Dragon Hoops

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Bishop O’Dowd High School’s basketball team, the Dragons, is headed for the California State Championship. Gene Yang a.k.a. Mr. Yangster teaches computer science at Bishop O’Dowd and hated sports as a kid. As the Dragons fight their way to the state championship, even Yang gets swept up in the excitement of the basketball season. He documents the Dragons’ phenomenal season as they fight for each win and interweaves the history of basketball into the story, including women’s basketball. But this multi-layered graphic novel is about so much more than basketball. Yang includes the trials and tribulations of the varsity players and their head coach and adds his own personal struggles to take the next big step in his teaching and comic book career.

Dragon Hoops is a graphic novel and part memoir from Gene Luen Yang, the 2016 MacArthur fellow and former ambassador for young people’s literature. Yang gives readers the intense frame-by-frame plays of each major game that gets the Dragons to the next level in the state championship. He also gives us a story with a lot of heart about identity, perseverance, and taking risks in life. Bishop O’Dowd and its legacy is a character in the story, too, and Yang doesn’t shy away from the sport’s ugly past. The book challenges young adult readers to consider the type of legacy we all leave behind, and to understand what it truly means to be a champion.


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Author Gene Luen Yang
Star Count 4.5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 448 pages
Publisher First Second
Publish Date 2020-03-17
ISBN 9781626720794
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Issue April 2020
Category Young Adult
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