Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang

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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.

Out of the Bubble

Part I

Where you grow

Up what you seen 

And live since you

Were out of the

     bubble

                  Wish you stayed in the bubble.

No worrying

No responsibility

No arguments

No problems 

No sadness 

No contact from the contaminated

             

Part 2 

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 

                                 RACE

Separated without 

Knowing we’re all 

         One

Samesamesame

         Flesh

          But

We always forget 

 We’re all going 

      To the 

       Same 

       place 

When?

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 

Worrying about 

Getting shot because 

            Of 

            My 

   SKIN COLOR

How? 

            Something superficial

            Defines who you are 

            And how they see you.


Scholastic Book Fair

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!

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you better watch out they are coming for you.

will you survive?