American_Born_Chinese.jpgAmerican Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

This book is a graphic collection of three different stories. The first story is about the legendary folk tale of the Monkey King in China. In the story, the Monkey King was invited to a celestial dinner party, but he got denied at the entrance, because he was a monkey and he didn't wear any shoes. So the Monkey King got very mad and desperately made plans to get revenge and fight for all his rights. The second story is about a Chinese-born American boy named Jin Wang, who has moved to a new home, but life goes on with difficulties until he meets his best friend, Wei-Chen Sun. They become best friends, because of a monkey transformer. An old woman had told Jin he could be anything he wanted, if he was willing to forfeit his soul. Jin answered that he wanted to be a transformer. The last story is about a white boy named Danny, whose Chinese cousin Chin-Kee comes to visit him every year. Danny doesn't like his cousin Chin-Kee, because he kept on embarrassing him in school and made him change school every year since he came to visit him. At the end of the book, the three different stories combine into one: Chin-Kee is the Monkey King, Wei-Chen is the son of the Monkey King and Danny is Jin Wang.

I recommend this book to all people who like to read fiction and comic books. This book is very unique and interesting. The style of writing is very different from any other book. If I were to rate this book 1 through 10, I would give this book a perfect 10!

You can find this book at the Seattle Public Library. and in the Ingraham High School Library.

The author of American Born Chinese is Gene Luen Yang. He is a well-known American artist and he is born in Alameda, California. His first graphic novel was nominated for a National Book Award, and it has also won the 2007 Michael L. Printz Award for young-adult literature. If you have any questions about Yang, here is his website.