Level Up (Paperback)

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By Gene Luen Yang, Thien Pham (Illustrator)
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The perfect book about family expectations, shot dreams, guilt and sacrifice, all told through Pham’s great illustrations. After his father’s death, Dennis enrolls in med school to be a “good Asian son” and fulfill his dad’s dreams. Of course, he burns out—but it’s never that simple! Funny, touching, and with just the right amount of sadness. — Aubrey Restifo

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From Gene Luen Yang, the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and author of American Born Chinese, comes a magical realist coming-of-age tale, by turns whimsical and deadly serious.

Nothing is what it seems when life collides with video games.

Dennis Ouyang has always struggled in the shadow of his parents’ expectations: Stay focused in high school, do well in college, go to medical school, and become a gastroenterologist.

But between his father’s death, his academic burnout, and his deep (and distracting) love of video games, Dennis can’t endure. He’s kicked out of college. And that’s when things get . . . weird.

Four adorable—but bossy—angels, straight out of a sappy greeting card, appear and take charge of Dennis’s life. He’s back on track to become a gastroenterologist. But is he living the life he wants?

Partnered with the deceptively simple, cute art of Thien Pham, Gene Yang has returned to the subject he revolutionized with American Born Chinese. Whimsical and serious by turns, Level Up is a new look at the tale that Yang has made his own: coming of age as an Asian American.

Gene Luen Yang is the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, and is the author of American Born Chinese, Boxers and Saints, The Shadow Hero, and Secret Coders.

A New York Times Notable Children's Book (Young Adult) for 2011
A YALSA Popular Paperback for Young Adults
A YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens
An Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Honor Title
A New York Times Notable Children’s Book

“Deliciously imaginative . . . uproariously funny . . . A book so good, it’s hard not to fall back on reviewers’ clichés.” —The New York Times

“A manifesto for everyone who's ever wrestled with the expectations of their family, their friends, and their society (and who hasn't?), and it's ultimately both humane and inspiring.” —Boing Boing

“A piquant, multilayered coming-of-age fable for the wired generation.” —Kirkus Reviews

About the Author


Gene Luen Yang writes, and sometimes draws, comic books and graphic novels. As the Library of Congress’ fifth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, he advocates for the importance of reading, especially reading diversely. American Born Chinese, his first graphic novel from First Second Books, was a National Book Award finalist, as well as the winner of the Printz Award and an Eisner Award. His two-volume graphic novel Boxers & Saints won the L.A. Times Book Prize and was a National Book Award Finalist. His other works include Secret Coders (with Mike Holmes), The Shadow Hero (with Sonny Liew), New Super-Man from DC Comics (with various artists), and the Avatar: The Last Airbender series from Dark Horse Comics (with Gurihiru). In 2016, he was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow.

THIEN PHAM is a comic book and visual artist, based in the Bay Area. He is also a high school teacher. Pham illustrated Gene Luen Yang's Level Up. Sumo is his first solo work.

Praise For…


“Deliciously imaginative . . . uproariously funny . . . A book so good, it’s hard not to fall back on reviewers’ clichés.” —The New York Times

“A manifesto for everyone who's ever wrestled with the expectations of their family, their friends, and their society (and who hasn't?), and it's ultimately both humane and inspiring.” —Boing Boing

“A piquant, multilayered coming-of-age fable for the wired generation.” —Kirkus Reviews



Product Details
ISBN: 9781250108111
ISBN-10: 125010811X
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication Date: July 19th, 2016
Pages: 160
Language: English
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