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review 2017-03-29 16:18
4 Girl and her destiny
Saints - Gene Luen Yang

Saints by Gene Luen Yang is about this Chinese girl that was call "four girl" and how her grandfather never liked her especially right after she accidentally broke a Chinese god sculpture. After that she was called a "devil" and because of that she started to make weird faces. Then she was sent to see a doctor and after a while she found out he was a "devil". Years past and "four girl" decide to be with the "devil" doctor and end up in this village filled with "devils". She later found out that the "devils" were actually Christians. And since their was a lot of christian in china their was war. Before the war she was giving the name Vivian and she end up dying being christian and believing in god.


This connects  to some parts of the world because a lot of people believe in things that others don't believe in. And because of that many people die for believe in things. That is kind of effecting a lot of people because it's basically saying that you shouldn't believe in something that others can't believe in and if you do believe in something you would get hurt.


I would recommend this book to people who like graphic novels or "comic books". This book is actually a good book to read and anyone who likes reading would enjoy it. Also if your into non-fiction books that would also be good for them. But no matter what this book is very interesting and fun to read.

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review 2017-03-01 03:02
American Born Chinese review
American Born Chinese - Gene Luen Yang



I read this book for my grad school multicultural lit class.


This book includes three stories that are interconnected. I have to admit that the first time I read it, I thought the stories were separate until the end. I went back and read it a second time so I could experience it as it was meant to be read. 


It is funny and even silly at times, but the message to be true to yourself shines through. It shows how an outsider can feel compelled to change themselves to fit in with everyone else. But that the most important thing is to be who you are.


Fun graphic novel suitable for middle grade and up.

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review 2016-11-05 19:47
Level Up
Level Up - Gene Luen Yang,Thien Pham

Hanging out at the library while younger son plays D&D.  Level Up jumped off the endcap and into my hands rather than the books I brought with me.  


Level Up predated the craze for graphic novel autobiographies by a couple of years (2011 publication date).  While the story is fictional, and there are a few fantastical aspects, Level Up is close enough to a real-live coming of age story that it feels like an autobiography.

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review 2016-11-03 01:29
Oh Zuzu...
Avatar: The Last Airbender-Smoke and Shadow Part Three - Gurihiru,Gene Luen Yang

She's crazy and she needs to go down! And Zuko, you let her get away! Talk about a freaking sibling rivalry. 


Sorry, getting ahead of myself. So I finally got my hands on the last book in the Smoke and Shadow story. I was a little sad at the end because, while it wrapped everything up that had been going on, there was still so much I wanted to know! Which I'm sure is the point, but I'm just so impatient! The good news is, we do get to see Sokka and Katara again in the next set of books to come out!


They hinted at a few things in the book. A bit of dialogue between Zuko and Azula make me wonder if things wont turn out mostly okay for the insane ex-princess of the Fire Nation. And Ursa finally worked things out with Kiyi, thank goodness. Oh! and what is gonna happen with the New Ozai Society? The former Fire Lord isn't totally out of the picture yet. Anything could happen.


Who knows! I will continue to wait with bated breath and will continue to devour these stories. I miss the Gaang. *sigh*



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text 2016-09-28 15:44
A book
Saints - Gene Luen Yang

 In the main character in the story is Four-Girl who lives with her cousins, aunts, mom and grandfather who hates her. Four-Girl tries embracing her ''devil'' side and begins making a devil face. Her mother takes her to a acupuncturist, Dr.Won who she befriends. Four-Girl begins seeing a real devil (christian). When she tells, Dr.Won who is teaching he about Jesus Chris takes her to see the priest, Father Bey. Father Bey then invites her to join the church and she receives a new name: Vibiana. Vibiana's mother and Uncle Jong finds out and she is slapped multiple times. Her mother tells her she does not want them to be involved with the foreign devils religion because it will poison their mind and will destroy their spirit. She runs away from home and goes with Father Bey to a bigger village with a big church in the center. She is living and working in an orphanage at age 14 under the supervision of a woman named Maria. She meets a seminarian name Kong,who face looked like it'd been chewed by a wild animal. He tells he used to belong to a gang of bandits until a robbery went wrong and he killed the local headman's brother so they spent several months hiding. Finally, a man named Yu, who was with Father Bey asked them to be their bodyguards. Eventually, Yu and Father Bey have a falling out and when Yu and the others leave Kong stays behind. Yu was not happy about that so he cut his the lines on his face to look like rat whiskers. Kong stays with Father Bey. One day, women and children devils come to the village for protection from "a the Society of the Righteous and Harmonious Fist".  Kong begins to train Vibiana to so she can be a maiden warrior just like Joan and so she can protect her village. One day while training,  she hears voices and she sees Dr.Won and Mrs.Won. Father Bey tells her that Dr.Won is a opium addict and his wife is his accomplice. While she is in the woods, she sees her cousin Chung and finds out he is apart of the Society. The next day, the Society attacks the village so Vibiana takes the orphans to the church and then goes to find Dr. Won. She sees him smoking and runs away only to be captured by the Society. Later, she finds out Kong was killed by getting shot in the head with an arrow. Some of the Society members go to the church and tries to shoot at Father Bey but Dr.Won steps in front of him and is hit. Unfortunately, he shoots the arrow again and Father Bey is hit. The leader of the Society shows up after Vibiana is captured and tells her if she renounces her foreign faith he will let her go if she does not he will kill her. She sees Joan one last time and she is burning on a pole. Vibiana teaches him a prayer of the Christians. She doesn't want to renounce so he just asks her for her name but she says Vibiana. So he asks for her Chinese name and she repeats Vibiana and she is then killed.


     The connection to the text and myself is that I am half Christian but also half Catholic but I don't have to be afraid of what religion I am. Also, I will not be murdered because of what I am or who I worship. The connection to the text to the text is that there is another side of the story with the Society members. The connection for text to world is people should not be killed because of who they are or what the look like.


     I would recommend this book to others because it's very interesting  and it is a historical fiction. I think they should also read the book boxers which is about the leader of the Society side of the story. I think people who like history stories would enjoy  this book. 

                                   The End!

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