Gene understands stories—comic book stories, in particular. Big action. Bigger thrills. And the hero always wins.
But Gene doesn’t get sports. As a kid, his friends called him “Stick” and every basketball game he ...more
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And graphic novels help us to make sense of these stories in ways that are both inviting and inclusive. A recurring word resonates through DRAGON HOOPS: "Step."
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Gene Yang never thought he'd write a basketball book. But when that's what all the kids at the high school where he teaches were talking about their basketball team, Yang investigated to see if there was a story there.
A super basketball team that had never won a state championship, despite playing in the championship game many years. Could this be their year? Yang intersperses the team's story with his own personal story of taking steps forward into the unknown. As he ...more
This is best described as a graphic novel memoir of Mr. Yang's writing life combined with a history of the Bishop O'Dowd school basketball team. Unsure of what to write about next, Yang draws inspiration from the school where he teachers. While he didn't participate in basketball himself, he is drawn to the team, which does very well but has struggled to bring home a championship. The coach, Lou Richie, was a student at the school, so has deep ties to the community and ...more
Listen. I enjoy watching basketball but would I pick up a book about basketball?.... Not usually.
But! This book is
1. A graphic novel and I graphic novels!
2. It’s by Gene Luen Yang!
Yang, a nerd after my own heart, who had never imagined writing a book about basketball won me over quickly with a good balance of basketball and personal stories of the players, the coach, and their ...more
Being someone who knows practically nothing about basketball, I'm surprised with how much I love Dragon Hoops. After finishing, I have already recommended it to two people because it appeals to sports lovers, stories about passion, and underdogs. Dragon Hoops is an all around win. It's a story about basketball, but not just about the game, but also the players. It's about their ...more
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I'm not much of a sports fan, but I decided to pick this book up because I love Gene Luen Yang's works. Imagine my surprise when it's over a week later and I still keep thinking about this story.
Yang begins the book by sharing that he doesn't enjoy sports, and yet he finds himself intrigued by the buzz he hears around the high school where he teaches about the basketball team. He introduces himself to the coach and soon decides to ...more
I wouldn't usually go for a sports book, least of all a basketball one but then, the author didn't think he would either. I wanted to read this to see if would be suitable for reluctant readers of secondary school age, and it absolutely is, I can imagine it going down well.
Dragon Hoops is in part a memoir, in part a history of basketball, and most importantly a celebration of differences, strength, passion, and underdogs.
I really like that ...more
Mr. Yang's books are never simplistic pictures. There are more layers to them, more historical references, more about human nature. This one is a bit different, but altogether just as amazing as his last ones. Not knowing what to write about, he takes on the energy from the school and his son's interest in joining a basketball team, and writes about his own school, family, and professional life, all revolved around the high school's journey to try to become state ...more
“Dragon Hoops” is the story of stepping into the unknown, taking chances, and playing to the best of one’s abilities. This might look like a “basketball book”—and there is plenty of basketball in it—but the heart of “Dragon Hoops” lies in its several rich and deeply affecting examples of individuals from unique backgrounds making differences and taking steps in their own lives and areas of interest (basketball or otherwise).
All library collections should have at least one copy of this book regardless of ages served.
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I loved this graphic novel! It was fun to read about a premier high school basketball team, but it was more than just that. It was a look into an author and his writing process, especially about whether to be truthful or leave some negative things out. I appreciate that he addressed that hesitation but ultimately decided to include a scandal that the school and team had to deal with.
I'm excited to ...more
Relationships and school history are uncovered and the team’s season is documented. Sports-loving readers will enjoy this book as well as graphic novel enthusiasts.