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In this first graphic novel of the Boxer & Saints two-book series, Yang created a unique and fascinating graphic novel for teens. And while it is not so much a book of history, it mixes the history of 20th-centurey China with the journey of a young man coming of age and perhaps, making wrong choices along the way. Of course, it is possible the choices he made were the only ones that could have been made. Due to violence and other mature content and context, not recommend for under (mature) 13-year-olds.— Jeanette
Little Bao has had enough. Harnessing the powers of ancient Chinese gods, he recruits an army of Boxers - commoners trained in kung fu who fight to free China from "foreign devils."
Against all odds, this grass-roots rebellion is violently successful. But nothing is simple. Little Bao is fighting for the glory of China, but at what cost? So many are dying, including thousands of "secondary devils" - Chinese citizens who have converted to Christianity.
Boxers & Saints "is an innovative new graphic novel in two volumes - the parallel stories of two young people caught up on opposite sides of a violent rift. "American Born Chinese "author Gene Luen Yang brings his clear-eyed storytelling and trademark magical realism to the complexities of the Boxer Rebellion and lays bare the foundations of extremism, rebellion, and faith.
Discover the other side of the Boxer Rebellion in "Saints - "the companion volume to "Boxers.