2013 National Book Award Finalist, Young People's Literature

Gene Luen Yang

Boxers & Saints, by Gene Luen Yang Gene Luen Yang

Boxers & Saints

First Second/Macmillan

ISBN: 978-1-59643-924-5


Combining stirring imagery with a spare but poignant text, Gene Luen Yang takes the graphic novel to new heights, revealing how truly powerful a literary form it can be. Set during China’s Boxer Rebellion, Boxers & Saints weaves fantasy and history, humor and pain, to form a moving tale of how, while seeking to right great wrongs, people can go too far and find themselves committing deeds far worse than those they sought to redress.

About the Book

In two volumes, Boxers & Saints tells two parallel stories. The first is of Little Bao, a Chinese peasant boy whose village is abused and plundered by Westerners claiming the role of missionaries. Little Bao, inspired by visions of the Chinese gods, joins a violent uprising against the Western interlopers. Against all odds, their grass-roots rebellion is successful.

But in the second volume, Yang lays out the opposite side of the conflict. A girl whose village has no place for her is taken in by Christian missionaries and finds, for the first time, a home with them. As the Boxer Rebellion gains momentum, Vibiana must decide whether to abandon her Christian friends or to commit herself fully to Christianity.

Boxers & Saints is one of the most ambitious graphic novels First Second has ever published. It offers a penetrating insight into not only one of the most controversial episodes of modern Chinese history, but into the very core of our human nature. Gene Luen Yang is rightly called a master of the comics form, and this book will cement that reputation.

Boxers & Saints - Book Trailer


ABout the author

Gene Luen Yang began drawing comic books in the fifth grade. He was an established figure in the indie comics scene when he published his first book with First Second, American Born Chinese, which is now in print in over ten languages. American Born Chinese's critical and commercial success, along with its status as a National Book Award finalist and winner of the Printz Award, catapulted Yang into stardom as a major voice of our times.  His most recent book is the New York Times Best-Selling graphic novel diptych Boxers & Saints.


> Yang's website: geneyang.com

> Twitter: @geneluenyang

> Yang's 2006 National Book Award Young People’s Literature Finalist page for American Born Chinese.

Yang's appreciation from the NBF's Up All Night Young People's Literature Online Exihibition
> upallnightreading.com

> Read Yang’s essay for the Foundation on the books that changed his life.