
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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.


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Apr 06, 2021

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

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.

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

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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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