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Gene Luen Yang

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Gene Luen Yang

Gene Luen Yang began publishing comic books under the name Humble Comics in 1996. His highly acclaimed American Born Chinese, released 2006, became the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association’s Printz Award. It also won an Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album – New. The Eternal Smile, a collaborative project with Derek Kirk Kim in 2009, won an Eisner as well. In September of 2013, First Second Books released his two-volume graphic novel project Boxers & Saints. Yang teaches at Hamline University as part of their MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults.

Gene Luen Yang

Books by Gene Luen Yang

Written by Gene Luen Yang with illustrations by Mike Holmes - Children's 8-12, Fiction, Technology
Dr. One-Zero has added a new class to Stately Academy's curriculum. But in "Advanced Chemistry," they only teach one lesson: how to make Green Pop! While their classmates are manufacturing this dangerous soda, the Coders uncover a clue that may lead them to Hopper's missing dad. Is it time to use Professor Bee's most powerful weapon: the Turtle of Light? From graphic novel superstar (and former computer-programming teacher) Gene Luen Yang, comes ROBOTS &  REPEATS, the fourth volume of Secret Coders.
Written by Gene Luen Yang with illustrations by Mike Holmes - Children's 8-12, Fiction, Friendship, Graphic Novel, Technology

Stately Academy is no ordinary school: it was once home to an elite institute where teachers, students, and robots worked together to unravel the mysteries of coding. Hopper, Eni, and Josh won't rest until they've learned the whole story, but they aren't the only ones interested in the school's past. Principal Dean is hot on their trail, demanding that the coders turn over their most powerful robot. Dean may be a creep, but he's nothing compared to the guy who's really in charge: a green-skinned coding genius named Professor One-Zero.

Written by Gene Luen Yang with Illustrations by Mike Holmes - Children's, Children's 8-12, Comic Books, Fiction, Friendship, Graphic Novel, Social Issues

There's something lurking beneath the surface of Stately Academy --- literally. In a secret underground classroom Hopper, Eni and Josh discover that the campus was once home to the Bee School, an institute where teachers, students and robots worked together to unravel the mysteries of coding. Hopper and her friends are eager to follow in this tradition and become top-rate coders. But why are Principal Dean and the rugby team suddenly so interested in their extracurricular activities?

by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes - Children's, Graphic Novel

Welcome to Stately Academy, a school which is just crawling with mysteries to be solved! The founder of the school left many clues and puzzles to challenge his enterprising students. Using their wits and their growing prowess with coding, Hopper and her friend Eni are going to solve the mystery of Stately Academy no matter what it takes!

by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes - Graphic Novel

Welcome to Stately Academy, a school which is just crawling with mysteries to be solved! The founder of the school left many clues and puzzles to challenge his enterprising students. Using their wits and their growing prowess with coding, Hopper and her friend Eni are going to solve the mystery of Stately Academy no matter what it takes!

by Gene Luen Yang, Michael Dante DiMartino, and Bryan Konietzko - Fantasy, Fiction

Avatar Aang and friends honor an Air Nomad holiday that hasn't been celebrated in over one hundred years, but when cryptic visits from the spirit of Avatar Yangchen lead Aang to a refinery operating on land sacred to the Airbenders --- they soon find themselves in peril as a dangerously powerful ancient spirit awakens with vengeance and destruction on its mind!

by Gene Luen Yang
The Green Turtle solves crimes and fIghts injustice just like other superheros. But this mysterious masked crusader is hiding something more than your run-of-the-mill secret identity... The Green Turtle was the first Asian-American superhero. The comic had a short run before lapsing into obscurity, but Gene Luen Yang has finally revived this character in THE SHADOW HERO, a new graphic novel that creates an origin story for the Green Turtle.
by Gene Luen Yang

Beginning a new chapter in the adventures of Avatar Aang and his companions, AVATAR: THE RIFT opens with much promise. Peace and cooperation have started to bloom where old hatreds ran deep, and the healing between the Fire and Earth Nations seems to be progressing nicely as the volume opens. In true Avatar fashion, though, not everything is quite what it seems, and soon Aang, Katara, Toph, and Sokka are investigating a series of troubling events surrounding a new crystal refinery.

by Gene Luen Yang, Michael Dante DiMartino, and Bryan Konietzko - Fantasy, Fiction

For years, fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra have burned with one question --- what happened to Fire Lord Zuko's mother? Finding a clue at last, Zuko enlists the aid of Team Avatar --- and the most unlikely ally of all --- to help uncover the biggest secret of his life. 

by Gene Luen Yang - Fiction, Graphic Novel, Youth Fiction

Gene Luen Yang tells two sides of the story in his two new books. Saints is the tale of a young girl growing up unwanted in late 19th-century China. She’s so unwanted, and considered so unlucky, that she isn’t even given a proper name…she’s simply called Four-Girl (because she is the fourth child). In Boxers, a young man named Bao is frustrated with the constant onslaught of foreign missionaries who proclaim to be teaching religion but instead are thieves and bullies. They mercilessly rob and threaten Bao’s peasant countrymen and show no remorse.

by Gene Luen Yang

Gene Luen Yang tells two sides of the story in his two new books. Saints is the tale of a young girl growing up unwanted in late 19th-century China. She’s so unwanted, and considered so unlucky, that she isn’t even given a proper name…she’s simply called Four-Girl (because she is the fourth child). In Boxers, a young man named Bao is frustrated with the constant onslaught of foreign missionaries who proclaim to be teaching religion but instead are thieves and bullies. They mercilessly rob and threaten Bao’s peasant countrymen and show no remorse.

by Gene Luen Yang - Fiction, Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction

Gene Luen Yang tells two sides of the story in his two new books. Saints is the tale of a young girl growing up unwanted in late 19th-century China. She’s so unwanted, and considered so unlucky, that she isn’t even given a proper name…she’s simply called Four-Girl (because she is the fourth child). In Boxers, a young man named Bao is frustrated with the constant onslaught of foreign missionaries who proclaim to be teaching religion but instead are thieves and bullies. They mercilessly rob and threaten Bao’s peasant countrymen and show no remorse.

Written by Gene Luen Yang and illustrated by Thien Pham - Fiction, Graphic Novel

Dennis Ouyang lives in the shadow of his parents' high expectations. They want him to go to med school and become a doctor. Dennis just wants to play video games --- and he might actually be good enough to do it professionally. But four adorable, bossy, and occasionally terrifying angels arrive just in time to lead Dennis back onto the straight and narrow: the path to gastroenterology. It's all part of the plan, they tell him. But is it? This powerful piece of magical realism brings into sharp relief the conflict many teens face between pursuing their dreams and living their parents'.

written and illustrated by Gene Luen Yang - Graphic Novel