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Dragon Hoops – tekijä: Gene Luen Yang
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Dragon Hoops (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2020; vuoden 2020 painos)

– tekijä: Gene Luen Yang (Tekijä)

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Teoksen nimi:Dragon Hoops
Kirjailijat:Gene Luen Yang (Tekijä)
Info:First Second (2020), Edition: Illustrated, 448 pages
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Dragon Hoops is part memoir and part journal of the basketball team from Bishop O’Dowd High School, in Oakland, CA. Yang worked here as a teacher.

Yang did not profess to being a big sports guy, but could recognize a good story when he saw it. After speaking to Coach Loy, Yang decides to follow the school’s basketball team while they set out to win their first state championship. The team had been in the championship seven times but had never taken home the trophy.

Yang chronicles the story of each of the diverse members of the team. He starts with coach Lou, who was an alumnus of the school and played with the well-known yet controversial coach Digger Phelps. Yes we all remember Digger. A few were young men from the inner city, who did not want to share all of their struggles. Then there was the exchange student from China who wanted to badly play on an American Team. One student was a member of the Sikh religion. Each player has an interesting story unique to him, nothing terribly dramatic, yet almost sort of ordinary.

Yang intersperses the story with interesting history, such as the story of how basketball was invented, the history of how basketball came to China, and the story of the first NBA superstar, George Mikan. In addition, he relays his own struggles and insecurities about writing the book as well as the pivotal moment when DC Comics asked him to write Superman. All this, while Yang tried to balance his family life too.

This book is a whole lot! You gotta like basketball because it is packed with lots of basketball action. I think the appeal will Be to ninth grade and up, but some middle school kids, especially those hugely into basketball, will enjoy the story.

The artwork is fast paced, with the action of swishing and dunking. The color tones vary from sepia or muted colors when delving into the historical parts of the story to very quiet colors everywhere else. There is a lot of yellow in the book. The cover is truly appealing as it looks and feels like a basketball.

The unique story has great appeal and should be an easy sell with the basketball cover although the 436 pages might frighten off a few readers.

I personally didn’t quite finish the book. I really enjoyed the historical part but not being a sports follower, I became weary of basketball. ( )
  jothebookgirl | Nov 22, 2020 |
This book has it all for basketball fans and even non-fans like myself. In a bit of a meta turn, Gene portrays himself in the graphic novel as he gathers notes and observations of the Bishop O'Dowd men's basketball team, to write a graphic novel about their season. The team is expected to shine this school year, and Gene thinks this may make an interesting graphic novel. But at times he doubts his ability to get the project done. He doesn't know anything about basketball, the star players are not forthcoming in interviews, and he wrestles with whether to include the dark back story of a former beloved coach. This was like watching a basketball documentary, featuring intriguing people and stories, a bit of basketball and world history, and the authenticity of a real school, a real team. The theme of taking that first step into the unknown is as true for adults as it is for the kids.The page turns during the state championship evoke the suspense of a closely contested game. This is about as perfect a graphic novel and sports book as I've seen. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Aug 24, 2020 |
So hard to rate things like this. Some basketball facts/history and a story revolving the O'Dowd Dragons, specifically their players.

3.5

this is just my perspective. I have to give a major side-eye toward Mike Phelps, allegations aside, he can give one dude a whole job but can't write a recommendation letter for one of his star players who he knew personally and gave rides to weekly!?! I call favorites! If he ain't give a reason like dude has bad work ethic or too immature, then it's straight up favorites. Idc if Lou isn't indignant enough to realize ( )
  DestDest | Jul 14, 2020 |
Like the author I am not a big sports fan so I was thoroughly drawn in as he really gets to know the members of this High School team and their coaches. I learned something about Basketball, something about the SF Bay Area and something about these kids. ( )
  Rachael_SJSU | Jul 11, 2020 |
Gene Luen Yang gives an outsider's look at basketball as he undertakes the effort to document in graphic novel format a possible championship season at the Catholic high school where he was teaching in 2013. But it's also a look at himself as the documentarian as his personal life intertwines in the subject and he finds themes and parallels between the two. Throw in frequent looks back at the history of basketball and you'll understand why this graphic novel is so darn thick.

I don't follow basketball at all, but I found myself drawn into the story of this team. Yang's own story is a bit less enthralling as it begins to circle around his decision to take over writing Superman (mostly because I wasn't a fan of his run on that title, though this book touches lightly on why it might not be as good as it could have been) and whether he should include a controversial figure from his school in this book.

Yang does a fairly decent job of justifying the insertion of himself into the book, but I am left wondering if it might have been better if he'd pulled back more strongly on the parts about his process and kept focus on the team. ( )
  villemezbrown | Jun 25, 2020 |
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Dedicated to the community of Bishop O'Dowd High School. I will forever bleed black and gold.
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