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Young Adult Graphic Novel Review: Dragon Hoops

Title: Dragon Hoops
Author: Gene Luen Yang
Color by: Lark Pien
Art Assists by: Rianne Meyers and Kolbe Yang
Reviewed by: Michaelene M

Dragon Hoops is part graphic novel memoir, part history text, and part writing journal. A combination that makes this story as informative as it is engaging.

Gene Luen Yang isn’t a big fan of sports, so he’s surprised when he finds his next graphic novel idea after speaking with fellow teacher and high school basketball coach, Lou. Yang decides to follow the Dragons’ season, the men’s varsity basketball team at Bishop O’Dowd High School.

Everyone has a story—the players, the team as a whole, the coaches, past and present. The graphic novels takes clips from one-on-one interviews with the players and adds historical context to build connections. Readers will also get a good sense of Yang himself as he IS a character in the story—from battling how to write outside his comfort zone, to doubts about his future as a graphic novelist, to wanting to find a better balance between work and home life.

Dragon Hoops seamlessly blends each story into a bigger picture and vice versa as people throughout the history of basketball (and beyond!) take the next steps in their own stories. The storytelling speaks to the human experience and will resonate with readers of all ages—whether you are a sports enthusiast or not. Dragon Hoops is a 2022 Sequoyah Intermediate Masterlist title. This graphic novel is available as an Overdrive eBook and as a physical book in the library. Call us at 580-234-6313 to reserve

Michaelene M.
Michaelene M.https://enid.okpls.org/
Michaelene M. is the Communications Specialist at the Enid Public Library as well as a dedicated reader, writer, and librarian. She enjoys talking books (particularly romance novels), but she reads widely and believes that everyone should see themselves in the books that they read.

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