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Gene Luen Yang

Gene Luen Yang

Gene Luen Yang writes, and sometimes draws, comic books and graphic novels. American Born Chinese  — a memoir about growing up as an Asian American — became the first graphic novel to win the American Library Association’s Printz Award and a National Book Award finalist. His two-volume graphic novel Boxers & Saints  won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was a National Book Award finalist. His other works include Dragon Hoops , the Secret Coders series  (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) and Superman Smashes the Klan (with Gurihiru).

In 2016, Yang was named the 5th National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and selected as a MacArthur Fellow. 


The interview above was recorded at Jeff Kinney’s bookstore in Plainville, MA — An Unlikely Story . In October 2017, five award-winning authors for young people — Jack Gantos, Jeff Kinney, Jarrett Krosoczka, Jon Scieszka, and Gene Luen Yang — gathered for a funny and insightful panel discussion about how to motivate boys (and any reluctant readers) to read more. Watch the panel discussion: How to Get and Keep Boys Reading .

Gene Luen Yang began drawing comic books in the fifth grade. In 2006, his graphic novel, American Born Chinese — a memoir about growing up as an Asian American — became the first graphic novel to win the American Library Association’s Printz Award. He is the author of the Secret Coders series and has written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman. In 2016, Yang was named the 5th National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and selected as a MacArthur Fellow .

To learn more, visit Gene Yang’s official website .

You might also want to watch Gene’s video blog, Reading Without Walls. Gene sits down with authors and illustrators (including some of his favorite graphic novel creators) that he meets as he travels the country in his role as ambassador.

Books by this author

American Born Chinese

American Born Chinese

Gene Luen Yang
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2006
Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise

Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise

Gene Luen Yang
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fantasy, Fiction
Published:
2020
Boxers & Saints

Boxers and Saints

Gene Luen Yang
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fiction, Historical Fiction
Published:
2013
Dragon Hoops

Dragon Hoops

Gene Luen Yang
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2020
Level Up

Level Up

Gene Luen Yang
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fantasy, Fiction
Published:
2011
shadow hero

Shadow Hero

Gene Luen Yang
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fantasy
Published:
2014