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Boxers and Saints

Boxers & Saints
Gene Luen Yang
First Second, 2013
Audience: All Teens, Adults
Source: E-Galley

This was a great duo. I really enjoyed Boxers, especially. I learned so much. Seeing the other side was a fantastic touch. I've read 3 of the 5 nominations for the National Book Award, and I hope that this is what gets it. Don't get me wrong, I liked the other two. But these were special and really well done. The characters and the art were fantastic. I think I'll end up buying these two because I will definitely want to revisit them.

Give them a try, even if you're not usually a graphic novels person!

From Goodreads:
China,1898. Bands of foreign missionaries and soldiers roam the countryside, bullying and robbing Chinese peasants.

Little Bao has had enough. Harnessing the powers of ancient Chinese gods, he recruits an army of Boxers - commoners trained in kung fu who fight to free China from "foreign devils."

Against all odds, this grass-roots rebellion is violently successful. But nothing is simple. Little Bao is fighting for the glory of China, but at what cost? So many are dying, including thousands of "secondary devils" - Chinese citizens who have converted to Christianity.

From Goodreads:
China, 1898. An unwanted fourth daughter, Four-Girl isn't even given a proper name by her family. She finds friendship—and a name, Vibiana—in the most unlikely of places: Christianity. But China is a dangerous place for Christians. The Boxer Rebellion is murdering Westerners and Chinese Christians alike. Torn between her nation and her Christian friends, Vibiana will have to decide where her true loyalties lie . . . and whether she is willing to die for her faith.