BoxersBook - 2013
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Gene Luen Yang is a Taiwanese American best known for his award winning graphic novel, American Born Chinese (2006), leading to Yang’s naming as both National Ambassador to Young Peoples’ Literature and a Macarthur fellow. Set amidst the Boxer Rebellion, a conflict in the turn of the 20th century China between foreigners and the native Chinese, Yang’s graphic novel, Boxers, follows the life… (more)
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China, 1898 was not a peaceful time and place to be living. Little Bao channels an ancient god and forms a rebellion to banish the "foreign devils" from his country.
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The companion novel to Saints, this book looks at the same situation from a different angle. Little Bao has grown up reenacting his favorite Chinese operas and looking up to his father. When his father is hobbled by European colonists, Bao's older brothers take over the family, relegating Bao to the role of little brother. In secret he trains with a martial arts master, and quickly out paces his brothers. When colonists threaten his small village, Bao harnesses the power of an ancient Chinese emperor to fight against them.
Sharing the secret of his martial arts training, Bao gathers and army of Boxers (including his brothers) to use the power of the Chinese gods to drive the colonists and "foreign devils" from China. As the Boxers travel to the capitol city to convince the Empress to free their country, they meet several challenges along the way testing their faith and fortitude. By the end of the book, Bao and Vibianain's stories cross paths to end in tragedy.