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‘Boxers & Saints’ named National Book Award finalist

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Gene Luen Yang’s two-volume Boxers & Saints is among the finalists for the 2013 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. His 2006 work American Born Chinese was the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award.

Published by First Second Books, Boxers & Saints tells two parallel stories set against the backdrop of the Boxer Rebellion: the first is of Little Bao, a peasant boy who joins in the violent uprising against Westerners following the destruction of his village; and the second is of a girl taken in by Christian missionaries when her village has no place for her. Boxers & Saints was released just last week.

The longlist for Young People’s Literature features nine other nominees: Kathi Appelt, The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp;Kate DiCamillo, Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures; Lisa Graff, A Tangle of Knots; Alaya Dawn Johnson, The Summer Prince; Cynthia Kadohata, The Thing About Luck; David Levithan, Two Boys Kissing; Tom McNeal, Far Far Away; Meg Rosoff, Picture Me Gone; and Anne Ursu, The Real Boy.

Finalists in the other categories will be announced throughout the week. The winners will be presented Nov. 20.


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Boxers & Saints together form one absolutely outstanding, heartwrenching, fabulous graphic novel. This pair of books deserves all accolades. All the books on the list of finalists are great, but I’m rooting for Gene Luen Yang.

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