The upcoming graphic novel Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang is an exceptional book. Mr. Yang opens with his early life and shows us how he has to balance his life between teaching, being a dad and his passion, writing comics. Mr. Youngster (as some students call him), struggles finding the next story he wants to tell. He is eager to fulfill his talent and desire to write another graphic novel.
While Boxers and Saints were based on a historical event, Dragon Hoops is based on his actual experiences. Mr. Yang is computer science teacher at a Catholic school in California. As he is looking for something to write about he gets inspired by his students. Their basketball team has gone to the state championships xxx times but never won. The buzz around school is that they will win it this year! He starts interviewing the head coach team coach Lou.
Readers meet the players on the team and the history behind the sport. He does it in a realistic and organic way, through interviewing the characters and bringing their backstories onto the page. He follows the team throughout their journey to the championship, discovering the hard reality of the players’ lives on and off the court- the racism, adversity and obstacles faced by the players.
Mr. Yang does a very good job going back and forth in time and never loses his reader. He is also very good at giving background information. He doesn’t only talk about the game but he also talks about culture, racism, police brutality, and even history. This turns stories into an impactful novel. Lastly, he uses techniques in his art that make the book meaningful. For example color codes the past and the present he stays consistent thought the book like in the past scenes he subdued colors. He also uses an effect on hes speach bubbles to add outside noises and loud sounds which make
This book will appeal to basketball fans, but is not just for sports fans. This is a book that celebrates the spirit of a team and how to persevere when things don’t go your way. It also teaches that no matter what your race you can still fit into society and be a part of something special.
Where you grow
Up what you seen
And live since you
Were out of the
Wish you stayed in the bubble.
No contact from the contaminated
Your mom’s promises
To keep you safe
Can’t and it’s not enough
To protect you.
You are set free like
A bird in an unknown
Dangerous habitat, everyone,
EVERYONE it’s their
Own species. All separated
By species, color, money and
Knowing we’re all
We always forget
We’re all going
Am I going to feel safe while walking
Am I going to feel safe wearing a hoodie
Am I going to feel save driving a nice car
Am I going to stop
Getting shot because
Defines who you are
And how they see you.
Our annual Scholastic Book Fair is an opportunity to buy your own books. You don’t have to worry about returning them, take as long as you want and you can start your own library of your most loved books! This fair is an event created for schools to offer students affordable books based on their interests. The Scholastic Book Fair has a feeling and the look of a book store bringing the books we love right to our school’s door. In PS 89 is a tradition. In our school we take the job of bringing joy through books very seriously.
That is why this year we will have the the brand new book from beloved series Dog Man- Fetch 22. You can watch a trailer for the new book here.
Check below to see when your class will visit the Book Fair for their preview and shopping periods. See you in the Book Fair!
on September 24, the U.S government started an investigation
against the tribe leader trump.
the tribe against the leader?
if hes hands are darty hes going down like a fly
g from the
k with out a parachute to catch him
the leader most always be honest and loyal to the
morals and honor the tribes selection to make him
the tribe leader.
when a group of villagers realizes their doubts about
the leader’s integrity.
others will decide if the leader hands are clean or if his dirty laundry is going out to the sun and getting on fire.
you better watch out they are coming for you.
will you survive?