There are two sides to every story, and award-winning author Gene Luen Yang has gracefully captured that truth in his graphic novel accounts of the Boxers (First Second, $18.99) and the Saints (First Second, $15.99), also available as a boxed set (First Second, $34.99) that is a finalist for the National Book Award. Led by Little Bao, the Boxers are fed up with foreign missionaries and the violence that has rocked the Chinese countryside. To battle Western forces, Little Bao calls on ancient Chinese gods and recruits and trains Chinese men in Kung Fu. In Saints, young, rejected Four-girl, the fourth daughter in her family (four being a number which is synonymous with death), is desperate to find a place to belong. Eventually she does with the Saints, who even christen her with a proper name. These riveting stories of the Boxer Rebellion show that history is never as straightforward as textbooks make it seem. Ages 15 and up. KLP
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By Gene Luen Yang, Lark Pien (Inked or colored by), Gene Luen Yang (Illustrator)
$34.99
ISBN: 9781596439245
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: First Second - September 10th, 2013

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Theodora Duck lives a quiet life, doing everything a duck Should Do, plus just a little bit more (like swimming with a teacup on her head for good posture). When new neighbor Chad moves in, she pities him for being an Odd Duck (First Second, $15.99) who dyes his feathers, but soon learns that he thinks the same thing about her. Cecil Castellucci (Rose Sees Red) and Sara Varon (Robot Dreams) have teamed up to create a charming tale of two odd ducks who have a lot to learn from each other. Ages 6-10. EAE

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By Sara Varon (Illustrator), Cecil Castellucci
$15.99
ISBN: 9781596435575
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: First Second - May 14th, 2013

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When war disrupts the happy life of Azzi and her family, she finds herself an immigrant in a new country, surrounded by a foreign language and culture and without her beloved grandmother. Sarah Garland’s thoughtful and strikingly illustrated graphic novel Azzi in Between (Frances Lincoln, $17.99) presents the excitement and pain of adapting to a new way of life. As Azzi and her family build a new home and community for themselves, she must find a way to both embrace this new beginning and hold on to her memories of home. Ages 7-11. CEB

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ISBN: 9781847802613
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Lincoln Children's Books - April 2nd, 2013

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