American Born Chinese
By Gene Luen Yang
Published by First Second Books
SC, 6x9, FC, $17.95
Jin Wang finds that he's the only Chinese-American student at his new school. Jocks and bullies pick on him constantly, and he has hardly any friends. Then, he falls in love with an all-American girl.
Adored by his subjects, master of the arts of kung-fu, the Monkey King is the most powerful monkey on earth. But the Monkey King doesn't want to be a monkey - he wants to be hailed as a god.
Chin-Kee is the ultimate negative Chinese stereotype, and he's ruining his cousin Danny's life. Danny's a basketball player and a popular kid at school, but every year Chin-Kee comes to visit, and every year Danny has to transfer to a new school to escape the shame. This year, though, things quickly go from bad to worse.
These three apparently unrelated tales come together with an unexpected twist, in a modern fable that is hilarious, poignant, and action-packed.
Reviewed in Library Journal